Despite a nearly endless barrage of reporting on Iran’s nuclear energy program, the US government’s push for a new round of sanctions , and on-going efforts to foment regime change  in the Islamic Republic, all had been relatively quiet on the Ahmadinejad front in the Western press for some time.
The mainstream media’s favorite scapegoat, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, resurfaced on Saturday amidst reports  that he called the attacks of September 11, 2001 “a big lie.” According to the immediate and rabid response of virtually every Western news network around, this was simply the latest insane claim of the same raving madman who has previously  threatened to wipe a foreign state off the map and denied the Holocaust.
Yet, as with those other mistranslated  or misunderstood  statements, this new claim hardly stands up to even the most cursory scrutiny, as it has been reported with little accompanying context and comparison. According to a translation by Reuters , Ahmadinejad, addressing the staff of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry, stated  that, “The September 11 incident was a big fabrication as a pretext for the campaign against terrorism and a prelude for staging an invasion against Afghanistan.” PressTV translated  the President as saying that the circumstances of 9/11 were a “big lie intended to serve as a pretext for fighting terrorism and setting the grounds for sending troops to Afghanistan.”
Anyone thinking that Ahmadinejad's comment about 9-11 is going to anger ordinary Americans is not paying attention to the recent non-corporate-spun polling which shows the overwhelming majority of Americans refusing to believe the official US GOver4nment story.