President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a speech today that Iran is ready to fill a coming power vacuum in Iraq. "The political power of the occupiers is collapsing rapidly," said the leader, who earlier this month assured Nouri al-Maliki that Iran would be happy to help stabilize Iraq after a US pullout.
Ahmadinejad also dismissed the possibility of an American attack on Iran, and mocked those in the US who criticize PM al-Maliki. "Who are you? Who has given you the right?" he asked, appearing to agree with President Bush for one of the few times in history.