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Does America Need to Be Stronger with Iran?

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran
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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran

What should the world do with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

Ahead of an annual UN meeting, the Iranian President created a firestorm when he made inflammatory remarks about Israel, saying the nation would be "eliminated."

The rhetoric immediately raised the ire of the United States, which had already imposed then intensified economic sanctions against Iran and pledged not to lift them until Iran abandons its nuclear program.

Speaking before the UN, President Obama warned Ahmadinejad that time for diplomacy with Tehran was "not unlimited," however he disappointed many Republicans who wanted the President to impose an ultimatum then and there.

Instead, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued the ultimatum urging the world to draw a clear “red line” to stop Iran in its tracks.

He said that by next summer Iran will have enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear bomb and cautioned that it was getting very late to stop Iran.

According to Larry Kudlow, the White House should have taken a stand like the one taken by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In a live interview on The Kudlow Report, Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz added that rather than a red line – the White House should issue a black and white statement.

"We need to tell Iran under no circumstances are we going to allow you to have a nuclear bomb," said Dershowitz.

General Wesley Clark agreed and added that message would be forthcoming.

"Iran should be under no doubt that a military option can and will be used. And if it is used it will be effective and it will result in the destruction of the industrial potential and military potential of Iran," Clark said.

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