Nickhere - Ahmadinejad is a politician with an election coming up. He ran on a platform of bringing nuclear power to the Iranian people to improve their civilian infrastructure. He doesn't really care what the outside world thinks, he is focussed on getting votes inside Iran. All of his posturing is politically motivated. He does not make policy and he does not command the military.
He's sort of a one man horse and pony show. I think everyone takes him entirely too seriously. I also think that as far as the Iranian people are concerned, his political life is over. I just hope the U.S. doesn't jump the gun. If they refrain from intervening at this point, the Iranians will take care of their own problems and Ahmadinejad is one of them.