“Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Guard?”
Jerusalem is somewhat lower on the list of sites than two in Saudi Arabia. The Al Aqsa mosque is built on the site where Mohammed ascended into heaven. Muslims are required to make a pilgrimage to Mecca, which is considered the most holy place in Islam. I believe Medina is considered the second.
I also believe that your understanding of the power structure in Iran is incorrect.
The Politics of Iran entry in Wikipedia includes the following entry:
Although he remains aloof from the competition of politics, the most powerful political office in the Islamic Republic is that of the Supreme Leader, of which there have been two: the founder of the Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and his successor, Ali Khamenei.
The Leader appoints the heads of many powerful posts - the commanders of the armed forces, the director of the national radio and television network, the heads of the major religious foundations, the prayer leaders in city mosques, and the members of national security councils dealing with defense and foreign affairs. He also appoints the chief judge, the chief prosecutor, special tribunals and, with the help of the chief judge, half of the 12 jurists of the Guardian Council – the powerful body that decides both what bills may become law and who may run for president or parliament.
Main article: President of Iran
The Constitution defines the President as the highest state authority after the Supreme Leader. The President is elected by universal suffrage, by those 18 years old and older, for a term of four years. Presidential candidates must be approved by the Council of Guardians prior to running. The President is responsible for the implementation of the Constitution and for the exercise of executive powers, except for matters directly related to the Supreme Leader. The President appoints and supervises the Council of Ministers, coordinates government decisions, and selects government policies to be placed before the legislature. Currently, 10 Vice-Presidents serve under the President, as well as a cabinet of 21 ministers, who must all be approved by the legislature. Unlike many other states, the executive branch in Iran does not control the armed forces. Although the President appoints the Ministers of Intelligence and Defense, it is customary for the President to obtain explicit approval from the Supreme Leader for these two ministers before presenting them to the legislature for a vote of confidence.
You might consider checking it out for yourself.
You might consider paying some attention to the part that talks about how it is the leader who appoints the military commanders. The leader is not Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is The President, and is subordinate to the leader, who is Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Or, as the article says, "The Constitution defines the President as the highest state authority after the Supreme Leader."
Let me be more explicit, again from the article, which is not as far as I can tell slanted to the right or to the left, but is biased in the direction of offering facts. The article says, "Unlike many other states, the executive branch in Iran does not control the armed forces."
Somebody has given you, John, the impression, that the President of Iran seems to have his finger on a button with nuclear weapons connected to the other side of them. The facts suggest that The President of Iran may have his hands and his mouth in a lot of places, but he is not constitutionally allowed to his his hand on any nuclear button. Nor, for that matter is he allowed to have his finger on any military button. He is allowed some police powers and some judicial powers, but even those are apparently supervised.
While you have been eagerly pushing Mr. Krauthammer's chair up and down the local hills, and he has been giving you sage advice, he has apparently been forgetting to give you basic information at the same time. Mr. Ahmadinejad does have some power around treaties, those are part of his constitutional powers, and he apparently has exercised his heaven sent right to be annoying. Iran may get nuclear power, and they may get nuclear weapons, but if you're thinking that Ahmadinejad is the guy that we need to be seeing as holding the cap gun on the other side of the playground here, I suspect that this is probably not the case. Nor is the hand being played likely to be the one that he's laying out.
But of course, the ways of finding out the missing information — intelligence work and diplomacy — are things that you've been doggedly avoiding in discussion. As though getting blown up or getting our friends and allies blown up were something that you'd rather endure first. For a man who gets upset at eight soldiers getting killed in one day, I find this confusing.