So much for that “unclenched fist” Obama extended to Iran.

(Mediaite) — In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Sunday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said America was hated around the world and should re-examine their policies. “They should see where the problem is — maybe the problem is in the United States itself. This is a friendly recommendation,” Ahmadinejad said.

“The United States has become weaker and weaker,” Ahmadinejad sniped. “And now, they are hated in the region. They are hated in the whole world. Anywhere in the world, if you go, you see that the U.S. government is hated.”

“We must be very much happy if their policies fail everywhere in the world and we should encourage them, ‘OK, go on, go on.’ And if we were not since, we should encourage the United States to remain in Iraq and in Afghanistan because they have already been mired in those two countries.”

“But we sympathize with all people of the world,” Amadinejad continued. “We say, ‘Why Afghans should be killed? Why American soldiers should lose their lives? Why they should spend so much money for killing people instead of using the money for development?’ That is very simple. Maybe the U.S. administration does not accept that. But believe me, continuation of these policies are going to lead to the collapse of the U.S. empire. And it is against the interests of the people of the United States.”