I’m sure they had a lovely chat.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met with Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah in Damascus on Thursday evening, according to the official Iranian news agency IRNA.

If we had a real CIA that did more than send hack diplomats off for poolside tea parties and leak like a sieve to the NYT, that meeting would have started with kisses and ended with a BANG. Sadly, the meeting just ended the way these things usually do, with more kisses and threats.

[Shorty] congratulated Nasrallah for the anniversary of Hizbullah’s “victory” in the Second Lebanon War, saying that “thanks to the victory, while the Zionist regime is becoming weaker every day, Lebanon is enjoying internal serenity.”

In his meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad, the Iranian president said that “Iran and Syria are allies and will remain allies.”

According to Ahmadinejad, Iran and Syria “are united against the enemies of the two countries and the region.”

Asked about the possibility of another war breaking out in the region, the Iranian president replied, “We hope the summer will bring victories to the region’s nations and failures to their enemies.” He refused to elaborate.

Nasrallah will elaborate soon enough. So will Mahmoud to Truncated.

The Iranian president is expected to meet with other leaders of Palestinian organizations, including Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal.

This little summer stroll of Mahmoud’s looks an awful lot like he’s tightening up strategy ahead of a new offensive. Gotta get all the players briefed on the new set of plays.

Oh, and if you’re waiting on the Iranian street to rise up and take Mad Mahmoud down before things get ugly (or uglier), you may be waiting a while.

Update: Good news: The liberal American street might rise up against a leader it considers evil.