Giuliani said "the military option is definitely on the table" with Iran.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, speaking on a Web cast Wednesday night beamed into homes around the country as part of a national fundraising effort, accused Columbia University of empowering Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and said "the military option is definitely on the table" with Iran.
Giuliani also drew repeated parallels between the Iranian government and Islamic terrorism and made clear he supports regime change in Iran.
"I believe that what the president of Columbia did was a terrible mistake because it feeds Ahmadinejad's irrationality," Giuliani said of the Monday speech. "It feeds his fantasy world. Islamic terrorists live in a fantasy world."
Giuliani said Iran should be "ostracized, not embraced" by the American government. At the same time, he said it should be firm U.S. policy that Iran should not have nuclear weapons.
"It should be a clear, unequivocal, stated purpose of American policy that Iran is not going to become nuclear because they are too dangerous, they're too irresponsible, they're too unpredictable, and they live in a fantasy world, which was increased by Ahmadinejad being applauded at Columbia University."
The Republican presidential hopeful suggested that approximately half of the Columbia crowd applauded Ahmadinejad's appearance on Monday.
"He goes back with a certain amount of reinforcement that those ideas have currency in the United States, and that is very damaging to the whole effort of being able to have regime change in Iran, to have the people of Iran get a sense of how unacceptable he really is," Giuliani said. "So I think we have to make it clear that we're not going to allow them to be a nuclear power. That means the military option is definitely on the table. We cannot appear hesitant about that."
Giuliani was responding to a question from comedian Dennis Miller, who called into the Web cast, which was part of Giuliani's National House Party Night.
- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby