July 9th, 2008
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McCain, Obama slam Iran

Obama and McCain have reacted to the Iran missile test.

Obama and McCain have reacted to the Iran missile test.

(CNN) - Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain said Wednesday Iran's missile test showcases the need for implementing a more effective missile defense system while his Democratic counterpart, Barack Obama, said the event highlights the need for more aggressive diplomacy with the rogue nation.

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"Ballistic missile testing coupled with Iran's continued refusal to cease its nuclear activities should unite the international community in efforts to counter Iran's dangerous ambitions," McCain said in a statement. "Iran's missile tests also demonstrate the need for effective missile defense now and in the future, and this includes missile defense in Europe as is planned with the Czech Republic and Poland."

"Working with our European and regional allies is the best way to meet the threat posed by Iran, not unilateral concessions that undermine multilateral diplomacy," McCain also said.

Obama, who has faced criticism for saying he would directly sit down with sworn enemies of the United States, told CBS Wednesday morning the test underscores the need for direct diplomacy.

"At this point, the report is unclear, it's still early," he said on CBS' The Early Show. "What this underscores is the need for a clear policy that is putting the burden on Iran to change behavior. And frankly, we just have not been able to do that the last several years, partly because we're not engaged in direct diplomacy."

Obama also said he will continue to push for an incentive package that seeks to deter Iran from its nuclear goals.

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soundoff (261 Responses)
  1. katiec

    How can you know where your food comes from when the
    United States government refuses to give us that information?
    Many of us would be willing to pay more if necessary for
    U.S. food, meat, milk, but how can we tell.
    Agree, the farmers are victims, along with consumers.

    July 9, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. vic nashville,Tn

    Past one month Obama doesn’t’ know what he is talking
    We miss Hillary
    Hillary please come back
    Hillary 08 or Mc Cain 08

    July 9, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. dave g, Minneapolis

    Israel is not dumb. They know that America will support them no matter what they do. They'll start something before Bush is gone so that they force our hand into the successor taking action.

    The question is how quickly things will get out of hand and who you want to be in control. It is an unstated "fact" that Israel has nukes [i wonder who gave them nukes...hmmm]. They also have excellent intelligence services. They have a history of taking action (7 Days War, blowing up reactor in Iraq...) The question is how far along Iran really is on a nuclear program. Either way the situation could get nasty fast.

    So, do you want McCain with a hot temper on the "red phone"? Or Barack who has no experience and is prone to back-pedalling and saying "oops...shouldn't have done that"?

    Vote for BARR '08

    July 9, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. Pick me!! Pick me!!

    Radio Broadcast Text

    B______Hanoi in English to American Servicemen in South Vietnam at 1300 OMT 2 Jun 69 B.

    (Text) At his 19 rpt 19 May press conference in Washington, U.S. Defense Secretary Melvin Laird distorted the truth about the policy of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam government towards captured U.S. pilots in North Vietnam. Those very captive airmen have long since given the lie to Laird’s allegations. Here is one of them, LCMDR John Sidney McCain, service number 624787 rpt 624787, USS Oriskany, speaking of the treatment he has been receiving. (Male voice with American accent)

    I was a U.S. airman engaged in the crimes against the Vietnamese country and people. I had bombed their cities, towns and villages and caused more injury even death for the people of Vietnam. After I was captured I was taken from a hospital in (? Da Nang) where I received very good medical treatment. I was given an operation on my leg, which allowed me to walk again, and a cast for my right arm which was badly broken in three rpt three places. The doctors were very good and they knew a great deal about the practice of medicine. I remained in the hospital for some time, I regained much of my health and strength. 021300.
    So much for giving only his name, rank and service number. So much for being, “tortured.”

    It looks to me that McCain would have no problem sitting down and "talking with the enemy" as it is apparent by the documentation posted above that he has "been there – done that."

    July 9, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Carter tried talking with Iran for years to get the hostages back, and failed. It took Reagan's inauguration before they were released, because the knew Reagan would do more than talk. Talking to religious fanatics doesn't work. Missile defense is just that, defense. It allows us to shoot down missiles before they can do harm. Everyone is entitled to defend themselves, and words don't stop incoming missiles! Obama = Carter II

    July 9, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. Faith

    Barrack(flip flop) Obama, seems to change his mind about everything! Even regreting letting his chikdren be interviewed on TV! He is sooo fickle! We could never trust him to hold to a policy ! He would change it the next day! And I really cannot see how people can complain about our country! We are so blessed by God. The poorest person in America lives like a king compared to people in other countries! I think we should be so thankful! We do not need a change the way Obama says. And the kind of change he is talking about no one knows! I really do not think he even knows! Maybe its a change of mind! Ha!

    July 9, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Erik

    Who are we to tell another soveriegn nation how it can defend itself or power its infrastructure? Even if they make anti-American noise, how much of a threat can they possibly me? If we have CREDIBLE intelligence that this blowhard state is any real threat to us, then we can and should take action. otherwise, don't take the rants seriously.

    July 9, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. Bob

    well we saw how good that worked with Clinton and North Korea......Bush had to clean that one up as well. Hussein Obama is a moron

    July 9, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. Dwight "Hussien" Eisenhower

    This quote from John McCain indicates how unprepared his military career has made him for the job of Commander-in-Chief

    – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    "Iran's missile tests also demonstrate the need for effective missile defense now and in the future, and this includes missile defense in Europe as is planned with the Czech Republic and Poland."
    – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    1.) These missiles can't reach Czech Republic and Poland. They are not relevant. Don't try to roll a Russia-related issue into this one.

    2.) The issue here is the Arabian / Mediteranian peoples ... not the European ones..

    3.) The term of art "Missile Defense" in today's Pentagon pertains to threats that are high-altitude weapons to be defeated by countermeasures like the Airborne Balistic Laser ( ABL), Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), etc.

    NONE of these is relevant for the threat from these Iranian missiles.

    4.) For this Iranian threat, the existing, latest generation Patriot missiles, much improved since the 1st gulf war are the answer.

    I'd expect our former-POW commander-in-chief wanna be to know that if his military experience were so relevant. But alas, he does not and makes a statement based on a flawed foundation.

    Most US citizens won't know he's blowing smoke. However our informed enemy's will.

    July 9, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  10. Obama 08: Female, 60, white

    Typical White Person: Most of the world sees the US as a bully...we can't accuse Iran as "meddling" when America is doing the same thing.

    People amaze me that with a failed war in Afghanistan and an illegal war in Iraq, and a lack of sufficient recruits for the military, you people who sit at your computers and call for another invasion should take a break and do some reading. A great deal of the problems in the Middle East are a result of meddling and exploitation of the British and Americans. Try to educate yourself!!

    July 9, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. Bill Johnson

    Its kind of a no brainer. We took out one of the two bullies that was keeping the middle east in check. Now the other bully is feeling more powerful. If we would have left it alone there would have been balance of power.

    July 9, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Anita from Arizona

    Direct diplimacy worked for North Korea, why not Iran? Oh I know why, there's no oil in North Korea.

    Can't the USA take care of itself before taking care of Israel all the time? We have so many problems here that need attention.

    July 9, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. Hillary to Obama

    I am one person who is not dumb enough to pout in a corner called the mccain lane. I want the road to progress and as a democrat who is proud of what her party stands for.... I must support Senator Obama. This election is more than my feelings, it's about doing in my heart what I know is right for the whole country. I will vote Obama

    July 9, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. Dwight "Hussien" Eisenhower

    I see Iran more like North Korea than the old Soviet Union.

    As such, when you have a smalller rouge nation, it is best to talk them down diplomatically. We should use intermediaries if we don't have a relationship with them. China was the intermediary with North Korea.

    We can always swat them militarily if we need to. There is no military advantage to the US from talking tough.

    Back off McCain.

    July 9, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. James Hussein, SC


    Your words are very true.

    So many nut-cases on this blog are screaming attack Iran. They have no idea what that will cost us in lives and resources. They say bomb Iran because they know they will not be fighting. But let one person close to them die as a results of America's blind aggression and they will be the first to cry foul. Yet, in the mean time, they are currently crying to the government for economic help. Americans are just ignorant for not learning the truth (because it is easier to find a scapegoat); and stupid for ignoring the truth. We are not the only country with nuclear weapons. You sheep follow the government that wants you to focus your attention on Iran, while Pakistan has the bomb as well. Meanwhile, China continues to own you piece by piece every day. Yes, American keep believing that we can get away with bullying everybody who doesn't agree with us. Vote for McCain and watch the fall of the USA as the world sits back and laugh at us.

    July 9, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. Joe Regis

    McCain wants the bombs to do the talking already.

    Before the bombs he is please that cigarettes are doing the job slowly but surely.

    July 9, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. Rob

    HAHA! I can't believe you people making 'bully' analogies to Iran. Any number of our allies could walk all over that country in a unilateral conflict. We don't need to spend trillions of dollars on war if we can work some diplomacy. You people talk so bad about offering incentives and then immediately think that those incentives are just going to be a check for a billion dollars to the president of Iran. Get a life...or at least an education you bigots. No more illegal wars. No more failed 'trickle down' economics, no more fear mongering, and please give us a Washington purge. (by the way, you people who are doing the flip-flopping accusation posts...READ A LITTLE, I cannot believe how ignorant blind hatred can be, its truly sad. McCain invented the flip flop before most of us were even alive

    July 9, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. William,from Cali!

    Slam them in words,now; but if "you" become the next President, "you" will have to do more than that. I hope, for America's sake "you" can handle that task. Everybody does not love, the Leader; all the time. The question is: Can you make the hard decisions, and standby them? Thank you, G.W.Bush!

    July 9, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. Can we just be American?

    This is not a good thing and we must get the cow boy mentality out of the white house immediately. We need to take care of home and now engaging Iran while we are still in Iraq is madness... the time to talk about these issues is now prior to going into another war. Iran is not our problem it is Israel’s problem. When will we learn as a nation to clean up our own back yard prior to venturing out and engaging into another war? Our son's and daughters deserve better.... if they are going to fight for America give them worthy fight ... better yet bring them home NOW! Let’s secure our borders, protect home. Lord knows this is getting so bad now... the world sees our vulnerability and they will take advantage of that. Look who supported us in Iraq ... a handful of countries; one must question why we didn’t get much more support are we just arrogant... well we have arrogant leadership and simple minded supporters of Bush.... get your head out of the cow patties and wake up! I do not want my son drafted to fight fruitless wars... let stop this Republican and Democratic BS and think about our children and the future of this world. McCain will surely engage in war …. Why is tuff negotiation and engaging in conversation so bad?

    July 9, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  20. Larry, Hazleton, Pa

    This is for certain if we elect McCain we will be at war with Iran – this you can take to the bank......On the other hand if we elect Obama we will at least have a good chance of not having a war because he unlike Bush or McCain is willing to discuss the problems and try to work out solutions – this to me sounds more reasonable. While taking this approach may not satisfy the HAWKS like McCain I believe that it will satisfy the the nation as a whole.

    July 9, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.

    A Mccain Presidency Equals World War Three! This Man Will Send America Into Another War And You Can Count On It! We Dont Need More War We Need More Diplomacy! Mccain Is Not The Right Man To Be President! Voting For Mccain Will Bring Total Ruin Of This Country And We May Never Recover! Vote Obama! Its The Only Chance We Have Left To Save This Country!

    July 9, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  22. Walter, Long Beach

    Voting for McCain virtually guarantees a war with Iran, one we are not in any position to wage successfully.

    Unless, of course, McCain is now willing to "cut and run" in Iraq. That's what their government wants and it would free up troops for him to commit new war crimes.

    July 9, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. Steve

    More direct diplomacy? What does that mean? talking face to face rather than over the phone? I know who the president of Iran would vote for, and it ain't the Maverick.

    July 9, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  24. TerryDo

    Tina, you are dreaming, all the people that were hookwinked by Obama early on in the primaries would never vote for him again.

    The 18 million your are talking about, now realises that Hillary was the one and only true Democratic candidate, but we still have Denver. The delegates have to vote for the official candidate and Obama is proving over and over again how incompetent he truly is.

    If not Clinton then definitely NOT-OBAMA.

    McCain if you truly want to win the General Election, expecially if you go up against Obama, then you must chose Mitt Romney as your Vice-President. He has everything you need to balance your ticket.

    McCain give us a good reason to vote for your ticket come November, ex-democrat.

    McCain/Rmney 2008-12

    P.S. McCain, of course, you understand that you would never win against H.R. Clinton!

    July 9, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.


    July 9, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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