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.

Watch: Iran tests missiles

"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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  1. Cindy

    My big question??? Where is McCain going to get all these military personel to fight all these battles? I believe his only way will be to bring in the draft again. What a horror! I have heard several times out of his own mouth how our military is not the size he would like it to be. I know alot of people are getting tired of policeing the world and I for one am tired of sending our young men and women to die on foreign shores for men of power who have a warmonger intelligency.

    July 9, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. Fernandez

    Mr Obama sanctions and diplomacy will not work. Sanctions only hurt the poor.
    McCain is right, we have to get tough with Iran, look at LIbya now

    July 9, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.


    July 9, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Annette

    Obama's point I understand, McCain what? Obama has been against Bush's foreign policy with Iran consistently. McCain is the confused one.

    July 9, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Another old white woman for Obama

    Yes, McSame said bomb bomb bomb Iran. Israel did practice runs on attacking Iran. Does Iran hate Israel? Yes. Can Israel fight their own battles? YES! They have nukes up the wazoo.
    Picture this: Armagheddon! They all blow each other up. No more oil from anywhere. The oil fields in the middle east will be decimated. The radioactive fall out will spread around the globe.
    Israel has only been a country since the end of WW11. Yet they have attacked their neighbors with regularity since their inception. We do not approve of this behavior from any other country. Terrorism is terrorism regardless of excuses.

    July 9, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. DMAC/Post Falls, ID

    I do NOT believe you can talk to crazy people. This Obama is way to much a pacifist to suit me. He does not want to secure our borders or food supply and thinks that talk will cure everything. Pipe Dreams
    May God ( which ever one you believe in) watch over this United States Of America.
    We need help from above to get us out of this horrid mess, Everything from the wars to our elected officials trying to make a communist country out of us with the FISA bill they are working on today so that no one can be prosecuted for illegal wiretapping.

    July 9, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Fishers, Indiana

    Blundering Barack...when is he going to get it straight, he will never win.

    July 9, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. jim

    gluv, so true, these people are backwords its hilarious, i cant even imagine whats going on in some peoples heads anymore. We set a course and head straight to disaster its almost a no brainer how dumb we are acting towards other countries, then somehow we expect them to meet our demands. wake up. you people that want another war as far as im concerned your traitors, we go to war while we are already at war with two countries and theres no turning back, we are doomed, you people do realize our military is going to need rebuilding right??? where do you think all this money is going to come from ??? wth this is so dumb. Think of the future not about your instant opinions to these articles. Not to mention yeah lets let soldiers off the hook for crimes thats cute concidering every single guy i know that joined is a crook. real smart way to go america. wake up for gods sake. no disrespect to any soldier but thats the truth i had to say it.

    July 9, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. Tony

    More political posturing and "tough talk".

    I guess we will be at war with Iran before that blood-thirsty, war monger, Bush leaves office.

    Get ready people.!

    July 9, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. Steve

    Mike in NYC,
    Perhaps what Obama meant by a "threat" is that they are a threat to our soldiers overseas since many of our army bases in the Middle East are now considered within the range of these missiles. Or perhaps Obama means by a "threat" that he will have to change his policy again on Iran as he has on Iraq, much to the shagrin of those dreamsicle liberal democrats who really believed Obama would immediately remove us from Iraq upon election. Unfortunately for Obama, all evidence shows that we are now handily winning the war in Iraq. That would be a great time to pull out now wouldn't it?

    July 9, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. Independent

    I don't suppose any of you libs are interested in having both...

    I'm not fear mongering, but I truly believe that at some point in the next five years, we're going to have a nuclear 9/11. Iran is working hard on having a missile delivered nuclear device. It wouldn't be big, but it would be enough to take out a major city.

    July 9, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter

    Obama – please. Who believes his nonsense about "regretting" putting his kids on tv. Carefully orchestrated, this guy will use anyone to get elected. Neither the Clintons nor the Bushes, as opposite as they are on every other issue imaginable, resorted to using their young girls for political gain.

    Grown-ups run on their own merits-they don't use their kids. How tacky! They protect their kids from exposure to the press and the public.

    Obama's feigned surprise and regret are right up there with, "I didn't inhale." Disgusting display of opportunism at his children's expense, but hardly a surprising one.

    July 9, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. Iran's Gov't Sucks

    Obama/Albright in '08!

    You want a woman with international experience to be the Vice President, right?

    McCain says no to a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq, even as Iraq says they won't agree to a security agreement without one.

    He says we can't talk to Iran and use diplomacy to squelch this situation, even though we're currently doing that in other dictatorial countries.

    Which is it? Do we talk to our enemies in an effort to come to some sort of NON-VIOLENT common agreement, or do we piss away billions of dollars and thousands of lives? I like talking.

    July 9, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. Sandy Vanamburgh

    At this point with iran we can only try to have some talks hoping to stop a war with iran right now, which we don't have the money or the troops to do a repeat with iran like we did with irac. If we go into iran now, which would be a total of three fronts, I feel we would not come out the winner. We are too weak due to the 8 years we have already spent. And another conflict could put us in a deeper financal bind. Where are we suppose to get the troups do this? Right now the only thing we can do is try to have talks with iran, if it dosen't work we will be right where we are if we don't try talks. As i see it we have nothing to loose, and everything to gain. All McCain is thinking about is not to be defeated, what about loosing more american lifes. And how can we say we will be defeated when all we will be doing is turning irac over to the people of irac like should of been done already. Then we can put our money and time into what we should be fighting. The war on terror. Somehow I think that got lost somewhere in irac.

    July 9, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. Mar

    At the end of the day before the election day American people will ask themselves Who is the guy to be trust here? Obama or McCain? Who is the trustworthy guy to be the President of the USA?? There's only one answer obviously Jhon McCain!! as far as trust is concern NOBAMA is out! He is such a fake guy He can not even admit that He is Half white too?? He's playing games Cant trust the guy No no no no por pavor! !! Vote wisely my friend!

    July 9, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. Fernandez

    I do not think we should stop exporting to Iran, there are other countries waiting in line to ship to them. Why should we hurt the people of Iran due to the actions of their Govt. This is one way to get the suport of the Iranian people

    July 9, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  17. ANGIE

    hillary said she would also attack iran

    July 9, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. @HusseinIsAmerican2


    July 9, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. Rita, PA

    The Obamas are good people. I think they are doing their best, given the daunting task of running a historical campaign. I really wish people would give them a break.

    He has my vote, and I think it was wonderful to listen to the girls. They were adorable. Barack and Michelle are doing a great job.

    As far as Hillary is concerned. Of course her supporters are having a hard time and some will be voting for McCain. It is not unlike Barack supporters would have done, if Hillary had been the nominee. I'm happy I'm a Barack supporter, but I completely understand Hillary's supporters. The only thing I don't understand is expecting Barack supporters to pay Hillary's debt.

    July 9, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. Griff

    "The Devil's Anvil" I say it again.. Teran will be ablaze before the next Spring is in sight...

    July 9, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  21. therealist


    July 9, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. Andrea, MD

    All I can say is, Barack will win in a landslide. I can tell, and I think the hatemongers can as well, because there's so much venom online.

    July 9, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. Ms. Sims

    For those stating McCain will be the great savior of this country....How?!!! What is he going to do different from what GWB does, he already says he going to continue these policies. And in the words of Dr. Phil.."America how's that working for you"! When GWB took some of Obama's advice and held talks with "rogue" leaders like that of N. Korea...tada look what happened NUCLEAR REACTORS where distroyed! How bout that for inexperience like he said...it's about common sense sometimes. Yeah lets listen to McCain setup missle defense Russia and other countries who already said they would try to destroy them causing another conflict around the world. And how do McCain supporters think we're going to be able to have troops fighting in Iran if McCain is president...duh we're still over-stretched in Iraq (which he has no plan to leave anytime soon) and need more troops in the already and increasingly violent Afghanistan. Volunteer numbers are way down for the armed forces..I see a draft coming if McCain is elected.

    July 9, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. Joe

    Hey Adam, you wrote "it's about time we had a president who wasn't so arrogant..." ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? Obama is the most arrogant and cocky person I have seen in a long time. He hides from his true colors...he's a typical politician that has all you cult members worshipping everything and anything he says.

    July 9, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. Jeff

    I don't understand Republicans. They finally come around to using diplomacy with North Korea, which they said they would never do, and now they are getting results. When we used this same tough guy attitude with North Korea things quickly spiraled out of control, until finally the Republicans woke up and started treating North Korea the same way that Obama wants to treat Iran. With sanctions, a firm hand, but also with diplomacy. Obama never said ALL he would do was talk. He simply said he would also ADD talking to the sanctions. Republicans tend to talk like bullies but are easily out manuevered intellictually by our enemies. Obamas plan worked with North Korea, and that guy is just as crazy. I mean, really, look at his Elvis hair-doo!

    July 9, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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