Obama says he's not bluffing on Iran nukes
March 2nd, 2012
09:54 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama says he's not bluffing on Iran nukes

(CNN) – President Barack Obama says he isn't bluffing when he says Iran shouldn't have a nuclear weapon, but he cautions against a premature Israeli strike against the Islamic republic.

"At a time when there is not a lot of sympathy for Iran and its only real ally, (Syria,) is on the ropes, do we want a distraction in which suddenly Iran can portray itself as a victim?" he said this week in an interview with the Atlantic.

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  1. nomore lies

    Its not about Nukes... IRAN, IRAQ, LIBYA have this in common...

    They all trying to get out of the dollar in purchasing oil.. They want to GET OUT of the DOLLAR. wake up!

    March 2, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    A preemptive war would be reckless, and a sign of panic. Such a move would also prove everything that Islamic extremists say about the West. Bin Laden had said that his reason for the 9/11 attacks was because the West invades Arab countries to overthrow, occupies them to steal the oil, and leaves behind a puppet government. That charge sounded pretty crazy right up until Bush invaded Iraq.

    Making a preemptive strike would be even more reckless. You have no way of knowing if you are aiming at the right target, and Iran holds all of the aces when it comes to proving that you struck the wrong one, killing civilians.

    March 2, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Keep their feet to the fire Mr. President!

    March 2, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    I predict there will be a simultaneous attack on Iran and Syria. Let's wait and see.

    March 2, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. carrie stine

    im sick of hereing that you have done and havent done we have poor kids and we burndt our bras ,and prgised,and liers to us te people why religion and woemns body are therirs so this with actors and the rich and te gays leave people ulone and do your job havent seen it yet becoming russisa we fill and aliens we have to puss one for my engliss sick of it

    March 2, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. diridi

    I have 180% confidence on this President. Obama2012.

    March 2, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If we elect Mittens, I am sure he will be able to unite the warring factions in the middle east against us.

    March 2, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. Anonymous

    America can't afford a war with Iran and America has no actual reason to go to war with Iran. Full stop.

    March 2, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. jaywing

    For the most part I'm a peaceful guy; but, if you don't think our President and our country is serious about this Iran,why don't you ask Osama bin Laden and the upper escalon leaders of Al Queda and the Taliban. Oh, that's right, I forgot... you can't!

    March 2, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. Nothiga

    Does Ron Paul support Obama's DIPLOMATIC approach on Iran or Rmoney's war-mongering?

    Somebody is FAKE!

    March 2, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Fair is Fair

    Usually when someone says "I'm not bluffing", they're bluffing.

    March 2, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. LIP

    Sounds like George Bush all over again...two wrongs don't make a right

    March 2, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    "I also don't, as a matter of sound policy, go around advertising exactly what our intentions are." - Obama
    ============================================================================
    But that is EXACTLY what Obama did when you ramped up troops in Afghanistan! So by Obama's own definition and words, his Afghanistan policy for the last two years has been UNSOUND! Yes, we already knew that.

    Obama is a total empty suit and the Iranians know it. They are laughing their arses off at this weakling. Israel is going to have to count on doing this themselves.

    March 2, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |