November 25th, 2013
07:10 AM ET
10 months ago

Iran deal may define Barack Obama's legacy, for better or worse

Washington (CNN) – President Obama's record on foreign policy has changed dramatically since taking office - he now has one.

What was arguably candidate Barack Obama's biggest weakness in 2008 may become President Obama's biggest strength with the announcement of an interim deal with Iran to slow that country's nuclear program.

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  1. Fair is Fair

    And when the mullahs decide to engage in nuclear blackmail and oil goes to $400 a barrel, the moonbats can continue their protests on Keystone and fracking. Amateur hour at the white house has become a mini series.

    November 25, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Is the agreement ideal? No.
    Is it possible to get the ideal agreement. After 34 years of waiting, probably not.
    Is this deal the end? It's an interim deal that puts inspectors on the ground.
    Why are some people so critical of it? Because the alternative is a military conflict, which is what many of them want.
    Have any of the critics proposed what they would have done, besides say no to this deal? No.

    November 25, 2013 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  3. TONE

    All these senators and congressmen who are against the deal, what are your alternatives? war BOMB BOMB BOMB is that it? send poor peoples kids to fight so that your rich buddies can full their pockets with money from the military industrial complex, and take their oil away, that worked really well in Iraq.

    November 25, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  4. Tiger Who

    We all know the media will do their best to restore.

    November 25, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  5. A True Conservative

    Let's see.....keep low enrichment fissionable material.....keep centrifuges......buddies in North Korea still working on long range ICBMs.....what could possibly go wrong? Hopefully he said....if you like your nuclear weapons you can keep your nuclear weapons....period.....if Obama said that then we're all just fine......

    November 25, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  6. Gurgyl

    Just don't listen to Israel. Middle-east wants to stabilize–after a long, long, long time. Grab it. But, don't give visas outright either. England this mistake–you don't do it.

    November 25, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  7. Tony in Maine

    Most European leaders agree with it, many American leaders openly agree and a majority of the rest tacitly agree but are terrified of angering Bebe Netanyahu. He doesn't like the deal, so everyone else must shut up and vote against it.

    The media is sufficiently dumbed down that the amazing truth will be ignored – our foreign policy is subject to the approval of a grown man not even a citizen of the US and whose nickname is Bebe. (heavy sigh).

    November 25, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  8. HowCanThisBe

    Thank goodness the veil of "most transparent administration in all time" is being lifted. This guy has lied to the American public all of the time. He has put the economy in the toilet, wasted billions of dollars funneled to his friends all of now bankrupt companies, gave the fattest web page development contract to his wife's college friend, error after error after error. The pattern is now past incompetence and clearly malicious destruction of the American ways to force in socialism. WAKE UP AMERICA The great divider is only willing to negatiate with our terroirst nataionl threats like Iran, Syria, but will not even have a discussion with the political party that represent half of this great country. How about that America, our president would rather yield and collaborate with dictators of Muslim countries than work with the country that made him possible……hmmmm

    November 25, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  9. rs

    Well, and let's look at our choices here:
    1. We can talk to Iran, negotiate a deal that benefits both nations, potentially re-stabilizing the Middle East and ending the acrimony from almost 40 years ago. Santions largely remain in place, and those lowered can be reinstated nearly instantly is thing don't go as planned.
    or,
    2. There is the Republican plan: Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.

    As the GOP's last two wars are primarily responsible for the near bankrupting of America (althiough it did go well for Cheney's Halliburton), 6,000 American war dead and well more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians, I think the choice is clear: we can neither afford or sustain another war, and especially so when the Iranians have come to the table to talk.

    November 25, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  10. Joan

    This issue is clearly illustrating the views of the two opposing sides. One side ( made up of America, England, Germany, France, China and Russia) wants to try and solve the problem peacefully through negotiations with no loss of life. The other side spearheaded by Israel and war mongers in the US want to solve it by bullying and military action. The more sensible approach is a no brainer.

    November 25, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    And when the mullahs decide to engage in nuclear blackmail and oil goes to $400 a barrel, the moonbats can continue their protests on Keystone and fracking. Amateur hour at the white house has become a mini series.
    ------------------------
    The right wing's lack of a peaceful solution has not been missed by the American people. The right wing spent the entire 2012 presidential campaign process demonstrating how tough one another was, including how eager they were to attack Iran. And you still wonder why Pres. Obama was re-elected?

    November 25, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  12. Malory Archer

    TONE

    All these senators and congressmen who are against the deal, what are your alternatives? war BOMB BOMB BOMB is that it?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    That was the precise message eric cantor delivered during an interview this weekend.

    November 25, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  13. Data Driven

    @Leigh Ann Caldwell,

    " President Obama's record on foreign policy has changed dramatically since taking office – he now has one."

    Listen up, hun: if you want to be an opinion writer, great, but announce yourself as such. This piece is masquerading as straight news.

    Knock it off.

    November 25, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |