June 22nd, 2009
11:39 AM ET
soundoff (256 Responses)
  1. steve869

    Obama is handling this just right, he is not from the Neocon Foreign Policy School of "bomb first, refuse to answer questions later",...what does the far right want him to do? Send some Stealth bombers over to buzz Tehran? Put three more aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf? We cannot give A Jad a reason to tell his followers that the "Great Satan" is meddling in their affairs, we instead are allowing the Iranian people themselves to expose the corrupt Iranian dictator for what he is, it is up to them to produce change in their country, not us.

    June 22, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Dan, TX

    Let's see, Pat Buchanan thinks Obama is doing the right thing. Dick Luger thinks Obama is doing the right thing, Ron Paul thinks Obama is doing the right thing.

    Real conservatives think Obama is doing the right thing on Iran. You mean its OK to spend another $Trillion on a war in the middle east but not OK to spend the stimulus money?

    June 22, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Emma

    George Wills said it well when he called GOP opposition to Obama's strategy " foolish". He is also right that the Iranians know we oppose
    their violence. The issue seems to be not whether Obama is doing a good job. The issue is that Republicans are sore that they are not in charge.

    June 22, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. Bill

    Obama is absolutely doing the right thing. The USA has no business getting involved in Iran's internal affairs. We're involved in 2 wars already. Every time we get involved in another country's struggle, we lose American lives and dollars. And for what? The track record is not too good – VietNam, Iraq, etc.

    June 22, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. D. Tree

    Don't listen to the insane Republicans – they are playing a dangerous trick.

    If we actively intervene, the whole thing will blow up in our faces.

    Why are we giving these ridiculous neo-cons airtime? This revolution might not have even happened if not for Obama's speech in Cairo!

    Revolutions occur only from within – this is the Iranian People's moment. Support them in spirit, and help them get their stories out to the world, but PLEASE do not interfere on a governmental level.

    When has the neoconservative way EVER worked before – don't listen to the lunatics with trigger fingers! They are just trying to prove they are tough!

    June 22, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. PFFT

    What a dumb question – of course he's soft on Iran – they're a muslim country and therefore can do no wrong in Obama's eyes. Who cares if the government kills people who disagree?

    June 22, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. nola

    For all the individuals wanting to take a hard position against Iran – I would like for each of then to drive, walk, and any other mode of transportation, to their locate recruite office – sign up and go to battle.

    I think that President Obama is has made the right decision – this is not our battle – It is because of the Republicans that the people in this country are experiencing a financial crisis – so they are running their mouths regarding Iran to cause us to look away from our financial issues.

    June 22, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Natasha

    LOOKA HERE!!! America can not alway be a bully in every country, I support Obama. This is how America has build enemies on the years by being a bully. We can support the people of IRAN but stop trying to tell another country how to be,they have laws too. I think Obama respect this country along with the others. Americans still think they own and control the world.

    June 22, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ KathyC in MInnesota

    I agree with you. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. It's paid for in blood.

    June 22, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. Foreign observer

    Already in the past the US intervened in Iran and substituted a democratically elected government (Mossadeq). A dictator came to power. Iranians haven´t forgotten the last intervention yet and any kind of new US interference will be blamed by most Iranians.

    June 22, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. Diane

    Let Iranians take care of Iran. It's not our job to police the world. We have our own problems. Sticking our nose into everyone's business just gets expensive and hasn't worked—none of our meddling in foreign countries has worked since WWII. Let's just take care of our own problems.

    June 22, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Wookie

    In my thoughtful and humble opinion, President Obama in his careful and measured manner is right on target in the way in which he is handeling his comments regarding Iran. I have not heard on TV or the radio one Iranian speak anything but approval of the way in which our President is making decisions regarding Iran. Thank God he is not allowing an ugly rush to harsh language.enter his policies!! We don't need to hear schoolyard bullying language coming from the White House!!! Please,no more "AXIS of EVIL " talk ever again.

    June 22, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. The black spider

    Republican are blaming Obama for a " World Appology tour" with his outrich to the muslim world.
    Now the "World Appology tour" turn to be productive in changing mentalities in Iran now they are coming back blaming him for not supporting the protesters.
    This people make me LMAO.. what do you expect him to do? Send DELTA FORCE to kill the Ayatollah or Ahmadinedjad?
    GOP becoming dumber and dumber every day by going against Obama or everything. It's sad.

    June 22, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. bob in LA

    President Obama is not the President of Iran, nor is he a candidate there. We would look down on any condemnation of how are elections are handeld- why should we have the right to officially comment on their elections?
    These conservative that want a stronger comment alos believe we should be fighting wars everywhere.
    Fight election fraud here before we take on other countries. Our laws that allow for unfounded attacks to be aired unabated are as bad as anyhting done there. And the amount of money spent on election is truly obscene!

    June 22, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Chris - Seattle

    I'd rather see Iranian's burning their ballots, rather than the American Flag! If Obama was to say something that folks want him to say, that scenario would change very quickly! Listen people, we now have a POTUS that can think on the fly without being told what to do & say. Let him do his job and you do yours assuming you have one!

    June 22, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. Gary

    Yes Obama is not doing enough!!!

    But actually, every leader in the free world should be speaking out strongly for the citizens of Iran, emphasizing that the government there needs to reform to give a real fair election, equal rights for women, equal rights and respect for people of all religions and friendlier relationship (without nuclear weapons) with the rest of the world. That the Iranian people deserve a representative government that looks out for their welfare and can help develop an economic, socially and politically successful country.

    June 22, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. yuyu

    WOW Alice, now I can see why this country is in so much trouble. Whith people like you I wonder how we are not even worst.

    June 22, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. changing my screen name to see if it helps getting my comments posted

    If Obama reponded the way the Republicans want him to Iran would have more ammo for its "Great Satan" propaganda. He's doing the right thing.

    I am so glad McCain isn't in office. If he were things would be getting worse with Iran. Plus, he would have started a war with North Korea by boarding one of their ships.

    June 22, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Tom Paine

    Obama would have to do SOMETHING in order to get anywhere NEAR being SOFT.

    Obama is the leader of the free world (unfortunately). Maybe he should start acting like it.

    June 22, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. Obama 2.0

    No he is not to soft. He is brilliant and knows that:
    1. Kohmenie will use his voice against the revolotion and say it is more of the same, comming from America not genuine from Iranian people.

    2. The GOP wants him to fail, so they want him to loose points on international & National security concerns

    3. Look at the results from our involvement/meddling in the history of it all, NOT GOOD.

    He is spot on 🙂

    June 22, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. Obama Victim

    Obozo soft?? well....am I conservative??

    June 22, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. Kate,Saratoga Springs, New York

    No President Obama is pitch perfect on the Iranian situation. These big mouth Republican Senators and Congressman who are shooting off their mouths about him being "timid and passive" are doing nothing to help the people of Iran or the United States.

    The people of Iran know where and who we stand with on this issue. We cannot be seen as interfering. The current administration in Iran can say anything they like, but the world knows that we have not interfered with the Iranian elections.

    June 22, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. Some republican guy

    I think we should drop some nookular bombs on them Iranians! That'd teach them. Have a nice day!

    June 22, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  24. Scott, Tucson

    Iran is showing us that Gun Control does work.

    June 22, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  25. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Yeah......he's too soft!!

    We should go to war! NOW!!! Bring REAL Democracy to Iran......JUST LIKE WE DID IN IRAQ!!! Kill all those who won't live the way (in their country) we want them to live!

    It is.....after-all....'The Neo-Con American Way' 😉 !

    June 22, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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