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

    Yeah, because Iraq is going so well for us. Like other posters have said, we are not in charge of the world–this conflict isn't about us, Britain or any other nation that, according to Iran (has influenced the protests). The Iranians are not interested in being "liberated" by Americans....

    John McCain was laughable on Sunday morning....he kept going back to "1776" and that the Iranian people should be able to have this revolution and that we should step in and help. Who helped us? Oh...a handful of native americans, who we kindly paid back years later with disease and desolation.

    Face it. There really IS a reason he and Sarah Palin didn't win.

    June 22, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. Dawn In Atlanta

    I think President Obama is taking the right stance. If the Iranian Protesters want help; they should select a leader to help them organize peaceful protests and also reach out to the U.S. and other countries if they want and need our help.

    Also, I think it actually helps President Obama for the GOP to criticize him. The past eight years under President Bush has certainly alienated the U.S. from the Middle East relations, which President Obama is now trying to mend.

    The GOP is not respected in that region and who can forget GOP Senator John McCain’s rant “Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran”.

    June 22, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. Alrighty Now

    Here we go. To John McCain and crew. Go on over to Iran and try to strongarm the leadership. Hopefully, they'll keep you there. Permanantly!

    June 22, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. Really

    Maybe Iran can comment on our voting fraud in the MN election. Many questions remain in the Franken/Coleman race. Some areas reported more votes than registered voters. Also the court is not willing to count all the legal votes. hmmmmm.

    June 22, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. Foreign observer

    Any direct American Iran influence or harsh talk will be blamed .. not only by Iranians but also by Russians, Chinese and many more !

    June 22, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Chipster

    Exactly as he did during the campaign, McCain rushed in and made yet another foolish, politically motivated grand-stand. What is the point in passing a meaningless resolution that never mentions what exactly these so-called leader believe should be done.

    Please start asking these folks what it is they want the U.S. to do. They aren't happy with the President's statements, well then what? Does McCain want to invade Iran over their election and internal turmoil? He hasn't said so. Would he like to reinstate the draft so we will have enough soldiers and could he come up with a way to pay for it? But is that what he is advocating?

    When asked this weekend, what should the President do, Bill Bennett's responded that the President should "strongly express his disappointment." Oh my! That's really getting tough, Mr. Bennett. Please, ask McCain what he thinks we should do.

    June 22, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. Shari, NY

    America has 50 states and Iran with all its oil is not one of them. By the way, what is this story I am hearaing about this USGS report on huge "Bakken" oil reserve spanning the Dakotas and Montana?

    June 22, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. Renee

    The wait and see approach is definitely correct. Condemning the state-sanctioned violence against a peaceful protest is correct, but going any further would end up backfiring. We don't want to give the Iranians a reason to unite (against the US). They also must find their own democracy. Neither Iraq's nor Afghanistan's democracies are functioning well yet. I'll bet if Iran continues and gets a true democracy, it will be truly functional before the US "guided" democracies of Iraq and Afghanistan.

    June 22, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Charlie in Maine

    You ask that question as though some purpose other than cheap political points could be served by talking "tougher" about Iran. It is called "understanding the culture" look into it. If he came out GOP fashion guns blaring, chest thumping and knuckles dragging the people in charge of this movement would be forced to take a side for or against us.

    As hard as it is for those neanderthals of the GOP (no offense intended to neanderthals) this is NOT about us. Making it about us would be counter-productive both for us and for our potential allies in Iran.

    June 22, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. audacity of a dope

    Just apologize it will be ok

    June 22, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. Ken in NC

    If the President had come out with "BOMB, BOMB, BOMB IRAN", he would have been criticized for that position. By taking a more measured position that makes it possible for him to work with anyone that comes out of that problem in Iran. He is dammed either way he turns. He is not a war monger. He would prefer to have the support of other nations with us. This is not a bad thing. We have seen for the last 8 years how slamming and or threatening countries with our fear only serves to make more around the world hate us. It's time we stop trying to be the "WORLDS POLICE DEPARTMENT" and become one of the many nations of the world willing to work with others for peace.

    We all agree and understand that if we are assaulted then we will have to strike back and I think the world already knows that. We do not need to walk the streets of the world like a bully.

    June 22, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hold true to your course Mr. President. Those of us who voted you in looking for change are getting it. Enough with the warmongers, and the baiters. Continue to teach our country that we have to get our stuff together before we start pontificating to another country. We have enough problems without pushing you into a corner to create another one of the international scale. Restraint, restraint. I'm all for restraint and level-headedness.

    June 22, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Tom from Roch., NY

    A president that thinks before he starts a war. Finally, sanity!

    The 'shoot first, ask questions later' approach is why rethugs aren't in power anymore. Are you listening?

    I wonder what the correlation is between those speaking for a stronger stance and money recieved from the military industrial lobby?

    June 22, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. William Pontarelli

    He has said enough. At this point any inflammatory comment will push hardliners further to the right killing more innocent people. We need to focus on what the Iranian people want. So fair I only get from the news is their desire for a honest, fair, and free election.

    June 22, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. kyle from ohio

    You know the Ruling party in IRan is conservative: they do not want changes , it will cost the country to much, anyone not for us is against us. It's our way or no way. Boy that does sound Repub (conservative) these days. The two groups could change countries and the verbiage would not change . How is it (those who screamed Country First) that our way of life is great and our Democrecy is the Best in the world, Then turn around on other subjects of importance and say that the Goverment sucks and can not be trusted to do right for the people it govern. Health Care, Education, Regulations???? What's the dill pickle.

    June 22, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. Foreign observer

    What was the Iran reaction when Bush became president by having less votes than Gore ?

    June 22, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. Cleo

    It is none of our business....Why does Americans think we have to force our values and voice to other countries...The President is correct...Keep out of the affairs of other countries....

    June 22, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. citizenjane


    Your comment brings to mind Kent State, May 4, 1970, USA

    June 22, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. Rob

    I'm sure The Teleprompter is divining up a speech right now for Obama to read, saying that the U.S. is to blame for the unrest (that is, the U.S. before Obama took office), and that the U.S. will send money to the Iranian govt.

    He doesn't want to meddle in Iran, yet he has no problem trying to strongarm Israel. That should give you some idea of where his loyalties lie.

    June 22, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. MrWright

    After 8 LONG years of Yosemite Sam (W. Bush ), it's a relief to see a political leader like Obama showing some restraint and apparent wisdom. The calls from the "right" for more threatening rhetoric in the Iranian situation, only continues to show their disconnect from reality. I believe that the American people want resolutions to problems not more meaningless posturing.

    June 22, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    If McCain were POTUS, we definitely would NOT be having htis debate. So his suggestions and opinions are worthless. I know he would have not reached out to the entire Muslim world, let alone have anything to do with the Iranian elections. President Obama's message to that region has already made a change to the Yemenese government and now is having an impact on Iran. This is CHANGE!!! By the way, Al Queda is on the run. The drone attacks in Waziristan and the border region of Pakistan/Afghanistan are having a major impact.

    June 22, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. Melissa

    No. Obama is doing exactly what he should be doing no matter what the warmonger Republicans think. The Republicans are now the minority and they need to learn to shut up.

    June 22, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. Tom Swift - Shopton NY

    With any luck at all the whole stinking country of Iran will self-destruct.

    Since the 1970's I've heard enough "Death to America" out of all their mealy mouths to last a lifetime.

    Why any American should give a hoot about Iran's fate is beyond me.

    Obama is doing the right thing... giving the situation all the attention it merits.


    June 22, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. Ken in NC

    I am almost ready to declare the Republican Party "THE AXIS OF EVIL". It seems they are hell bent on getting us into another war or pushing President Obama into a position where a conflict breaks out so they can blame him for that. All Republicans want is war. What a bunch of losers.

    June 22, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. lou

    Obama is not Iran's daddy. Keep our big nose out of it. They stayed out of our election fraud when the supreme court gave Bush the presidency last go around.

    June 22, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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