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

    @Soy, too bad it IS about the U.S. vs. Islam. The fanatics had absolutely no problem recruiting before Bush's sabre rattling as two attacks on the WTC, two attacks on US embassies in Africa, the attack on Kubar towers, and the USS Cole all show. It's them or us.

    June 22, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. fella from Chicago

    Not all Iranians live in Iran. There have been large protests in this country as well as other parts of the world by Iranians. I'm a Conservative Republican, but I have to agree after watching and listening to those Iranians living outside of their country they in no way want our intervention other than Obama escalating his rhetoric to meet the ever increaing violence by the Iranian authorities. Let's not forget the picture of the young 17 year old Iranian woman (Neda) shot in front of her father and watching the life ebbing from her face. America must at least let the Mullahs of Iran know that we're watching as well as the rest of the world and we won't forget what they have done to the young Neda's of Iran.

    June 22, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. lil

    Obama is handling this situation with Iran just find fine. the republican are just playing politics. If he had blasted Iran the republican would have just said he was getting into Iran domestic problems so he has
    to handle it the right way.
    Plus USA can't afford another war and what would we do bumb Iran and kill a lot of innocent kids and cause a nuclear war.
    Shut up republican and let us all remember the party of no and vote them all out next time alone with a few democrates who are also practicing republicans.

    June 22, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. JP

    Obama administration had been so eagerly waiting for talks with Iran on nuclear issues; but now what; talk with a government that is not considered legitimate by their own people?

    Or call it legitimate, and then flash the olive branch all over again?

    June 22, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. dominican mama 4 Obama

    To zippy June 22nd, 2009 12:16 pm ET

    oBamma is a cowerd, He,s scart of iran. he's teh worst pres we ever had;

    zippy you and phoenix86 need to go back to school, get your GED's, and try to pay attention to the teachers this time around. Pathetic.

    June 22, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Shawn

    We need to do something with Iran now while the fire is hot and the citizens are mad at the Iran's government, and a few well spoken speeches, will not help the situation. We can neutralize the Iranian Governments Nuclear ambitions for years if our President would grow a spine and do what needs to be done. In the next few years, if there is an attack on us or our allies by Iran, it will be on our Presidents Obama's Head.

    June 22, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Bruce

    ShastaM said

    "They know we support them in their battles and they know that the American people are behind them. Let's wait for them to ask for more. Then reassess the situation."

    Yes, with this type of thinking back in WWII we would be saying "Sieg Heil" right now. Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it. It looks like another whimpy Democrat who doesn't have the guts to stand up to dictatorships. Way to go Obama, you coward.

    June 22, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Cheney's mother named him "Dick" for a reason

    The only reason the media keeps drumming on this GOP talking point is to boost their ratings in hopes of having another foreign conflict to cover to ... You guessed it: Boost their plummeting ratings! Nice work, CNN.

    June 22, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. wally

    Why does this question keep getting asked when the true experts have said that President Obama's position and response has been absolutely appropriate? The Republicans are looking just as stupid as they always do...and thank God, John McCain is not our president.

    June 22, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. Carole

    Unlike Bush, President Obama does not consider Iran the Axis of Evil. Also the same Republicans that say Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran like McCain only care about the oil. The Rethugs could care less about people of color at jeopardy. Look at Iraq!!!!!!!

    The Iranian resistance is on to the Rethugs using them as a cheap political gain to be divisive. The Party of NO.

    Republican Party = Stale, Pale and Male

    I agree with Truthsayer, Stupid Question!

    June 22, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Ted

    Obama is doing the right thing. The neocon rightwing nuttery party of NO is split on it wiht blowhard Bennett wanting us to start bombing and Lugar saying Obama has struck the right tone.

    June 22, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    bama is being smart!the US cannot be seen as meddling in Iran's internal affairs or we risk giving ammo to the government to squash the protester's i wish the GOP got that instead of trying to score political points over President Obama,Oh and by the way noone in the muslimworl d trust you so you realy not fooling anyone.

    June 22, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. Scott, Tucson

    Whats really ironic about all this is that, if Bush were in office the liberals here would be crucifying him for his in-actions towards Iran right now.

    June 22, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. MC

    To "fella from Chicago:" Well done – fantastic post!

    June 22, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Jay

    Do you right wingers actually think you're making a difference by posting snide comments on a media web blog? Really? No wonder your party is doomed. We've had 8 years of Republican foreign policy and it's gotten us nowhere. Might as well just shut up about it since no one is listening to what your saying anyways...

    June 22, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. the folly of the gop continues. . .

    Aren't two wars enough to quelch your thirst for blood that we must yet again stick our noses into another middle-east crisis?

    June 22, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Joe the REALIST...!

    I think the President is too soft on rebuking the ridicolous idealogy coming from Republicans that are just playing political games....

    Obama needs to make a strong statement to the United States about the situation in Iran being a very serious matter, and political game playing at this time is wreckless and can have grave consequences.....

    The President needs to assure the majority a clear and thoughtful Americans, that he won't give in to Republican Knee Jerk Reactions, he needs to be more firm against these despicable people, the Republicans that is.......

    June 22, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. Christopher

    Obama is being wise. There's much more to it, then a immediate response. Obama needs to communicate for the long term. They also
    have nuclear weapons. It is very tragic that civilians are dying for a right
    they should already have. I believe Obama will step up to the plate at the precise moment when the most can be taken care of. It is a shame for the lost of innocent lives. American should be thankful Bush isn't in office using cowboy techniques to create deeper seeds to haunt us in later years. We have a wise president, give him room, let him be mature.

    June 22, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. Briordy Meyers

    He's not being soft. He's going to act like every other american president and use it as a justification for increased military intervention. He's just a savvy enough politician to wait until people are clamoring for him to do it. Until enough Neda stories are collected and reach a saturation point. It's already a foregone conclusion..(see Afghanistan and Pakistan)...he's just trying to play it right.

    June 22, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Stacey - Stamford, CT

    I believe President Obama is doing the right thing. The wacko neocons crack me up. Are they really as stupid as they constantly sound? I'm beginning to think so. So glad McCain isn't the President. He would probably be trying to "bomb, bomb, bomb" Iran.

    June 22, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. Ken in NY

    Just as America would not find it helpful to have Iran interfere with our presidential election when it went wrong in FL we must now allow Irianians have their say without our interference.

    By not interfering there is a better chance that we can defuse a nuclear armed Iran. We have our own 11 trillion dollar decift to be worried about. We can NOT AFFORD to police the world without Tax and Spending.

    June 22, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. Phat Elvis

    just last year Iran was still part of the Axis of Evil, now just because there are protests everyone thinks they are suddenly going to become a democracy. Moussavi is no Abraham Lincoln, that's a small detail everyone seems to have missed.

    If the Repubs are so hot and bothered about helping democracies why arent we in Egypt, somalia and other african countries struggling with dictators?

    Obama has struck the right tone. and he did it by thinking the situation through.

    June 22, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. Middle man

    Oh Zippy, I have decoded your message and I think you were "scart" of your teacher.

    June 22, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. Reality

    Inaction is dangerous when dealing with tyranical dictators and regimes who are bent on death and destruction. You may say that Obama can make decisions but I will argue that he can only make decisions (bad ones at that) based on domestic policies that support his socialistic views. Any decision of "World" consquence is "outside of his pay range". I'm afraid if Obama was president during WWII, there would probably be little to no Jews living on this planet today and most of the world would be speaking German.

    June 22, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. Al-NY,NY

    Rob June 22nd, 2009 12:46 pm ET

    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.

    Typical flawed argument....Rob. When we send billions to Iran every year and support their economy as well as their safety, THEN we can tell them what we think. Since Israel is dependent on the US, we can state our opinion. In Iran we have no ties. You righties are just delusional. You don't even know the facts but just spout off on the typical Faux News, fat boy taking points

    June 22, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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