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

    It is disrespectful to the protestors in Iran to use their struggle as a political tool in the US, and to assume with all of our patriarchal colonialist wisdom that the protestors can't take back their country themselves.

    Can you imagine if a foreign country had forced its "help" on us when we were fighting the British? France and others helped out a bit, but for the most part we stood on our own and largely alone, and we took our freedom. Why would we prevent the Iranians from doing the same? Why should we cheapen their struggle by thinking we can do it better?

    June 22, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. TRUTH

    i just wish CNN would stop talking about this. I understand its importance to and for the world, but as I go to watch CNN, I am not exagerating, they only talk about Iran. Can they at least switch subjects every once in a while

    June 22, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. New Day

    Every expert on Iranian affairs I have heard on both CNN and Fox News (not MSNBC because they insisted on airing documentaries during the biggest news story of the year) have said that President Obama handled the situation just right. It's only the COR (Crotchety Old Republicans) that seem to have an issue with EVERYTHING he does.

    They even criticized him getting ice cream with his daughters on FATHER'S DAY for pete's sake. They actually had the gaul to liken it to Bush playing golf during the Iraq War AS IF Obam. like Bush, had started a war of choice.

    June 22, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. Shirley In California Now On The Fence Re Obama

    In a word NO.

    June 22, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Shawn

    A Lot of comments have been written about going to war, and not going to war, their is more than one way to topple the Iranian Government, but I think our President is more interested in making a great speech, that he can put in his Presidenchal Library, than he is with dealing with the Iranian Government and the threat that they are to us and our alias.

    June 22, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |

    I think he is handling it just right. At some point we need to stop being BIG BROTHER and let these country and their people fight for themselves. We in America have our own HUGE problems right now. I understand that they can pose a threat to surrounding countries but by gosh, we have Iraq, Afgan and now you want Iran too, not to mention N Korea. Enough already! The RIGHT, well their slogan shouldn't be "DRILL BABY DRILL" BUT " BOMB BABY BOMB"

    June 22, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. PFFT


    If you can't take it, don't dish it out. What about all the democrats hating on Bush? Oh, does the truth hurt? That your boy is a teleprompter wanna be?

    June 22, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Respect

    Although I agree with Obama, I must give credit where credit is due. I understood the long range plan. Most bloggers don't see strategically, therefore they do not understand a planning process. I say, thank you President Bush for your great foresight and leadership in placing the framework for the future Iran Revolution. Thanks Obama for playing into the plan set forth by Bush.

    June 22, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. John in Ohio

    It's amazing how many people suddenly think they're geopolitical experts because Rush gave them something else to use to attack Obama.

    Find an Iranian, even one of the pro-reform protestors, and ask them what they think the US should do. Probably 95% of the answers will be the same, let them solve their own problems and fight their own battles.

    Iranians know Republicans still hate them and are only using their struggle to score cheap political points.

    June 22, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Peter E

    Exactly who are we to judge others' elections? We never have a second round of elections. We elected Bush despite him losing the nation-wide popular vote. We disenfranchise millions of people every election. Even IF we took a harder rhetoric on Iran, nobody, not even their opposition would listen to us!

    June 22, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. Das

    When will we learn? All great empires fall. If we keep sticking our nose in other people's business, we will one day stick our nose in too far where we won't be able to recover. Us American's need to cut the cocky attitude. We are just one country. If we keep meddling, then that will be our downfall. Obama is smart, Stop listening to the sore loser who wants to bomb, bomb, bomb Iran, because that would stir up all of the countries who want to bomb America. I have children, and I don't want to fear for their lives, because of our desire to control the world. We need to wake up.

    June 22, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. Julia Byrd- Hayden Idaho

    Remember May 4, 1970, Kent State massacre, no other country interfered. We had to solve our own issues.

    June 22, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. TM of CO

    Thank you Mr. President for not going off half cocked like your predecessor did in Iraq. Hey Repubs, what would you have him do? Drop some bombs on Tehran?

    June 22, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. aware530

    Prez.Obama is doing the right thing. We have our hands in to many things in regards to other countries. We need to better our country and fix this recession. In this country we have diff types of people and strong people who want to see a change. We take the proper route in making sure these changes occur. People in other countries look at the world diff. They have their own culture. We can't impose our on beliefs etc on them. We also can't keep getting involved in their issues when we have our own. They will be our friends today and enemies tomorrow. We need to take care of home 1st then help others. Poor Prez has to deal with Bush's dirty mess.

    June 22, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. Zero.

    Or Is Obama looking for: "Glory for himself?"

    June 22, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  16. dominican mama 4 Obama

    To bruce:

    We were bombed during WWII ( see: Pearl Harbor ) thus justifying our involvement in it. Alas, even with our Allies involved we showed restraint in getting involved. To paraphrase your pronouncement: Those who DON' t know their history, are just doomed. Add yourself to that list.

    June 22, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. M - Revolution

    This revolution belongs to the people of Iran; they are tired of their country's political and religious oppression...Fight on! President Obama spoke up during his speech in Cairo. So-called Muslims need to stop killing & the good Muslims need to speak out against the hateful regimes.

    Americans support sYOU in your effort.

    June 22, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. Jeff from PDX

    The focus needs to continue to be on the Iranian people and their Government. If the US appears to get too involved, the focus will be on US Vs. Iran, which will only take the focus off the people's struggle for a free and open society.

    The world and the People of Iran know where the US stands. No need to stoke the flames from our end.

    June 22, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. seebofubar

    The decision of the Iranian government to be as inhumane as they are to the demonstrators must be in part due to the speach Obama made in Egypt. The Iranian government knows that he is between a rock and a hard place. I believe that he (and apparetntly some of the people on this blog) that actually thinks that Iran can be reasoned with. Ask the father of the girl that was just killed if his government can be reasoned with. There is a time for talk and a time for action. We have had enough talk from our blowhard president. It's time to show the Iranian people that we can support them just as other countries supported us in the late 1700's.

    June 22, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. Limbaugh is a liberal

    As opposed to Cheney from the last administration who talked hard on Iran, but still let his old oil buddies from Halliburton violate the sanctions and establish major business operations in that country. All hail hypocrisy! Talk is talk, action is action. Republicans are all talk, no action!

    June 22, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. w.l. jones

    Some of these adult crying about what we should do about Irain, even today if they stump there toe they would holler Ma./Ma I wont my Mama. Said enough.

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

    Our President is doing about all he can do. We can't afford to get involved, politically, militarily or economically. For once, let's mind our own business. The Iranians will have to sort out their own government issues, and they seem perfectly willing and able to do so. Evidently they have proven themselves to be very strong and capable, and in the end, the current government will have to rethink its direction if it has even a remote chance of continuing in power.

    But the Republicans in this country ought to keep their mouth SHUT. The nerve of McCain (bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran) and Lindsey Graham. Two hypocrites who could not have cared less about the Iranian people last year, now all of a sudden Iranian people are their major concern!! Who are they kidding?? Two political opportunists if ever there were any. And no one is listening to you, guys!!

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

    Let's send graham,oreilly, hannity,limbaugh,mccain and anyone else of the repigs i can think of over to iran, and let's see if they talk that negativity about President Obama then. What a bunch of nothings

    June 22, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. Fitz in Texas

    It isn't so much that Obama is too soft, it's more that Obama and his administration have no idea what to do, on anything, other than spend spend spend and ruin the future of this country and our children and grandchildren

    Now, fly that up the flag pole and see who salutes!

    June 22, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. Ivan Schiff

    The last time we intervend in Iran, Eisenhower ( unlike Truman who refused) at the request of England and the British oil companies in 1953, had the CIA overthrew the legally elective government, install the Shah who installed a repressive regime, which led to the Iranian people taking to the streets as they are doing now. Results were the ouster of the Shah the installation of the Ayatollah Kamne, and the take over of our embassy.
    So now the Republicans want to repeat that mistake again. Heaven forbid some other county would attempt to interven in our elections, the Republicans would be outraged and take up the McCain chant, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb.

    June 22, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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