June 22nd, 2009
11:39 AM ET
soundoff (256 Responses)
  1. Dave C - NJ

    The protesters in Iran are not protesting to overthrow the govt or to bring in a new Democracy...that's just GOP rhetoric designed to fire up the uneducated...like "terrorists in our communities."

    The protesters are fighting for a rival leader of the same party.

    Iran will always be truly governed under the same religious autocracy they have in place now. That will not change, hence the US getting involved would accomplish nothing.

    June 22, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. Beatrice Lindsay

    Obama is a muslim, just like the Iranians. There's no way he will stand up against one of his brothers. His brothers do not reside in the USA. The Iranian government have got his number.

    June 22, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. Neutralizer

    This is "robust debate" as Obama described it last week. Just wait, Obama will give his long winding speech soon, he's waiting for his speechwriter to finish it and off Obama goes with TELEPROMPTER.

    Reagan was remembered by saying: 'GORBACHEV TEAR DOWN THIS WALL". Obama will be remembered by saying: "You can go ahead and move it up, I've said that already" addressing his TELEPROMPTER.

    June 22, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. haha

    jay do you actually think any one cares about what you say on the same website the right winders post on, shut up, quit gripping and get a real job

    June 22, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. Dave C - NJ

    Freedom and Liberty?

    That will never happen in Iran.

    That's not what this is about.

    Typical GOP: Complain about things that no one said or things that are just not true.

    June 22, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Deb

    Impeach Obama NOW - what a dumb thing to say. He has not turned his back on anyone but we can not dictate to other countries. We can stand by and offer a hand is asked but we should certainly not be seen as the cause of this uproar. Trouble with Iran can impact our work in Iraq as well as our troops. Republicans need to really think things through and stop being so quick to criticize our President.

    June 22, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. Neutralizer

    This is "robust debate" as Obama described it last week. Just wait, Obama will give his long winding speech soon, he's waiting for his speechwriter to finish it and off Obama goes with TELEPROMPTER.

    Reagan was remembered by saying: 'GORBACHEV TEAR DOWN THIS WALL". Obama will be remembered by saying: "YOU CAN GO GO AHEAD AND MOVE IT UP, I'VE SAID THAT ALREADY," addressing his TELEPROMPTER.

    The first one was a LEADER, the second is an OPPORTUNIST.

    June 22, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. Dennis

    I think we should isolate Iran as much as possible.

    June 22, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. jt

    @Ken in NC said "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."
    **********************

    Perfectly said and worthy of repeating.

    June 22, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. Debra Austin, Texas

    What is clear is that certain GOP testosterone lacking politicians want to make an issue out of this delicate strategic response. They would rather harm America's interests if it meant they could score some cheap political points. Trouble is, nobody is buying your cheap goods Retards. Stop being traitors and get behind the President. You're just acting like childhood idiots and thugs....kind of like Ahmdenajad.

    June 22, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. Minnesotan

    I think we've spent a lot of time doing it the other way to no avail. And I agree that our policies towards the middle east could very well enbolden even more disdain for America in Iran. Iran is a country that has, believe it or not, a more favorable view of the U.S. than most other middle eastern countries in regards to their population as a whole. Do it Cheney and Bush's way and we'll turn them against us. Do it Obama's way... and we don't know what will happen yet, but its worth and try and we already know what the GOP's policies did to our image around the world.

    June 22, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. The Center

    So now, quite suddenly Repubs really care about the freedoms of Iranian citizens. Weren't Repubs against even speaking to Iran? In fact, many Repubs made comments about military strikes against Iran. This newfound respect for Iranians is insincere, and really just another line of attack on Obama.

    June 22, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. the dude of truth

    lets be the worlds police...that has worked out great for us....NOT

    June 22, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. Jack in Florida

    It has nothing to do about being tough or weak with Iran.....IT HAS TO DO WITH BEING SMART ON IRAN. That is certainly something the Republicans know nothing about. They are all about the 'brawn".....Barack is all about the "brains".

    He is a smart man and he thinks past the immediate situation......he is doing a fine job when it comes to speaking out about the atrocities that are going on in Iran.

    June 22, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Judy

    The remarks coming from Senator McCain are the height of irresponsibility. Our President is handling this situation in exactly the right way. The President's New Years message to iran and his Cairo speech contributed to giving these young Iranians the determination to stand up for their freedom. If McCain had his way, he would put all their efforts and their lives in jeopordy. Thank God we didn't elect John McCain. All McCain knows is war.

    June 22, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. K. Owens

    For once we have a President who is not getting us into another country's mess. Yes, it's terrible that there is such civil unrest in Iran, but we've got enough problems to fix right here at home. I don't recall the Iranians jumping into it when the 2000 election debocle occured here in the States. Let's leave well enough alone because it has nothing to do with us!

    June 22, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. lxm

    Maybe ANOTHER outing will help him make a decision.... Obama is a coward, plain and simple.... worst President ever...Sorry I voted for hime !!!!

    June 22, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. TCM

    @ JAY –

    Well, what are you doing? Besides sitting on your ass and licking stamps for Obama mailers? Think he's gonna save you from something? It's ignorance like you've displayed, and supported is what got us into the worse finanacial mess this nation's seen!

    Congratulations on being a hingepin for your own demise. Liberals don't understand freedoms until they suffer oppression...

    June 22, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. Lauren

    I have heard Obama make several strong statements about the situation in Iran. He denounced Iran for committing violence against their own people, he said he supported the peoples right to free speech, and to protest, he told Iran the whole world is watching.

    Outside of these statements, and others, what else does anyone think he should do? Are people, namely the republicans, suggesting we go to war with Iran? or are we suppossed to send in military troops? Are we suppossed to send in peace keeping forces? What are the people who are saying Obama is not doing enough suggesting he do? Or are they merely criticizing just to criticize.

    Nearly every expert on Iranian affairs has said Obama is doing thr right thing.

    Also, I did not hear the people of Iran or the Iranian govt speaking out or saying anything when bush stole the election from Gore.

    June 22, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. Al

    Please quit running this Iran crap into the ground!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 22, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Dennis

    1. Polls taken weeks before the election suggest that Ahmadinejad's victory was indeed very plausible.

    2. Moussavi is little different from Ahmadinejad, except that he may let women show a little more hair.

    3. Obama will still have to deal with the Iranian gov't to work something out on the nuclear issue.

    4. Nothing said by Obama can help the protestors. The gov't already blames the west for the unrest, they aren't going to pull back security forces because Obama says he likes the guy who lost better than the guy who won.

    The same chickenhawks who say Obama should condemn the Iranian gov't are the same hippy-haters who bash protestors here at home even when elections ARE stolen.

    June 22, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. Foster AZ

    For BRUCE:
    "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"

    History shows US wasn't involved in WWII until AFTER Pearl Harbor was bombed. We were the LAST to get involved and yes, history does show us the Obama (admin.) is(are) making the right call on this one. It's not to say NO action will ever be taken but now is not the time.

    June 22, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Rick C.

    Hey, I've got a great idea. Let's start another war!!!

    June 22, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. ThinkAboutIt

    President Obama is privvy to a huge amount of information that we are not. I trust his judgment, in part because I know his actions will be dictated by doing the right thing, not what will score him the most points politically.

    It's called being a thoughtful, intelligent adult – and another reason why I am so thankful we elected Obama to be our President.

    June 22, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    GOP wants us to play WORLD POLICE again.

    Don't want to take care of the homefront though.

    June 22, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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