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  • Morning Bell: The President Must Stop Voting "Present" on Iran

    Yesterday in Tehran’s Azadi Square, hundreds of thousands of Iranians turned out to listen to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech marking the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. Ahmadinejad did not disappoint the adoring crowd, defiantly announcing that Iran had become a “nuclear state,” adding: “The Iranian nation is brave enough that if one day we wanted to create an atomic bomb, we would announce it publicly and would create it.”

    But the Iranian nation is not nearly as unified behind the current regime as yesterday’s production was meant to show. The supporters in Azadi Square had actually been bussed in by the regime from around the country. For weeks before the anniversary, the government had arrested students, photographers and journalists in an effort to disrupt the Green Movement which had successfully organized mass opposition demonstrations last year following Ahmadinejad’s fraudulent reelection. The government also slowed Internet service and shut down some social networking services to disrupt opposition communications. But even that wasn’t enough. When the Green Movement did manage to stage smaller counter-demonstrations, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Basij militia fired tear gas and beat them with clubs until the crowds dispersed.

    And Ahmadinejad’s nuclear claims also might not be all they are cracked up to be. Former U.S. officials and independent nuclear experts tell The Washington Post that Iran’s main uranium enrichment facility at Natanz has experienced declining output levels due to possible technical problems and possibly sabotage. Ahmadinejad’s “nuclear state” shows that the regime is determined to push ahead with its nuclear program despite international opposition. And it is clear that Iran continues to increase its stockpile of enriched uranium, which it could use to build a nuclear weapon.

    That is a nuclear weapon which, coupled with Iran’s growing ballistic missile capability, could annihilate Israel. And Ahmadinejad did not ignore Israel on Tehran’s 31st anniversary. In a call to Syrian leader Bashar Assad, he warned Israel against attacking Syria, Lebanon or elsewhere in the region. Ahmadinejad’s phone call is a pointed signal to Israel that if it launches a preventive strike at Iran’s nuclear program, then Tehran will order Hezbollah to launch terrorist and rocket attacks against Israel. As Heritage scholar James Phillips has detailed, an Israeli strike on Iran would have serious implications for U.S. national security.

    It is far past time for the Obama administration to admit its “don’t rock the boat” approach to the Iranian regime has failed. The Obama administration’s efforts to seek sanctions through the United Nations are a nice thought, but considering guaranteed opposition from China and Russia, any realistic strategy must also look outside the United Nations. Washington therefore must think outside the U.N. box and press its allies and other countries to impose stronger sanctions outside the U.N. framework. Iran would be hard hit by bans on foreign investment, gasoline exports, trade with firms affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and other measures undertaken by the European Union, Japan, India, the Gulf Cooperation Council or other countries.

    The Obama administration should also take a lesson from Ronald Reagan and step-up its public diplomacy efforts to support the Green Movement. The U.S. government should announce that regime change is official U.S. policy, step-up support for Radio Free Iran, and continue to work with Iranians abroad setting up pro-democracy Web sites. The administration’s current course is heading to a dangerous place. The President cannot keep doing the bare minimum and hope the Iranian regime plays nice.

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    61 Responses to Morning Bell: The President Must Stop Voting "Present" on Iran

    1. Ken Jarvis says:

      John Arizona – I need YOUR help.

      My Email is LVKen7@Gmail.com

      Tell me HOW – “If Obama’s POLICIES fail, the US wins.”

      What is YOUR Email address?

    2. RJ Williams says:

      I submit that it is patent that the President has NO INTENTION of diminishing, slowing, or much less stopping the Iranian march toward aggressive nuclear armament. There is no open information or flow of information to the American people that would lead that could lead anyone but the most naive to suppose that the President has the slightest intention of stopping that march by the Iranian government.

    3. NeoConVet says:

      When one considers the inept, inexperienced, self-focused people currently in the WH and Administration of Obama, we are not surprised at the continuation of "Waffle Diplomacy". As in many other aspects of governance Obama and his minions truly have no clue. It is this weakness that will and has placed our nation in greater danger.

    4. WILLIAM CANNADY says:

      This spinless president and communist administration is probably pleased with Iran's advancement. Their ultimate goal is the same as Iran and all other Islamic Terriost….the Planned Destruction of America. Don't expect anything from Obama and Eric Holder, the Attorney General who has profited previously from defending the Yemen terrorists! Our own government has been hijacked by these Liberal Thugs called Democrats!

    5. John Seaman Peoria, says:

      Do you guys ever do anything but CARP?

    6. Ron Shurilla Brookly says:

      This administration could not mount any kind of military or diplomatic action because there is no experience or leadership in the whole bunch just a pathetic group of incompetents–Iraq and Afganastan are going well only because the plan and its leaders were and are folks the previous administration installed. I truely beleive that these folks were left in place so that they could be blamed for any failures that occured and Obama and friends could say " we didn't put them in charge ", I was the other guy–The US is looked upon as a weak shadow of its former self by most of the " axis of evil " and they are just waiting for our implosion

    7. Mary.... WI says:

      Nuclear "power" in the hands of Iran is most certainly a concern. Do they have the capability of "attacking" countries with the electromagnetic pulse? Does the USA have a plan in case of such an attack? Does anyone believe BO and his administration have thought of an EMP attack? The man claims ignorance to his campaign promise of no new taxes for those making $250,000 or less…..Big surprise! Why would anyone expect him to even wear as little as a green tie yesterday to show support for the Green Movement. As usual BO is a wishywashy

      leader or maybe I'm just getting too "weewee'd out" about the whole thing.

    8. Robert Andrews says:

      It's sad that the US still continues to look at the UN as being a body in which we work with.

      It needs to be dissolved and the US needs to take a new attitude in world leadership by stepping up and doing regardless what the rest of the world thinks or says.

      Sanctions and all this nonsense for years have failed to work to really stop the progression of aggressive states that want to build weapons of mass destruction. Aren't we the flag carries of freedom and justice? Aren't we supposed to be the leaders by example and stop the terror that one country after another continues to spread?

      We have had the capability for a long time of cutting our ties with any nation that opposes us and we're too worried about diplomacy to step up and do what needs to be done to stop this sort of thing.

      Obama lacks the spine and not one leader in the world gives him any respect. They wanted him voted in to make America weak and that's exactly what has happened. He has decisively caused this country to lose it's power of presence and to this day some of us aren't even sure if he's legitimately able to reside in the office of President of the United States.

      This single man has brought an entire nation into an era of uncertainty which is causing the unity of grass root tea party groups that are ready to take action against the government if this path of destruction towards our own nation continues. The numbers are already looking bad for liberals all over the place and that has to be the first stop before we resort to brute force against the government.

      These continued attempts to turn America into a socialist country must be stopped at all costs. Threats like Iran are not something that we can afford to be passive about. If we continue down this path towards socialism who will stand up and lead the world to see the true power of giving the people the voice and freedom to change their own destiny though their elected leaders. If we continue to stand by and do nothing how many millions of people will continue to suffer due to our lack of resolve to be the defenders of freedom that we once proudly were to the entire world.

      This news and the lack of resolve by our President continue to give me cause to fear the very life I've come to build for myself and those I love. We The People…. seem to have lost our way..

    9. john Arizona says:

      HF: The Obama should admit that one of their policies is not working? Admit they are doing something wrong? You might as well ask them to stop blaming Bush for everything! Things that will never happen.

    10. Dr Duncan Druhl, Ott says:

      Wouldn't it be nice if "someone" published a list of firms owned in fact or defacto owned and even partially controlled by the IRGC? The people who chose to do so, then, could mount their own protests, boycotts, or other peaceful actions to counter the influence or economic gain from these companies. Any products from companies so owned could be boycotted, stores picketed and so on – if people would choose to make such statements. It wouldn't be just supporters of Israel who would participate in this but the vast number of disaffected Persians living in the west.

      All sorts of economic actions could ensue, IF someone could publish such a list, that is. Anything done by the people will be more effective than the most serious hogswallop from that pathetic group of third-rate politicians known as the UN.

    11. Lloyd Scallan - New says:

      Obama has already shown what he is going to do or what he is capable of doing

      about the Iranian sitution, NOTHING! If he really wanted to do anything but continue put this country (and the World) in danger, he would have not stopped

      Israel from doing what they wanted to do months ago.

      Let's face the facts head one now, not later. This "Green Movement" can only

      demonstrate and nothing much after that. Demonstration did not work in China.

      Demonstration will not work in Iran in any time in the near future. If we want to

      stop Ahmadinejad, turn Israel loose. Let them do what they do so well.

    12. Sue From Detroit says:

      What ever happen to the can do attitude US use to have from their leaders? Obama and his adminstration have no clue on how to handle anything. Theory in the class room is one thing,where no risks are taken and results are never measured on how well they work. I am not disappointed with the Obama Adminstration. They are as compentence as I thought they would be. The media's promotion of Obama is treasonous.

    13. Jeff, Kansas says:

      Go ahead and let them play with their new toy but, forewarn them that any attack or attempted attack on any U.S. civilian or soldier, or any of our allies, will result in Iran being turned into one huge glass factory….

    14. Tim, Portland says:

      It is time to "unleash" Israel and let them deal with the Iranians with our full support and backing.

    15. Robert Magill says:

      Voting "PRESENT" is what Obama does best. He did it when he was illinois state senator and when he was in the US senate. (I used lower case on purpose)

      Not only has he done it on the Iran issue, but he just did it with TAX HIKES yesterday. AGNOSTIC? Well, I must admit it's the first time I've heard the word used in a way not relating to religion, Boy this guy is slick!

      I pray that the thirty six percent of you that have a favorable view of Socialism will enjoy your new, higher taxes when he decides not to be "agnostic."

    16. Gary. Nevada says:

      Who cares what this guy does. Hopefully, he will be the lamest duck that ever quacked, and limit the damage he might attempt to perpetrate on the American Republic.

    17. Evan, Anchorage says:

      I say let Israel fend for it's self. We have been sending $2 billion a year over there for ever and then they ignore us when we ask them not to continue new settlements in the West Bank. We generally do not tell them what to do because we know they will ignored us. They take the money and blow us off. We gave Iraq a time table. We gave Afghanistan a time table. Let's give Israel a time table after 60 years of free money.

    18. Richard Cancemi, Arl says:

      Obama's campaign consisted of a pack of lies and platitudes that many people fell for.

      He has been a disastrous failure to date as an American President.

      He doesn't know diddly squat about anything. He says and does what he is told by his "handlers".

      I do believe he has one ambition and that is to bring America down in all aspects and deliver it as a servant to the Progressive/Socialism of the United Nations.

      To date I can see NOTHING that he has done FOR the USA.

      The kindest thing I can say about him is that he is naive. NAH!

    19. Glenn Luster says:

      Take me oof this god dam network … I am tired of receiving this item and have tried to cancel your input to my system many, many times … Now take me off your mailing list … G Luster

    20. Whicket Williams Kin says:

      It's time to read revelations.The lord says, when the fig tree puts out it's leaves, you know spring is nigh.

    21. Ed-Sugar Land says:

      Why should we expect the obama administration to take any kind of stand against Iran! They are too busy destroying the American way of life themselves. I agree with a couple of other comments, let Isreal take charge and we support them 100 %. We follow their lead in whatever direction they chose to take against Iran. At least they have more heart then obama could ever hope to have.

    22. Michael,CA says:

      History repeated again,Chemberlain ( British PM 1940),negotiation with Hitler,consequences :more than 50 million killed( they were human! no?),and billions of dollars wasted for reconstrucion of Europe cities.

    23. Ben C. Ann Arbor, MI says:

      The below article was published in the London "Daily Telegraph" Clearly others feel as we do. To wit:

      State of the Union: Barack Obama gets an F for world leadership

      By Nile Gardiner

      As expected, Barack Obama’s 70 minute State of the Union address focused heavily on the economy and the domestic political agenda. This was hardly surprising in the aftermath of last week’s catastrophic defeat for his party in the Massachusetts special Senate election, where the Republicans scored an historic victory. American voters are turning strongly against the president’s health care reform package as well as his big government vision for the economy, which has contributed to spiraling public debt and mounting unemployment, now standing at over 10 percent.

      But the scant attention paid in the State of the Union speech to US leadership was pitiful and frankly rather pathetic. The war in Afghanistan, which will soon involve a hundred thousand American troops, merited barely a paragraph. There was no mention of victory over the enemy, just a reiteration of the president’s pledge to begin a withdrawal in July 2011. Needless to say there was nothing in the speech about the importance of international alliances, and no recognition whatsoever of the sacrifices made by Great Britain and other NATO allies alongside the United States on the battlefields of Afghanistan. For Barack Obama the Special Relationship means nothing, and tonight’s address further confirmed this.

      Significantly, the global war against al-Qaeda was hardly mentioned, and there were no measures outlined to enhance US security at a time of mounting threats from Islamist terrorists. Terrorism is a top issue for American voters, but President Obama displayed what can only be described as a stunning indifference towards the defence of the homeland.

      The Iranian nuclear threat, likely to be the biggest foreign policy issue of 2010, was given just two lines in the speech, with a half-hearted warning of “growing consequences” for Tehran, with no details given at all. There were no words of support for Iranian protestors who have been murdered, tortured and beaten in large numbers by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s thuggish security forces, and no sign at all that the president cared about their plight. Nor was there any condemnation of the brutality of the Iranian regime, as well as its blatant sponsorship of terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      As the example of Iran showed, the advance of freedom and liberty across the world in the face of tyranny was not even a footnote in the president’s speech. I cannot think of a US president in modern times who has attached less importance to human rights issues. For the hundreds of millions of people across the world, from Burma to Sudan to Zimbabwe, clamouring to be free of oppression, there was not a shred of hope offered in Barack Obama’s address.

      Obama’s world leadership in his first year in office has been weak-kneed and little short of disastrous. He has sacrificed the projection of American power upon the altar of political vanity, with empty speeches and groveling apologies across the world, from Strasbourg to Cairo. He has appeased some of America’s worst enemies, and has extended the hand of friendship to many of the most odious regimes on the face of the earth. Judging by the State of the Union address tonight, we can expect more of the same from an American president who seems determined to lead the world’s greatest power along a path of decline.

    24. Paul Palmquist Eau C says:

      Ahmadinejad clearly has defied international law to the point that an attack on Iran may be necessary to rid Israel and the United States, as well as the world of the nemesis he continues to be to world peace. Of course, BO will not even consider such a thing because he is too "peaceful-minded"! To veer off the course of "placating" terrorists only would "put him at risk for a rejection by the left and his own party". (Quotes mine). We can always pray for him, but I believe our best bet is to pray against him!

    25. Blair, Franconia, NH says:

      I'm going to be politically incorrect here say what I really mean. In 1979, there were
      protests against the reign of the Shah of Iran. That's history. Those protests ended in
      violence. An anti-government demonstrator was killed by the Shah's troops. Sound
      familiar? Eventually, it became too much for the Shah. He was an absolute monarch.
      He had to leave the country. He could have abdicated in favor of his son. That would
      have been the right thing to do. Instead, the monarchy, which had been in existence
      since Cyrus the Great, was toppled by radical Islamists led by the Ayatollah Khomeini——and just as in France and Russia before it——a Reign of Terror began.
      So the people of Iran just traded one dictatorship for another. Another option for the
      late Mohammed Reza Palahvi, was to rule by the Iranian Constitution. However, when that was floated, a British diplomat said: "He's an absolute monarch. It's too late
      to convince an absolute monarch to start ruling like Queen Elizabeth." The post-
      Shah leadership ran purges like Stalin's in the 1930s. The retarded figurehead President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, doesn't have an original thought in his head. He's a hand puppet.

    26. Roger / Clarence, NY says:

      President Obama cannot change his position on Israel. I commented on a previous Morning Bell comment that this President (and I will include, now, his Staff and Advisors) are Anti-Israel, and as such are like the leopard which cannot change its spots. The very fact that he has not previously taken a strong stand, personally, for Israel, is in itself a strong stand against Israel. There is no riding the fence on this one. And his Anti-Israel position places our country in jeopardy. Yehweh, the GOD of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the GOD upon Whom this country was founded said to Abraham, "I will bless him who blesses you and I will curse him who curses you. Look for the blessings of God to be withdrawn from America if we, as a Nation, continue on this course.

    27. Nancy McQuade says:

      On the issue of taxes, taxes and more taxes. Here's a thought. Wonder what would happen if the American people simply said, NO MORE, In fact, we are not paying anymore taxes period until you people (all those WE elected in the White House, on the Hill and in our State governments), get it right, figure out how to stop spending, figure how to cut back, figure out how to be fiscally responsible, figure out how to stop this insanity, all of us have to balance our budgets, you have to do the same, Its not that we don't want to pay our taxes, but noone bargained for this crazyness. Oh and by the way, your positions are not permanent, and neither should your benefits be permanent. In fact, if you proceed to shove down our throats this horrible plan for health care, then you too must participate in the same. If you don't like it that we have all stopped paying our taxes, then come take us all away, put all of us in prision, at least there we will have a roof over our heads, 3 squares a day and medical. Wonder how fast before we see real, true change for the better.

    28. John Roane Sarasota, says:

      Why is it always the smart ones come from New Hampshire, usally from Amherst?

    29. mindy says:

      what? and have President Obama admit that millions of Americans were correct and he was wrong as he insisted of being a "friend" to Iran's leader who hates us? Obama has been in office over a year now and if you think he will ever admit Iran is nothing but an enemy and a danger to both the USA and Israel and he should treat Iran as an enemy….good luck! As we have seen with health reform, energy, green, communications…..when speaking of Obama…it's his way or the highway! He does not think he is ever incorrect! He has millions of Americans wanting to march on DC and still refuses to listen to them!

    30. Pete, Houston says:

      I believe that we should help Iran with their nuclear development program. We can reduce our stock pile by a count of one or two at least without much concern for our reduction in capability. They may change their minds after they are reminded of the damage that they can cause after we drop them off for their closer inspection. Then if North Korea is still ambitious, we could share one or two with them as well. Then whoever feels after that that they need this capability, we can keep sharing until we deplete our supply.

    31. Constantine Jeanncop says:

      Caution

      "The s**t has already hit the fan.

    32. Mike Sheahen, Hickor says:

      This is one of those times when, even if by accident, an article here appears riddled with so many of the tell-tale signs and results of the so-called "Progressive" International Left's efforts, including their "Fifth Column" efforts, complete with contradictions, that it would, at the very least, almost take a book to address them all, or in any case far more room to address them than is reasonably available and expected here.

      However, one of the most glaring of such things is the following: (Quote) "An Israeli strike on Iran would have serious implications for U.S. national security".

      "An Israeli strike on Iran would have serious implications for U.S. national security"?

      First of all, not only does Israel have natural right (which neither comes from nor depends upon any government or other such "ruling body" of politicians, bureaucrats, or other such beings) to self-preservation and self defense, including following the wisdom in "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure", up to and including a pre-emptive strike against an Islamo-Fascist Iran which already repeatedly vowed to wipe Israel off the map, but to even imply that Israel must not so exercise their natural right to self-preservation and survival, as they also see it, is to be so presumptuous as to assume power over that natural right as if to be some omniscient and omnipotent grantor or denier of that right.

      Secondly, to say an Israeli strike against Iran would have serious implications for U.S. national security, now that is like saying our friends (Israel, in this case) not only should not exercise their nature-given right to preserve and defend themselves and their freedom, and so also stand for that right, and freedom, around the world, which, whether directly or indirectly, includes ours, as a free, sovereign nation, and their friend.

      Now what sense does such a claim make, that an Israeli strike against Iran would have serious implications for U.S. national security, besides none?

      Or should we not have supported such as Britain's natural right to self-preservation and defense against NAZI Germany, China's natural right to self-preservation and defense against Imperialist Japan, and so also (including as it happened) our own in World War II?

      And should neither Joe Kennedy Jr. nor John F. Kennedy have participated in defending such natural rights and freedom in World War II, and should John F. Kennedy never have become President and spoken the promise of the United States when he said "We shall bear any burden, pay any price, support any friend, and oppose any foe, to ensure the success of freedom"?

      We should say not, and instead keep our promise, including in support of Israel's both natural and sovereign right to self preservation and defense as they see it against an Iran which vows to wipe Israel off the map, an Iran which is determined evidently enough to have the power to do that and anything else in support of terrorist and other actions and efforts against any who oppose them, including both us and Israel.

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    34. HR Waltner, Duluth, says:

      Sadly this President has not demonstrated what can only be perceived as weakness by our allies and the evil regime controlling the power structure in Iran. Brave citizens stand firmly risking their very lives for the right to demonstrate against their Government and this administration only gives a tepid response instead of standing with them. We better wake up. Having spent sometime in The Middle East, I can assure you that if Israel feels threatened, they will act unilaterally to take out Iran's neuclear capabilities and we better ready for the recriminating results.

    35. B. Lowe Utah says:

      We also need to protect our own borders with weapons that Obama has fought funding for. I feel that he is worried more about what is going on far away and not concerned enough about the protection of our own country.

    36. Rich,Phila.Pa. says:

      Obama does not even make an effort to support the Iranian people who want there freedom.Obama does nothing to slow or stop Iran from becoming a Nuclear Armed enemy of the World.I believe Israel is going to attack Iran to protect itself,of which I hope they smash Iran’s Nuclear Arsonnel,because our Benedict President isn’t going to stop them.The USA may be drawn into it or be attacked by Hezbolla,and our military is already spread out thin and financially the USA is Broke.We have no security with this President,all he wants to do is spend ,spend,and Tax everyone,except the ones who pay no tax.

    37. robert sargent westv says:

      obama must support the growing resentment of the population at the iran government.i think the majority of the people are against all the bad things the regime is doing.if he in some way gets behind them it will help in a big way.

    38. chris, lafayette, La says:

      Iran with nuclear weapons is bad any way you look at it. The radical Muslims over there are going to do whatever they can to scare and destroy the Jewish state and Christians right along with it. Tougher sanctions are needed.

      I'm Conservatice guys, Republican, and have been reading the Morning Bell for many months. I'm starting to get a little disconcerted at your printings though. There are so many things that we have to worry about right now, Iran just is not a priority.

      Every day its just more and more negativity coming out of these printings. You know, I don't agree with Obama's policies at all, but I'm fairly certain that he is well aware of the dangers of these radicals having nukes. The Israelis are the ones that need to be concerned! They are our close allies, and we will back them up, but our country is falling apart via health-care, illegal aliens, and government waste. Where is the money going Mr. President??? This is what we need to be asking. Money makes the world go round, and we are spending at an unprecedented rate! How much do we actually owe China? When it comes time to pay, what are we going to do?

      If Iran develops a true ballistic nuclear missile and ever makes the mistake of firing upon a sovereign nation I feel sorry for them. "We could annihilate them right now if that is what we thought was right. We have all said it at one time or another. Do the leaders of these countries not realize this, or has the US lost so much backbone and respect on the world stage that they think we are just going to sit back and allow these things to take place?

      Heritage, you guys need to step up and bring some more postitive insight to your articles. I know the Dems are not taking us in the direction we want to go, but I'm getting frustrated with all the negaitivity coming from your articles. Right or wrong, maybe Obama truly believes his policies are whats best for America. It's baffeling. Lets move forward……

    39. Mike, Virginia says:

      I don’t think the current gov’t is in favor of free speech radio for USA let alone for Iran. The current gov’t does all it can to squash any dissenting views or debate. I’m all in favor of providing basic food, clothes and shelter for our President and those in office, lets weed out the “professional” politicians and get real servants who look out for the good of our nation and protect the constitution.

    40. toledofan says:

      It’s obvious that this administration doesn’t have the spine to do what is necessary to keep Iran in check. The only thing that will make Iran stop and think a little will be force. Obama’s ideology won’t allow him to go that course. Still, after several weeks, we still don’t know where the terrorist trial is going to be held. Why we would even consider a civilian trial is beyond me, especially when the law is clear regarding terrorists/combatants. This is a simple decision and even that can’t be made, so, how can we eexpect a complex problem to be solved by this administration?

    41. Ken in SB says:

      I like what Chris says….

      Anybody here remember the Pledge of Allegiance? Might be a good time to go back and read it, recite it…….or suggest it is moot.

      Is it United we stand divided we fall…..????

      I know it is not do unto others before they do unto you. So what shall we point at each other about next????

      I'm ready for a good argument against the Pledge….bring it on.

      Let's move forward.

    42. Nate, Macon GA says:

      It is my opinion that not only will the Obama Administration ignore the people of the Green movement in Iran(which happens to be fighting for similar things the Tea Party movement stands for) but he will also continue to play his apologetic foreign policy with Iran. I feel this way because of the fact that the people he has chosen to surround himself with in his administration and friends all admire people who are similar to Ahmadinejad, such as Mao, Chavez, Castro, Marx, and Che. It is evident by the fact he has appointed a self avowed Communist, and others who openly admit that they turn to people such as Mao for inspiration, admire Chavez's takeover of his country and even openly say they agree with Mao that power comes from the barrel of a gun. Not only that, but how they have attacked the people in the Tea Party movement as stupid racist rednecks. I think he not only feels the people of the Green movement in Iran are stupid people just like the Tea Party people, but I would bet he admires the power Ahmadinejad has over his country and would like to do the same here. Of course this is my opinion based on my own observations over the last 2 years of this man and the people he surrounds himself with.

    43. David, Georgia says:

      President Obama and his advisors have no interest in stopping Iran's nuclear ambitions, because to do so would require backbone and courage, two traits he sorely lacks. During the election, he told Bill O'Reilly in an interview that his administration would not allow Iran to become a nuclear power on his watch. Oops, "rut ro," he must have forgot about that promise, along with the many others he made. It is clear that he lacks an understanding of how the real world works, just like Jimmy Carter did. Playing nice guy on the world stage and apologizing for America only diminish our nation's credibility. To protect America, our President must project an image of confident strength and resolve to our friends and enemies alike. Barak Obama is incapable of doing that, and to top it off, he thinks it's not necessary. I can't wait until 2012, when we can put the grownups back in charge again. But the possiblilty of that being too late is truly scary.

    44. Ron, Southfield, MI says:

      There's one major problem with your approach to Iran – it won't work. No matter when or how severe the sanctions are imposed upon Iran, it still won't stop Ahmadinejad from doing what he says he wants to do. In keeping with his religious beliefs, he has already warned us by telling us what he intends to do, namely acquire nuclear weapons and using them against Israel, Britain & the U.S. If we don't surrender to these "demands," he will be "free" to do exactly what he has said he is going to do. Ahmadinejad also believes that he is the reincarnated 12th Imam (i.e., Islamic Messiah) and that the only way to user in the world-wide Islamic republic is via an apocalypse (i.e., nuclear destruction of Iran) which will usher in the Islamic Messiah. If we don't get out of our Western mindset and listen to what he wants to do, even though it may seem irrational to us (to destroy is own country, rather than give up nuclear weapons), we'll wake up one morning dealing with the sure aftermath of Iran's nuclear strike against one or all of the countries mentioned above. I'd rather our country deal with the consequences of us having taken out his nuclear capability now, rather than dealing with the after effects of Israel, Britain &: the U.S. having suffered a nuclear attack. We must take out their nuclear capability now, rather than later.

    45. G. COLLINS, rio ranc says:

      My concern is for Israel. They have to ask permission to enter the airspace we control over Iraq?

      In a September 2009 interview with The Daily Beast, Zbigniew Brzezinski replied to a question about how aggressive President Obama should be in insisting Israeli not conduct an air strike on Iran saying: "We are not exactly impotent little babies. They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch?"[23] This was interpreted as supporting the U.S. downing Israeli jets to prevent an attack on Iran.[24][25]

      This is ridiculous.

    46. ella quinn kinaton n says:

      I am for letting Israel attack Iran, and getting it over with.If i could i would help them. We donot like obama.

    47. Radio Jihad - Orland says:

      Based on everything I have read the student uprising of the early 80's and now today are not about Freedom and Democracy as we know it.

      Iran is an Islamic State and the laws of Allah (Qur'an) and Sharia Law will rule the day. No good Muslim will accept man made laws like our form of Representative Democratic gov't and it's variations all over the West – as dominant above the Qur'an and Sunnah & adjudicated by Sharia Law

      These students just want the "freedom" to maybe not wear a hijab, Burqa, relaxed virtue and vice laws, wear Jeans – Basically they just want to adopt parts of western pop culture while still being an Islamic State. These students rioting now are the children of their parents who rioted two decades earlier and the parents changed nothing even though they are in power now.

      They do not want to give up their Islam for our government of man made laws. It is the pinnacle of arrogance to think the Iranian youth so badly want to join Club America and give up their Allah, Sharia Law, and Qur'an – it just plain will never happen.

    48. Lloyd Welch Valdese, says:

      First I would like to comment on Evan in Anchorage. Sir, do you realize that Israel is our only ally in that region? Do you think Arabia will support us in an effort against Iran that doesn't have something for Arabia connected with it? Sir, I respectfully ask you to wake up and smell the coffee.

      Secondly, have we forgotten on which side Obama stated he would fall against Islam? If his own statement is not enough lets look at the evidence. No military trials for enemy combatiants, Fifth Amendment rights for terrorist, closing Gitmo prisoner of war camp, I know American outcry stopped that but he would have if he thought he could have gotten away with it not to mention bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia (or what ever his title is). Obama has shown weakness and lack of resolve in everything connected with the war on terror. He stated that Islam was a religion of peace and tolerance. Anyone that beieives this tripe is either dilutional or lying.

    49. L.C.Lawless says:

      To me B.O. means the obama administration STAINKS.

    50. OneOfTheBunch says:

      Imagine one of the larger corporation of America going to one of the Ivy League school, gathering all the junior class together, then picking one to become the CEO of that corporation. That's the equivalent to taking a newly elected, community-organizing state senator and making him president of the United States. If there was ever an individual that lacked the qualifications to lead this country, it is Barak Obama. His attitude toward the economy, the middle east war, and the heritage of America are just three elements that bring that to light. So what are we to do – put people in office to derail his agenda until we can get him out of office. I hope November of 2010 and 2012 is not too late.

    51. J. White//Quinton, N says:

      We cannot cut this inept excuse for a man who mis now posing as OUR President any slack. We need to "drum him out of office".

      As a person with litaerally NO experience with the realities of life…he is the wrong one to be Commander in Chief. Is he going to be another George Armstrong Custer? In this day and age, we cannot afford anyone unless he has the fortitude to deal summarily with these type of vermin..starting with iran–

      He offers no support for the young folks/old folks protesting against the perosn with the "little man complex". He is doing just like Eisenhower when the Hungarians gave him ans us the opprotunity to drive a wedge into the Soviets empire….I do not think that they have ever forgiven us for that…this guy is a parallel..

      I have not seen such an incompetent, uninformed, anti-American, narcissistic buffoon occupy OUR White House before. The "experts" with which he surrounds himself all need to be taken out to the woodshed and have it explained to them that as children, they must be seen and NOT neard.

      Then there's the "foreign policy expert"- Biden…The arrogance and incompetence when it comes not only to OUR economy, but dealing with powers that would love to see us destroyed are almost overwhelming.

      The Congress does not have the "fortitude" to deal with him, either….

      Iran cannot be annoyed, but, we must also remember when they began to be a problem- it was thanks to that incomparable, incompetent ass- Jimma Carter.Who says that history does not repeat itself; however, this time it is far more serious with a series of presidents who have weakened our military, and subsequently, our national security. It is almost as if this make-believe president wants this nation to fail.

      Maybe that's what happens when people elect a basically- anit-and non- American into Office?

      Why hasn't the Mossad resolved his desire to be with their allah?

    52. J. White//Quinton, N says:

      My earlier comments are referring to the incompetemce of the entire WH staff and its fellow fools in Comgress. What else can one name them except as such? They- the left are so unrealistic about life in general.

      Dealing with Iran means we support in whatever fashion necessary the people in rebellion against the insanity of the over-zealous "religious" leaders….whose preaching of abject hatred for anything other than what they "believe" in.

      If Israel decides to deal with the Iranians summarily, then so be it, then, they immediately must turn around in the other direction and eradicate Hamas and Hezbollah and their ilk. These "people" do no understnd anything except abject rforce– sadly- for their children…

      The Empty Suit has yet to learn that. and WE cannot afford his inept, incomptetnet dithering while these adversaries continue to mount their efforts against us- here and abroad.

      Somehwat to our regret, we backed the Afghanistanis against the Soviets…with overt support…it may not be as easy with regards to iran; however, this make-believe president must be made aware of the realities of life and not the inane drivel his so-called "professors" dribbled into his immature brain. Note that one can have a brain, but no mind of consequence.

    53. Dale Cord says:

      It never ceases to amaze me how the majority of the United States population, is still holding on to the empty words and promises, of a foreigner they made president to rule over them. These Criminals who hold our country hostage will do nothing for you or your children! They are self servants and there interest in America is purely monetary. what does it take for you people to wake from your slumber and lethargic state of oblivion, Do you think for one minute listening to radio programs like Rush,Sean,and all the other political talk shows, with their rhetorical rhetoric is going to save this country? LOL What it does do is give you all back your bottle filled with a mixture of sleep and lullaby's to pacify your empty heads. Thinking to yourselves that your words of unacceptable behavior from those you elected to represent you is all that it will take to make things right again. I pity the people of America for what is about to change their lives forever. How sad!

    54. Jeff says:

      Obama is a child playing in a big mans world. His cabnet is full of his recess friends who are also incapable of making cohereant decisions.

    55. Peng says:

      International economic sanctions on Iran will not work simply because China will never really join the sanctions. America might be able to buy China to promise to sanction. It still would not work. Chinese government would/could not keep any promise that is against their economical interests now and forever.

      Military actions are the only ways to hold Iran's nuclear ambitions. The question is how much is the price America and Israel together are ready to swallow? How long Israel and America can hold Iran's nuclear ambitions?

      Well, Israel and America might win on military actions. The following problem is that America and Israel could lose a lot on the media war of the Islamic World. Bin-Laden will be pleased. What could make well-educated young muslim men to willingly explode themselves?

      The best strategy of war is to win enemy's hearts instead of killing them. A never-ending Israeli-Palestinian dispute will continue to inflame this area.

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    60. Dale Cord says:

      As long as we as a nation of fools, not soft in heart, but soft in the head, continue on the course of the destruction of our liberties." We will suffer many tribulations and the inevitable down fall of our nation"!. The government has made sure that we are turning out individuals in our educational system, that can't even read their diploma's. People who have the attention span of a zit see fly, Our nation as a whole can name every player on any sports activity, but can't name our presidents or any representatives they have sent to Washington, to keep them in the comfort zone they have been in these many decades.What a complete and utter catastrophic recipe for the take over and enslavement of a nation.

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