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June 18th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

Should the U.S. do more to help the Iranian people?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

When it comes to showing support for thousands of Iranian protesters - critics say President Obama is not doing enough. Republican Congressman Mike Pence has introduced a resolution that would "speak a word of support for the people of Iran."

He says he doesn't think the U.S. should endorse the opposition candidate; but rather show support for protesters who are "risking their lives for free and fair elections."

Also, The New York Times reports that while some senior administration officials like Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton support the president's approach, they too would like to strike a stronger tone of support for the protesters.

But other officials believe a more cautious approach is the way to go... they say harsh criticism of Iran's government or more support for the protesters could end up backfiring - by making it seem like the U.S. is behind these efforts.

Some point out that the president can't only focus on the protesters since there are many issues to worry about when it comes to Iran - including the nuclear one.

Despite President Obama's more muted response to events, the Iranian government is still accusing U.S. officials of meddling. The State Department insists that Washington is withholding judgment about the election and not interfering with Iran's internal affairs.

Here’s my question to you: Should the United States be doing more to help the Iranian people?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Jack from Whitesboro, Texas writes:
We are probably doing more behind the scenes. I don't think we should do more than we are doing publicly at this time. I think President Obama is walking a tight rope and doing it very well. I support him in his approach.

Stacy from St. Augustine, Florida writes:
The president is doing the right thing. Stay out of this. The Iranian government is accusing the U.S. of meddling now. If we really start to meddle, the situation will blow up in our face and we will be blamed for the whole election scam and all of Muslim world will believe it. A bit of U.S.-Iranian dialogue has just started, don't kill it. The problem will be and should be solved by the Iranians.

Denise from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania writes:
Jack, As I listen to the Bush-like comments of John McCain, I am frankly relieved that he was not elected president. His hawkish rhetoric, along with the attitudes of many conservatives who have been critical of the president's restraint, terrify me. Imagine where we would be if they had prevailed last November? We would be on the brink of war!

Dick from Horn Lake, Mississippi writes:
I find myself surprisingly in agreement with Obama on this issue, perhaps for the only time. This is delicate and officially our stance should be very reticent. Hopefully the administration hasn't run off all of the good black ops people and the CIA is working the heck out of this for us.

Robin from Michigan writes:
I think the U.S. is in a very tough position given their strained relationship with Iran. However, the fact that the State Department asked Twitter to forgo closing down service for scheduled maintenance two days ago speaks volumes. They clearly did not want for the Iranian protesters to lose this important tool. I believe they also wanted the people inside Iran to be able to receive the messages of support from the American people.


Filed under: Iran
soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. John

    Sure. Let's help them with their banking system, create a couple of dysfunctional car companies, maybe a health care system that is bad, a social security system that is a joke. And just for fun lets give them an education system and food industry hell bent on doing the wrong thing.

    Jack, we've got enough problems right now. Let's let the EU or UN solve Iran's problems. We can still support democracy and fair elections without leading the cause. Let's keep the eyes on the prize and focus on our own nation right now.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  2. mack from michigan

    I believe the president is doing the right thing with his cautious approach because a legitimate "revolution" must come from within, from the Iranian people. The United States can best help them by providing them an ideal, or contrast between how their lives are now and how their lives could be better. The internet, and the information it can carry is more powerful and helpful than harsh rhetoric from Washington would be.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  3. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    NO..We need to let the People of Iran know that we support them, but they must do this themselves. When you fight for Freedom it is much sweeter than having it handed to you. Not to mention if we follow John McCain it will give Iran a reason to crack down hard on the people of Iran.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  4. Ken in NC

    President Obama has a good hand on the situation as it is. Republicans do not need to tell him to beat them over the head with the threat of force if they do not give a new election.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  5. Denise in OKC

    We have no Authority over Iran...thus we should let Iran handle Iran's business. We can not force our will upon them...and if we do – we are not living up to our promise of diplomacy regardless of who their President might be. Our Administration has it right.....the critics should shut up and focus on fixing America's problems.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  6. Deborah in Blue Springs MO

    Pres. Obama is being respectful to Iran as a sovereign country.
    Iranian citizens are peacefully protesting and the Supreme Leader has vowed to address the issue. Unless the majority of Iranian citizens formally request our interference, we must remain muted.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  7. James Mesa Arizona

    hey jack. normally i would say yes completely lets support these poor people and see if it bring about change in there country. But in these times america needs to focus on its own problems. we already have two wars and north korea which poses a serious threat the last thing we need to do is antagonize the iranian leadership. perhaps if we finish with iraq maybe we can then focus on iran. The united states of arabia has a nice ring to it doesnt it?

    June 18, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  8. boxer girl in iowa

    Sorry, but NO. We don't need to be in another war. Aren't 2 enough..?

    June 18, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  9. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    I think it's been proven by the last 8 years that intervention in foreign policy is not a good thing.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  10. Miguel E. from San Leandro, CA

    The government can't even get two journalists out of a N. Korean gulag. What can they do to affect Iran?

    Maybe the problem is 24 hour news that continues to broadcast. There isn't any time for negotiations because the show must go on.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  11. Esther massillon ohio

    no no no no no no no no no no and no
    let them do like we did when we wanted change we started a revolution. they not asking and we should just shut up

    June 18, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  12. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    I think it's been proven by the last 8 years that U.S. intervention in foreign policy is not a good thing.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  13. Michele

    No...this is something the US needs to stay out of....how would we feel if another country tried to control our election process. I do not understand why all these republicans expect us to take sides in Iran.....of course that is the party that started the war in Iraq! I back our Prez on this one......focus on America!

    Denver, CO

    June 18, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  14. Birddog Jones in Mississippi

    Maybe we ought to tend to our own skewed democracy. 76% of the American people want a public option for health insurance. But all of the GOP and some Dems are kow-towing to the Insurance companys' every whim. So who in the gol' dern heck are we to talk about the people's voices counting? Talk about votes being stolen – ours are being stolen by profit margins and we're not even protesting. We should ask the Iranians to help us.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  15. Mark from Houston Texas

    Yes, Obama must do much more than what he has done so far. Obama,by not siding with Iranian people, in essence he is siding with Ahmadinezhad. It is shamefull talk about freedom and democracy and not to support Iranian freedom movement.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  16. Dominic Gardunio

    Jack, We need to let the Iranians deal with their problems and we fix our problems. If the lranians are having a revolution then we need to stay out of this because nobody helped us in our revolution back in 1774.

    North East

    June 18, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  17. Ted Beaverton, OR

    What we are doing presently, not interfeering, in the long run will strengthen those who are standing up to the tyranny. This is something they must do for themselves. Freedom is fought for and earned, not handed out on a silver platter. Democracy is the result of most of all, wanting it and being strong about getting it. Off hand, I'd say the Iranian peiople are making remarkable progress.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  18. Pablo in Tejas

    Jack
    Like what, for instance? McCain & Company should stop watching all those John Wayne & Chuck Norris movies.
    Any help we give must be indirect, unofficial, and sub rosa. It is up to the Iranians to do the heavy lifting on this one.
    The last Westerner to have any luck messing about in that neck of the woods was Alexander the Great... and look how he ended up.

    Pablo
    Arlington Texas

    June 18, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  19. Dave in Saint Louis!

    Yes! Perhaps Obama can go over with his flyswatter and take care of the fly problem!

    June 18, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  20. Anthony....Swedesboro, NJ

    Once the United States picks a side, they show they are meddling.
    This would give the government legitamacy to undermine our selected candidate as a puppet of America. Democracy can only be
    obtained internally and not like Iraq and Afghanistan where the populace feel like American puppets. Obama is striking the right tone.
    When left alone, Democracy will soon germinate everywhere!

    June 18, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  21. John, Fort Collins, CO

    The United States has already demonstrated to the Iranian people how presistent peaceful protests can implement profound change for the better. All they have to do is consider how Barack Obama eventually became President to understand this process really works. However, the final outcome is up to the Iranian opposition; there is nothing further we can do.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  22. Hopeful American

    No. Let's keep our big red, white and blue nose out of it. The Iranian people should be allowed to focus on their issues without any distractions. I hope those show boaters in Washington that want to but in need to focus on our issues, we've got plenty of them.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  23. Robin, Northern Michigan

    I think United States is in a very tough position given their strained relationship with Iran. However, the fact that the United States State Department asked Twitter to forgo closing down service for scheduled maintenance two days ago speaks volumes. They clearly did not want for the Iranian protesters to lose this important tool. I believe they also wanted the people inside Iran to be able to receive the messages of support from the American people and around the globe.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  24. Michael, Long Beach, CA

    What, exactly, can we do to 'support' the Iranian people? More rhetoric, or 'strong statements of support', would be used against the very people we would try to assist. It is time that Rep. Cantor learned that everything cannot be resolved by tough talk. What after the tough talk? Are we going to arm the protesters so they will not continue to be brutalized? Are we willing to risk war and the further destabilization of the region? I think not.

    I, as a life-long Republican, think that the President's calm measured response is right on the mark.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  25. Dennis, Columbus, Ohio

    Have they asked for our help?

    You have your answer.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  26. Allen - Mt. Vernon, IL

    Absolutely! Imagine our nation and the world today had the American people displayed the same courage and tenacity the Iranian people are now demonstrating when George W. Bush stole the presidency with the assistance of the United States Supreme Court... no 9/11, no war in Iraq, thousands of young Americans still living and tens of thousands of Iraqi citizens still living. Bravo! Iran... Bravo!

    June 18, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  27. Jayson

    No, we need to not let current regime use the USA as an excuse for a harsh crackdown. The 'bomb-bomb-bomb, bomb-Iran' guy and his ilk should be quiet.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  28. Jordan from California

    i don't think the U.S. should do anything to help the Iranian people, I mean after all, why is it the U.S. that always has help; Why doesn't anybody else evry do anything?

    June 18, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  29. Tom

    Stay out of it! For the last 8 years we've stuck our noses into everything in the world. We've criticized countries and called them evil and a host of other names. How has that worked for us?

    June 18, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  30. Tori

    No, the U.S. should do more to help the American people.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  31. Mark Baltin

    Jack,
    This just shows how, if you're not in power, it's so easy to run off at the mouth and be an armchair quarterback. Everybody who seems to know what they're talking about advises us to keep a low profile in this one, because, given how the Iranians view us, our endorsing the protesters could be the kiss of death for them.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  32. Jared

    For too long we have come to see America as the "Leaders of the Free World", that arrogant approach may make us look good at home, but it paints us as a bully outside of the US.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  33. Louden, Seattle, Wa

    Should the U.S. do more to help the Iranian people?

    No, they to do this on their own. If the U.S. interferes it will lack credibility. This is something they need to fight for and own on for themselves.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  34. Elizabeth Dickinson

    We are already doing what we can to help- by staying out of it. Our support is the kiss of death in the mid East.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  35. deon

    NOPE....we should concentrate on our own country for a while......and let the rest of the world deal with their own problems........just for a while...at least till we fix our own problems.....i cant say that enough....AMERICA has its own problems....

    June 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  36. Shirley Mesquite

    Help the Iranian people do what? First, everyone need to know if the election was fair. Does CNN know? No. Why are we putting all this responsibility on President Obama. He has enough to worry about. Let Iran worry about Iran. Let President worry about the U.S.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  37. James Dickson, I

    No, the President has intmated his support and that's been enought to bring a reproach from the regime in Iran.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  38. Jim Donald

    Obama is doing exactly what he should. He has commented on the violence and that he supports true democratic process without making it seem he is getting involved in another sovereign state's rights. John McNoClue showed exactly why he lost. The old Republican Guard's way of World Diplomacy just doesn't work. Obama realizes that the Arab countries would take anything further comments from him as interference. This is Iran's problem, let them sort it out . Iran's republic is finally coming to it's senses about separation of state and religion, but it is their fight for freedom alone.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  39. Annie, Atlanta

    Not yet. If we get involved we could cause more to die because of the hatred towards us in that part of the world. It’s a fine line, and I think our President has done well walking it.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  40. sandi

    As I used to say to my dog when she headed for the cat;s litter box, – keep your snout out of there – and the US should heed that advice. No purpose is served if the Mullahs convince the non-protesters that this is USA/West driven

    June 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  41. EG

    Mike Pence and this ludicrous resolution are a serious threat to the protesters and the possibility of Iranian freedom. Any word or support from the US now is a direct help to Ahmadinejad. Pence knows this, but would rather get on TV than support freedom and America's best interests.

    It is in America's interests to let the protesters succeed. The way to do that is to stay out of it. Now that Bush is gone, Ahmadinejad has lost his crutch. Thank goodness McCain didn't win, or none of this would be possible.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  42. Mark in Arkansas

    Jack, define "more". We have expressed our opinion, our president has said what most Americans feel. Beyond that, are we supposed to send in troops to ensure the elections are done fairly? We can't figure out how to hold elections in Florida and Minnesota... Let's fix our own elections first.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  43. Michael, Alexandria, VA

    I'm sure the people of Minnesota are asking "where's my vote" in regard to the election of their Senator. We need to solve that little issue before interfering in the Iranian election. If Iranians wish to force a new election or go beyond what their leaders want and overturn the whole regime, we can't do it for them. Freedom must be seized and defended. As Frederick Douglass said, power concedes nothing without a demand.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  44. ihookah

    I think that it's important to emphasize the fact that this protest is about their voting and tampered outcomes. I've yet to hear anything in regards to "over-throwing their regime." Based on that I see no harm in other countries including the U.S. voicing their support for the protestors. Or do we let the people die in vain, such as we did when Israel attacked Palestine in that "window of opportunity."

    June 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  45. renee

    ABSOLUTELY we should be doing more to help Iran! If we look at the stance that the US traditionally takes, we will see our assistance in helping many countries achieve a democratic state. Iraq, Afghanistan, and Isreal are 3 that immediately jump into my mind! We need to help those who are CRYING out for help day after day!

    June 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  46. Lamarr

    To be honest Jack, anything that the President does at this point will, in my opinion, be challenged by Republicans due to the fact that they are waiting for him to fumble the ball and rebuild the integrity of the party.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  47. Nathan

    The US should allow Iran to have their own (hopefully peacefull) revolution. This will make them stronger, just like when we ended practices like slavery and segregation n this country. The fact that this is going in Iran should utimately be healthy in the future. And by the way, at least Iran has direct elections...

    June 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  48. Lynn

    Jack,

    Just because we do not SEE action does not mean the admin is not actively working behind the scenes. Obama is nothing if not smooth – just what we need at this time....

    June 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  49. Jeniffer (Sacramento, Ca.)

    I think us staying out of it like we are is the best response. It just goes to show how crazy the Iranian President is when he accusing us of causing the problem, and everyone can see we haven't gotten involved. He is losing credibility, and that helps us diplomatically throughout the world.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  50. Gloria in FL

    The United States needs to let people in other countries stand up for themselves and take care of their own problems. If we had done this with Iraq, we would not be stuck in a war there. It appears to me that the citizens of Iran are handling the situation just fine (very little violence), probably less than in the streets of Chicago or Los Angeles.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  51. linda

    no let their country and their people handle theie elections

    June 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  52. Josh, Ohio

    The US can't really do anything to help them, as Iran is already accusing the US of backing the protests even though none of the top officials have said much about it. We are in a corner, we want to help them but we can't without causing more forceful accusations from Iran.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  53. John Duvall

    Hasn't anyone heard of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!"? The Iranian opposition is doing just fine, and Obama's approach is clearly working. Eight years of Bush's belligerence got us an ever-more powerful Iran; six months of Obama has got us a social revolution in Iran. What part of success don't these brain-dead Republicans not understand?

    June 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  54. michael

    Yes they should do more for the Iranian people and their opression...Don't make the mistake of invading their country though.......We have snipers.........

    June 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  55. Joe Kazmierski

    Yes! Yes!
    What happened to the Audacity of Hope?
    It's now the Audacity of Apathy – or Fear.

    Whether my Pres. is doing something or not. We, the people of the US are.

    There are plenty of sites, Facebook, etc. Where is my vote dog org.

    I'm not here to endorse these sites. I'm here to say let's do something!

    This is the stuff that matters!!!

    Joe K. in Philly

    June 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  56. Michael

    I think officially, we should be reserved with our statements. However, secretly, using our clandestine service, we ought to be attempting to stoke this fire as vigorously as we possibly can and it wouldn't surprise me in the least if that is what is going on as we speak.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  57. Doug

    I think Americans would love to help but how? We should push as much as we can for the government of Iran to be as transparent as possible.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  58. Darrien

    I think Pres. Obama is making the right decision of his approach with Iran. If we were to expressed a for a particular outcome there would be less of a chance of that outcome happening. America is always on the side of freedom, we don't always have to say it to make it known. Iran will figure this out and if freedom is the outcome the world knows America will support it.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  59. Marti

    No, No, No, and No! Obama has done precisely the right thing by saying only what he did. The Iranians are asking us to pray for them but not muck up the works. Barack is very insightful, and has impeccable senses on what is appropriate.

    Trust the man, America!! (you too, Hillary!)

    June 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  60. Marie

    The U.S. and President Obama should continue to remain low key regarding the political uprising in Iran. Although Iran is accusing us of interfering, it is obvious to the world that we are not. The moment the U.S. takes an official position, the opposition will have a harder time convincing more people to participate in their movement against the current government.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  61. Kevin , Fl

    Jack, Absolutely!! This Administration should not repeat the same mistakes as Mr. Carter , and ignore a real chance here to encourage a healthy , prosperous, Pro West Iran. Mr. Obama should make a public statement condemning the elections...while quietly authorizing Representitaves to enter the Country and meet with Reformists and the defeated canidate to find out what assistance they need, and give it to them. If they really want a Revolution , then by all means we should give them the necessary tools.....but keep Our troops out. This way the Iranians do it themselves, elect a better leader, and we can all breathe a bit easier.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  62. Walter L Brwon

    We need to do nothing,. The Iranian people seem to have a good idea of what to do.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  63. noreen salter

    There is nothing else President Obama can do. The states does not control the world and from what i heard already from the president he is backing up the rights of the voters Mccain and the rest of the republications would have a third war going by now. When are the American people going to trust your president?
    Noreen

    June 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  64. Nassrin Hariri

    Yes i think that they should support the Iranian people.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  65. Michelle, New Haven CT

    Did the Iranians weigh in when our presidential election results were in question? The world let our process play out as flawed as it was with the Supreme Court deciding Bush v. Gore. The President is right.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  66. Mehran Parsian

    All the governments of the free world simply must not acknowledge Ahmadinejad as the president of Iran.

    Europe and America need to side with the Iranian protesters100%

    These people are struggling for their basic human rights, against a regime of oppresion and fear !

    Down with Ahmadinejad, Stand with Free Iran now !

    June 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  67. hal

    I think the United States sould stay out of the Iran situation. I hope Obama has enough sense to keep his mouth shut. We don't need him telling Iran people what to do. Granbury, Texas.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  68. Jhon

    NO. Obama should mind the U.S. We are in a crisis and do not have the money to support the protesters. Did Iran get involved in our election. Why should we?

    June 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  69. Panfilo Fuentes

    No, our nose in everybody’s business has to stop. They do not need our long nose in their affairs, let them solve their own problems, that is why they are a sovereign nation; we may not like it, but so what.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  70. Kathy/Ga

    These are the same people who McCain said Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran. Now he and the republicans are trying to fan the flames to get the people upset with Obama. I don't remember Iran making a statement back in 2000 stating that they supported the Gore voters.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  71. CARL ARTHUR CLARK

    All these other voices speaking their opinion of what our President is doing in reference to Iran is just so much spilled milk, Will everyone get a clue and realize we have an elected President and get behind him? President Obama has more intel than anyone else so please be quiet and let our leader lead.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  72. Mazurov, Portland, Oregon

    I think, at the very least, the US should support the Iranian protests. Let's think about it! We went into Iraq to stop a dictator (or at least that's what we were told after nobody found WMDs...), and I'm sure all Americans can agree that we enjoy our freedom of speech, and our democracy. There's not much we Americans can do to affect people of Iran without angering the government of Iran- so the government should simply show their backing in the name of free speech and democracy, and behind the scenes, do their best to allow the people of Iran to continue their protests (IE, as mentioned above, the US Government asking twitter to stay online, etc...)

    June 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  73. Michelle

    I understand that the administration had a load of problems to address, but the people of Iran cannot end this corrupt regime without any outside help. The people are desperately seeking some foreign support. Ending this regime can benefit the world. The people and the government are from two completely different worlds. The people are the victims!

    June 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  74. Carla

    No. Their open-minded and educated citizens already know that we do support them.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  75. Mike, from Fargo, ND

    No, the Iranians need to stand up for themselves and fight for there own freedom.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  76. Mary

    NO, we do not need to get involved in the internal business in another country!!!! Would we have wanted outside involvement in our 2000 election which has been proven to have been flawed??

    June 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  77. Felicia (Georgia)

    NO, and NO, again! We cannot impose upon the Iranian people. It is their country, and they must respond. We are not the world police. We have enough problems of our own to solve. For those legislators who disagree, maybe it's time for you to return to your home states because you have lost touch with what is important to the everyday lives of Americans.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  78. pete in San Diego

    Meddling would to increase Iran's spirit of Nationalism, support the current regime and divides the positions of our our allies.

    Obama is right on.

    Pete. Lifelong conservative Republican and Military 'lifer.'

    June 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  79. Stephanie B.

    The United States should show full support for the Iranian people and for fair elections. The United States should offer assistance and let the people do their thing. They are making a real statement that might actually cause change. We should closely monitor the situation and if it gets out of control on either side, that is when we intervene.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  80. Kevin L. / Omaha, NE

    We don't run the world! Like the Pres said; "this is up to the Iranian people". Our country was based on rights where as Iran has a different view on those rights it gives it's people. You can't come in my home and tell me "who gets what". So I won't go into your home and tell you what to do! Meddling is what got the US into problems before. But "human" rights need intervention.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  81. Hal, New Jersey

    President Obama should, as Commander in Chief, station a carrier battle group off of the coast of Southern Iran, just in case things get out of hand in the Islamic Republic. Let the Iranians sort out their own differences, but let the Iranian military know that the United States will not stand idly by if it believes its interests are threatened.

    Give them a show of force, but restrain the Navy from acting before anything serious happens.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  82. Ron (San Mateo, California)

    Absolutely NOT. Any interference in Iran's internal affairs will backfire and haunt us in the long term. President Obama is doing the right thing to stay out of the political struggle inside Iran.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  83. Kari, Las Vegas

    The American people are providing a world of support for the Iranian people–creating proxy IP addresses, re-posting confirmed information on Twitter, and setting up various other conduits for the Iranian people to both share and recieve information that would otherwise be ignored or suppressed by their state media.

    The Obama administration has struck a precise and careful note expressing its support for the people; even with the restraint they've shown, the Iranian government is accusing the US of interfering. Any more commentary or intrusion from the White House is unnecessary at this point; the people of Iran are doing quite well on their own.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  84. John Wetzel

    NO ! Thank God we don't have McCain/ Palin or we would be on the verge of War #3. They at least had elections. What about the Republicans good friends China? When was their last election? Butt out and let them fix their own messm butt out on nukes too, maybe we should all get rid of them?

    June 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  85. J Boards

    No. We should not get involved, but we should monitor the situation closely. The Iranian people are showing their resolve to change their country from the inside. And that's the way it should be. At this time, President Obama is on the right course.

    Jackie, Atlanta, GA

    June 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  86. Ryan Jensen

    No. The president has the best approach. If we do show more support for Iranian protesters then the situation for the US becomes lose-lose for any further foreign policy with Iran. Let the president do what he thinks is best.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  87. Bianca

    No, the American people shouldn't do more to help the Iranian people for once we need to focus solely on our own issues. You know things like our economy and our government. I think that when we are finally OK in America then we can try to lend a hand to other countries whose governments can't handle a simple election.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  88. Tony from Omaha, NE

    Not overtly, no. The conservative leadership in Iran already views America as meddling in the affairs of a sovereign nation. To give them more fuel to throw on the fire by assuming a macho, anti-Ahmadinejad posture would undermine the protesters and empower the establishment. Pres. Obama's critics are noble in their belief, but foolish in their statesmanship.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  89. Matt in IN

    This is something that I believe the Iranians should handle on their own. They are getting their point across with the silent marches and do not require US assistance.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  90. Roberto

    The president's statements over the last few days is enough. Iranians have a history of wanting to be left to their own affairs and everyone should honor that desire. That being said, what the US has said through the president is that We value freedom to dissent and having voices heard.

    I do not understand why this affirmation of rights isn't enough for some critics.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  91. sheila mills

    We should allow the President to do this his way. He understands the Muslim world much better than we do. Certainly the Republicans have gotten it wrong year after year.

    iranians have mistrusted the US for years and God knows they don't want to hear a word from Benjamin Netanyahu. The Prez should steer clear of the usual actors during this difficult time as the Iranian people could run right back into the arms of the Ayatollah or Ahmadinejad if they feel that they are being used by the US.

    I believe that many of them were inspired by Obama's speech and I think they appreciate his words of concern, but I think they themselves know that too many words from him could be counter productive and end with the protestors suffering much more in the way of persecution.

    I believe the President will speak out more if and when he feels it is prudent to do so.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  92. This is a Global World

    From a USA citizen... Why does everyone have to keep talking about the USA & how it will respond to Iran? USA is not the only country in the world. Why does everyone have to point in the direction of what USA will do? What about the other world leaders. USA is not responsible for everything in the world. Let the other countries grow up themselves & not be treated as children or less than the USA. Tough love.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  93. Sam Ayer

    No. It's about time we started understanding that this is not about us, U.S., it's about Iranians doing a great job of standing up and speaking for themselves. If there's anything we can do, it is to make sure that we give them creative means of communicating with the rest of the world – maybe set up an Iran Twitter desk in the State Department.

    Sam, NJ

    June 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  94. TJ001

    This is one of those times that less is more. What makes anyone think sticking our noses into another countries internal politics will help anyone. How would we like other countries messing with our elections?

    June 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  95. Mana Naeim

    YES! The Iranian People cannot persue a revolution by themselves. With violent and cruel Bassegi murdering more and more people by the day, the Iranian People need continuous support and strength from the outside world, particularily the U.S. The Iranian Youth are being attacked, wounded, beaten, murdered by sadistic Secret Police. To say that the Iranian People need to determine there own faith is unfair and not enough for the situation they are facing. Obama needs to come out with a stronger more supportive message for the people who are fighting for universal human rights, and being killed for it.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  96. David A Whitaker

    I think the President should do more, however if he do it may cause more problems than it worth. The President has to be vwery careful in what he do, it has to be an effort of all nations not just the United States. Everybody want the President to do something stupid, and he would be criticized if there is blood shed.

    David
    Martinsburg

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  97. James Dickson, I

    Afghanistan has proved to be invaluable for helping messages get out of Iran. Maybe the regime change in Afghanistan was a "good" thing.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  98. James, Portland Oregon

    I want to ask, do the people not realize that Bush meddled in such a way that it caused a backlash, do we need our new president to be viewed as bush? Obama can support the people of Iran while not shovig americas big nose into other countries business! I think Obama should keep up his stance!

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  99. Matt from New York

    Why do we have to get involved in everything in the world. If the UK or France came went on TV and told us to do something or meddled in our elections we would have a fit. Let Iran decide what to do. Besides we can't solve elections Minnesota still only has 1 senator even after 8 months after an election. We don't know anything about elections heck people in this country think Sarah Palin would be a smart president.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  100. Ian, Canada

    The safety of the protesters is paramount. The Whitehouse must avoid giving Iranian authorities any pretext for a brutal reprisal.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  101. Preston

    Individual CITIZENS of the US can show support for the CITIZENS of Iran by wearing Green Ribbons or Green Arm bands. That would send a much bigger message. Lets leave the governments out of it.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  102. Rob Garraway

    NO! MOST STRONGLY, NO!! Think about it. What would you think if Iran or someother country meddled in your election? Report, that's it, report.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  103. Randy T

    NO! The AMERICAN gov't. should be doing more to help the AMERICAN people. Iranian gov't, iranian politics, iranian elections, that's iranian business.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  104. Hayedeh Daftari

    It would be a huge mistake for the US to take side in the Iranian elction.

    The best way to help the Iranian people, Is for the President to say nothing about the election, because the Iranian remember that the American overthrew a democraticly elected Iranian government in 1953.

    Sincerely,
    Hayedeh Daftari

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  105. Eric

    Absolutely! But not as a Government, as a people. How can I personally support the people of Iran?

    I, as a US citizen, would be willing to fight, kill and die for the freedom of another if it was what they wanted. I did it for my country, ... twice!

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  106. Derek, Apex NC

    Absolutely not, Jack! We seem to have a very short memory and we seem to forget the that it was the United States, through the CIA and Operation Ajax in 1953, who STOLE, thats right, STOLE freedom and democracy from the Iranians in the first place! The Iranians have not forgotten about what the Americans did to them in 1953 and if Pres. Obama were to come out in support of the protesters they, the protesters, would be slaughtered as American stooges. For the American government to demand that the Iranian government give their people free and fair elections would be the ultimate statement of hypocrisy and the only thing it would succeed in doing is to unite the Iranians against the US and the protesters

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  107. mark

    THe US should be doing more to help the people in the US who are being shafted by Banks & corporations who are trashing the econonomy and evading taxes while shipping the jobs out of the US. We need to stop babysitting the world and get busy with some domestic housecleaning.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  108. Chris-Tampa

    When did we become the foreign country election police? I did not see anyone overseas come to our rescue is 2000 and last I checked Iran was not one of the 50 states. Honestly, no matter what stance we take, it will have the same results: nothing!

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  109. Greg, Franconia, NH

    Up to this point we are doing exactly as we should be doing. Events in Iran are continuning to unfold and it will be a long time before they play themselves out. Any inference that we (the United States) are interfering in internal domestic affairs of Iran could undermine what positive events might still be played out.
    President Obama should not be swayed by those predictable voices that always want to charge in for the United States and take over.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  110. Terik Ororke

    The most brutal forms of government are in essence theocracies, be it religious such as in Iran, or so called communistic (which is in itself religious). The most difficult to interfere with are these same "governments." The USA should mind its own business because when it comes to so called religious governments, it will fail.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  111. Ali Reza

    If United states could help Iraq and Afghanistan to restore democracy there, Why not Iran? Of course people of Iran need the help specially from United States!

    Ali Reza
    Ontario, Canada

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  112. John Wetzel

    Oops What about our 2000 election talk about corrupt?????

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  113. Sara

    Regardless of whether President Obama supports the people who are protesting for democracy, Islamic clerics who are running the country will still accuse the US of meddling! Then why not support the people!

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  114. Ali

    America is always accused of been behind any unrest in the muslim world. Associatig Ameraca with a political leader is a deadly presciption. Obama is doing the right thing right now by staying out of it. Let them bring change to their own country in their own ways.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  115. Viggoros

    The President has come out for support of the Iranian's people right to demonstrate. He is not, as President of America, favoring one party over the other. This is the right and the correct way to do it. McCain, however, with his hot blowing skull, wants the President to come out and favor the demonstrater. Well. it's good to know he is not the President today. Miami, Fl.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  116. sasan

    I believe that the United States should not interfere with what's going on in Iran. However, a more pronounced support of President Obama would be alot more appreciated by the Iranian people. we are at the brink of a huge change in Iran and a world wide support would be very helpful. nobody wants innocent people killed anywhere in the world. a pregnant woman was killed and her baby died too. is that humane?

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  117. Mary Jo

    Not at this juncture. I believe the President has got it absolutely right. As you pointed out, the Iranian government is accusing the U.S. of meddling when the President has said no more than he supports the government allowing peaceful demonstrations and fair and free elections. The Iranian people have to solve this problem for themselves as they are trying to do right now, and our President needs to not interfere in any way at this point in the standoff. Private citizens, NGOs, all sort of other forms of aid can be mustered to show support for the protesters, but it is totally inappropriate for our government to take sides in this country's internal controversy.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  118. Jay from Belmont, CA

    Jack,
    The last thing that the Iranians need right now is someone like Senator MacCain of, "bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran', or the "Axis of Evil" Neocons to become chummy with them. The FaceBook and the Twitter people are doing a magnificent job of supporting the protests. And, the American public are totally with the Iranian people. That is all that is needed now.

    Jay
    Belmont, Ca

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  119. Jack Hedden

    I totally concur with President Obama in his approach to the situation in iraq. i have a feeling that we are probably doing more behind the scenes. President Obama is walking a tight rope and doing it well. our public approach is appropriate for the time being. repubs are saying do more or differently simply to be in contrast to the President and not because it would be in the best interest of the American people. All we need now is george bush, directed by dick cheney, invading another country.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  120. Marty in Kansas City MO

    The best thing the US can do is wait until the whole thing blows over. We are not the worlds police department.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  121. Kim Jewer

    Once again you are asking the wrong question. Ask The IRANIANS through your blogs as to whether they would like you to get involved and in which way. This way us Canadians won't get dragged into another Afghanistan !

    June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  122. Nick D. Neighbour

    No! This time, Obama is playing it RIGHT!
    This time, "Less is More"!
    It would be very risky to interfere since it could be seen even by the Protesters, as being heavy handed and, unwanted interference!
    Nick. N.
    Pasadena. CA.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  123. greg

    I think President Obama is doing the right thing. Why should America get involved in another country's politics. We have enough problems here in our own country that are in desperated need of attention. John McCain and other Republicans should just chill out!!!!

    June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  124. Pedram

    i Think United States should not take any action towards the government of Iran, only show supports towards the protesters would be enough. People in Iran know what they want exactly and thats what they ware going after it, however they need more supports from other nations against its violence.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  125. Greg in Cabot Arkansas

    NO, we need to mind our own business this time and prepare to deal with who ever winds up being in charge. Anything we try to do is bound to fail.

    If the people of Iran really want change, they have to make that change on their own, our "help" would only strengthen the grip the religious leaders have on the country. The price of freedom and democracy can only be paid for with blood of the people that want it in order for it to be appreciated.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  126. david

    Obama has already done what he needs to do as far as the Iranian issue is concerned. The Iranian leadership is hoping for an opportunity to divert attention from what is happening there by inciting anti-American sentiments. All they need is the slightest pressure from the United States. Obama is not providing it so they're 'inventing' it.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  127. gail

    We should not interfere with any countries internal issues. Would we want the Iranians telling us how we should behave or vote or who to worship? of course not
    The President is acting appropriately.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  128. jacques desmarais

    The U.S. is doing enough in the Iranian file. More would bring disastrous results (probably the authority are waiting for an excuse to crack down). The Berlin Wall did not fall down because of US pressure, communism was not thrown out in Russia because of special american efforts. Romanian freed themselves without external help. When the people are ready, the strenght is there and the change occurs. Outside meddling is more often than not counterproductive

    June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  129. Artie

    I believe what is going on in the streets of Tehran speaks for itself. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  130. africanpie

    One word, Capital ""NO""; the U.S. has more than enough to tackle. The President should save his energy and simply concentrate on fixing the economy period!

    June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  131. C. Sinclair

    I have complete confidence in the President's decision to not meddle in the Iranian situation at this time. He and his staff have much more information than we do, so they are the ones that can make the best decision. Also, the commentators on CNN that have an Iranian background have agreed that we should not interfere at this time. The naysayers should stop and think.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  132. Arash

    YES, i think U.S should help the people of iran.Every day lots of people being killed.the people neede support of the world and mainly the u.s

    June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  133. Margaret Peters

    No, we should not "do more" to show US support for the protestors. President Obama is taking the right approach. Iranians remember the US overthrowing their rightful ruler and installing the Shah as a US puppet. There are already accusations that the US is behind the protests.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  134. JERRY SOLDOTNA, ALASKA.

    How can America help the Iranian people with fair elections when America could not even help Americans by fair FRAUD FREE elections. Was that sign held by the Iranian saying"where is my vote" provided by ACORN?? There was no difference between the Iraqs, Palestines, Russias, Venezuelas, Americas or Irans elections, THEY WHERE ALL CROOKED!!

    June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  135. Ken Deminick

    If America didn't have a history of meddling in other countries affairs I doubt there would have been a 911.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  136. Clarence

    The United States is the beacon of liberty to all people under the weight of oppression. It is then our obligatin to carry the burden of freedom, which includes fighting to perserve it . I am the captain of my debate team, and we teach the team that silence is concession; this is not the time to conceed. President Obama must stand for the principles of liberty and openly condemn the despotism of the Iranian government.

    Alabama

    June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  137. Nadine Harris

    Absolutely not! Anything we say will certainly blow up in our face. This isn't the Boston Tea Party or Solidarity or the Berlin Wall: it's a byzantine intrigue between different cliques of terrorist clerical thugs at the top, none of whom has the slightest scruple about using hundreds of thousands of young people as poisoned pawns. The same hateful government will prevail regardless of which murderer is in charge. There's a great deal of blood on Moussavi's hands.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  138. Jennifer in Winnipeg

    Jack, if Mr. Obama openly supports the protesters, it would appear that he does support the opposition candidate. In this particular case, I think silence is golden.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  139. Ramez

    Absolutely not, the last thing the Iranian people need is to be gunned down with the excuse of being Americans or supported by the Great Satan. The wordy support of the US government does not do any good to Iranian reformist but it will give the Islamic Republic better excuse to kill people. Unless the US plans to take military actions, which at this point it can complicate the situations big time. The best decision is what president Obama is doing right now.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  140. Ajay

    If your next door neighbour had problems within his family, would you provide unsolicited support to any family member?

    Who are these critics? What's their agenda to interfere in the affairs if another country? President Obama is handling this right...

    June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  141. Mosen

    I believe if George Bush was president US should saty out of it, but Obama as a popular face in the world can do more about it. People in iran do not expect any country help them but at least dont help Ahmadinejad by not confirming and congratulating his winning.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  142. dan

    I think Obama is doing a great job not getting into this mess. As long as Akmadinajad thinks Obama is on his side, he might open up talks with him. "Sometimes you have to act the part to get the part."

    June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  143. Rob

    What should the US be doing exactly? Iran held a democratic election that was allegedly stolen. Those people who believe their rights have been violated are demanding justice.There has been no widespread suppression of dissent as protesters peacefully march in the streets. The government is responding and investigations are underway. Sounds a lot like any democratic country, including our own, if you ask me. If the regime does not clamp down, then democracy has won out. Isn't that what the US wants? To spread democracy? Seems to me the Iranians already have it.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  144. Tod Ealand

    Seems to me the President has to take an overall view which, experience has shown, he does very well. Why doesn't everyone just tamp it down a little and let the man do the job we elected him to do. After all, the Iranian protesters are acting within and for their own culture and country, and not for the approbation of the US.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  145. Shahriar from DC

    No. Please leave the people of Iran alone in protesting the results of this (s)election. Any support from foreign governments specially the United States will be considered as interference. This will only complicates the matters and help the regime crack down the protesters as agents of America. Note to McCain, I am so glad you are not the president of United States.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  146. Adnin

    A couple of decades ago we were dealing with Civil Rights, the people of the U.S. stood up and fought for those rights. In the Iranians situation, they should be allowed to deal and revolutionize there own government, we have no right to dictate our way of freedom and democracy when we have faced and dealt with slavery and inequality ourselves. Jack the only people that can make change in a country, are the citizens of that country.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  147. Walid in Toronto

    No. At least half of Iranians are protesting without external help and that is more powerful to their leaders than an external country pressuring for a change. We can only support their efforts by showing the world what is going on through videos so the current leaders cannot quiet the voices of those trying to liberate themselves from the regime.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  148. Jamie

    In an ideal world yes. But if memory serves I don't recall anyone coming to our rescue when our Supreme Court decided the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election or in 2004 when election irregularities in Ohio effectively gave it to the party in power...again. Of course there weren't riots in the streets. But there should have been. Maybe the Iranians are on to something. On second thought, yes, help them!

    June 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  149. Margaret, Illinois

    President Obama is currently walking on a tightrope. On one side he is leaning towards support for the Iranian protesters, who are suffering the loss of freedoms many Americans, including the President, value. On the other side he is leaning towards keeping the new and fragile foreign relation with Iran. Critics will never be happy with his decision. In my opinion our nation's relationship with Iran is crucial and it is not worth it to openly support the protesters- resulting in the loss of any future communication. The administration is helping in ways that cannot be directly linked to them, like asking Twitter to refrain from site construction, which at this time is the best the administration can do. I believe he supports Iran but at this time is keeping his foreign policy agenda as the priotiy.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  150. Tiffany

    The demonstrations and mourning marches serve to prove that Iranian people need no interference from the U.S. to support their cause. Democracy is founded on the principles of "by the people, for the people"; the U.S.'s interference would undermine the power of the Iranian people to handle their own affairs and provide the Iranian government with an opportunity to reunify under opposition to imposed Western ideals.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  151. Isabella Miram

    Our government can not take sides with the protest demonstrations. We have already meddled in too many affairs.
    Our president can make a statement in support of the peoples wishes for 'Change' Iran must sort this out themselves without any intervention from us.
    Israe's wishes should not enter the picture.
    Do nothing !

    June 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  152. William Wisehart

    The US has got to keep a really low profile. The only thing we could possibly accomplish by being more involved is to help the hardliners who already accuse th ius of meddling. WRW from Santa Barbara, CA

    June 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  153. Jay, Denver

    No. And it's ironic the Republicans who were upset at the idea of simply talking to Iran are now the ones advocating we meddle in their election.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  154. Bryan

    This isn't like watching people protest some state-run election here in the States. There are layered nuances to the U.S. relationship with Iran, and many of these "Obama must announce support immediately" voices either don't understand these nuances, are only able to view world issues from an American perspective, or are politicizing the issue for their own political gain (with no concern for how it effects Iranians).

    It can be argued that Obama helped encourage Iranians to speak out with his Iranian New Year address and Cairo speech - now he needs to allow them the opportunity and political space to push this towards revolution on their own terms. If the story becomes "the U.S. tries to upset the Iranian President" vs. "The Iranian people demand a regime change" there is only one loser: the people of Iran.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  155. Avi Perry

    The only chance to stop the march towards a nuclear Iran is an Iranian revolution that overthrows the Ayatollah's dictatorship. This is the chance. The US should grab it, pour fuel on the situation. A better world could emerge as a result.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  156. Marcy

    We need to step back. President Obama is correct with his statement of not interfering with the country right now. No matter what we do, we will be "the bad guy". McCain would have us in a war if he had his way. Bullies do not win in the end.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  157. rick

    Jack, What do we expect Pres. Obama to do? He condemmed the abuse of the protesters a few days ago. Where was this congressional outcry when many thought our election was stolen from us in 2000? The election ran thru the courts and we got what we got. Lets concentrate on our problems for awhile. Iran, welcome to democracy!

    June 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  158. Brian

    Jack,

    Obama is handling this situation superbly. Before the Repbulican chattering class escalates the rhetoric about free and fair elections, they should revisit the Florida debacle from a few years ago.

    Maybe they can get the US Supreme court to decide the Iranian election results. It is beyond reason for anyone to beleive that Obama is supporting Ahmadinezhad by remaining silent. It is time for the US to focus on its' own backyard and stay out of Iranian affairs.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  159. Darren

    No!!! We're not the World Police and President Obama is doing the right thing by not meddling in their election affairs, especually after the election troubles we've had here since the turn of the century.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  160. John M Butchkoski

    Jack:

    Obama's right on! He's no dummy and he knows he has to deal with them in the future.
    This effort to push Iran seems to be inspired by Israeli supporters.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  161. Vieux

    Negative Jack, Twitter will handle this one.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  162. Elisa

    No. President Obama has the right stratigic plan. The longer the protest continues, the weaker the Iranian government will become. Obama is a long range thinker... that's why we need him. Republicans need to shut up and let our president do his job. If any one doubts, just ask the pirates and the fly! Although these are small examples, they drive the point home–silence but deadly. Korea will be next.. he is setting up his plan beautifully! Patience!

    June 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  163. Mark M

    Jack,

    My vote is NO
    Obama, already said they deserve fair and honest elections. If we remember the man that is (was) president there is pretty much insane. What happens if he does win? do we now go to war with Iran because he is mad at us?
    We need to take care of us 1st, yes we need to support them but from a distance.

    The Iran people them self are asking we stay out of it, and survey says they (iran) and most Americans want us to stay out now, lets not worry about a few war hungry GOP wanting to stick there fingers in a place AGAIN we dont belong (EXAMPLE IRAQ)

    if it were Bush he would have already sent or army there and started a war THANK GOD he is not in office during this.
    This is just another sad attempt for Republicans to hold something over Obama's head and complain about.

    Mark M
    San Francisco Ca

    June 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  164. Lisa B in Yucca Valley, CA

    Jack
    We need to remain on the sidelines.
    The President is right, and the naysayers are wrong. McCain and others are just itching for either an excuse to start another war in the middle east, or to prove that Obama is wrong in his approach to middle east relations.
    These less than wise naysayers would love to see Obama butt in, and tick off the Iranian regime so that his chances of having talks with Iran would almost be assured of not happening.
    The President has given support to the Iranians in speaking, publicly about the situation, and also by having Twitter delay their maintenance so Iranians would ahve a place to share their messages with the world.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  165. Rod Roberts

    The administration errs on the side of caution precisely because we have meddled too much in Iran's internal affairs, especially in relation to the restoration and perpetuation of the hated peacock throne. To be more zealous puts the protesters at risk of accusations of collaborating with Iran's "enemies". The blowback that could result from a John McCain-style denunciation of the Iranian incumbent just isn't worth it- and the GOP ought to know that.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  166. James Allen

    Neocon bluster – calling Iran "evil', or singing about bombing Iran – has certainly been effective, right? I choose to accept the suggestions of "sane" foreign policy experts such as Senator Richard Lugar who suggest that President Obama's approach is precisely the course to be followed.

    James Allen
    Euless, TX

    June 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  167. Lou

    The President is doing the right Thing by staying out of it. If He speak out to much He'll the goverment ofIran a reason to crack down then he would be Blamed for ever death that takes place. Republicans would love that

    June 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  168. Travis (Pottstown, PA)

    Ahmadinejad is known for his outspoken rhetoric against the United States... He would undoubtedly use our president's words as propaganda to discredit this unrest. Our government can help these protesters best by making sure their voices are heard & known as concerned Iranians – not helping Ahmadinejad charge them as agents provocateur

    June 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  169. BP

    There is a fine line in many minds between 'help', and 'meddling'. Mr. Obama appears to be acting wisely.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  170. Paul Beauchemin

    Jack- I think the only way for America to show support for the Iranian people is to show a national day of mourning here. Pick a day next week- and have all local, state, government, and individual flags fly at half-mast- that would show the world our mourning for the Iranian people and our solidarity with them in starting the process for new- and hopefully- more open elections in Iran. Paul.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  171. Bill Martinez

    We are already helping enough, in fact we've been helping since long time ago even and almost two years ago we've been preparing ourselves for this election, we're involved into any election process of any and single country in the wolrd!! ... let alone Iran! ... all this miss going on in Iran now is precisely the product of our involvement in their internal affairs, other wise why do you think B. Obama didn't give green ligth to Netanyahu to go for Iran centrifuges, our hope is for a regime change through "democratic" means that favor our geopolitical agenda period. That's precisely why we have created so much enemies around the world that one day will come after us and at our worse moment.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  172. Brion Seifert

    The U.S. should not do more to involve itself in the country of Iran. The situation in Iran right now would not exist if it were no for the CIA coupe in 1953 that brought the Shah into power. Which in turn inspired the Islamic Revolution in 1979. We have done enough in the last 55 years to make our imprint on Iranian history for ages to come.
    Our government should limit involvement to the cyber war because the tools used by the protesters are of American descent.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  173. Shaun L

    America is a bit hypocritical claiming the Iranian vote is rigged. There was more evidence that Gore/Bush election dispute was rigged by Jeb Bush then has been offered against Iran's current election result.

    That fraudlent election put George Bush in office for eight years, and look at the state of America now.

    Obama is doing his best to restore respect by world leaders, which will in turn lead to support on issues America needs to get involved in. Like Nuclear threats in Korea and Iran!

    June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  174. Bill Adair

    Jack
    Why don't the Americans just get out of Iran. They're not wanted there – like so many other places in the world. If the Americans want another war, why not have the borth and south have another go, that should keep the arms sellers happy.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  175. Kelly McNeill

    I believe many people in Iran want to share in the freedoms the west has to offer, however, this revolution must be played out "by the people for the people." Sometimes revolutions create a power play or vacuum. Let the fire put itself out. US has enough on its' plate. We can't police every country wanting democracy.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  176. David Bradshaw

    Ahmadinejad still has his supporters and, if we truly support democracy, we have to let both sides have their votes. Iran needs to come out of this not with a revolution backed by U.S. guns but with a fair, popular vote for the best candidate. American intervention would only vindicate Ahmadinejad's anti-west rhetoric. This is a moment in Iranian history, not a roadmark for Obama.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  177. Carmen

    Jack,
    this is an Iranian problem. No other country has the right to tell them what to do and what not. Iranians are a smart people, they will bring about what they think will be best for their country.
    Back in 1989 none of us East-Germans who were on the streets for weeks wanted to be told how to deal with the totalitarian regime we had to content with.
    Carmen, Huntsville, AL

    June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  178. Dr. Fara M

    As an Iranian_American, I think President Obama is doing the right thing by staying away and not meddle in Iran's situation. Once in 1953 was enough. They are already crying wolf. My Obama is absolutely right now.
    The administration needs to support the people of Iran and not take side. The protestors need to hear that people of the world are behind them.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  179. Carmin in Tampa

    No, the U.S. should mind its "own business." The U.S.' "own business" is the economy, severe job loss, foreclosure and 2 simultaneous wars. I am a compassionate person and this country is full of compassionate people but there comes a time where you have to care for your own and this is the time when President Obama needs to care for what ails America. President Obama is trying to fulfill his campaign promises to the best of his ability and that is what he needs to focus on – fulfilling his campaign promises and getting the United States of America back on track economically.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  180. Worldpeaz

    No, we should let them work it out. President Obama is correct, in my opinion, with respect to past history. I don't recall people sticking their noses in 2000 .. but then that was dragged out so long. It is said that the government of Iran is also protecting western reporters by having them secluded, which holds some validity. What would happen if a western journalist was hurt or killed and they had blood on their hands for that?

    Too bad we're not out in the streets asking for what we need like they are. We're so complacent, but then again, we lived in a state of "control by fear" for the last 8 years.

    I have been in contact with 2 internet friends by the internet from Iran .. not by the means that have been mentioned, so there are still other accessable sites. Just don't tell anyone .. lol. At least they let me know they are safe and they don't say so much.

    Our President is doing the right thing ..a measured response and not an impulsive one. With John McCain being a sticky nose, that is a problem .. think of what situation we would have been in if he had been elected!

    June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  181. Graham, LA

    I think President Obama is being respectful and intelligent as a world leader and not brining America officially into this situation. As much as we may suspect that the election was rigged, once he speaks out against it, he would be formally accusing Ahmadinejad and his supporters of something that has yet to be proven. That would be irresponsible. Imagine how we would have felt if Iran weighed in on our "questionable" election 2000.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  182. Naomi C.

    Iran is not a weak country. It does not have a weak government, nor does it have a weak people. I believe our President's reaction is the best way to deal with the current situation. We are currently watching the Iranian people change their country, as they have before. The Iranian people have never been one to sit back and not resist.

    It is, of course, important to us what happens in Iran, but Mr. Obama has been trying to make diplomatic progress in this area, and it would be unwise for him to burn bridges before they're crossed.

    The Iranian people will have their way–make no mistake about that. They will only be stronger for having done so. Until the Iranian government starts overtly breaking human rights laws, the U.S. should remain right where we are.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  183. Matt Yates

    I see no reason for the U.S. to step in whatsoever or make a judgement. Moussavi wouldn't be much of a change from Mahmoud, anyways, supporting him would be like supporting Noriega or the Taliban. Oh wait...

    Why does America insist on thinkong that other nations cannot solve problems themselves?

    June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  184. George

    Not more than showing moral support at the moment, as anything more would most likely backfire on the US’ good intentions. A very fine line should be taken to let the Iranians know that Americans in general are glad to hear that they are trying to become more democratic. However, remember where past interference in that region got the US – wasn’t it Ronald Reagan who supported Osama bin-Laden with weapons and training in Afghanistan against he Russians and George H W Bush who supported Saddam Hussein with weapons and training against the Iranians. Didn’t turn out so well, did it?

    June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  185. Yale

    As it stands now, the situation in Iran is taking care of itself. Its just what the US wants to happen and injecting commentary will not advance events, as it stands now. The Iranian people know the world is watching and demonstrations from Iranian expats are visible signs of support. I hope America now knows that the Iranian people should not be demonized, they want a free democracy and an end to their defacto dictatorship.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  186. Joan

    The president is doing the right thing. He is in accordance with those in authority in England, France and Germany. We don't need to meddle. The president said enough for right now. The previous administration would get out the tanks and the aircraft like we did in Iraq and see where that got us. We would not want another country trying to tell us how to run an election. The people will sort it out as they have done for centuries. The president knows what he is doing without any of these Monday morning quarterbacks like Senator McCain.

    Joan

    June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  187. Amir Arasta

    Does Iran interfere with US election, or any domestic problem? Just for once, stop being the world police! If we can not change it ourselves, we deserve what we get!

    June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  188. Tirdad

    Hi;
    In response to many of your viewers regarding Iran and how not to interfer with the election, please remember America is and claims to be the leader of the free world, step ahead of every nation, in these tough times in Iran, the people of Iran have extended their hand out asking for help to America(The Leader of the world) are we just going to stand on sidelines and watch this nation get slouthered in the hands of so called islamic dictators, and bunch of thugs. Do you just watch when you see a man drawning in the river or do you go in and pull him out?The choice is America's but I think Iran is ready to be free of all the islamic non-sense and you could be there to take the credit.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  189. Renee from Palmsprings

    Even if we do, we're sticking our noise into there business, damn if you do and damn if you don't!.. I really would like for once we keep our noise out of it.. and let them see how and when they fail it want be nobodies fault but there own! I feel like he is taking a good approach to it... We , the American get blamed for everything that goes wrong .. so stay out of it and let it work or run it's course

    June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  190. Tim

    I think it's funny that we are asking the American people if we should be supporting the Iranian people with their protests after the vote.
    But when thousands of American protested (during the Tea Party demonstrations recently), the lef-wing liberals in this country laughed at them and questioned why these crazy (few) people were complaining about.
    So why should I care what happens in Iran when our own people are not being heard.

    Thank you Left-Wing Media !

    June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  191. Eddie

    Jack, we are doing everything we possibly could. We are supporting the Iranians both emotionally and morally. Anything more would indeed compromise the movement of the Iranian people. If the U.S. puts a physical hand in this, it would "proove" the extremist government right about having to shelter the children of Persia from the Americans. If anyone on the outside had tried to stop Bush, we would have him as President today, living a third term. it's not much different there.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  192. Nancey from Georgia

    Come on Jack, I'm sixteen years old and even I know the answer to that question...NO! I mean, what more can we possibly do but sit and watch? The Iranian government already believes that we're backing Moussavi's campaign. Showing support of any kind would only confirm their suspicions. Two words...Nuclear Capability!

    June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  193. Brion, Minnesota

    The U.S. should not do more to involve itself in the country of Iran. The situation in Iran right now would not exist if it were no for the CIA coupe in 1953 that brought the Shah into power. Which in turn inspired the Islamic Revolution in 1979. We have done enough in the last 55 years to make our imprint on Iranian history for ages to come.
    Our government should limit involvement to the cyber war because the tools used by the protesters are of American descent.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  194. VivaIran

    Absolutely no... I live in NYC now, but was in Tehran and remember the clashes in 1999. The easiest way to suppress the opposition is to accuse them of being supported by the funds tunneled by the US government and CIA. In fact, the Ahmadinezhad propaganda started talking about a US-backed velvet revolution during the election campaign. I understand that freedom is the most important value in this country, but we should more wise that passionate. And I admire Obama's wisdom! Thanks

    June 18, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  195. Phil Nicolay

    President Obama's silence is appropriate since all the dictator regime needs is an excuse to clamp down on the people and kill masses not unlike China.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  196. andrew a

    i dont think the u.s. should be involved at all considerinering the Iranian people hate all americans and maybe rightly so. you dont really think they forgot your involvement in the iran-iraq war do you??? whats worse, american involvement at this point has the potential to galvanize these people against u.s. involvement, which would be counter productive. mind your own business if you can america...

    June 18, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  197. CJ in Atlanta

    No. The Iranians need their moment in time to stand up for themselves against oppression. The US does not always have to save the day.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  198. Chuck Farrington

    No! The President is correct in taking a hands off approach. I like the Presidents cool, quiet, take action approach. Look at what shooting off our mouth has gotten us into. Regardless of who wins, we will have to deal with that government. Go Prez. & stay cool.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  199. Larry in MO.

    Jack as far as I am concerned neither this nor any other country should take any action until the Iranian people are running through the streets waving signs asking for our, or anyone else's help..

    They, the Iranian people, seem to have things under control and it's something they are doing on their own. I think we need to give them the chance to accomplish their goals on their own.

    We tried to exercise our muscle in a neighboring country once (IRAQ). See where it got us.

    Larry in MO.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  200. Mr. C, Florida

    Absolutely not. The President is doing the right thing by allowing things to unfold as they may. Stronger support will only be seen as "medelling" and can very much lead to Iranian government actions towards the US, which ofcourse will be blamed on our President.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  201. Melinda Jones

    President Obama has been hit with many issues during his presidency and I know he is in favor of all countries having a democratic voice with fair elections. I think that these people are feeling that their voice and vote was ignored which is very frustrating and I feel for these people. I trust President Obama's decision on how to handle this very sensitive situation.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  202. Brad

    Jack, Is it our job to do more to help the Iranian people? Does Iran
    ask itself if they should help us in our elections – such as in Bush/Gore
    2000. No, the answer is no! Its not our country, our business, our people. We have plenty of other problems here we could be working on or talking about.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  203. shelly

    I think as it stands right now, we should not meddle in their election but i also think that once all of the journalist have been expelled from Iran it is going to turn into a human right issue that we cnnot afford to ingnore..i think that soon Iran will go completely dark and then the leaders of that country will show the iranians their true face..god help them all

    shelly in Tennessee

    June 18, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  204. Dea in Fayetteville NC

    No, we should not step into the election chaos in Iran, unless it is a part of a larger UN operation in which we play a very minor role.

    We are not the police of the world, the UN is, and we need to stop getting into everyone elses business until we have cleaned up our own house

    June 18, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  205. j obrien, missouri

    The President is doing just the right thing. None of the people on the right in this country have even bothered to ask Iranians what they think before they go public with their comments. It's just another way they can bash Obama with no consequences. We've done enough damage in Iran over the years. Let the Iranian people do this on their own. So far, they're doing a great job having their voices heard.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  206. Karen - Missouri

    Obama is doing the right thing by not saying much and hands off. All we can do is support the people of Iran in their efforts and we understand their pain. I applaud the courage of the Iranian protesters and hope they know we are with them.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  207. Matthew Ferdows

    USA must NOT interfere with Iran and Iranian's affairs. If US had not planned the 1953 military coupe against elected Prime Minister, Mohammad Mosaddeq. Iranian people would have had democracy since 66 years ago!

    June 18, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  208. Dave Rizzo

    Jack, as much as the "religious" right in this country would like another war, we have no right to interfere in the Iranian election,as they have no right to interfere in ours. Republicans had thier chance, they failed. They failed in Iraq , they failed to catch Osama Bin Laden, they failed with the economy, they failed the American people. No surprise they were voted out. They need to keep quiet and learn if they can.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  209. Paul (Texas)

    Before America tries to tell anyone how to conduct an honest election they need to clean up the process here.

    June 18, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  210. Mark M

    Jack

    NO they the people in Iran do not want us to do anything, most americans agree.

    We need to worry about us, and Thank GoD Obama is in office
    Bush would already have his hand on the trigger ready to fire.
    This is just another GOP attempt to make Obama look bad, and again there out of touch with what we and the Iran people want, Its a woner they lost this last election, and no I say thank goodness they did after hearing Mc Cain.

    Mark M
    Calif

    June 18, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  211. Alice NEWYORK

    Jack what would that be? we should mind our own business,we have things going on in the USA, I'm sure we wouldn't like other countries telling us what to do. Hearing John Mcc. speak I think if he were president what would he do? I'd really worry then. bees come to honey not vingar!

    June 18, 2009 at 4:43 pm |