June 2nd, 2008
05:03 PM ET

Message to McCain: Most say president should meet with Iran


FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

We have some bad news for John McCain who has spent the last couple of weeks beating up on Barack Obama because Obama said he would be willing to meet with leaders of countries considered to be enemies of the United States. Most Americans support Obama. McCain was at it again today.

Speaking to a pro-Israel group, McCain said it's hard to see what a summit with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would lead to "except an earful of anti-Semitic rants, and a worldwide audience for a man who denies one Holocaust and talks before frenzied crowds about starting another"

Well, guess what. A new Gallup Poll suggests the country backs Obama. 59% of Americans responding to the poll say it's a good idea for the president to meet with the president of Iran. Here's the breakdown: 71% of Democrats, 58% of independents and 48% of Republicans support this kind of diplomacy. This is despite the fact that polls also suggest few people in this country view Iran favorably, and it leads Americans' list of top U-S enemies in the world.

This same poll also shows a majority of Americans, 67%, say the president should meet with leaders of other foreign countries who are considered enemies of the U.S. Apparently the American people are sick and tired of cowboy diplomacy.

Obama is the only one of the three candidates who has said he would personally meet with leaders of countries like Iran, Syria, Cuba and Venezuela. Both Hillary Clinton and McCain have criticized him for it.

Here’s my question to you: What message does it send to John McCain when most Americans say it's a good idea for the president to meet with Iran?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Mary from Alabama writes:
I think Obama will win against McCain in the fall. This poll shows that Americans are fed up with the diplomacy of attack first and ask no questions. Bush and his gang have made a rag bag of American diplomacy and moral leadership. Since Hillary tends to use words like 'nuke' and 'obliterate' and voted for the war and Bush's declaration that Iran was a terrorist state, that only leaves Obama. McCain, the Bush clone, is not even worth mentioning.

Michelle from New York writes:
McCain doesn't care what the American people want. If he did, he would change his message. Republicans view the inhabitants of society as 3-year-olds, who have to be seen but not heard.

Jed from Redding, California writes:
As much as I value the opinion of the American people, the vast majority of them are not foreign policy experts and any president - Republican or Democrat - should not make policy based solely on the gut feelings of a large group of individuals. I would feel better if 60-70% of accredited foreign policy experts agreed with Barack Obama on his diplomatic endeavors.

Jan from Knoxville, Tennessee writes:
If meeting with the leader of Iran enhances the road to peace, then I say go Obama! The meeting should be in a neutral site, such as Switzerland, for safety reasons. The Bush foreign policy has been a disaster and we need to change course. I see nothing wrong with speaking with our enemies.

Ted from Phoenicia, New York writes:
It's the same message we're trying to send him about Iraq: We don't want another patriotic lecture, we want you to listen to the American people.

Karen from Pennsylvania writes:
What good would it be for McCain to talk to other leaders? I don't think that he can hear.

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soundoff (199 Responses)
  1. Ryan, Va

    Well I guess the most of us are as naive as Obama according to McCain. To be honest I can't even believe we're having this debate, when did diplomacy become a naive tactic?

    June 2, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  2. james tilton

    it seems to me that nothing is really lost by at least sitting down to hear what the other guys have to say... it does not mean buying into their views but it can help in understanding the other side in any debate...talk is cheap.... war is a WHOLE LOT more expensive not only in dollars and cents but also in lives..........................................

    June 2, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  3. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    A message to McCain from the people? Having ignored the will of the people for lo! these many years, Jack, how could one possible expect Mc
    Cain to pay the least bit of attention now? Besides, we have more atomic weapons than Iran and are therefore better than they are so we don't have to talk with them about anything. Add to that the FACT that just talking with them would tell our friends that we are weak and tell our enemies that we are weak and tell our own people that we are weak. Also it would tell the world that we recognize Iran as something or other and give them some sort of status on the world stage which their oil hasn't yet given them.

    The best message the people can send to McCain is a check mark beside the name of his opponent in November.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  4. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    This is only one of the 97 reasons that we will vote for Obama. McCain is closed minded and arrogant, just like the current so called leader.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  5. Deb

    What's wrong with talking? Even Olmert says it is better to talk than to shoot. Israel is meeting with their bitter enemy Syria. Ask McSame if we should just shoot lst in our everyday life instead of talking it out when we don't agree with someone or some situation. War is the easy way to work things out.
    Deb Owasso, OK

    June 2, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  6. Tina (Ft Worth)

    Why not at least try something different by talking. Don't you catch more bees with honey? Most people want to be treated with respect even those who Bush has labeled "axis of evil". Talk with them and always keep one eye on your enemy.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  7. Dave P.

    I believe we should sit down and talk, we should talk to Cuba too. That way everyone knows where we stand and we can offer to change our relationships with these and other nations if they FIRST prove that they want change. They will know going in what they may gain by having a more positive relationship with our country. We will have also opened up a dialogue that will continue to improve our relationships. All that and no one ends up dying in a war we don't need or want.


    June 2, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  8. Mighty Blogger

    Common sense dictates we have dialog with every country and those that "represent" that country or segments of that country.

    The Bush administration today doesn't even open up dialog to the American people and see where we are today.

    Yes, get some ambassadors over there and start the groundwork.
    While he's at it, get back on the plane and work with Russia. We had a working relationship with them and were helping them forward into democracy until the Bush administration started the cold war again.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  9. Colleen, Weddington, North Carolina

    Keep your friends close-Your enemies closer.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  10. Michael In Maine

    Talking to our enimies is out of the question. Talking may bring about understanding. Understanding may bring about a sucessful move toward peace in the middle east. John McCain is old school GOP. War equals chaos. Chaos equals higher oil prices. Higher oil prices equals continued quarter after quarter of record breaking profits for big oil who as we know finantially supports the old school GOP.

    Michael In Skowhegan, Maine

    June 2, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  11. Mark - Asheville, NC

    It might be appropriate for President McCain to meet with the leader of Iran, on neutral ground, IFF there are tangible issues to discuss, and if there are clear gains to be made. Otherwise, such a meeting would only give the Iranian president a higher standing among his own people, something the US should not be in the business of bestowing.

    By the way, I wrote "President McCain" for two reasons: one, he will be elected now, make no mistake; and two, I would not trust a Pres Obama with meeting any foreign leader hostile to the US -there is no telling what he would give away without even realizing it!

    June 2, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  12. vince nizzardi, new Jersey

    jackzilla, without seeing your question yet, [ cause you haven't asked it],I'm guessing it's " Who do you believe has the right approace to dealing with Iran, McCain, or Obama ?

    Answer, Obama. We must take a diffrent approach to the way we have been dealing with them. Talking is a good start

    June 2, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  13. Jeremy D (University of Texas)

    When did we need a justification for diplomacy? This is the problem with the Bush administration, they warp ideals and completely dismiss others. Security at the expense of Justice when our borders remain open and the Patriot Act is used to track down high dollar prostitutes (Gov. Spitzer). Diplomacy is an American Ideal that feeds Human Rights, Equality, Safety, and Justice. Since when did we need justification for any of those?

    June 2, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  14. Richard Canada

    Iran's threats to Israel are Palestinian inspired. The next US President will no doubt proceed with the two State solution between Israel and Palestine. No agreement can be achieved unless Israel ends settlement expansion in the West Bank and a compromise is reached regarding Jerusalem. Any future talks between the US and Iran should be approached from a position of an agreeable two State solution and include Israel and Palestinians. Any nuclear threat from Iran should also acknowledge collateral damage by radiation to Palestinians and other Islamic neighbors of Israel as well as assured destruction of Iran.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  15. JT Manhattan

    As the saying goes, "keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer." Obviously Obama is right and obviously the Bush-McCain strategy hasn't worked in the past and certainly won't work in the future.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  16. Peter TX

    if Israel wants to talk to Syria, why shouldn't we talk to Iran. moreover, it is common sense to change tactics if the one you use now is not working. and yes, our no-talk stand is not working.

    Peter, TX

    June 2, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  17. David Alexandria, VA

    McCain has repeatedly said that he would meet with the leaders of foreign coun tries, friends and foes, under the proper circumstances and at the proper levels. I think that's called leadership, global experience, diplomatic savvy, and good judgement. Obama sounds like he'd hop the first flight on "Air Iran" to go for a chat - that's called foolhardy and pandering to public opinion ratherr than leading them through the thought process.

    Get your facts staright, Jack. You're question is shallow and misleading. In it's nature, it appears unprofessionally partisan.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  18. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    McCain is proving by the day that he has no clue. Going to war with Iran is not an option. We don't have the man-power or the money. The United States is broke. Meeting and negotiation is the way to end the escalation of war and death.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  19. jaffer

    Maybe he doesn't know if you don't talk to your anemies the only option left is to fight them.He wants to do the same mistake that Bush did.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  20. Larry McCumber

    Okay. I keep getting this Obama is wonderful thing and it's getting to me now. Hillary said she would not meet with Iranian President without certain conditions. I think unless Iran is willing to meet certain conditions then it's just going to make Iran look stronger. They will use it to their advantage if we just say we want to talk. I get it! Why can't anyone else?

    Larry in Florida

    June 2, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  21. David, Natches MS

    I just wish someone would tell McCain that the 2 thumbs up sign he keeps giving to himself is annoying. I wish he would just give us the finger and go on about his business.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  22. Jayne in NH

    I'm afraid McBush is more of the same. Bomb first, ask questions later.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  23. Greg, PA

    We don't talk to terrorist period!

    June 2, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  24. Lene' from IL

    It is better to talk then to let things stew.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  25. Rosalynd Florida

    I am glad to hear most Americans are thinking and want to give diplomacy a chance. As the saying goes, keep your friends close and your enemies closer. America can not continue to act like a knuckle headed bully going forward. We have to talk with other countries and their leaders because we have more to loose by not sitting down for the conversation.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  26. Jed in Redding, CA

    As much as I value the opinion of the American people, the vast majority of them are not foreign policy experts and any president - Republican or Democrat - should not make policy based solely on the gut feelings of a large group of individuals. I would feel better if 60-70% of accredited foreign policy experts agreed with Barack Obama on his diplomatic endeavors. When that happens, it should be policy. Until then, it just sounds like a good idea to a bunch of people.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  27. Karen an Independent from Pennsylvania

    What good would it be for Mcain to talk to other leaders? I don't think that he can hear.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  28. Emma, San Jose, CA

    Critical thinkers don't assume Obama would do something blindly and without proper preparation and consultation. How dumb does McCain think we are?

    June 2, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  29. Lori in Battle Creek, MI

    Obama is right again. Against the war in Iraq and that he would meet with leaders of other foreign countries who are considered enemies of the United States. McCain is sounding more like Bush everyday.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  30. Patricia from Pine Plains, NY

    Better to talk then to fight. We never negotiate with our friends, only our enemies. When did that idea get to be stale. Oh, I remember. Jan. 20, 2001,

    June 2, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  31. Kristen

    Jack, McCain is the fool. He and Bush think the "my way or the highway" attitude seems to work. Well he needs to come back down to reality because it hasn’t worked for Bush the past 8 years and it wont work for him. And calling Obama naïve wont score him any points seeing that most Americans think meeting with Iran and other countries is a smart idea.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  32. Frank from Peterborough

    The truth is McCain has lied when he went to Iraq and tried to tell Americans how safe it was over there that you could stroll to the market and then he just recently lied about the troop levels being below pre-surge levels.

    Instead of the news medias' focusing on the rhetoric of some wacky preachers why wouldn't they keep broadcasting a candidate's false statements? This is an important issue of honesty and integrity that has been noticeably absent over the past 7+ years.

    Why would anyone believe anything McCain says concerning any issue in this campaign?

    June 2, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  33. Harry

    I am not sure that we should be talking to our enemies, just yet. It would seem that we might want to start talking to our friends, first while we still have a couple.

    Otherwise our friends may think that the only way we will listen, is for them to become our enemies.

    Of course the current method of not listening to anyone is also an option, but the end result almost guarantees that any talking we do in the future would be with an enemy.


    June 2, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  34. Connie

    Jack, Sounds like he is the only one that has any sense to me.I believe talking with our enemies with all the other leaders of the free world will make all the world safer . OBAMA 08

    Connie from Indiana

    June 2, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  35. T.J. Marshall (Raleigh, NC)

    You know Jack, talking with people breeds understanding and in some cases even friendship. These are traits we as Americans simply can't allow in the 21st century. I'm surprised we haven't already carpet-bombed everything from Riyadh to Islamabad.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  36. Willow from Sheldon,Iowa

    And just why are we calling these countries enemies anyway? They are countries that have different viewpoints than we do. McCain and Bush spout "enemies" and "until they have democratic rules in place, they are our enemies" all the time. Someone is not an enemy because they have a different form of government. Telling other countries they are our enemies is not good diplomacy. If we can sit and talk to them, we can learn from each other and benefit from each other. When we talk "enemies" we are continuing the old "cold war" ideas. I see nothing wrong with diplomacy AND even our President sitting down with countries that McCain and Bush don't like. they are McCain and Bush's enemies, not mine. Lots of countries are angry with us because of the last 8 years. Bush/McCain have damaged our diplomatic ideals for these 8 years, and I fear the Presidency will have a hard time peacekeeping, because of Bush/McCain. There's nothing wrong with sitting down with Iran, Cuba or even Korea. Maybe we can come to some kind of agreements and diplomacy, so we don't start shooting things at each other. I'm going to start calling McCain, "McCain/Goldwater."

    June 2, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  37. Peter Pan Fairview, Texas

    Tell you what jack. Send those folks from the Gallop Poll over to talk to
    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad . They have a lot in common already. Propaganda!!
    If a man tells me he is going to kill me if he gets a nuclear weapon the time for talk is over.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  38. Kevin in Mass

    Talking in the past with opposing leaders has worked at times and even made great progress. At least Obama is willing to try every avenue prior to sanctions and wars. Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  39. Pamela

    Who hasn't had to talk to the school bully before.?It's like when your mom goes over there to talk to the bullies mom to try and find out what's wrong and what can we do to settle this. You will never be friends, but you come to peace with each other. You stay out of my way and I will stay out of yours.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  40. Steve Idaho

    Iran and North Korea began pursuing nuclear weapons right after being declared axis of evil by President Bush who then attacked Iraq who was also declared in the same axis. Saddam Hussain called on George Bush to talk at the table prior to the US invasion and Bush refused. Declaring countries evil and avoiding dialogue is a recipe for war. John McCain is just following this same theme song, bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  41. Mary Johnson

    Well, since there was no question in your blog I will assume one.
    Yes, Jack ; I think Barak Obama, as our president, should and will indeed talk to many of the "enemies" of the United States and the western world. We need dialogue as we exercised it during the Cold War. Even Jack Kennedy talked to Krushchev.
    I am a Democrat who has favored Hillary Clinton but I see now she is not going to be nominated even as close as it is so I want to say to you now, I will vote for Barak Obama in the fall. and I am one of those "old bats" who have looked at him with a very critical eye for over a year. He is the person we need now. Hopefully he can fulfill our expectations. Mary from Sarasota, FL

    June 2, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  42. Dave in Astoria

    It seems to me that McCain is determined to work the only tactics that he can to try to scare the voting public. No one in the media will address this for some reason. It's how we were sold the war and the GOP scared the public into believing that we should be "afraid" after 9-11. The easiest way to suppress intellect is thru fear. Says alot about the mind-set of America, don't you think?

    June 2, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  43. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    I have never met an Iranian that I didn't like. Iranians are well known to like Americans. If we swap the current stupidity for Obama's policy of diplomacy we will create an opportunity for the Iranians to rid themselves of their own version of Neo-cons.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  44. Janet, American in Canada

    Given the current diplomacy, as we come to see hasn't work!

    Consideration of Strategic Diplomacy with all levels of government, may some day be a way to end the turmoil in the Middle East.

    One Step at a Time!

    June 2, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  45. R. King

    Obama has said that he would have preconditions before talking to any of the leaders so I don't feel that he is naive. The way things are going now, we aren't achieving any positive results so what are we giving up by trying to negotiate or at least talk to these people whether we agree or not.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  46. James in Cape Coral, FL

    After almost eight years of republican rule I've learned one thing, if their against it, it must be right! McCain is under the notion that he knows best and is somehow smarter by himself then American's as a whole. No one person is smater than all of us together and the idea that a continuation of our current foreign policies under another republican President will somehow produce a different result is just insane.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  47. JS

    Only a coward refuses to talk to leaders of other countries – especially ones that are potential enemies. When you do not talk, small problems become big ones. JS North Carolina

    June 2, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  48. Dan, Chantilly Va

    Ahmadinejad is the epitomal sheep in wolf's clothing. He's perfectly happy making his little speeches and rallying his people, all in an effort to get his name on the news all around the world. He knows that his people will love him as long as he spews out hatred of the supposed enemy, but he can't risk actually attacking anybody because popular opinion can turn quickly following a military snafu. I've seen this guy speaking, he's very good at it. It's easy to see why he's so popular in Iran, and giving him an audience in the United States will no doubt rally some of the ignorant we have here at home. All of that said, when it comes to nuclear holocaust, we're probably best to play it safe and at least meet with him once.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  49. mark, Temple TX

    Definitely meet with Iran after doing the appropriate preparation. Make sure it's the real leaders who make the real decisions. Iranis going to be a pain until we sit down with them and discuss our mutually beneficial futures. This applies to all other countries of the world. We need partners not enemies. Learn from the Bush regime.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  50. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    Jack, I think you are married. I am married and I know one thing: If you don’t communicate, the relationship is doomed. The policy of not talking: Be it with Tehran or on Capitol Hill, has completely failed this country. The Republicans need only look at their recent history with Nixon and China and Reagan with the Soviet Union, to see how talking improves relationships. There is a big difference between being principled and having a hard head—something the neocons in the GOP seemed to have forgot.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  51. Nora Corpus Christi Texas

    Well McCain/Bush has not worked for the last 7+ years, maybe a new approach is just what we need. Since when does it hurt to talk and try to figure things out. Again this old way of thinking about issues is what make the general election in November go to the DEMOCRATS!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  52. Anne/Seattle

    At one time the American president was considered the leader of the free world who took that leadership rolr seriously. The American government actively advocaed peace and human rights through one on one talks. It is amazing how the lies and the manipulation of the Bush administration has effected American. We have become distrustful and apathetic toward government's abilities and responsibilties towards us and towards the rest of the world. We should not be responsible for all the problems in the world or making everything right and good for in it. But because of our democratic system of government and our integrity we should not be afraid to talk and meet with the rest of the world. We've been out of sync for eight years and it's time for a change.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  53. D. from MT

    Your statement is not quite true. The other 2 candidates would also meet with Iran, but with preconditions. Actually, though I would like to see them talk and settle differences first with those in our own hemisphere.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  54. Judy in Dodge City

    A long list of beloved (and very effective) leaders from our country's past are probably rolling over in their graves over the way foreign policy has come to be practiced in recent years. They knew diplomacy was the tool for effecting change and preventing conflict, and they wielded that tool with accuracy and expertise. I'd love to live long enough to see the day return where leaders of every stripe sit down together and reason things out like adults, insofar as is possible in the whacked-out world we now inhabit.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  55. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain and Hillary have a narrow vision on using diplomacy to talk to our enemies as if they have a crystal ball telling them our friends will never become our enemy.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  56. Jed in Redding, CA

    As much as I value the opinion of the American people, the vast majority of them are not foreign policy experts and any president — Republican or Democrat — should not make policy based solely on the gut feelings of a large group of individuals. I would feel better if 60-70% of accredited foreign policy experts agreed with Barack Obama on his diplomatic endeavors. When that happens, it should be policy. Until then, it just sounds like a good idea to a bunch of people.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  57. Rick

    Since we are a democracy and the will of the people say we need to start talking...that means our president needs to listen to our ppl in stead of trying to being a hard ass.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  58. Terry from North Carolina

    Were not in a position to ignore anyone, we should be sitting down with the leaders of all nations regardless of their feelings towards the United States. The world is getting smaller and we cannot afford to hide behind a fence and hope that everyone we dont get along with leaves us alone.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  59. leevaughn brown

    Hey Jack
    I'm amused, what does McCain think Obama will do surrender the U.S. and everything in it to Iran. What sense does it make to teach children not to fight, but talk things over, and then say grown-ups have the right to hate and go to war with those we don't agree with? What do neo-cons think, that we are going to bomb our way back into being the 1. country in the world? They have all the oil they need, we get almost all our goods from overseas, what in the world do we have that they want? If we talk to our enemies maybe we could resolve our differences. Isn't this what we teach our young to do? Make Peace.
    Cinti, Ohio

    June 2, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  60. Phil-Wenatchee, WA

    To Mark in Ashville,
    I hope your wish of McCain's becoming our next President falls short, because if it becomes reality, we'll be launching preemptive strikes against Iran shortly following the inauguration. All at the whim of a President who chooses to continue the legacy of George W. Bush and refuses to even consider diplomacy. What a disgrace.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  61. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    The President is elected to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. He is the Commander in Chief and has the authority to meet, or not meet, with whomever he deems necessary to fulfill that obligation. I do believe that all foreign leaders should be brought to the US for any meetings since security in the vast majority of foreign countries is highly questionable and presents a danger to the President.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  62. Skylar from Texas

    Once again Obama goes against the washington grain and the people agree. His message of change is what this country wants and needs. Iran can be negotiated with, its population is full of reasonable people just like this nation, we cant say that the Iranian gov. represents their peoples view, perfect example... does the Bush regime represent us? Diplomacy is the best way to keep relations improving and heal the scars the Bushies left on this nations credibilty

    June 2, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  63. Douglas -- Rochester, MN

    Jack - Dialogue never hurts. "Talking" does not equate to "appeasing." Let the president of Iran know that we're willing to talk one-on-one, on equal footing. Let them know that we will listen to legitimate concerns, but not bombastic bluster; let them know that bullying techniques will not work. Direct talks can also be a show of strength, as well as a sincerity to look for peaceful solutions to problems. This can only help our tarnished international image.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  64. Terry, Chandler AZ

    Nothing works better than diplomacy. Well that is not exactly correct. Bush style diplomacy does not render positive results. An Obama presidency with Joe Biden as Secteraty of State would solve most of the problems that the Bushies created.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  65. Rosalynd Florida

    I am glad to hear most Americans are thinking and want to give diplomacy a chance. As the saying goes, keep your friends close and your enemies closer. America can not continue to act like a knuckle headed bully going forward. We have to talk with other countries and their leaders because we have more to loose by not sitting down for the conversation.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  66. David Bebeau

    Yes Jack,Not a bad idea to talk.There is nothing to lose and much
    to gain.If their word turns out to be no good then call them on it
    and talk some more.
    David Missouri

    June 2, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  67. Peter, Kentucky

    The Republicans still have the 18th century dueling mentality to settle scores and keep enemy at bay. That's the only language they understand. Didn't you hear John McCain say "bomb, bomb, bomb, Iran?"

    June 2, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  68. Brian - Trinidad

    The President should only meet with other leaders who are of at least the same stature of the Office of the President of the United States.And that would exclude the Iranian Leader.We should meet with all leaders,incuding our enemies,but his can be done firstly at the cabinet level or lower.The President should only meet with these leaders if/when significant changes to our enemies' positions are achieved.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  69. Jonathan from Southport, CT

    If we had a more accurate view of history, we'd know that we had always talked to our enemies . . . well, that is until this century. How many diplomats did we have in the Soviet Union, or China . . . how else do you think you're ever able to stop nuclear proliferation in the first place?

    June 2, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  70. GEORGE St.louis

    For the past 8 years we've heard a president of keeping to himself and talkink tough.It has not taken as anywhere,iran is getting stronger together with venezuela coz no one is talking to them.You have to talk to your enemies to know what they're thinking,even though you disagree with them.Reagan and Margaret thacher brought down the soviet union and Berlin wall and Germany became one.Some of this countries are our friends after being our enemies.We can't afford another 4 years of the same from MCsame.He doesn't get it at all,he wants to take us to war with iran.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  71. Clementean Stewart


    Talking is always better than war, but what do I know all of my republican friends call me a peacenik!

    Jack, will you , please run for president in 2012!!

    Tina/ Milwaukee

    June 2, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  72. Linda in Virginia

    John McCain makes no sense most of the time. His foot stays in his mouth. He constantly says things that he shouldn't. I don't even want to imagine him as president, he doesn't have what it takes.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  73. Pat,Lexington, Ky.

    Barack Obama is not going to be inaugurated, give his speech and then catch a plane to Teheran to chat with "I'madinnerjacket", as Whoopi Goldberg calls him! Obama will meet with leaders of other countries only after he has every detail worked out.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  74. michelle nyc

    mccain doesn't care what the american people want. if he did he would change is message. republicans view the inhabitants of society as 3 years olds who have to be seen but not heard.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  75. Bruce St Paul MN

    A message is not a message if their is no one home to receive it. Most Americans want universal health care of some sort. McCain opposes it. Most Americans want the war in Iraq to end. McCain wants it to continue until we achieve "victory", or in other words, forever. Most Americans want the Bush tax cuts to expire and think they should never have happened. McCain wants them to be permanent. Just like Bush/Cheney, most Americans are not part of his political base.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  76. sandy in Ohio

    It tells McCain that the economy is not the only thing he doesn't understand too well. We could have saved millions and even trillions if we had used more diplomacy before invading Iraq. The funds we did spend could have gone a long way in releiving world hunger and making us more friends around the world.McCain needs to ushered into the twenty-first century where we talk about problems before we invade, shoot, bomb or set fire to a country.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:31 pm |

    the message is simple. quit listening to the stupidity of the bush administration and try to think for yourself. if the U S hadn't talked with n vietnam, you'd still be there!

    June 2, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  78. Janet In San Diego

    The message it sends to John McSame is that he had better wake up to what the American people want. He is following in his doublemint twin (Bush)'s style of diplomacy, a failed one I might add. But then McSame like Bush finished in the lower half of his naval class.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  79. Jackson from Rome, GA

    Turn up your hearing aid?

    June 2, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  80. Marcus B

    It just shows that there is another issue facing Americans that John McCain is out of touch on. As if the economy, health care, education, and renewable energy aren't enough, now John McCain doesn't know what he's talking about when it comes to foreign policy. Funny, isn't that his only area of "expertise?"

    June 2, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  81. Mike, Ohio

    Jack that’s why we call it Diplomacy (being diplomatic), that’s something that hasn’t been in George Bush’s vocabulary or as it appears John McCain’s either. Our country is seen less favorable around the world because of the poor example of leadership George Bush and now John McCain want to continue showing other nations. We need to lead by example and that example is inclusion. We may not agree with some of the people we engage with but we can not make any inroads by using the same tactics that the Republicans have been using for the past 7 years. It’s time our country took a lead roll.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  82. Mini Mom, Pinckney, MI

    It says John McCain is not just old, but that his idea's are old. And if he wants to win the election, which he won't, he had better find a better way of thinking.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  83. Joe in DE

    You can't teach an old guy new tricks. Better to be open minded but don't expect positve results from Iran.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  84. Will San Jose, CA

    It sends the same message as any poll about keeping troops in Iraq. McCain doesn't want to pay attention to those either.

    Eight years of not talking to Iran certainly hasn't done much good. They are more powerful in the region and further along with their nuclear technology. If what you are doing isn't working then staying the course is about the only thing you shouldn't do.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  85. Debbie,NJ

    Mark – Asheville, NC. McCain won't be in office because you say so. There are millions of voters who beg to differ. Since you love McCain or hate Obama, maybe you can explain why this same man was allowed to come into our country, visit our college in NY, talk to our children, stay at our hotel, eat in our restarants, sat next to us, requested a visit to ground zero but was denied, but our so called leader of this country won't talk to him.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  86. Tex Abroad

    To quote Dandy Don Meridith's old sign off from Monday Night Football: "Turn out the lights, the party's over, the time has come for you to go..."

    (oh...but I love the new "wise grandfather" voice you've adopted for speeches. You might want to consider a career in narrating children's stories)

    June 2, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  87. john marlton, nj

    It says 67%, a majority, of Americans are against the United States flawed pro-Israel foreign policy and we will not be a military surrogate for Israel anymore. Being Israel’s surrogate in Iraq against Iran has cost over 4000 lives and maimed for life nearly 30,000 of our bravest. Bush fooled us once, shame on him, you fooling us again, shame on us.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  88. Bill in New London, CT

    We're ready for change. The Bush way didn't work - anyone who disagrees with that is completely insane or out of touch. Enter John McCain. I have yet to decide which of the aforementioned issues best describes McCain, but either way, he's adopted Bush as his long lost son. The damage will be too much for him to fix. Keeping even one of Bush's policies would be enough to lose him the election. Keeping them all may be political suicide.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  89. Dee, Denver, CO

    The message that, I hope, it sends is that the president is elected to be the leader of the PEOPLE of the US and to handle situations in the best interest of the American people – not in the best interest of defense contractors or of political lunatics like the neocons, nor to soothe the president's own wounded ego.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  90. Darlene Philadelphia

    This shows that Obama has made another sound judgement call. I guess there goes the argument for experience huh?

    June 2, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  91. Jamaal Kansas

    It shows him the American people are tired of the bomb um technique we don't want to go to war agian unless we are forced so of course talking should be the right answer if not there will be more Americans dead because we did not have that conversation

    June 2, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  92. ron

    Jack, I grew up with the understanding that if you don’t confront your problems head-on, rather it be person or issue – that you we’re less than a man and have no reason to complain about it. Avoiding someone or something does not fix the problem and in most cases, causes the problem to become worse, so in my impression, Obama is showing strength instead of weakness. My question to senator McCain is what he is so scared of. I have herd the argument that Iran may use these talks as propaganda as if that’s not already taking place rate now – like how what ever his name is, went to Iraq and walked in the streets like he was some kind of a god, in the faces of U.S solders who have been there fighting and dying in order to liberate that country, but Bush and McCain have to have security.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  93. Dan

    We teach our children to talk to each other about disagreements and work things out when there's an argument. As adults, I say it's long time we heed our own advice. Time to grow up John.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  94. Lynn - Rancho Mirage, California

    The message is clear: Get with the times Senator McCain it is afterall the 21st century. We must handle our differences by talking and not by pointing guns at people. All big empires fell because they tried to dictate their point of view on gun point. An old proverb says, "Animals communicate by smelling each other and people communicate by talking to each other." God gave us this gift of ability to talk. USE IT!

    June 2, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  95. Joyce

    If he were listening, it would be that we no longer want to live in a world where we are too arrogant to talk to people who disagee with us. We are not interested in squandering young American lives because to speak to some one we don't like "elevates their status in the world." Some times adults agree to disagree and work out compromises that please neither but that make peace.

    Chicago. IL

    June 2, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  96. Alan, Delaware

    Jack, It clearly shows how out of touch McCain is with the American people. There is no reason to fear talking to Iran or any other foreign country. By the way I've got a better use for that calulator he's using counting the days since Obama has been to Iraq. He should use it to count the number of troops we have in Iraq.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  97. Mike from DC

    The country is tired of cowboy diplomacy. There is a time to talk and a time to fight. McCain seems to only want to fight.

    In the case of Iraq preemptive fighting without talk has degraded our military into acting as police in an internal conflict. McCain calls it a war, but the American war there is over. Saddam is gone. A new democratically elected government (though dysfunctional) is in place. What is now going on is an internal power struggle within that country (otherwise known as a civil war) with no clear and present danger to America.

    What's next, spending 30 years caught up in the power struggle in Iran between orthodox and moderate Shiite factions all because we wouldn't talk?

    June 2, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  98. Della Myers

    The message is that voters are sick of politicians who make up opinions just to differ with those of the other party. I am an independent voter who was leaning toward McCain last year, but his pandering and narrow focus on military issues has lost my support completely. Perhaps he is really running for the office of Secretary of Defense, but forgot to sign up for it.

    Della, St. Augustine, FL

    June 2, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  99. Gene, Florida

    It should tell McCain that we should try every available avenue first and foremost to avoid sending our troops into harms way. Having talked with our enemies and warned them of the consequences, should negotiations fail, this country no longer will have to piece together fragile and pathetic coalitions like the present one. Member nations of true coalitions will commit a minimum of 1000 troops to whatever the cause may be and America will once again be respected around the world.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  100. glenn scott

    It tells him we believe there is hope for peace in the Middle East, and therefore, in the world. Unfortunately, he won't be listening.

    Glenn in NJ

    June 2, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  101. Matt Callaway in Omaha, NE

    It says that most of us are better analysts of foreign policy results than he is. McCain's strategy has recently been applied by the US to Cuba, Iran, Syria, and Iraq. Obama's strategy has been employed by the US with North Korea, and the Soviet Union, and by Israel with Egypt and Jordan.

    McCain's strategy: 0
    Obama's Strategy: 4


    June 2, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  102. Carmelo, NJ

    Jack: Obama is correct stating that we should talk to Iran without preconditions, only thru dialog can we bridge our differences and concerns. We need a change in our Middle East foreign policy, which I feel Obama will be the one. To the contrary McCain will maintain the status quo which hasn’t worked for the past 40+ years and probably exacerbate the situation.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  103. Nancy, Tennessee

    I'm with McCain on this one. Meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sounds just a little risky. There is more than one governing body in Iran and its not of a matter of "what could it hurt to meet with Ahmadinejad". It could do more harm than good.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  104. Bob

    In 2002, 51% of Americans believed that Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the 911 attacks (New York Times/CBS poll).

    June 2, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  105. RJ of Pennsylvania

    The message it sends to McCain? He doesn't know. He never answered the phone at 3am.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  106. Jerry -Roselle, Illinois


    I'm 71 years old and sent in my ways so I think John McCain is
    set in his ways too, only its called stubborness. Get with it
    old man.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  107. Barry

    It's obvious that John McCain, is only interested, showing how tough he is,and not how smart he should be. War is only used as a last resort to political problems. Visit the V.A. hospitals and see the results of corporate planning. The only way to keep your enemies close, is to begin dialogue, not rantings of power hungry politicos.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  108. Fed Up In NC

    It says that elitist, power hungry, war mongers have no place in this election, and if McSame wants to represent the PEOPLE of this NATION he had better listen well, but not too long !

    June 2, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  109. Kate, Los Angeles

    The real question, Jack, is whether McCain will pay attention to the message being sent. Clearly, the vast majority of Americans remember that diplomacy, even with those who are considered enemies, can be an important and often bold step in achieving a nation's foreign policy goals – consider Reagan and the Soviets, Nixon and China, Kennedy and the Soviets, even Sadat and Rabin. But McCain has made it clear he will perservere with his agenda and policies despite contrary information or messages about the will of the people. Some folks admire that as determination, but that kind of inflexibilitly also comes dangerously close to just plain pig-headedness. And we've seen what that kind of refusal to accept a change of course, even in the face of catastrophic results, can bring.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  110. Terry in Virginia

    You're assuming McCain or Bush listens to the American people...they don't. If they did, we would not still be in Iraq, we wouldn't be torturing our enemies, and the President would be working with Congress to balance the budget. While you're at it, why not wish for the main car manufacturers in Detroit to start building electric cars in 2009 or for the price of gas to go down?

    June 2, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  111. Ex Post Facto (Chicago)

    It says that Americans are tired of looking over our shoulders for the next enemy, and we want to reclaim our position as a friend and ambassador to the world.

    Because you know what happens to rogue cowboys? Sooner or later even their friends turn on them and they get shot by the new big boy in town. We don't want to continue in the new millenium with that Bush strategy.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  112. Bodo from Ann Arbor

    When the Europeans approached Bush a few years ago to set up a joint group talk to Iran. Bush refused, but the Europeans went ahead without the US. They failed miserably, with Ahmadinadshed stating he would not negotiate without the US, and calling the Europeans "dogs that should be kicked." In other words, he was always prepared to talk to the US. But Bush and now McCain keep refusing.

    Perhaps it is time to try the carrot-and-stick method.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  113. Charles in Florida

    What message Jack? John McCain marches to the beat of his own message: threaten, sanction and intimidate. He didn't listen to the people before now and won't be listening anytime soon.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  114. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    While I don't have a problem with sending a diplomatic delegation to talk to the Iranians, I have a significant problem with the President of the United States sitting down across the table from someone like Ahmadinejad with no reservations. Obama is totally naive to believe that anything good would come of such a thing. Doesn't anyone remember Neville Chamberlain?

    June 2, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  115. Jeff Donelson

    we teach toddlers to shake hands and speak to people you diagreed with what is Bush and McCain's problem thell them to grow up and act like adults!

    June 2, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  116. Nathan Klintworth

    Why should we sit down with these kind of people? I don't recall the US sitting down with Hitler or Stalin. It's these kind of people that could care less if we would sit down and listen to them. Dictators don't want to listen, no they rather cause trouble, then sit down and talk.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  117. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    It SHOULD tell him that people are tired of Bush's "cowboy diplomacy," but he's too invested in trying to look tough. Instead, he looks like a grouchy old man who needs people to speak louder so he can hear them.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  118. Basil Balogun (Atlanta)

    It simply means McCain is really out of touch with the people. I think been a former military man makes him thinks everything should be done through force and fights. I'm sorry John, this is the new age.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  119. Peter, San Diego, Ca.

    Jack, Does anyone really think McBush will do anything close to what the majority of the American people want?
    I don't think so.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  120. Ranjii

    During the cold war, we kept all avenues open with the former Soviet Union, it only makes sense to do the same with unfriendly countries now, or is there a beter and worse enemy out there.
    Barack is absolutely right.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  121. Dewayne

    Does'nt 4000 lives and thosands injured deserve some deplomacy. Mcain will never serender isn't that a bit stuburn since we are not in a war with Iran

    June 2, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  122. Daniel in San Antonio,TX

    Since when has the will of the people been fulfilled? It only makes sense to meet with our enemies, which is exactly why the Republican is against it.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  123. John E


    It should send a message loud and clear but sadly just like Bush and Cheney, he would probably say "So?"

    The people mean nothing to McCain just as they don't mean anything to Bush and Cheney.

    He has the arrogance to think he know better than all of the people on what is good and what is bad. We have had our fill of this arrogance and as you called it "Cowboy Diplomacy".

    Carlsbad, CA

    June 2, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  124. Vitus from Miami, Florida


    The message is clear: CHANGE! The wisdom in it is common: only a fool does the same thing over and over and expect a different outcome. McCain needs to come to the realization that the era of cowboy pugilist diplomacy is over.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  125. Dale Powell

    I'm afraid that whatever message it is sending to John McCain, he won't get it. He doesn't get how Americans feel about this misguided war and he doesn't understand that Americans are ready for a change. I intend to send him a message by voting for Barack Obama in November.

    Lucasville, Ohio

    June 2, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  126. Tim in Syracuse

    It send him the message that it might be time for yet another Straight Talk Express course correction. Of course he'll say he never said we shouldn't talk to unfriendly nations.

    The thing is, he might not remember saying it anyways. His mind does seem to wander so.

    Syracuse, NY

    June 2, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  127. Mel from Papillion Nebraska

    Very Simple.
    If you can't fight your enemy, at least talk to him.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  128. CB

    it shows that mccain is out of touch with the american people, wolf


    June 2, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  129. Sonny James


    To cynics, like me, it only makes good sense.

    Borrowing a line from the movie, The Godfather, "Keep your friends close but your enemies–closer."

    June 2, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  130. Jake

    This new poll demonstrates what America has not had in a long time. A relatively united shift towards rationalism in foreign policy. It shows we are fed up with taking the approach of squandering billions of dollars in foreign countries as opposed to the small military led surplus of the Clinton years. Perhaps when Obama is president, we can go back to syncronizing Economic and Foreign Policy, instead of dividing it.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  131. Earl Chappell

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with our leaders talking to leaders of other countries. Obama possesses the skills necessary to carry on such discussions. Just listening to McCain and Bush gives clues why they resist such efforts.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  132. DHS

    Even though most Americans say it’s a good idea for the president to meet with Iran, John McCain will ignore it either because he is hard of hearing or just too stubborn to admit he's wrong.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  133. Janice in Plainview, TX

    What it says to John McCain is that it's a good thing that America is a Republic that elects a small number of the population to make decisions because the population as a whole is undereducated and not capable of making the choices that affect the outcome of the world. Remember the Winston Churchill quote, Jack, "The best arguement against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter".

    June 2, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  134. Darrin from Fort Lauderdale,Fla

    The arrogance and hubris of the Republican's foreign policy even blinds them to one very reliable proverb...Keep your friends close-but keep your enemies closer!

    June 2, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  135. Mary from Ky.

    Isn't this the premise our country was founded on? It seems to me a better idea to try to talk with our enemies first as opposed to either ignoring potential problems and hoping they'll go away or worse yet, immediately waging war on them. I think our forefathers would agree with Sen. Obama.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  136. sharon

    Jack: Yes he should talk and use diplomacy. Whar's wrong with that. It's not like he's going to take him for an ice'cream cone or something. Obama is a good man and he will surround himself with brilliant people.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  137. Jean, Calgary, Canada

    Jack senator Obama is right. By talking to them you will know what they are thinking. Diplomacy and not threats will win the day. Bush's cowboy threats to Bin Laden only inflammes passions among America's enemies.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  138. Charles from Houston

    It tells McCain how disconnected his message is from the majority of the American people. Despite his rigged claims to be a departure from Bush cowboy diplomacy, we now see how flimsy these vows actually are.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  139. Benjamin Mervis

    It says we are sick of Bush's cowboy diplomacy and the potential "maverick diplomacy." No country, including ours, has gotten anywhere by isolating their "enemy." Jack, these Republicans just don't seem to get how proper foreign policy works!

    Mission Viejo, Ca

    June 2, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  140. Jerry

    It should tell him that his ideas are about as old as he is. It is time for him to feed and water his horse and put him out to pasture. Then he should join him. He is to damn old to try and keep up with the fast pace of today. The horse and buddy days have given way to Corvettes and business jets.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  141. Glenn Valdez

    Most of the world was opposed to our going into Iraq, that did not stop the kind of thought process that Mc Cain still holds on to. Mc Cain has to be shown. Only results will convince him that he is wrong.
    King George Va.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  142. Dan

    Jack, it's about time a politician will take that extra step and try some diplomacy with IRAN! But you are wrong when you said he is the only one willing to do that. Remember that (honest) old guy buy the name of RON PAUL!!

    June 2, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  143. Olalekan, NY

    America's greatness should not be displayed with our military might only. If we can talk to prevent losing our men and women in uniform unnecessarily, that is the way to go. For those who are scared to sit close to others to talk, check their breath!

    June 2, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  144. Bob Owen

    You cannot talk nor negotiate with a terrorist. Obama is nuts! What is he going to talk about–the weather? McCain is on track and we must do everything to stand behind or in front of our great ally Isreal. We must have a president that will respond with force to stop the radical muslims. Prayers in the Rose Garden just won't cut it!

    June 2, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  145. Jan Hooper

    Yes, I believe it is smart to meet with Iran. Senator Obama has the right idea on talking with leaders of other countries first.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  146. Taylor

    Taylor, West Palm Beach

    The message to McCain is plain. He is out of step with the American people. The problem, Jack, is that McCain is operating out of the old paradigm. McCain's stance is a softened version of Cheney's, "We- don't-talk-to-terrorists" tough talk of a coward and out of dated macho rantings. Obama is part of the new paradigm, willing to talk, listen and find solutions.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  147. Imtiaz kahn

    Dear Jack,
    this sends a clear message to McCain & others blind to reality who seem to be living on another planet. That Americans are now tired of reckless policies which are leading us deeper into trouble & want a change in how our leaders view the world.
    No more a lopsided foreign policy based on half truths, deception & arrogance. A true leader is wanted who stands for what America really stands for.

    San Jose,CA

    June 2, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  148. Malicka

    Mc Cain should understand that military action is not always the answer or solution for conflict resolution. He certainly has to revisit his foreign policy strategies. Meeting with the leaders of Iran is not naive. It is called diplomacy and it 's about time Mc Cain and his clan learnt it.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  149. Christi Carlsbad, CA

    The message is Barack Obama will be the next President.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  150. Connie

    Jack, I am sorry for the second comment, my grandson needed my computer. I think the big reason John McBush does not want to talk with our enemies is that he is afraid he will not be able to remember their names and Joe Lieberman may be to busy to be with him to whisper their names in his ear.

    OBAMA 08 Connie from Indiana

    June 2, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  151. Helen Kuhn - Fairport NY

    As a mother and grandmother I am most concerned about any candidate who would choose to send our young Americans into a war zone rather than try and talk to the leaders of countries we don't view as our allies. Again I think it demonstatres that Obama has it right. I think the rest of the world would agree with him as well. We have lost esteme in the world with the actions of the current administration. I don't think tough talk about obliterating Iran is the right answer and it makes Hillary look more like McCain. It's getting harder and harder to find differences with those two. Obama continues to set himself apart and represent the real change we are looking for.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  152. Loretta from New Jersey

    The message to John McCain is that the Democrats have a winner and we have had it with the Republicans, the Bush Administration and the lies we have been told for the last 7 years. In the words of that very famous lady Joan Rivers, "Let's Talk". The theme song for Barack Obama's party should be, "Getting to Know You, Getting to Know all About You", certainly couldn't hurt.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  153. Beery

    It should tell him how much nonsense he's speaking when he claims to having all this experience and great judgment. America needs an open-minded, highly intelligent president like Obama who's operating in honesty and integrity, respecting other countries, whether they are friends or enemies. This shows much more strength and will protect America's borders much better than the current foreign politics of ignorance and arrogance of the Bush administration.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  154. Clifton Moffitt

    The last 3 republican presidents has shown us that the republican party has a bully first then dictate mentality. It is time for use to understand the different cultures all around the world. Trying to push and bomb our democratic beliefs. America was founded because of religious persecution and beliefs. It is time that we reach out and understand other cultures and religions. Become peace makers instead of war makers. Having talks with leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, or Cuba is a start to ushering in world peace.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  155. Susan Coopersmith

    What, may I ask, are you going to talk to Ahdemenajad about? Do you really think anyone can change his mind about "wiping Israel off the map?" Do the majority of Americans believe we could have talked Hitler out of killing Jews too? Personally, I agree with Senator McCain and I consider myself an Independent. I don't see any value in legitamizing people who support terrorism.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  156. Ron in Hood River, OR

    It shows that John McCain is out of touch much the same as Bob Dole was when he ran for President. The majority of Americans want a forward thinking policy not more of the same!

    June 2, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  157. kevin sweden stockholm

    Kids can´t talk for themselves. But as grown up, you should be able to have a diplomacy.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  158. Lonney

    I do not find it desturbing that McCain ( Bush jr ) would consider anything that most american citizens would agree with, even when the elected officials are voted in office, by the people, for the people. but I also thought that if you want to resolve problems you need to try to talk through them

    June 2, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  159. Kevi from Dallas, Texas

    I don't think It will tell McCain anything. Senator McCain is one of the OLDEST of the OLD fashion republicans. Republicans seem to not really care about what the American people are saying, they continue to carry out their failed agendas. While saying everyone else is naive, they don't seem to recognize that what they are doing isn't working. It may be working for them, but the majority of americans are suffering.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  160. Albert forde, NJ

    I think it about time we started talking to Iran, the eight years of Bush isolation has yield no good outcome. We keep refusing to talk while they still carry on with their nuclear program. If we can not use diplomacy then what is our option, create another war?

    June 2, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  161. Taylor of West Palm Beach

    The message to McCain is plain. He is out of step with the American people. The problem, Jack, is that McCain is operating out of the old paradigm. McCain’s stance is a softened version of Cheney’s, “We- don’t-talk-to-terrorists” tough talk of a coward and out of date macho rantings. Obama is part of the new paradigm, willing to talk, listen and find solutions.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  162. Preston Morrison

    Unless we know what the problem or problems are we can come to no solution. It's like a doctor visit ,unless we tell the doctor what our problem is he can't help us.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  163. kincaid

    What message does it send to John McCain when most Americans say it’s a good idea for the president to meet with Iran?

    It sends the message that most Americans and that idiot Obama, do not understand what an insane lunatic the president of Iran is. We can't just hold hands and sing kum bar ya, and think everything will be ok.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  164. Christian from Los Angeles, CA

    It all comes down to this, Jack. McCain, like Bush is scared that our enemies might actually decide to become good guys after a meeting or two. McCain and Bush wouldn't know what to do with themselves if they couldn't pick a fight with somebody. Cowboy politics is so last century, understandable why McCain won't let go. Time for true diplomacy is now, and that's what Obama wants to delve into. That's the smartest thing to do, because when communication breaks down, people start assuming what the other people are thinking. We know how that ends... it all goes to hell. Look where we are right now.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  165. Sheldon from GA

    Jack. McCain is a relic from a time Americans are dying to move on from. I guess thats what all that experience in Washington gets ya!.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  166. Gerry in Toronto

    Ahmadinedjad is a loud-mouthed rabble-rouser who got his post because he was a popular mayor of Teheran. He does not speak for the true religious leaders of this Islamic republic who can drop him at a moment's notice if he steps out of line. Rumor has it that his popularity has declined in recent months.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  167. Steve Slott

    It is difficult for average Americans to understand the intricacies of international diplomacy. Costly mistakes can be made even by professionals. Because of a diplomatic mix-up, Saddam Hussein thought he had our permission to invade Kuwait . Errors in diplomacy can have very serious consequences.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  168. Mehdi

    What this poll indicates,and should be very clear, that the cowboy mentality policy should give way to clear thinking policy.What is best for the country and it's image around the world.
    If Reagan could seat withe Russians and Israel's with Egypt and Jordan,then we must explore all avenues.
    McCain is going to offer the same policies of Bush. Mr McCain,look at the approval rating of Mr Bush.This country need a visionary with new approach.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  169. Renee Sinrod

    This is not a great country song, but just as effective. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Of course our new president should meet with Iran's leader and I hope SHE will next January.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  170. Joe Matthews

    I am in the majority when it comes to this issue. I believe that Rhode Island's Stephen Hopkins, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, said it best. There is no situation so terrible, vile or tedious that it cannot be talked about. I am proud to live in the greatest country in the world, but that does not mean we are to do as we please like a high school bully stealing lunch money. As you said, the days of "Cowboy Diplomacy" are far gone. It's time for the United States to become a country respected in the global community, not one that raises snarls and grunts from our neighbors.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  171. Doug Hutchinson

    Jack, Unfortunately Bush the 3rd doesn't hear the people. The voices in his head guide him to "stay the course" which means "We the People" suffer again.

    We have more members of military bands than we do diplomats. We need to emerge as a strong leader in this world after Bush is gone. Taking the initiative to step up and look for opportunities to show that we are strong is important. Showing that we are a people of peace and problem solvers is also critical,

    Let us truly become uniters and start the healing process that 8 years of Bush the divider has left us.

    As a member of a good FDR family I enjoy this quote from President Roosevelt: "A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward."

    It's time to walk forward...Doug

    June 2, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  172. Kenn Lisle


    There must be something in the water down in Texas since some of the same rhetoric we're hearing from Bush is the same thing heard
    from Johnson in the Veitnam mess. Yeah I realize McCain is from Arizona, but apparently the water has filtered over there too. When did talking to somebody become appeasment? Talking sure as hell beats 4000 dead and many more coming home in serious condition. If there ever was a time for talk it's now. There must be a hundred differant ways to solve our problems than what we're doing. The say talk is cheap but I suggest war is very damn expensive

    Kenn Lisle
    Port Charlotte Fl

    June 2, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  173. Abdi in Minnesota

    John McCain is out of touch and he is in different planet. We know that the public consistently favors diplomacy over force in foreign affairs. If he can't talk to our enemies, what is good talking to our friends? It doesn't make sense. I guess John McCain lacks common sense, maybe his age or obsessed to Bush's way. I don't know.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  174. Malone

    How about the Iranian president and john mccain duke it out on dancing with the stars.... Like the president said, What is talking and diplomacy really donna do. We must dance !!

    – Brooklyn, NY

    stop being so grumpy jack.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  175. Cindy Johnston

    Why would he listen to the American people now anyway? We want the war ended, he wants it to continue. We want the killing to stop and he doesn't. He wants the tax cuts to stay in place, he doesn't . It does tell me if elected, we will have a continuation of Bush failed policies. Another arrogant politician..

    June 2, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  176. Howard Herrnstadt

    Of course a President should meet with any leader, as necessary or as thought to be useful.
    At the height of the Vietnam war two respected US journalists actually met with Ho Chi Minh and brought a message back to Johnson from the Vietnamese leader. The White House refused to have a meeting with the journalists and receive the message on the grounds that the President did not have time to meet with everyone who talked to Ho.
    They wrote that they were a "multitude of two." How many lives might have been saved? We'll never know.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  177. David Zobeck in Harrisburg PA

    It shows the difference between the politics of my father's generation vs my generation. The old guard Bush/McCain politics will continue all that we now have...war, economy, terrorism, etc. The new guard Obama democrates will result in change which can't end up being any worse.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  178. CJ from Wesley Chapel, FL

    It tells him that he is really out of freakin' touch.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  179. btm of Virginia

    Jack, I seem to recall a past campaign where the slogan was "its time for a change." Let's change our foreign policy. We've had the old one so long it can no longer do the job and it's looking kind of shabby.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  180. Sharon/Illinois from Arizona

    McCain "hasn't found his voice, yet" Jack...
    He'll have to retool some of his positions as the general election gets underway...but, first he has to milk Bush money for all he can get, so he has to mouth "Bushism" until that cow is dry.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  181. chitowngal07

    It is like talking to my pig headed neighbor. Castro will not talk to us and say yes you are so right !! I should have not been the dictator for so long and I should have let the Cuban people have a say in what happens in the country!! Right!!!!! Now, who is naive/

    June 2, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  182. Conor in Chicago

    IT's not like Obama is going to give the guy a foot-massage or something.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  183. Arnie M

    If you keep doing what you have been doing, then obviously, you will keep getting what you have been getting.
    John McCain seems to have his "cerebral" feet nailed to the floor.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  184. MJ in Indianapolis

    It is obvious that we have alienated the entire world because of our inability to listen, think, and respond with intelligence as we had during WWII.

    I am a registered Republican but as I see Obama manage and respond to the rhetoric around him – he has employed these skills with tact, thoughtfulness and discernment.

    This type of approach to domestic and world issues is just what our country needs AND the approach we need as we engage in dialog with Iran.

    We can always go to war and unfortunately we have proved that over and over.

    The bigger question is – who will be our allies if we decide to go to war with Iran as we did Iraq? New Orleans?

    June 2, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  185. Bruce Marshall

    It says that the last 8 years has been wrong and we talk first to people and not blow them up. If we used England the same way they would hate us too.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  186. charzie

    Jack, what Americans are telling McCain is that possibly-just possibly– diplomacy could work. In the past 7 years it has not been used much by GB, but Americans are now joining in on Obama's messages of hope, optimism, and change- changing how our highest officials view the necessity for working with, not against, other coountries. McCain would do himself good to "listen up"....

    June 2, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  187. Charles Florida

    This poll should show Senator McCain that the tract he is on is wrong in the view of most of American. He is too late. His service to this country is much appreciated. Isn’t time for the next generation.

    The cowboy act want work in the world of today! This has just about broke the USA.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  188. ginger Hunterdon, NJ


    It seems that like many people his age, McCain is set in his ways and isn't open to new ideas. How many times have you heard seniors say, "We do things this way."
    All the more reason not to elect McCain..he isn't getting the me of the American people no matter how loud and clear it may be and unfortunaetly a hearing test won't help.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  189. Bob Semetka

    The Galup Poll message it sends to Sen. McCain is; Irregardless of your experience, it will be your judgment that counts.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  190. Errol Marquis

    Jack most Americans voted for Bush for a second term, were they right??
    Americans do not vote with their brains they vote by emotions,that is their biggest downfall
    Edmonton Alberta Canada

    June 2, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  191. Anna

    I am only seventeen years old, and perhaps that makes me unqualified to have an opinion on whether or not we should meet with enemies of the United States. However, I really do not see how not acknowledging Iran's leaders will make them any less of a threat. Although I do hope McCain keeps ignoring opinions of the majority of Americans, it will allow the entrance of Democrats entrance into the White House that much easier.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  192. Romina from Argentina

    Iran's president is what in Argentina we call "monkey with knife" (give a knife to a monkey and see how dangerous it can be) there's two options, If you know how to deal with monkeys maybe you can get close enough and safely remove the knife and control the monkey or you can just kill the monkey, this last one would be McCain's approach, the problem is if you just kill the monkey then all the other monkeys are going to get knives! we already have too many monkeys with knives in the world, i don't think we can just go and kill them all.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  193. D'Ann

    Has John McCain ever heard "you catch more flies with honey than vinegar" or "keep your friends close and your enemies closer"?

    June 2, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  194. Emmanuel

    It's about time we started talking to people instead of making up excuses to wipe out their civilians. This might reduce the amount of potential enemies and ease their fears. Imagine a year when Nicaragua, North Korea, Iran or any small upstart is not living in fear of a Bush bombing under the guise of national security.

    It would be nice for America to be the bastion of hope instead of a potential upstart to WW III

    June 2, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  195. Gregory

    I agree that our President should meet with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but not to "appease" him. Simply to state that we, as a nation, are and will remain, that proverbial 'top dog' within international circles. Any nation/state that disagrees with this can answer to our military. As a 2-service prior military individual, I support our nation's military. This is precisely why me and my house will not vote for Obama as his foreign policy is left wanting.

    As for my dream ticket: Norman Schwarzkopf/ Colin Powell


    June 2, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  196. Dee

    McCain scares me more than Hilary Clinton. He has a military mentality that seems to suggest that any kind of diplomacy attempt will, in his mind, be viewed as a form of surrender. Not the kind of leader I want.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  197. Jayetta , Ellenwood, Ga.

    Why should we say anything to him. Just like Bush (with this Iraq war), the voice of the American people means nothing to him. McSame will not be happy until we are at war with many countries around the world. After all, we can afford it economically. The middle class can pay for all his wars and live off bread crumbs and water. Oh I forgot–he doesn't care about our economy either!

    June 2, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  198. ed

    it is for sure that 59% of the american people are willing to give up the status of our country by placing the enemy on the same pedistal as our president. yes thier has to be talks, but to say our president should do them is total wrong and unjusified. the president to lower themselfs to that level would totally disappiont this american and 20 yr. retired vet. i fought for the right not to have my president to lower himself to that level.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  199. Sue -Idaho

    You mean the majority of Americans think we should speak with them first instead of blowing the hell out of em? How quaint!

    June 2, 2008 at 5:41 pm |