FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
President-elect Barack Obama is inheriting a lot of problems from the Bush Administration including an economic crisis, two wars, and a whole list of international challenges, the most urgent of which is Iran.
According to a new International Atomic Energy Agency report, Iran is continuing to increase its stockpile of uranium and now has enough nuclear fuel to make a single atom bomb.
Iran insists it only wants nuclear energy to fuel power plants, but the United Nations Security Council isn't so sure. It has passed three sanctions resolutions demanding Iran suspend its nuclear program. The Tehran government has ignored them all.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the United Nations in September, "As far as we are concerned, the nuclear issue is resolved."
The Bush Administration joined European-led negotiations late in the game and actually sent some representatives to Tehran to meet with the Iranians, but to no avail.
Two months from today, it will be Barack Obama's turn. He has indicated a willingness to negotiate with Tehran, but this IAEA report could complicate matters considerably.
Here’s my question to you: How should Barack Obama deal with Iran when he takes office?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Jack, President-elect Obama should do exactly as he promised in his orations. Serious dialog and no pre-determination. This kind of attitude is exactly what the United States needs to re-establish its credibility on the world stage and negate the current administrations destructive policies.
Mike from Genoa, Wisconsin writes:
Just because they’ve got this nut case for a vocal leader doesn't mean we need another war. There are sensible people in Iran that know what they are doing is not in their best interest. Seek them out and with honest support maybe we can help change the region without firing a shot. No one's saying it's going to be easy.
Randy from New York writes:
Diplomacy first, sanctions second and war third. Bush got it backwards.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has already proved that he isn't playing with a full deck with his statements about Israel. He definitely should not be allowed to have any type of nuclear activity. A person that shoots off his mouth about destroying a whole race of people should not even be allowed to have a box of matches.
I think President Obama has to wait until June of next year to see the outcome of the Iranian presidential election before initiating any talk with Iran. Unlike what most people think here in the west, Ahmadinejad is not popular at all in Iran, and he could very well lose in the upcoming election.
Keep a close eye; do not over react. We do this all the time, making our enemies "ten foot giants" while that country is decaying from within. All the money we spent to defend against the U.S.S.R. would sure come in handy now.