Where is outrage over upcoming Iran launch?
Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi says the satellite launch proves Iran's scientific prowess.
May 24th, 2012
02:00 AM ET

Where is outrage over upcoming Iran launch?

By Jamie Crawford

When North Korea tried unsuccessfully to launch a rocket last month supposedly to put a satellite in orbit, most of the international community condemned the attempt as a dangerous provocation. Iran recently announced its intention to make a similar attempt, but the chorus of opposition this time seems to be a great deal quieter.

Iran said it was aiming to launch its fourth satellite into orbit this week - coincidentally about the same time world powers were meeting in Baghdad for talks on Iran's disputed nuclear program. And that, analysts say, could be one reason for the lack of overt outrage.

"I'm sure that the countries that were upset about North Korea don't want to take a moment to damage very fragile progress on the nuclear issue by complaining about" the satellite launch, Jim Lewis with the Center for Strategic and International Studies said. "People don't want to derail the chance for progress on nuclear talks by complaining about the space program which they already have."

The Fajr satellite that Iran planned to put into orbit was to be launched on a Safir 1B launcher, a much smaller rocket than North Korea's 85-ton rocket that exploded soon after launch last month, according to Laura Grego with the Union of Concerned Scientists. The Safir is limited to launching lightweight satellites into much lower altitudes.

What is different about this satellite, Grego says, is that it will contain a cold gas thruster that will enable the satellite to stay in orbit for perhaps a year and a half. Previous Iranian satellites lacked the system, and were only able to stay in orbit for a few months before the Earth's atmospheric drag pulled them out of orbit.

According to Grego, Fajr is equipped with a domestically made GPS navigation system to help keep track of its orbit. The satellite is intended to transmit pictures of the Earth at a much greater resolution than most of the planet's images from Google Earth.

Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi, Iran's defense minister, says the planned launch was a testament to Iranian scientific advancement and another step in its research and development - international sanctions notwithstanding.

"The Islamic Republic is making good progress despite all pressures and sanctions," Vahidi said, according to Iran's Press TV. "The pace of the country's growth and development has increased and launching satellites in short intervals indicates Iran's (high) scientific capability," he said.

Some Iran watchers are chalking up the launch to nothing more than a political statement, and a way to garner regional prestige. "The Iranians always make stuff up, what they say is usually exaggerated," Lewis said.

And with discussions over the nuclear program underway, the launch could serve a domestic purpose and a message of assurance to its people if Iran grants any concessions on its nuclear program.

But Iran's touting of a technological advancement under the guise of science is precisely the reason the international community should be more vocal about Iran's launch, some analysts say.

"I think there should be a tremendous amount of concern expressed about Iran's continued capabilities regarding satellite launches, because that also furthers their ability to create an intercontinental ballistic missile," Peter Brookes with the Heritage Foundation said.

Brookes agrees the lack of loud protest on the surface over the launch is likely attributed to the ongoing nuclear talks, but says the launch should serve as a "wake-up call" for the United States in terms of building an effective missile defense.

Iran, like other countries, has a right under international law to the use of space for peaceful and scientific purposes. But its past deceptions to the international community regarding the dimensions of its nuclear program remain a concern to those watching this launch and its possible future applications.

"The Iranians being untrustworthy make it hard to take claims that this is a science program difficult to accept at face value," Lewis said.

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  5. Derp

    Why no outrage.... simple for 2 reasons

    1) Iran does not have sanctions against it saying not to launch missles like North Korea does
    2) Iran has yet to sucessfully detonate a nuclear weapon like North Korea has

    May 29, 2012 at 4:11 am | Reply
  6. Bill

    Iran is already passed the missle technology of N. Korea, and launching another rocket of this type really no longer helping them to develop an intercontinental ballistic missle. They were also not in an agreement not to launch such a missle, as N Korea had been. This makes it hard to even raise an objection internationally.

    May 25, 2012 at 10:26 am | Reply
    • AngryJew

      Why don't you raise objections about Apartheid Israel's nukes?

      May 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  7. Bnode

    Why worry.
    Their sattelite use the US gps system for positioning.
    If they become a threat we turn off the gps and their satellites fall to the groung like rocks.
    Problem solved.

    May 25, 2012 at 9:04 am | Reply
    • SpinJim

      I agree, a satellite could easily be "modified" at America's will. In fact I would be surprised if there weren't already some sort of tracking/surveillance going on. At any rate, I'm confused as to why CNN would run this story. They're starting to act very funny about Iranian relations, which makes me uneasy. First, "Iranian talks continue a few hours longer than expected" well hell, that could mean a thousand different things. But CNN tells us that it's probably because things are "going better than expected." Oh, really?

      Could you imagine that phone call back to the White House? "Mr. President, the talks are dragging on longer than expected. It turns out...the Iranians are great conversationalists."

      Now with the Iranian navy and US cargo ship story. Oh, what a darling tale of 2 would-be enemies forced to rely on each other in an otherwise dangerous world. How lovely. Hey CNN, this isn't high school. Stop being such a naive tit and try to be more sober and adult with your "reporting"

      May 25, 2012 at 9:42 am | Reply
    • mac

      Not so fast! Iranian are now using sensors capable of receiving GPS, Glonass and Beidu (even phones support 2 of them nowadays). Besides, the previous Iranian satellite which was in orbit for a few months had a proof of concept navigation signals system.

      May 26, 2012 at 5:36 am | Reply
  8. Everett Wallace

    AWE hogwash! Just better HOPE! that it does not break into pieces and a PIece of debri falls anYwhere NEar American vessels or Allies and people. You would rather run through HELL with gasoline draws on.

    May 25, 2012 at 8:58 am | Reply
  9. memyselfnie

    Where are the hypocrites? Give em a nuke already – you know, one of the nukes Isreal DOESN'T have! You chikenshiites
    aren't trying to stir the pot, so you can make a buck, are you?

    May 25, 2012 at 8:00 am | Reply
  10. Paul Anderson

    OK, how about Pakistan and their missiles? Iran has not attacked the US since 1976. Pakistan is doing it every day – they are in an unofficial, but very real state of war with us.

    May 25, 2012 at 5:11 am | Reply
    • AngryJew

      Iran attacked the US in 1976? Prove it.

      May 25, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  11. prizm1

    IRAN:
    – Is a signer of the Nuclear Non-Plorifiration Treaty.
    – Has allowed IAEA inspectors to inspect their facilities.
    – No evidence of one atomic weapon.
    – Has not invaded countries outside their borders for the last 200 years (historical fact).

    ISRAEL:
    – Has refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Plorifiration Treaty
    – Refused the IEAE inspectors from inspecting their facilities http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikgLMm-iKqM
    – Is know to have over 300 nuclear weapons.
    – Has invaded every country along it borders in the 40+ years of its existence.

    Who is the bigger nuclear threat in the Middle East?

    May 25, 2012 at 12:55 am | Reply
    • Mark Ayres

      Well said. The United States has internalized a dangerous double standard. Israel can do whatever it wants. Everyone else in the Middle East had better watch their step.

      May 25, 2012 at 9:09 am | Reply
      • AngryJew

        That won't last forever since we are slowly becoming a paper tiger.

        May 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  12. Dorkus

    War is good business, invest your sons and daughters. Wealthy need not apply.

    May 24, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Reply
    • AngryJew

      Corrupt American Senators and Congressmen do not need apply either.

      May 24, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Reply
  13. wavejump1100

    the iranian military is tired of relying on google earth for intel

    May 24, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  14. Zoglet

    Theres nothing like a good bit of impartial journalism.
    And this is nothing like a good bit of impartial journalism.
    Why does CNN always seek to turn anything iran does into propoganda?

    May 24, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  15. Yoshinobu Tokugawa

    Iran can only put a small satellite in space for short time. Could do better with Japan`s help. But we won`t. We don`t help Iteki.

    May 24, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Reply
    • AngryJew

      Keep on being America's lap dog? Why won't you help your fellow man?

      May 24, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Reply
  16. JC in Western U.S.

    I'd just like to point out that one of the people raising alarms is Peter Brookes of the Heritage Foundation. Clearly Mr. Brookes is qualified to speak about defense issues, but you hardly say that he's unbiased or has any interest in supporting anything Obama says or does. So as long as he is a spokesperson for the Heritage Foundation (think Limbaugh and Hannity) I'm not sure we can consider him to be anything other than someone with an intent to cause problems for Obama.

    May 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  17. sk8104s8tan

    ICBM's are so 20th century, the world should be more worried about those cruise missles that can take out aircraft carriers, the proliferation of stealth technology and the silent subs that can park 50 miles off the coastline and nuke cities with little chance of intercepting the missles. the idea of some country on the other side of the world launching an ICBM at us is a joke, that ICBM has so many opportunities to be intercepted.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Reply
    • sawolf

      A knife can kill you.

      May 24, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Reply
    • Jim

      We will just have to counter their stealth subs. Maybe a big
      system 100 miles off coast

      May 24, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    • AngryJew

      You mean like the subs that Germany is selling Apartheid Israel?

      May 24, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Reply
  18. Iranian Launch Control

    10, 9. 7, 6, 5, 7, 8, stop stop. Start over. 10, 8, 7, 6, 9, 3, dammit!!! Can anyone here count backwards?!!!!!!!!!!

    May 24, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  19. Mamood Moohamed

    The Saudis have more at stake with Iran's advances in military technology than any other mideastern nation. Yet they are cowards and weak at heart, can't stand the thought of leaving their golden tables and harems, so they stand behind the gates of the UN shouting "Yeah! Iran is a very very bad nation, somebody shoot them!"

    May 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply
    • AngryJew

      My humble opinion is that the Kings and Princes in SA are shaking in their golden slippers. The Arab Spring is still not finished.

      May 24, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Reply
      • Yoshinobu Tokugawa

        Why are you angry?

        May 24, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
      • AngryJew

        LOL, I apologize if I sound angry. I have not made my first million for the day yet.

        May 24, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
  20. JC in Western U.S.

    I was under the impression that the North Korean missile was a ballistic missile launched from a pad that is considered capable of and built for launching intercontinental ballistic missiles. That is a lot different from a rocket that can barely launch a lightweight satellite. Not everything that Iran does must be interpreted as militarily threatening. I'd like to know if the satellite is geo-stationary or not. That seems a lot more important to me than what kind of rocket puts it in orbit.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Reply
    • B Merritt

      Geostationary satellites are 20,000 miles up. This is is barely orbital. HUGE difference.

      May 24, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Reply
      • B Merritt

        Sorry - meant "This one"

        May 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • You were under the wrong impression

      There's no way an ICBM could weight 85 tons and sit out in the open. These things have to be small and mobile these days.

      May 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  21. nate

    okay to all the idiots out there this one is for u 1. we arnt making a big deal about them because we know they alrdy have long range ballistic tecnology but dont have a nuke yet, however north korea has a nuke but no long range missle understand. 2 irregardless if we help isreal or not they could still beat iran they took on 3 countrys at once and won.. 3 why the united states cares is becuase do u want a bunch of hoodlums running around ur neighborhood with tanks and rpgs no so we dont want hoodlum countrys running around with nuclear bombs. 4 stop hateing americans when most of us americans dont give a crap about u we work hard and try to earn an honest dollar to live witch let me tell u is very hard this day so stop saying death to america when you dont even know us u can hate are govt. all u want most of us are fed up with them too.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Reply
    • AngryJew

      How do you feel about Israel's 200 plus nukes and their warlike mentality? I guess we should feel safe now.

      May 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply
      • jack

        You are a bit of a Paradox. If you are Isreali, you already know the threat and why they haven't been attacked in 40 yrs. If you are an Angry American Jew, you should be relieved that you aren't in the crosshairs...

        May 24, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • Harry

      Man.. What kind of stuff are you taking to be so incoherent?

      May 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Reply
    • docparadox

      You can't fix stupid bro, and the MAJORITY of people are just plain STUPID. This country is plum FULL of complete and incompetent idiots. It's a crying shame.

      May 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Reply
    • Goddamn George Liquor

      Such a lovely example of our current educational system. Well, the army always needs cannon fodder.

      May 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Reply
  22. Terrible_Ted

    Death to Israel!!! and their American lap dogs!!!

    Just thought it was time to get that out again... Afterall, it's probably been a few minutes since someone spouted it.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  23. Anchorite

    Maybe there's no outrage because unlike Israel we don't have an irrational hatred of anyone else within a thousand miles of us.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Reply
    • pgh

      Agreed. Let Israel pick its own fight with Iran instead of the US picking up the tab (for ONCE). Why is Obama and previous presidents such a lapdog for them?

      May 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Reply
    • Smith

      Why hate them? As per United States Federal Government report: "Science and engineering indicators: 2012", Iran has the world's fastest growth rate in science and technology. They are rational enough to teach Darwin and Evolution in their schools and run a space program. And we should be rational enough to leave them alone. If some tiny country wants a war with them in order to keep its hegemony over the region just because it does not want to accept a limit to its UN mandated borders, then it is not our problem to fight a bloody war for them and suffer another decade or two sorting out the region.

      May 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Reply
      • SpinCylce

        It's not hard to accomplish miraculous advances in science and technology when you're so far behind, and when you consider that the Persian empire is considered to have been one of the most advanced in scientific discovery from antiquity, it paints a much more unfortunate picture. Until the radical theocratic elements of the power structure existing in Iran are gone, the culture can't produce a lit bright enough to get rid of that shadow.

        I find it pretty sad that nobody points out this simple fact: If your nation's leaders consist of religious fanatics who are indifferent to being blown into oblivion by cruise missiles, they probably don't give a damn if you and your family are blown into oblivion either. I don't give a hell what religion, no glorious afterlife justifies my family experiencing that panic, pain, and powerlessness.

        May 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • Berman

      It's amazing how you turn reality on its head. Israel isn't the one threatening to abrogate the Camp David treaty. That's Egypt. Israel isn't the one threatening to wipe another country off the map. That's Iran. You don't see Israelis burning Arab flags in the streets and chanting DEATH TO _________. That's in pretty much every Arab country.

      May 24, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Reply
      • David

        Not to mention maintaining large militias in other countries, that control their politics (Lebanon, Iraq, Gaza), pointless acts of terrorism (e.g. blowing up a community center in Argentina). Sending assassination teams and terrorists into their neighbors (Kuwait, Saudi, Bahrain, etc.). Aren't the Iranians the ones advising the Syrians on how to put down the uprising there? And funding them? Yes, that's them.

        May 25, 2012 at 2:20 am |
  24. hatruth

    Not too worried about this, plus there may be an "accident" that prevents this satellite from going up in the first place.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Reply
    • Gonna Put My Balls On The Top Of Your Head

      TIME TO SEND IN TEAM AMERICA!

      FUCK, YEAH!

      May 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Reply
      • Smith

        Accidents happen everywhere but in reality Iran's track record is very good considering that they had three successful launches for one failure. For a young space program that is enviable record. Compare it to Brazil and South Korean attempts in their space adventure.

        As for Team America, they went unemployed long ago. Most of them now are working as hired hands in places like Dubai and Shanghai. Did you know that 70% of all US military aircraft parts are actually Chinese fakes? That is as per United States Senate report. They did not give the numbers for US civilian aircrafts. The only Team America out there are now Chinese replicas imported thanks to mammoth printers in US Mint.

        Now go back to sleep in your Chinese made sleepers and undergarments.

        May 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
      • Gonna Put My Balls On The Top Of Your Head

        AMERICA! – FUCK, YEAH!
        COMIN' AGAIN TO SAVE THE MOTHER-FUCKIN' DAY, YEAH!

        May 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  25. Fed Up

    According to Obama, we're not supposed to say anything. They are supposedly our friends now. This is what you get when you elect a junior Senator to a position he's not qualified for.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      Don't feel the trolls.

      May 24, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Reply
    • Sodomite

      What 'position' was Numb-nuts Jr. qualified for again?

      May 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
      • Hahahahahahahha

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        May 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  26. Thor

    It's time for an effective end to pro zionist hate propaganda.

    Iran is NOT the enemy. They just rescued an American cargo ship.

    Israel only sinks American ships.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Reply
    • BJJSchecter

      Remember the USS Liberty!

      May 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
    • AngryJew

      Agreed!

      May 24, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Reply
    • Smith

      Did they dance after sinking the ship too?

      May 24, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Reply
    • hatruth

      Israel only sank one US ship, in error, not intentionally. While Iran may have spared the US cargo ship this time, I wouldn't rely on the Iranians.

      May 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Reply
    • Derek

      Learn to Love Israel.

      May 24, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Reply
    • Anchorite

      They didn't sink it, but they did kill 34 crew. However, to even try to say it was accidental is an insult to all of the survivors who claim otherwise.

      May 24, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Reply
      • Berman

        Every single investigation conducted by both the United States and Israel (and there have been several) has concluded that the Liberty was a tragic accident. That's what happens when you go sneaking around in someone else's warzone.

        May 24, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • jack

      I wouldn't put flowers in the gun barrel just yet with Iran, they are masters of saying one thing and meaning and doing another...

      May 24, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  27. Obama Cares

    This launch pleases Obama. It pleases him much that his Muslim brothers are launching a homosexual satellite into orbit.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
    • CR from CA

      Amazing people as stupid as you can actually use a computer – or did your mommy type this for you. Obama is not Muslim, and satellites are asexual (get mommy to look that one up for you)

      May 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
      • jesor

        To quote the great sage "Lucy"....don't you know sarcasm when you see it?

        May 24, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
      • AngryJew

        lol

        May 24, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
      • Goddamn George Liquor

        Plenty of folks out there with a plank stuffed up their ass, I see.

        May 24, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • BJJSchecter

      Another example of why abortion should be legal. You pesky little coat hanger dodger you.

      May 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
    • alf

      I am amazed that there are people as ignorant as yourself in this country today. Perhaps you would be happier posting over at Fox?

      May 24, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Reply
      • cm

        I am just amazed at how petty and insultive all of you are. I do believe that none of you could ever have a intelligent and open minded conversation. Continue to throw out more insults against jews, conservatives, and others you dont agree with. It may make you feel big but, ultametly you are spinless!

        May 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • jesor

      you forgot to mention socialist, America hating, and constitution shredding in that description of the satellite

      May 24, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  28. David M

    "I think there should be a tremendous amount of concern expressed about Iran's continued capabilities regarding satellite launches, because that also furthers their ability to create an intercontinental ballistic missile," Peter Brookes with the Heritage Foundation said.

    Iran is a long ways from being able to make and launch an ICBM.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • hatruth

      2 years or so from being able to reach all of Europe and 8 to reach the US. Although if both don't get their economic houses in order they will probably destroy themselves before Iran has the chance.

      May 24, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Reply
    • Berman

      And your assessment is based on what exactly? Is it based on hard research you have dedicated your life to doing or are you just talking out of your butt?

      May 24, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Reply
  29. jimmy cracorn

    This just proves there is little to no disconnect between the media and the elite decision makers of the world.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  30. F1man

    $50.00 say's it blows up on the launch pad just like all the others they and north korea try to shoot off.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  31. jbird68

    ...as there is little expectation, that these fools can actually pull it off on the first shot. No worries

    May 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply
    • David M

      They have put 3 in orbit already but they only stay up for a few months before being pulled down by earth's gravity. So, they kind of know how to put them in orbit. Keeping them in orbit is a bit of a challenge for them.

      May 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  32. Bribarian

    Why would there be outrage? Iran has the right to do whatever they want, they're a sovereign nation.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
    • ed

      My definition of scientific prowess " When you do something that has never been done before". Launching satelite has been done since 1957 by the Russians. The technology is on science book, all you need is money to do it.

      May 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Reply
    • David M

      You're right. I'm not a big fan of Iran by any means, but until they do something that directly threatens us, we really don't have much reason to protest. Of course, I don't trust Iran or anything they say, so being suspicious of them is certainly valid.

      May 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply
    • Anchorite

      That's right. The only people who should be outraged are the Iranians whose money is being wasted so their leaders can be tough guys while their economy is in the toilet. But if they don't care, I don't care.

      May 24, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  33. svann

    Some Iran watchers are chalking up the launch to nothing more than a political statement, and a way to garner regional prestige. "The Iranians always make stuff up, what they say is usually exaggerated," Lewis said.

    Yea right. He sounds like a profesional analyst. make stuff up indeed

    May 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
    • Berman

      Five years ago Iran claimed they had discovered an herbal cure for AIDS.

      May 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  34. Jannani

    CNN is a pathetic news org.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  35. tman

    its the captured american drone with a tractor engine taped to it....

    May 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
    • Talkman

      If that were true (highly unlikely), I'd consider that pretty cool.

      May 24, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  36. palintwit

    If I was Sarah Palin, and I couldn't find a woodchipper to hurl myself into, I would take a bath with my electric toaster.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Reply
    • Dick Hart, international man of misery

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      May 24, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Reply
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  37. Dick Hart, international man of misery

    I say good people. Have you all not had enough of inflamatory and disparaging news from CNN, Fox, ABC, and all the rest? This is the point and the reason they post these stories, is to piss people off. The more people are pissed off, the more they watch their God-awful news publications. It's all about money. Money. money. M to the o to the n to the e to the y Money. It's all dirty laundry, and you let them to control you through thier idiotic messages. Take away thier power people!!!! TURN OFF THE FRIGGIN COMPUTER!!! ......... Now time for some Diablo III

    May 24, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  38. tman

    im surprised they know where up is ,cause they' re always looking down at everybody else!....

    May 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  39. isolate

    Note to CNN headline link writer:

    flak = anti-aircraft fire, used metaphorically for intense criticism

    flack = public relations agent

    May 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  40. MnTaxpayer

    Is Iran not allowed to have satelites?

    May 24, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply
    • Davethecanuck

      Do you guys ever get tired of playing dumb?

      May 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply
      • Goddamn George Liquor

        Oh, look, a smug, self-righteous, sanctimonious prick – aka, Canadian.

        May 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  41. Jason

    Well of course someone from the Heritage Foundation thinks there should be a tremendous amount of concern. Any chance conservatives have to start or provoke a war they will pursue.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  42. Big_D

    If we stop threatening Iran the moderates will have more power in Iran. You cannot bomb your way to peace. Peace is achieved through mutual respect and peaceful actions. Just look what happened in Vietnam. We stopped bombing and time healed our wounds and now they are a trade partner.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Yea, they're a trade partner all right! And the number one domestic export to America is bananas! What a trade off! 54,000 American lives for a ship load of Bananas! No wonder all the republicans in congress are jumping away from their responsibilities like apes! They have consumed way too many bananas!

      May 24, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Reply
      • Put Down the Crack Pipe

        Huh? Just W T F are you talking about?

        May 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
      • svann

        crude oil is their biggest export

        May 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • The Woof

      When the bombing was the heaviest they sought peace, when the bombing stopped they escalated and when we finally decided that we shouldn't have been there in the first place and decided to leave the North completely took over. And just like China before them, they saw that making money isn't such a bad thing after all. One thing it helps do is keep the populace happy and not thinking about revolting. As for they becoming a trade partner, that's the way capitalism works, if it sees the chance to make a buck then it will seize the opportunity! That my friend is what capitalism is all about, not about making friends or forgiving enemies, it's all about the money!

      May 24, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply
    • hatruth

      No it won't, it'll just give the current government even more power and ability to carryout their crazy ideas and attack other countries. Bombing worked with Hitler, Saddam, and Qaddafi.

      May 24, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Reply
    • Berman

      Ummmmm...the US and Iran were allies until the extremists took over in 1979. So, your theory of "be nice and they'll be nice" doesn't hold much water. Read a book.

      May 24, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  43. Shahram

    Please fuck off

    May 24, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply
    • Bob B

      What are you trying to say? People like you are why we have so many problems in the world. We need more people like Big_D .

      May 24, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Reply
    • Apu

      at least you're asking nicely. ok then. tank u com agen!

      May 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
    • howi dothat

      Now that I've been formally requested to do it, I'm not exactly sure how to start.

      May 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  44. Big_D

    Iran likes our food and we like their oil. We need to get past the history and work for a future both countries can support.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Reply
    • Bob B

      Hey, there's an idea. A voice of reason.

      May 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
      • TiredOfPaying

        Voice of Reason indeed! Make our own Food Cartel and we set the price of a barrel of Oil equal to one bushel of Wheat. I reason that the rest of the world will need the Wheat before we need the Oil.

        May 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  45. JJC

    How can their satellite use GPS? They do not have any satellites in orbit so the Global Positioning Satellites must be from some other country. Anyone want to guess which one? So Iran is not doing this alone. They are biggy backing on other countries technology and could not pull this off by themselves.

    May 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply
    • dreamer96

      Hmmm The US started the Internet with a program from DARPA...now the whole world has the internet, well except for North Korea...and we let other countries use our GPS signal...It has been a great boast to the world wide shipping industry....

      May 24, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Reply
      • TheBob

        It's too bad the internet hasn't helped to raise the level of education, common knowledge or for that matter, even English proficiency of the natives – like you.

        May 24, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • svann

      Im fairly sure you can buy gps positioning from Corps, so nationalities have nothing to do with it.

      May 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  46. dreamer96

    Maybe It's because North Korean Missiles fall from the Sky....Like their last one did...

    May 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  47. Big_D

    The GOP wants us to throw away the good will and create more tension with Iran. Their oil partners must be really upset that oil is dropping like a rock before the election. We should commend them for a peaceful program and work to the day that Iran doesn't feel like they need to put a nuke on those rockets to defend their sovereignty.

    May 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  48. Hello

    The Muslim world is 600 years behind the West.
    When you think about it Christianity is 600 years older than Islam. So the West already worked out their problems with religious intollerance, inquisitions, separation of church and state, etc.
    Nothing to worry about, the Muslims will be where the West is today in only 600 more years!

    May 24, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
    • hatruth

      Does that mean most of the world will be Muslim then?

      May 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Reply
      • Hahahahahahaha

        If cockroaches and other surviving bugs want to call themselves "muslim", then yes. Hahahahahahahaha

        May 24, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  49. Chuk

    These "commentators" are losers. Let me know the next time someone criticises the U.S for launching its own rockets. There are people out there who never want to see progress by anyone else but the West. They want their enemies to stay in the stone age while the West speeds ahead with scientific progress. As soon as people they don't like starts making progress it calls for so much alarm they want to pass out. Why don't we start a third world war and wipe out everyone we don't like so we're only left with our friends?

    May 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply
    • Gordon

      Let's be honest, when you say "we" you really mean "we Muslims".

      May 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Reply
    • disgusted

      Isn't that what the Heritage Foundation is working toward?

      May 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Reply
  50. Jason

    North Korea is a turd to everything grain of matter on this planet and a nation that locks its own people in concentration camps and even abducts people from the only nation that actual tolerates it. Iran is just a prick.

    May 24, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  51. Amen

    Youre all BS!!

    May 24, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  52. samuraikatana1

    Wouldn't the lack of outrage have something to do with this being the FOURTH satellite Iran has put into orbit?

    May 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  53. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Why should there be outrage? The only GPS target on their radar is Crawford Ranch! Houston you might have a problem!

    May 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
    • Jeb Bush

      The asylum called, you’re supposed to be back by 6

      May 24, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Reply
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        Thanks Jeb!

        May 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • EG

      eheh

      May 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  54. HuskerDu

    Relax everyone it's a CNN blog, not an official statement from the WH. Nobody is advocating bombing Iran, yet. That is only after these latest talks fail and the election is over.

    May 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Reply
    • ShahinS

      Go ahead and make their day, that is if you personally have the capability.

      May 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
    • usaf2

      Peace OUT Jamie COWFORD, Iran can be our BEST FRIEND, we can certainly trust the Persian people over the Saudies and Israelis.

      May 24, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
      • Steve

        Is someone being antisemtic here?

        May 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  55. Chris Hayes

    Nothing will happen until after the election. It's interesting that there is very little mention anywhere about the drone strike that hit a Pakistani mosque killing 10.

    May 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
    • DC Observer

      CNN has posted a story of the drone strike on the Mosque some hours ago

      May 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Reply
      • Chris Hayes

        Do you have a link to the story?

        May 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • Eric

      Most of the terrorists hide in mosques and think they can abuse such refuge after all their atrocities. The civilians who might have been killed in this attack, should have had the balls to deny these terrorists such shelter. If they don't, then they too pay.

      Coming to the past terrorst attacks, most of the suicide bombers detonate their gifts inside mosques due to sectarian and religious disagreements. So first go and tell them why they keep doing this to their fellow muslims, before preaching to the "infidels"...

      May 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Reply
      • Chris Hayes

        And where did you get this information from?

        May 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
      • Goddamn George Liquor

        Would love to see just how much 'balls' you possess when someone points a loaded gun in your face.

        May 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  56. snowdogg

    All in all, Iranians are more "rational" and less "threatening" than North Koreans.

    May 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
    • AngryJew

      And more rational than Israel.

      May 24, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
    • HuskerDu

      All in all, Hitler was more "rational" and less "threatening" than Stalin

      May 24, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        And pastor Charles Worley was rational too!

        May 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • palintwit

      All in all, Michelle Bachmann would make a better POTUS than Sarah Palin.

      May 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        They'd be better off in a 69! Hahaha!

        May 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
      • DoubleSecretPalinTwit

        All in all. A rock would make a better POTUS than Michelle Bachmann.

        May 25, 2012 at 9:42 am |
  57. Bob B

    I don't think we have the right to tell other countries what they can do. Do we do what other countries tell us to do?

    May 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Reply
    • AngryJew

      Good point.

      May 24, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
    • Goddamn George Liquor

      Oh, heaven forbid!

      May 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Reply
    • ShahinS

      I 2nd, 3rd and 4th that.

      May 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Reply
    • HuskerDu

      You are right! Kennedy had no right to tell the Soviets that he would sink their ships if they send nukes 90 miles from US coast. Furthermore, America had no business fighting the Germans in Europe during WWII. Let every country do as they may!

      May 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Reply
    • Dick Hart, international man of misery

      Bob, I hope you truly don't believe it's about telling other countries what to do. It's about protecting our interests and our allies. If N Korea and/or Iran get "the bomb" do you think they will hesitate to use or sell it to someone who wants to use it against us? I guarantee you that N. Korea would not only selll one, but would start mass producing them. Iran has already sold munitions to insurgents and terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq that have been used against troops in those nations. Why let them when we have the ability to stop them? Iran has billions of gallons of oil the can use for energy generation. Enough to last them for decades and enough to figure another way to make energy (Hey, aren't they in a desert? Shouldn't they invest in solar power? HOLYCRAP!!! What sense does that make?). N.Korea only has to stop being so off their rocker and be more transparent for the world to leave them to do what they need to for their country (I mean really, a million man army? Seriously?) Just might want to think about what it is the governments are trying to do, instead of thinking the U.S. is a country of bullies.

      May 24, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Reply
      • Mohammad

        @Dick Hart

        Iran is already investing significantly in renewable energies. See this page in Wikipedia: List_of_power_stations_in_Iran

        Nuclear energy is only one facet of Iran's initiative to diversify its energy sources and reduce dependence on fossil fuel.

        May 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
      • Dick Hart, international man of misery

        Muhammad, it is good to know. I am all for countries doing their own thing. I just don't care for it when they decide that others should not be allowed, and no one wants the US to do theirs

        May 24, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
    • Paul

      Yes, we do! Didn't you hear the POTUS say that he gets his authority from the UN? That NATO controls our military? That foreign troops will patrol our streets?

      May 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Reply
      • Dick Hart, international man of misery

        Nato does not control our military. We occasionally allow them to have control over some operations we are in, but teh US decides what our military does. Noone else. Well, the US and my wife. She tells me what to do a lot

        May 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  58. Sal

    Even if Iran had nuclear weapons they would never use it on anyone including Israel. I am sure they know the consequences of attacking anyone would lead to their destruction. They are not stupid ya know! The real threat would be north korean because their leaders are not rational. 

    May 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • AngryJew

      The real enemy are Israel and its supporters.

      May 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
    • BiggerandBetter

      Fortunately, the US government (both Republican and Democratic) do not share your naivety.

      May 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Reply
    • hatruth

      I wouldn't place any bets on that statement. Iran is not rational in the western sense. Also, Iran can transport weapons to Hezbollah or Hamas, they will definitely fire on Israel.

      May 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  59. Ali Baba

    Allah Akbar!
    Long Live Saddam, Uday and Qusay Hussein!

    Iran has every right to test rockets, build nuclear bombs and attack any country with nuclear weapons. Everyone should leave Iran alone. They are the best country in the world. There is no crime, no homosexuals, no pornography, very high employment, very high educational system. The best medical in the world. Everyone could learn from Iran.

    May 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • Dale

      If you are real and truly believe in what you wrote, either move to Iran, stay there; and never leave.

      May 24, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
      • Goddamn George Liquor

        I hope Ali comes here and moves into the trailer that you were evicted from.

        May 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • WIITARD

      You sir are one h3ll of an idiot.

      May 24, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Reply
    • Dick Hart, international man of misery

      Ummmmm, yeah Ali. Keep on thinkin that dude. And maybe my shite tastes like strawberrry sherbert

      May 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
      • Goddamn George Liquor

        If it does, put me down for a gallon.

        May 24, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
      • Dick Hart, international man of misery

        One gallon of dick shite. Got it HAR

        May 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
      • Goddamn George Liquor

        Just make sure it tastes like strawberry. And hold the dick.

        May 24, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • Sanibel

      ha ha Ali Baba is probably Al Moshe

      May 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Reply
  60. palintwit

    If I was Sarah Palin, I'd hurl myself into the nearest woodchipper.

    May 24, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Reply
    • SilentBoy741

      If I was Sarah Palin, I'd just hurl.

      May 24, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
    • Dick Hart, international man of misery

      And if I was Sarah Palin, I would play with my boobies all the time. I like boobies

      May 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  61. joshua

    see dr owour a prophet among us. read deuteronomy 18 & st. marks 16 to confirm.

    May 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Reply
  62. Goose66

    We need some SDI to knock this thing down, very quietly and discretely. They will know what happened and we will know what happened, and the media can just speculate and report any way they want.

    May 24, 2012 at 11:58 am | Reply
  63. KRIS

    lemme help you out stroy writer.....1 million north koreans have died from hunger while north korean govt spent a billion dollars on a failed missle test aka satelite launch.

    May 24, 2012 at 11:57 am | Reply
  64. SilentBoy741

    Nobody's outraged because the launch is not a threat until Iran procures the 11,000 miles of electrical cord it requires to power its satellite.

    May 24, 2012 at 11:57 am | Reply
  65. WhackyWaco

    So now the WMD are in Iran?

    May 24, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply
    • hat

      yeeeeeeeeeeeeeehaw cowboy

      May 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  66. Captain Obvious

    The difference between Iran and North Korea is Iran has something to lose.

    May 24, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
  67. Bill

    Just more posturing by this rogue country. Old technology at very best so no need for an uproar...kids will be kids playing with toys trying to impress. If they joined the world community of civilized countries, their whole lifestyle and future would brighten!

    May 24, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
  68. Arash

    Folks in Tehran aren't eating ground up twigs and grass for breakfast, lunch, and dinner?

    May 24, 2012 at 11:43 am | Reply
  69. Truth

    These so called "experts" makes me laugh. they think they can stop iran scientific progress by making excuses. from nuclear technology to space program and defence. iran is in right track. the fact that isreal and its agents is US congress just bark and do not dare to attack iran is because they knew iran strength.

    May 24, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
    • Dave

      I cant understand what you are saying. English please.

      May 24, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
      • Goddamn George Liquor

        Perhaps English isn't his first language, you pompous prick.

        May 24, 2012 at 11:53 am |
      • sliv3r

        You know I don't speak Spanish!

        May 24, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • okkkk

      Lol, brainwashed much?

      May 24, 2012 at 11:54 am | Reply
    • sarge

      When you live in an isolated village, everything is bigger and more wonderful. It is when you step into the world, that you realize you are small. And when you step outside our planet, you learn true reverence for the universe.

      May 24, 2012 at 11:56 am | Reply
    • Dick Hart, international man of misery

      Yeah..... Like Iraq's republican guard was the biggest threat to troops in the gulf war, right? OOOOOOppppppssssssss, i forgot it took 3 days to wipe out the whole of iraqs military, well, those that didn't surrender. **whispers** sorry, didn't mean to burst your bubble, Mr Truth. Strength of Iran? Mmm Hmmm

      May 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  70. palintwit

    I'll be spending the holiday weekend at Walmart, hanging out with the baggers and birthers in the gun dept. We will be comparing knives and discussing the pros and cons of using hollow points. Yyeeeeeeeeehhhhhhaaaaaawwwwww !!

    May 24, 2012 at 11:32 am | Reply
    • brian

      It beats standing in the unemployment line with the crack hoes and left wing social parasites.

      May 24, 2012 at 11:54 am | Reply
      • okkkk

        Bryan, still mad about the 8 year disappointment of your last Republican President?

        May 24, 2012 at 11:55 am |
      • Goddamn George Liquor

        Yeah, this country was a regular Eden under Idiot Jr.

        May 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
      • Dick Hart, international man of misery

        crack head mother in the welfare line, or the hillbillies at walmart. Gotta say, lets go with the hillbillies. Brian has ya'll on this one

        May 24, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
      • Drito

        And what have you done to advance society in the US? You're a partisan retard.

        May 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
      • Dick Hart, international man of misery

        Soooooo, you're saying I should WANT to stand in the unemployment line with crack hoes? Igotta say that I must pass

        May 24, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • Bob B

      Sounds like a great plan to me(good God) and we think we have the right to tell other countries to do. From some of the peoples comments I read, I just shake my head.

      May 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      LOL!

      May 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Reply
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        It would be fun hanging out with the baggers and birthers and the gun toters!

        May 24, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  71. TruthMatters

    The US, European nations, and Israel haven't been deceptive and lied about numerous issues multiple times, over the year's of their existance? Give me a break.

    May 24, 2012 at 11:18 am | Reply
  72. Jose

    Who cares. This is just more war propaganda.

    May 24, 2012 at 11:13 am | Reply
  73. hmmmm

    What a bunch of gullible knuckleheads on this thread. Yes Iran is all about peace. HAHAHAHAHAHA

    May 24, 2012 at 10:44 am | Reply
    • Iamright

      They are mostly anti-Israel Muslims who comment.

      May 24, 2012 at 10:47 am | Reply
    • Sodomite

      As opposed to war-monger America?

      May 24, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
      • Dick Hart, international man of misery

        War monger America? Think about our history sodomite, and understand how much patience and forgiveness we have shown in our war mongering world. We allow more and more bullshit against our country before attacking or going to war than we did 30-80 years ago. Used to be, you look at us wrong, and we were bombing you. But these countries who are trying to build bombs are doing so for what reason? To use them. To use them for what? To destroy their enemies. And who are their enemies? Yeah douchebag. The US. To say we are warmongering is like calling a democrat a socialist. It's inflamatory, and only uses the basest of truths to prove a point. See the whole picture instead of spouting off, it makes you look like an idiot.

        May 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
      • Paul

        Hey, Dick. Whos history are you referring to? Certainly not the USA! 80 years ago we waited until the rest of the world was burning before getting involved. Now, any country that doesn't toe the banker's line are attacked. And it is very cureous that ONLY countries with oil or other resource is our target......

        May 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
      • Dick Hart, international man of misery

        Sooooo Paul, what you're saying is..... We should step in BEFORE the world starts burning? Hmmm, think about that one sir.

        May 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
      • Dick Hart, international man of misery

        And a far as oil rich peoples we go after..... How bout them North Koreans? And them terrorists in Pakistan? .... and the anti-piracy actions we're taking off the coast of Somalia? ....and the relief efforts in Haiti?.... and (I literally could go on all day like this Paul) on and on and on. You think we just go around invading people with oil? No sense in saying soemthing unless you are going to talk abou tit all Paul, cause Heaven forbid you were responsible with what you were saying or anything.

        May 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
      • Sodomite

        Dick – you love war so much? – you go fight it. It's miserable neocon chickenhawk douchebags such as yourself who give our country, and our troops, a black eye.

        May 24, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
      • Dick Hart, international man of misery

        Neocon chicken hawk douchebag? I give you facts and you insult? Interesting Sodomite. Very interesting. You are probably one of those guys who rants and raves and raises hell about how society doesn't treat you right, then sits on your ass all day and posts bitches and moans. I joined the United States Army in 1998, and am about to retire on disability. It hurts because I want to continue serving my country in all it's struggles. Whether I agree with them or nit. What YOU don't understand and what you have never learned through self sacrifice and blood and sweat and loss, is that most veterans do not want war. We would rather have peace. The majority have lost friends and family during 9/11 and the following wars, and NONE OF US WANT TO LOSE ANYMORE. we have given and lost and given more and lost more and given all and lost all. But I would rather die and kill than let another American citizen come under attack especially my family and friends, but even people such as yourself who choose to insult instead of calmly talking out differences. You see Sodomite, I HAVE been to war. I have seen guys blown up. I have seen bad things that ALL sides did. Everyone is guilty and everyone is right. But America is not the bad guy, and we are not warmongers. We are people, just like everyone else. We want safety and security. I am one of those who has traded in his life and health for everyone else. The question is, truly, what have YOU done for world peace lately?

        May 24, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • AngryJew

      Israel is one of the biggest threats to world peace today. It has invaded numerous neighbors. Iran has not begun any wars in recent history.

      May 24, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  74. Hahahahahahahha

    No need for outrage. We'll take care of it after launch. Hahahahahahahahaha

    May 24, 2012 at 9:22 am | Reply
  75. Fred P

    This is one ignorant commentary I have read in a long while. I mean real ignorant. What is the guy who wrote it, doing in news business? Look at his thesis: Iran is putting a satellite in space, and since we make alot of noise about everything, why aren't we making any noise now? To him a rocket is a rocket is a rocket, a satellite is the same as a nuke. CNN your ratings are down because you have people like Crawford on your payroll as National Security producer, who has no clue.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:47 am | Reply
    • Iamright

      You are right smarty. There is no correlation between the technology to create a successful satellite launch and a succesful missle launch. Oh boy!

      May 24, 2012 at 10:49 am | Reply
      • MadMex

        So no nations (other than Europe, the US, and Israel) can advance scientifically because white people are paranoid?

        May 24, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  76. quinterius

    Outrage?! The audacity of CNN unbelievable. Why should the launch of a scientific satellite create outrage? Well, let's have outrage at the Space-X launch too. Does the US have the monopoly on space exploration?

    May 24, 2012 at 8:28 am | Reply
    • Iamright

      Yes, let's compare a launch conducted by a private corpration and the launch conducted by the Iranian government.

      May 24, 2012 at 10:55 am | Reply
      • acutemind

        Wow lamright...you just constantly say a LOT OF NOTHING in your posts. You fail miserably at trying to make points.

        May 24, 2012 at 11:49 am |
      • WahooMan

        Point seemed pretty clear to me

        May 24, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
      • Dick Hart, international man of misery

        same here lam. Seems like a legit point to me. That other guy must be learning that "new English" that noone understands but absolutely believes in. I think they call it liberalism

        May 24, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
      • Drito

        Iran has as much of a right to conduct satellite launches as any other nation on Earth.

        May 24, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • Dick Hart, international man of misery

      You are kidding right? You seriously believe that? You don't think they are trying to build an ICBM? I tell ya what, once they get their "scientific research" finished, you can stand out there with a friggin bullseye on your head and some road flares so they can land thier nuke on you. Just make sure you run to canada or cuba, or some other far left nut job country so those of use who know better can be left in peace

      May 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
      • Drito

        Wow you sound like am ignoramus and a complete pussy to boot.

        May 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
      • Dick Hart, international man of misery

        Ignoramus and pussy? Let's study this. Wel'll start with ignoramus. Ignoramus goes from Latin, but the terminology was made popular by a 17th century play of importance about a man who ridiculed government and leaders and eventually was thought of as possessed and was tricked into a marriage to a woman he was not supposed to wed. I ridicule government and certain parts of leadership, and I have been tricked to marriage to a harpy. I also am not aware of particle physics, so I am unaware and uneducated on those subjects. So in truth, you are correct in calling me that, to be certain. And I want to thank you for calling me a pussy. I assume you mean the vaginal kind. Think about it, pussies bleed for three to five days each month, it can survive pushing a 8-13 pound child out of it, you know the proportions likely, and gets banged by penises large and small for short to long periods of time. Sounds to me a pussy is pretty tough to me. And I reckon you can stand next to quinterious when the bombs drop. I will be standing elsewhere, cause you know what? If a bomb drops on you, you'll die. And death sucks. But to each his own, if you are into getting bombs dropped on your head, go for it, I won't hold you back.

        May 24, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • quinterius

      I guess stupidity is not limited to CNN. There is zero evidence that Iran is building bombs. But, I guess it doesn't have the right for scientific progress and advanced technology. Well, doesn't stupid US have ICBM's? Hypocrisy of some people is unbelievable. Iran is not North Korea. It is high industrialized and it has every right to launch satellites into space. So, jump up and down as much as you want. There is nothing that terrorist US and Israel can do about it.

      May 24, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Reply
      • Dick Hart, international man of misery

        Terrorist US and Isreal huh? Stupid US? Wow you really believe the middle east propaganda dontcha? The US has no issues with scientific progress and such, what we have a problem with is Iran has sold weapons to insurgents in Iraq and Afganistan, not for profit (that would be bad enough) but for the chance to hurt Americans. They can't be allowed to get nuclear capabilities, or they will see to it that it (and eventually they) will be used against the United States and/or it's allies. Go ahead make a better toaster oven or faster than light travel, but until they abhor terrorism and seek and destroy terrorists in their own country, they need not be allowed to have the capability

        May 24, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
      • quinterius

        Dick Hart, international man of misery: You are so simple-minded it is not even funny. It is the US that is a terrorist state not Iran. The US has allocated 100s of millions for subversive activities in Iran. It sponsored the terrorist Jundullah group that killed many Iranians from its bases in Pakistan. It helped Israel launch a terrorist virus onto Iranian nuclear facilities that the Russians said could have led to another Chernobyl. The US also helped Saddam Hussein in his unwarranted attack on Iran and helped him with the chemical weapons that he used against the Iranians, who never responded in kind.

        Now, as for arming terrorist, the US gives $3.6B weapons every year to the terrorist state of Israel which slaughters and assassinates people all over. As for Iranian weapons that supposedly killed the poor peace-loving American soldiers, it was all based speculation. Google for the following article in the May 8, 2008, issue of LA TImes:

        "IRAQ: The elusive Iranian weapons"

        May 24, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
      • Dick Hart, international man of misery

        There is a book you need to read by Terry Goodkind called the sword of truth. He tells of certain rules that wizards use to control people. One of the rules is people will believe something because they want to. You want to believe Israel is a terror state, and that they have invaded all these countries unprovoked and that the US and Israel are out to destroy the middle east and Muslims blah blah blah. I do not see with blinders quinterius. I know that the US and Israel have done bad stuff. But, but, the leadership of these countries have done just as bad. Try to be honest with yourself, Q, governments suck, all of em, your precious middle east with all their countries want nothin but to destroy themselves, and to try to take the rest of the world with them. I mean sit dude, they strap bombs on themselves and take out a school of kids on a bus? How right in the head can they be if they believe Allah wants them to that.

        May 25, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
      • quinterius

        Dick Hart, international man of misery: You talk in generalities when you have nothing specific to say. Do you know when the last suicide bomber blew himself up in Israel? Also, do you know how many Israelis have been killed or even injured by rockets from Gaza during the last 10 years? Do you know how many Palestinians have been slaughtered during the same time?

        You claim that all these countries suck. You cannot combine all these countries together. There is world of difference among them. You just sit in your home and look at all these countries and you think they are all the same. There is a world of difference between the Wahabbi extremists of Saudi Arabia and Iranians. In fact, Wahabbis think that Iranian Shiites are infidels worthy of death.

        You actually dispute that Israel is a terrorist state? Have you heard of USS Liberty? You don't think that killing 1,000 people in Lebanon and destroying about half the country in 2006 ostensibly because three of its stupid soldiers were kidnapped was a terrorist act? You think assassinating Iranian scientist is not a terrorist act?

        As for the US, look up Judullah and MEK. Both of whom are supported by the US.

        May 25, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
      • Dick Hart, international man of misery

        The USS Liberty happened in 1968, MEK are an anti Iran group that was used for intelligence and probably still is, and Judullah is another group of terrorists that are on the US terror watch list. There are conspiracy theories about them, and like all conspiracy theories, the is just enough truth that someone like yourself believes the whole story. I don't sit at home and see all these folks as the same, you are right i generalized, but once you get shot at by one, maybe you would too. May not be right, but there it is. I speak in generalizations, but you havent exactly been spouting facts and quoting experts here. It's an opinion. You got one (albeit wrong) nd I got one. Get over it, we certainly aren't going to change each others minds

        May 25, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
      • quinterius

        Dick Hart, international man of misery: Sorry for trying to confuse you with facts. Clearly, if you believe thing as in a religion no one can change your mind.

        MEK is not some innocent dissident group. Go to youTube and search for three videos by BBC on this crazy and murderous cult. At YouTube, search for "bbc mek"

        You clearly don't know anything about Jundullah either. Iran arrested its leader who confessed to being supported by the CIA and meeting high-level US officials in Afghanistan. He was executed. As I said, you just spout generalities. You know nothing specific.

        May 25, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
  77. Smith

    The quality of CNN has been going down the gutter since late 1990's. It is really a shame. This launcher has had three previous successful launches into space and is liquid fueled just like the larger launchers Iranians are working on to send heavier satellites and possibly even humans into space. These large liquid fueled rockets are useless militarily. Iran already has the technology for manufacturing much more sophisticated solid fueled rockets with thousands of kilometers of range. It is the solid fueled rockets that have mostly military applications just like the Brazilian space program which uses solid rockets.

    Iran has the full right to space just like every one else. Iran is not the one that has been deceiving the world. It is the US that has been doing the deceiving part. For decades now US has blocked Iran to buy satellites specially in geostationary orbits for transmission of its TV and radio programs. US even has gone the extra mile to pressure Russia and China to refusing to sell Iran any geostationary satellite in order to gag Iranian voice internationally while CNN keeps transmitting globally to deceive the world. Iranians have just started their space program with the aim of putting geostationary satellites over American continent and transmitting TV and radio programs directly to Americans homes. US is already doing the same to Iran, so I do not see why Iran should not do the same to US. It is only fair. There are over 150 US funded TV and radio channels broadcasting propaganda in Persian being beamed into Iran 24/7. So an Iranian satellite beaming a few Iranian channels into US a few years later should be seen as a counter balance not as a provocation. It should be welcomed and cheered. After all they are as human as Americans.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:19 am | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      I blame Newt Gingrich! He's the one who started the race to the space colony crap! Maybe one day the GOP would be able to hold their first RNC up there and hopefully their last! Hahaha!

      May 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  78. Sedaye Dalil

    Given that the situation between the West, Israel, and Iran has deteriorated to such a degree; over inflating the launch of a already out dated rocket leaves little to gain. We have entered a stage of risk vs. gain, and we have to pick our battles. Personally, we all know that Iran is stalling and the negotiations are a kick the can technique; however, they are entitled to cable television.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:09 am | Reply
  79. redz

    the deception of cnn verses iran

    id take iran anyday

    cnn has been part of the mainstream media that have lied to us about wars especially the iraq war, complete utter rubish about non-existant made up threats, this was all done intentionally do to your political links to serve your corporate and political interests , its well documented type on google

    moron jamie crawford, this is irans Fourth launch, its a full fledging space program, if you have any clue, its the same launcher fourth times

    there not trying to test anything here that will help them, they have solid fuel ballistic missiles that reach thousands of miles, they dont need liquid fuel technology, thats just for space launches

    its why we need to take cnn with a pinch of salt and watch other networks to balance things out aswell like RT, aljazeerah and presstv even

    May 24, 2012 at 5:14 am | Reply
    • Dawn news

      yaaaaaaan ... stop reading cnn

      May 24, 2012 at 10:47 am | Reply
    • SilentBoy741

      The only way Iran's missiles could reach thousands of miles is if they scraped together enough postage to mail them somewhere.

      May 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  80. Peace Good

    Peace is good for mankind. Sometimes i wonder if we know where we are going!

    May 24, 2012 at 5:08 am | Reply

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