Obama: I'm not bluffing on Iran
March 2nd, 2012
09:49 AM ET

Obama: I'm not bluffing on Iran

By Joe Sterling

President Barack Obama says he isn't bluffing when he says Iran shouldn't have a nuclear weapon, but he cautions against a premature Israeli strike against the Islamic republic.

"At a time when there is not a lot of sympathy for Iran and its only real ally, (Syria,) is on the ropes, do we want a distraction in which suddenly Iran can portray itself as a victim?" he said this week in an interview with the Atlantic.

Obama, who will be meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, said a permanent solution is necessary.

Read more about his comments here.

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    Obama like nixon ,carter and our lovely gay pride clinton is doing what our lovely uk queen wants him to do and yes romney is coming . PRESIDENT ROMNEY

    March 13, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  4. Grim observer

    Jews make their own problems. Although only two percent of the US population, they generally vote seventy percent liberal and made about sixty percent of democrat's campaign contributions. Eighty-three percent of Jews voted for Obama, son of a communist muslim and grandson of a Mao Mao terrorist! And Jews thought Obama would be pro Israel why? Congratulations, Jews: You elected Israel's annihilation.

    Obama is asking Israel to defer bombing until after his November election ostensibly to give sanctions time. That's preposterous. China will always buy whatever oil Iran pumps, hence sanctions have not worked in the past and will not in the future. Daily Iran hardens their nuclear targets and enhances air defenses, thereby diminishing the likelihood of a successful air strike.

    The real reason Obama asks Israel to wait is because he cannot get elected with high gas prices, and bombing now will drive prices up hurting his re election prospects. So, Jew: Feeling lucky? Will you entrust Obama with Israel's protection and vote for him in November?

    March 4, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Reply
    • George Washington

      Grim is a zionist, so of course she wants war, or at least she wants Americans to attack Iran so the dirty evil zionists don't have to. And why should they fight at all when they have us dumb Americans to die for them as slaves.

      Just do what you're told to do and keep your mouth shut.

      March 5, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  5. michaelfury


    March 4, 2012 at 9:31 am | Reply
  6. Skorpio

    The US should ban the Koran from all military bases and eventually from American society. In comparison to Hitler's book "Mein Kampf", the Koran is more violent, discriminatory and anti-Semitic.The same way Saudi Arabia bans bibles from coming into the country, the US should do the same thing about the Koran. In addition, Muslim clerics use this evil book as a weapon to promote violence, hatred, terrorism and discrimination to the masses.

    March 4, 2012 at 9:24 am | Reply
    • joseph juska

      If people would research the koran you will find out that everyone not of their religion is the enemy simple as that.

      March 4, 2012 at 11:34 am | Reply
  7. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    I only hope we don't wait until Iran actually explodes a bomb.....once that happens we no longer stand a chance.

    It's better we TAME THIS DEMON NOW as Netenyahu rightly says.

    Immediately after, we need to NEUTRALIZE the ISLAMIC BOMB with Pakistan, and divide that nation to DEFANG THE FOUNTAIN OF ISLAMIC JIHAD emanating from there.

    We then need to focus our attention on communities right here in the west whose PHILOSOPHY is DIAGONALLY OPPOSITE to EVERYTHING AMERICA BELIEVES IN !!!!

    Unless we do these....the free world can never rest in peace.

    March 3, 2012 at 11:45 am | Reply
    • czar

      Please do not use word "we" as being an American. You are an Indian hindu with anti-muslim biggotry who came to US for $$$. If you have the balls, then go back to your India and find a job there or join military to break Pakistan in to pieces...or just keep dreaming.

      March 3, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
      • Amit-Atlanta-USA




        March 3, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
  8. Skorpio

    The US should fight back, banning the Koran because in comparison to Hitler's book "Mein Kampf", the Koran is more violent, discriminatory and anti-Semitic. The Koran is extremely offensive, and denigrates, humiliates and discriminates all non-Muslims especially Jews. Any new version of the Koran should erase, delete or eliminate any verse that attacks, degrades the humanity of any non-Muslim and Muslim clerics should apologize for the atrocities committed under this satanic religion precepts.

    March 3, 2012 at 10:53 am | Reply
    • Tony

      Skorpio, have you actually read the Koran or are you simply mouthing off what you are fed to believe? BTW, I read the Bible and I am a Christian. Are you one?

      March 3, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
    • Sam

      Thank you Tony! I was just about to say this. I'm a Christian myself who has read many excerpts of the Qur'an for my classes, and ya, Skorpio is just a fear-mongering fool.

      March 3, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Reply
      • umm

        PPL get scared of the unknown. It’s ok if he wants to voice his opinion to others and it is his right. I can say the bible is full derp but I don't. It is not a big deal if anyone puts their 2 cents in. I believe in God but I do not believe in religion based on the facts that present themselves. Humans try to assert power over someone else by any means. Most of the time it is through religion. Humans always find away to hate someone else just because.

        March 4, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
  9. PotHead

    lol only decent intelligent person i seen post is clinton , the rest of you are seeing 2 many movies and reading 2 many conspiricy theorys, anywho, i dont think obama is bluffing, if you do your research you will find out that USA is the bigest military power in the world atm and no body fuks with us, instead they use gurilla warfare tactics aka terrorism to force there ideas into people. my person opinion is that the usa needs a leader who simply says: Israel make peace with palestine, and then says: palestine make peace with Israel , and if they dont agree then he lets them kill each other. the ONLY REASON AND I REPETE ONLY REASON TERRORIST ARE ATTACKING USA, IS CUZ WE ARE INVOLING OURSELVES WITH THERE BUSINESS, simply put, if usa follows a policy of "isolatiosm" or w/e and we focus on OUR PROBLEMS, aka domestic matters: education,drugs,familys,jobs, etc etc, we would be at peace.

    March 3, 2012 at 6:50 am | Reply
    • John F. Kenndey

      Geeeezzzzzz! PotHead, you are Clinton.


      March 3, 2012 at 9:33 am | Reply

    “At a time when there is not a lot
    of sympathy for Iran and its only
    real ally

    March 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  11. jACKSON

    We can meet the requirements our President set of reducing our nuclear arsenal....just drop them from Lebanon to Pakistan...two problems solved!

    March 2, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Reply
    • Feltch

      Deep thinkers turn me on.

      March 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Reply
    • TruthIn

      Drop bombs on Pakistan and Lebanon? Let me see they have did nothing to America but American gov invades pakistan constantly, America gov has killed millions of people since WWII, more than anyone else. Has used nuclear weapons and has threatened to use them again if 'you are not with us' who are the good guys?

      March 2, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Reply
      • nopretenders

        you lack a good education
        and that's truthin

        March 2, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
  12. What Is

    As has been pointed out, people said the same things about the USSR, China, Pakistan, etc. regarding nuclear technology.

    Obama has a chance to withdraw from both Iraq and Afghanistan. Attacking Iran and starting another war which could very well spread far beyond Iran would simply repeat the same old mistakes that have been made repeatedly in the past.

    You would think they would learn. Iran poses no existential threat to the USA. But the USA can cause itself great damage by repeating the same old mistakes.

    March 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  13. Spunky Ned


    March 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  14. Lord Haw-Haw

    I think he really wants to say 'dirty evil Jews', but 'Zionist' is much more......'acceptable'.

    March 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply
    • Lord Haw-Haw

      .......and that was meant as a reply to 'Abe Lincoln'.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
    • Abe Lincoln

      I really wanted to say kiss my caca-ass to all the dirty evil zionists in racist apartheid israel and a great big fart in your face to every zionist in the world!!

      March 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  15. Jannani

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2. In 1953, America overthrow Iran's democratic government and installed a brutal dictator. During Iran-Iraq war, America supported Saddam, which killed over million Iranian people. In 2003, America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ Iraqi people and displaced 4,000,000+ Iraqi people.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 24 trillion dollar by 2015.

    March 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  16. TankerGod

    I am a retired Active Duty Senior Noncommissioned Officer of 22 years. I retired last year. I respect each and every one of your opinion. Let me say that a few of you are using words that do not apply to the discussion your are speaking about. Some of you use words like (Zionist) as if it were a derogatory word when in actuality you should likely use the word radicalism or terrorist based off of the argument you are using. Some of you are using words like (quartered) as if to suggest some sort of physical violence to another person when you should be using the word beaten or dismembered. The reason that Obama is in office is because we elected him, by either voting for him or NOT voting against him. I am not so sure he is a traitor as I'm not even sure he was born in the United States. By definition you have to be from here to be a traitor from here. And lastly, if you don't think that the US has to make a strong foreign policy work, or force foreign countries to comply with Security Council resolutions you are wrong. This is the price of being the only remaining superpower in the world.

    March 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Reply
    • Clinton

      With respect to your service, I kind of have a hard time believing you, i don't think you served 1 minute in the armed forces, at least not in the U.S. Armed forces. If you had you'd know that half the bullcrap you just spewed is absolute nonsense. And seriously, you question whether or not the President of the United states is a citizen? You're dumb, what does it take for idiots like you to see the truth? He f!#@$ing published his birth certificate so idiots like you would shut up, if you don't believe me look it up. You really think the Republican Party would allow a Democrat as president if he wasn't a citizen? you're a f!#@$%ing nut job... and if you really are a veteran, you need to get your a## down to the VA and get some happy pills because you sound like you belong in the looney bin.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
      • umm

        Clinton, I can agree that you are right about Obama birth but everything else that your wrote is WoW. Either you need the happy pill or start sticking up for yourself in real life. Not on these forms to vent your frustration on what you lack in real life. Either a) you were picked on in HS b) sad what you should have accomplished in RL but did not c) you have parent issues. The fact is sir you need to get over yourself start traveling learn about the world instead of what you find on the net. Some your comments make sense down below but this one spews a lot of hate for no reason. I do believe the male/female that wrote the comment about being in the services. I know you were not ever in the service only ppl from the service would most likely know if you were or was not(its a different life). Take care


        March 4, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
  17. USMC Gunny

    Obama is a traitor – and he is not king of America. His term is ending next year or in the next 4 years – either way, he won't be around – and real soon after WW3 starts . . . and after all the nukes are unleashed on the world . . .we'll remember his loyalty to the dirty evil zionists . . . . and he'll pay a price for his stupid remarks. He says this only to get re-elected since the zionists have taken over our American government.

    Payback is coming for everyone who supports the mad and dirty evil zionists.

    Oh yeah, hey bibi, look at my thumb . . . gee you're dumb.

    March 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
    • Clinton

      If you really are a USMC Gunny, you probably got medically discharged for being an idiotic psychopath. Seriously? The whole Zionist takeover conspiracy? Can't you at least come up with a decent conspiracy theory instead of using the old tried and true "It's all the Jew's fault" conspiracy? I mean... You realize how stupid you look right? To me, you look like the biggest idiot... I'm not Jewish either, i'm a Christian of European decent, I seriously think anybody that really believes there's a Jewish conspiracy, just doesn't have a damn life... you might as well end yours dude, if you're that stupid, the world doesn't need you.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Reply
      • Stupid Goyim

        Where, stupid idiot, in any of my posts do I mention Jews???

        I hate you and I hate zionism. zionism is equal to racism, just like judaism is a racist religion. FYI: All religions suck, but Judaism sucks dirty caca-pps.

        People who are fake Jews are hated by real decent Jews. I can respect people's religion, but I cannot respect evil in the form of zionsim.

        The world is going to get nuked all over and why . . . so a bunch of zionist thugs want to rule the world.

        I say: go jump in a lake.

        Hey, pp-sucking clinton . . .look at my thumb. . . .gee, you're an idiot!!

        March 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • Lord Haw-Haw

      Your assumptions about Obama being in bed with Bibi and his gang are nothing less than ludicrous.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Reply
      • Stupid Goyim

        Obama is in bed with you and you're sucking on him. Now, that is what zionists do to each other.

        March 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  18. Redshadow

    There is no such thing as a 'safe' nuclear war. When president 'imajihad' states that 'israel should be blown off the map' and the halocaust was a myth, I dont want to give him any toys to play with. religion has nothing to do with it. He is dangerous. plan and simple.

    March 2, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Reply
    • USMC Gunny

      redshadow is a zionists in tel-aviv. So we know he is only spouting off crap-propaganda.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
      • Clinton

        USMC Gunny, I'm an American who fought in Iraq with the US Army, I think the only one spouting propoganda here is you, you're a coward and a mentally challenged fool that probably should be jailed for how stupid you are.

        March 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • anonymous

      It is revenge for the Middle East. They hate the fact that the Jews were placed in Israel when Palestinians were living there peacefully decades ago. So technically, yes, he is dangerous, but it makes sense if you look at it from a different viewpoint. Yes, I do wish that they could just get along and not cause any trouble, but the world's not all rainbows and butterflies. War, war, war.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Reply
      • Stupid Goyim

        Anonymous; I seriously believe something can be worked out with all the European invaders living illegally in the racist state of israel – but before there can be any real chance of peace, the world needs to destroy the dirty evil ideology of zionism.

        zionism is the root cause of all the trouble in the middle east/world. So, if the zionists don't want to talk, then they are only digging their own grave. We true Americans don't give on flip for you dirty people. You're not even real Jews. As a matter of fact, real Jews hate zionsm.

        So, go ahead and think you're all that . . .when the nukes start raining on your disgusting people in the lands you have stolen from the Arabs by murdering the innocent . . . .remember this. . . . fuk you!!!! You deserve it!

        March 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  19. Gimble

    What a disgrace using the name Abe Lincoln. You should be taken out and quartered.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply
    • Abe Lincoln

      I am an American Patriot. You gimbe are a fag zionist pig. But I can take comfort knowing israel will be nuked soon.

      ha ha ha no more israel no more zionism


      March 2, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
      • Gary

        thats laughable.. the day israel gets nuked, somebody else will get nuked.

        March 2, 2012 at 11:40 am |
      • ha ha

        Yeah but israel still gets nuked off the planet.


        Oh yeah, look at my thumb . . . gee, you're dumb!

        March 2, 2012 at 11:59 am |
      • Clinton

        This is what happens when prisons let inmates use the internet... they get online and make stupid remarks about how much they hate people they don't even know... and usually when someone blames another people for all their problems it's because they're so pathetic and have lead such a crappy worthless life they need someone to blame for how big of a failure they've become.

        March 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
      • Lord Haw-Haw

        Sorry to say, but Lincoln was a real piece of work.

        March 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  20. Steve Thompson

    As shown in this article, it is likely just a matter of months before Iran has created the 10 to 25 kilograms of 90 percent highly enriched uranium necessary to arm a nuclear weapon:


    It looks like we had best prepare ourselves for the world's new nuclear scenario.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:13 am | Reply
    • martin

      STEVE, its very simple, let them have a nuke, it wont harm anyone, What you dont understand is we can shoot a nuke down over them. They are not stupid enough to launch an attack, its pure suicide. As many have stated before, there is no threat with Iran.. pure & simple.

      March 2, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply
      • Ern

        Shoot a nuke down? you mean if they launch a nuke? Why would they launch it when they can just smuggle it somewhere? Cover it in lead so satellites can't pick it up, stick it in a covered wagon filled with personal items, and let some martyr move it via donkey to Israel. There ya go.

        March 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm |

    obama tell them, cos they are taking u 4 cranted, iran be WARNED!!

    March 2, 2012 at 11:10 am | Reply
  22. Joe McDonald

    And It's One, Two, Three,
    What Are We Fighting For ?
    Don't Ask Me, I Don't Give A Damn.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:06 am | Reply
  23. Abe Lincoln

    No More $$ On Foreign Wars
    STOP THIS MADNESS – America should take care of America. Let israel fend for itself. The dirty evil zionists are causing all this trouble. Take out Syria and just like that another country that is a threat to israel is nixed. Let them do it on their own dime. Let's see the idf fight on its own. But they won't and why should they? They have us dumb Americans who are controlled by traitors in our government who are zionists that pull our strings. They have Obama in their pocket and they have an active spy ring . . . AIPAC doing all the bribing in Congress.

    Now they want us to attack Syria and then Iran . . . I say let's bomb israel and force them to quit threatening the middle east with their nukes they stole from out nuclear arsenal.

    Sorry George Washington, but we have been taken over by the dirty evil zionists.

    March 2, 2012 at 10:57 am | Reply
    • Clinton

      You lost any respect or credibility the moment you said "evil zionists" Again, only losers blame everything on some other race of people, people they've never met. If your life sucks so bad you have to blame another race for all your failings maybe you should just off yourself, nobody wants you on this planet anyway.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
    • anonymous

      I have no respect for you.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
      • Stupid Goyim

        I hate you, so now what? I know this: I can beat your butt anytime. all zionists are sisssy cocksuckers.

        March 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm |

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