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July 15th, 2008
09:46 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 7/15/08

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  1. ED from Irons

    Your story on Iran emphasized the domestic politics but I believe the real story is Iran trying to avoid a military strike in the last months of the Bush administration. They are hoping to get past the elections without injury. Isreal will strike before the fall elections if they are going to.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  2. Heather

    Obama is right. The war is a distraction and we need to get out of it, we have been there too long. Im glad there is someone with a reasonable plan to get us out safely.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  3. Siddy

    I think we should bring the UN more into the Iran Nuclear issue and stop making it more of a US problem. The UN did a great job with Saddam until George Bush mess it up for everyone.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  4. Shannon

    I find it impossible to listen to Bush and care what his opinion is on any given issue.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  5. Anthony, Columbia, MD

    I guess Sen. Obama was right after all. We as American's need to make every possible effort not to only reach out to our allies, but our adversaries as well. So, we can actaully see what's in their head, how they think, attempt to comprimise with them in hope of world peace someday.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  6. John

    Obama is speaking as if everything is so simple. This is a sure sign of youth and inexperience.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  7. Kenny

    Good evening Anderson. Sad about so many losing homes. Wish there was something we, the people, could do to correct this mess that was seen coming by our government representatives.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  8. Cindy

    OK..isn't what Obama saying now on Iraq exactly what McCain says we need to do?

    Cindy..Ga.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  9. Shannon

    I think it is great that McCain is following Obama's lead and realizing that Afghanistan needs some attention. It is nice to know he is not above recognzing and flipping on his position as he sees what Obama has talked about for months.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  10. Jennifer, The Netherlands

    Good evening

    I always get the impression that Iran is talking it's way into a catastrophe of it's own making..

    July 15, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  11. Jolene

    The strategy of diplomacy needs to be proven out. How successful we are in negotiating with Iran will be the test.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  12. CaseyJPS

    Maybe Iran is mounting a worldwide public relations effort to put them in favorable opinion position. Considering the poor p.r. the U.S. has suffered from during the Bush administration, this would be a smart move–appearing to have "open arms and an open mind," so to speak.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  13. carl

    Yes, more talk and less war!

    July 15, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  14. Minou, New York City

    "I agree Iran wants to stay in the news and now this is just too weird: North Korea and now Iran."

    One can hardly compare the two. Completely different situations!

    July 15, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  15. Stacy

    I always love to hear Reza Aslan's perspective, even if just by phone.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  16. Whitney

    It's a fantastic idea that the Bush administration is willing to talk with Iran.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  17. Linda, Los Angeles

    Wow, what a day! Sounds like talks with Iran will be had. Curious to hear the outcome.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  18. Mary H. St. Louis, MO

    @ Heather. I agree more talk and less war. We need to be talking to our enemies. David makes a good point that this might help with the oil prices. Gosh we can only hope.

    Hope the blog has no technical difficulties tonight.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  19. Shannon

    To those saying this was not Obama's case, it does. Obama's larger case was that diplomacy should be the first avenue, including as warranted direct talks between presidents. However, he also stated and we have all witnessed that Bush's approach and what John McCain did not agree with or do was any diplomacy. They wanted to punish before talking.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  20. carl

    I agree with MaryBeth about the lame duck administration!

    July 15, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  21. Susan - North Haven,CT

    Hi all. My understanding from Obama is that the POTUS should be communicating with Iran... so if Bush isn't going to be directly involved with Iran's President, I don't see how this meeting bolsters anything Obama has said??

    July 15, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  22. Jolene

    I'm glad that Ahmadinejad doesn't have that much power. He doesn't come off as being that trustworthy to me.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  23. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    The same strategy worked with North Korea. We took a hard line for years while offering carrots in the form of economic benefits. North Korea finally figured out it was better to play ball. The example wasn't lost on Iran.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  24. MaryBeth

    Casey: I agree..it's quite ironic.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  25. Shannon

    The hard line was not working so they are having to do the negotiations, I wonder how differently Iraq would have turned out and what we could have done with the 1 trillion dollars we wasted there.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  26. CaseyJPS

    Mike>This isn't about giving credit to Obama or anyone, for that matter. It's about the Bush administration (and the Republicans) waking up and dealing with reality.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  27. Tracey - Boston

    I agree Iran wants to stay in the news and now this is just too weird: North Korea and now Iran.

    Are they trying to pull the wool over our eyes. Let's proceed with extreme caution!!!

    July 15, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  28. Gary

    David Gergen....the issue with Obama is whether a U.S. President should sit down directly with the Iranian leaders without pre-conditions. This does not undermine McCain's statements as he is critical of Obama's "direct" contact. You are spinning the issue.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  29. Heidi,lou.ky

    Ahmadinejad is not powerful, ayatollah keeps all power in Iran

    July 15, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  30. Joy in NY

    People need to realise that outside the US most people value talking and coming to solutions through dialogue, so we should definately see alot more dialogue out there with international countries.This is a good step

    July 15, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  31. Norma El Paso, TX

    Its about time. Diplomacy, Diplomacy, Diplomacy.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  32. CaseyJPS

    Funny how McCain has fallen in-line with Obama's (presumed) foreign policy and now the Bush administration is doing the same.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  33. MaryBeth

    I think it's a lame duck administration trying to prove they aren't a lame duck.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  34. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Casey, you could read this that the hard line worked and the Iranians blined. I wouldn't give credit to Obama.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  35. Shannon

    Barack was right once again!!!!!!! It is good that President Bush is picking up some pointers!

    July 15, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  36. Heather

    Hopefully this meeting will work out well for everyone involved. We need more talk and less war.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  37. Minou, New York City

    I'm just glad the administration seemed to have smartened up! I won't criticize the Bush admin. for that!

    July 15, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  38. Cindy

    Iran just wants to stay in the news! They want so much to matter in this world. They'll stop at nothing to get that.

    Cindy..Ga.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  39. Lisa in Miami

    Is this the Bush administration scrambling in its final months for some positive progress in N. Korea and Iran?

    July 15, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  40. Mechelle-- Oklahoma

    don't you think iran is sending these mixed signals to see what, if anything, we will do or what the presidential candidates have to say about it?

    July 15, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  41. MaryBeth

    I heard that the president of Iran is planning a visit here...is it a state visit? Or is he being snarky?

    July 15, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  42. CaseyJPS

    Guess Obama is right about keeping diplomatic channels open. Was there really any question that we shouldn't? Oh yeah...the Bush Administration has consistently questioned using diplomacy.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Jolene

    Hello bloggers! Wow, Bush is apparently working at going out with a bang. Negotiating with Iran should be an interesting story to follow. I also heard that President Ahmadinejad plans to visit the U.S. again.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  44. Kaye, Pensacola & Chattanooga

    I hope David Gergen is right that this can be worked out.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  45. Gary

    Good Evening, the U.S. has met with Iranians previously. The debate with Obama is whether a U.S. President should meet directly with the Iranians. President Bush is not meeting with them. This is NOT a significant departure.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  46. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Hello all. Interesting developments with Iran.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  47. Tracey - Boston

    Hello Bloggers,

    Oh no. Iranians in Geneva for Nuclear talks.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  48. MaryBeth

    Good evening, everyone.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Heather

    Good evening everyone. Sounds like its going to be a busy night.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Cindy

    Hey Anderson and Erica.

    Looking forward to hearing Obama's plans on Iraq and Afghanistan...and McCain's response.

    Cindy...Ga.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
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