June 23rd, 2009
09:45 PM ET

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Tonight on 360°, new evidence Iran's government is tightening its grip. And, new evidence protesters are changing their tactics. Plus, tough talk from President Obama today on the uprising. We'll have all the angles.

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  1. Alero

    I think that president Obama has struck the right tone with regards to Iran. I think that Republican's party demands that the president take on a more aggressive and combative stance is simply juvenile. This approach would play further into the hands of the already hard-lined Iranian government thereby giving them further reason to come down even harder on all the protesters.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  2. Bertha

    If all of the GOP had told the previous President how to run the country, maybe we wouldn't be in the mess we are in now. I think President Obama is right on his stand in reference to Iran. If we cared about what his running mate thought, we would have elected him President.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  3. Isabel, Brazil

    Two hundred turtles trying to cross? 😮

    June 23, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  4. Mina

    President Obama needs to take some serious action instead of changing his tone. Iranian people are desperately seeking his help...

    June 23, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  5. Kate

    Pres. Obama is doing exactly the right thing. If he ratchets up the pressure, the people who are demonstrating in Iran will be harmed even more than they have been. The Republicans are complaining because they wouldn't recognize a Statesman if their life depended upon it.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  6. Kim Lockhart

    I believe the President is doing the right thing. The everyone should let him handle things.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  7. Adele

    I support President Obama's stand re. Iran. However, why hasn't the
    United Nations taken a stand on this?

    June 23, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  8. Lori from IL

    Good discussion -

    Great comments, from Hillary Rosen —

    Dylan, when pressed, couldn’t say what he thought President Obama should do. We all know that the U.N. hasn’t really been willing to take any U.S. encouraged action lately — ie. North Korea. It sounds to me like the Repubs are again taking swipes at President Obama, while failiing to offer any new ideas of their own……

    June 23, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  9. Melia

    I agree Pres. Obama should cautiously respond on the internal issues in Iran. I also agree World Leaders (incl. Pres. Obama) should stand together as one voice against the brutality in Iran. There is a window of opportunity for the Iranian people to gain true democracy.
    One concern.... As awful as the events are in Iran and as supportive we are to have the brutality stop, where was the voice of World Leaders when a similarly questionable Turkish government made the decision to invade the independent and democratic country of Cyprus? Where are their voices still?

    June 23, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  10. Nancy

    I believe most people want the President to precede with caution when addressing the Iranian situation. Although the situation in Iran should be watched closely, the economy, education, the lack of good paying jobs and the rising crime rates are on the minds of Americans.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  11. Sandy

    I pray for the people / women of Iran during this difficult time. I also beleive that they have to get through it from within. I feel that Obama is doing right by waiting.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  12. Husein

    Iran. USA hasn't had a relationship with Iran for 30 years. What does the USA have to lose or gain? If they succeed, they gain everything. If they lose, they are back to square one. HE needs to step up and take action. Everyone needs to take action against the Iranian government.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  13. Corey Sims, Fl

    Cambell, I believe that President Obama is doing exactly what he needs to do. I understand the issue that GOP has with the reaction of The President, but I believe they are failing to recognize that in our past, when we have stuck our nose into other sovereign nations solving their own problems, we further anger and create more tensions than were previously there in the first place. Thank you Mr. President, You're doing an excellent job. I can only imagine what George W. Bush would have said in reference to this issue. Oh MY!

    June 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  14. Janice

    While we need to be aware of what's going on around us, we need to focus on/tend to our 'house'. Additionally, who are we to meddle in others' business?

    June 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  15. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    What the heck was this Govenor thinking disapperaing like that
    How can they conduct buisness with him gone ? I know he called or texted his agenda on blackberry .Like a cetain anchor with is balckberry addiction right ? Ha!

    June 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  16. Sharon

    Listen, the President has a right to be cautious to protect the lives of the dissatisfied citizens of Iran. He should not rush in "where angels fear to tread."What stand do you want him to take? We cannot afford another unintentional "war." Our budget and the lives of our military are stretched to the limit as it is. Too many of our brave men and women lives have been unnecessarily sacrificed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Have you all forgotten that! It is easy to rush in but very hard to exit. We have to practice common sense diplomacy in this delicate situation, with the United Nations taking control of this situation. The united nations needs to stop sitting its hands. Don't forget the US has sanctions against Iran. Common sense is what the president has.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  17. Moussa Sy

    It is highly hypocritical of those pundits to want the president to take a tougher stand in the Iranian matter especially when they bring up those values that America is supposed to defend! the people of Iran have been under the same oppressive rule for years with their basic rights being violated daily, but the line had always been about nuclear weapons and never about the people! What changed? those in the streets were not born after the elections. Just more visible now.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  18. Anand

    Iran gov is desperately looking for an opportunity to blame the US and other western countries for it's fraud.The President is doing the right thing, Stay out of it !! Deal with the nukes afterwards.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  19. Guy

    What will really have an impact on the govenment in Iran is the opinion of other Islamic countries. They must speek up and condem the atrocities taking place in Iran.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  20. Behshad

    I think the president is doing the right thing. If we get involved in irans current civil war, we will have another Iraq war. Democracy can not be forced , it has to be comd from within as it's happening right now. All that the Iranian people need is knowing that the world is watching them create history. That support means more than troops and tanks.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  21. ahzin

    I have family in Iran and I have been informed that cellphone services have been shut off. Requiring Neda's death many wanted to go and pay their tributes and were stopped with a gun to their face being told to return home. Neda has not been given a funeral just as nobody who has been killed during these days is allowed to have a proper funeral, instead they have been thrown into enormous dicthes as Hitler did in the concentration camps to hide the record of how many are dead.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  22. Minou, New York City

    If President Obama would speak out against the Iranian regime, the regime would only take that as a reason to condemn the US and all diplomatic efforts of the administration would be nixed. Also, they would accuse all protesters as supporters of " subversive US politics" and arrest and sentence them for treason.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  23. Christine

    I am very proud I am a woman. I believe. in freedom. I am a mom

    June 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  24. Jasmine

    interesting how he wouldn't call his wife. What if he got in trouble out "hiking"? he wouldn't be in the best of situations....

    June 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  25. Rush

    Since when does one sovereign nation have any authority over another soveriegn nation? I recognize the delicate nature of the Iran/U.S. relationship, not to mention the entire Middle East, but this whole Monroe Doctrine of America policing the world is a very audacious philosophy over nations that we have no authority over.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  26. andre

    My heart goes to the people that suffer in such hard times right now.It affects all of us one way or another. Thank you CNN for getting our word out to every eyes that look upon on some else's.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  27. Jay Bruce

    Mr. Obama is utilizing his intel, intellect, and poker skills to handle this crisis. He can't do anything more than he has without re-lighting a hatred fuse against this country. All Americans need to be vigilant and reserved in our criticism of our elected leader. He's been way better than I expected. Thanks

    June 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  28. DLee

    isorry i ment the USA should NOT be the police of the world, he should take care of home, thats whats he doing,

    June 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  29. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    The Iranain people need strong forces to stop them from fighting .
    It will never end .I wonder about the election if they will recount or re do the process .

    June 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  30. Everett, Pennsylvania

    Not learning from our past mistakes will certainly mean that we will be doomed to repeat them. Republicans and other supporters are too easily drawn into conflicts because of their willingness to insert themselves, our military and related interests in far too many volatile situations as the "world's police" and moral compass. Now is the time for focused consideration and prudent actions if warranted. There is time...

    June 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  31. Tak

    The only thing president Obama can do is, to let the Iranian people know, that he supports their cause.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  32. Rhonda

    I believe it is time that the US just stay neutral, time for us to keep our nose in our own business ..... we need to worry about our own country and bringing our troops home to protect and defend our home.... Thank You

    June 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  33. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Bruce K, I agree. A leader is out in front, not hanging back waiting to see what happens.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  34. Eric Winkler

    I think Obama is correct in his reaction to this situation. Let another country be in the front of global situations such as Iran. We can follow Europe's lead on the appropriate actions, like all other countrys have followed us the past 8 years.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  35. Betty

    I believe President Obama is absolutely doing the right thing. Iran is well aware that not only the U.S. is watching, but the world. And IF this situation develops, it is not just the United State's responsibility to "lean on the United Nations" but the world must stand firm together, not just President Obama. The US is already on 2 war fronts, we are still licking our wounds from a devastated economy, the last thing we need is to go threaten action against a nation that needs no further reason to abuse it's people or to blame us!

    June 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  36. Novine

    As an Iranian i find it awkward that Iran is unable to cease the disputing and make ANY negotiations. Its appaling to see citizens beaten but to what end will this stop if the government cannot make any progress with its own people.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  37. Lori from IL

    Sanford’s disappearance is just plain bizarre and wrong on so many levels.

    Aside from the whole Gov. issue — a husband goes away and his wife doesn’t know where — something wrong in that relationship. Skips out on his kids on Father’s Day — says a lot about what kind of father he may be. What if something had happened to one of his kids or his wife — she couldn’t even contact him and apparently he didn’t care. Not my idea of a loving spousal/family relationship.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  38. Alexander

    The Pres is doing the exact right thing. We must not engage them militarily. That would be a grevious error. Besides, our military is already overextended so caution is the proper reaction here. Sanctions perhaps, but not yet. We don't want to be used as an excuse for further repression

    June 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  39. Dr n Keyvani

    As an educated female Iranian -American who immigrated to the US in 1985, I lived through the 1979 revolution in Iran and saw what ensued with the meddling that the US has done everywhere including Iran. I am proud and honored by my American president's cautious, and intelligent approach during this very critical times!!!

    June 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  40. Luis Gabriel

    I find the President's response prudent and thoughtful. Siding with any of the candidates is risky and likely to backfire. By siding with the people of Iran and focusing on their rights, he has taken a smart and safe approach that will make it easier to engage other countries on taking action against this terrible situation. Frustrating as prudence might be, if the focus is on getting the best possible action, prudence is what we need.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm |

    It's obvious the President is bending to the will of the American people who believe that he should appear tougher on Iran. I'm confident that he will wait for polling data before making the decision to be more forceful.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  42. Lareece


    I think President is taking the right action. We cannot be the police for the whole world. Leave him alone and let him govern the United States of America. I am sick of the GOP always looking for the negative. Focused on human rights in this country ie our Veterans that are living on the streets in America.

    Sick of it!!!!

    June 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  43. Abe

    Isnt the Governor commander in chief of the National Guard?
    What if something of consequence happened in SC and the Gov couldnt be reached!
    This man is NUTS!

    June 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  44. WilliamTell

    I concern about the lack of position from our POTUS, he waited 11 days to voice a strong statement. Who is he trying to protect the American people, the current Tyrants in Iran or the Iranian people that want change in Iran.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  45. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Gov. Sanford wasn't telling us where he was going on hike....... Hope they will find Gov.Sanford bring home safe.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  46. Omar

    What do we expect our President to do? Iran is not a Democracy yet, Is It!? Let's Lead by Example and Focus on Fixing OUR Problems First!

    June 23, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  47. songbird7779311

    I'm sorry, but we can't police the whole world. The united states needs to handle our chrisis first. Obama is doing the right thing in not putting in both feet first in this matter.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  48. Marra

    We cannot tell the Islamic world how to live. We don't live right, either. We put our protesters in "Free Speech Zones" and remember Kent State? Look how we destroyed Iraq. All we can do is tell the brave Iranians we love them and tell them we pray for their freedom and peace.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  49. Mike, from Jefferson City, MO

    I think we should stay out of Iran's business. All the United States does is police around the world and get into mess after mess. Take care of poor people at home instead of everyone else.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  50. Jim Nolan

    We can be proud of the firm, dignified way, President Obama has been handling the Iranian situation. We're most fortunate not to have a "hothead" running our country.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
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