Poll: 66% say Obama’s not being tough enough on Iran

posted at 5:25 pm on June 15, 2009 by Allahpundit

Note well: The poll was conducted before The One’s radio silence on Iran’s meltdown.

A FOX News poll released Monday finds more than two-thirds of Americans say Obama has not been tough enough on North Korea (69 percent), while some 15 percent think his actions have been “about right” and 3 percent think he has been too tough…

On Iran, the findings are almost identical: 66 percent overall say Obama has not been tough enough, including 57 percent of Democrats, 80 percent of Republicans and 59 percent of independents.

More Hopenchange fee-vah: 60 percent say he shouldn’t have closed Gitmo (up 15 points since January) and 56 percent believe the CIA’s version of events on waterboarding briefings versus just 22 percent who believe Pelosi’s. Question: Where’s all the Iran hawkishness suddenly coming from on the left, with even people like George Packer bemoaning the “strange naivete” of realists about the nature of the regime? Goldfarb speculates:

[T]he left, I think a little to their own surprise, became deeply invested in the Mousavi campaign. Perhaps you could see it most clearly on Andrew Sullivan’s blog, but much of the media liked the simple narrative of Mousavi the Obama-like reformer against Ahmadinejad the Bush-like ideologue. And after the Lebanese elections, the media was primed for a story on the “Obama Effect” in the Middle East.

Fair point. It’s striking how bipartisan the support for the protesters is on Twitter, with some lefties even coloring their avatars green in solidarity. I don’t remember anything like that for the Cedar Revolution or the Orange Revolution (or, needless to say, the Iraqi elections), which as I recall broke down largely along standard neocon/nutroots “I hope this works”/”this’ll never work” lines. The difference now is due in part to the vastly higher stakes involved — this may be the last, best chance to scuttle an Iranian bomb and we all know it — but there’s no doubt the “Obama saves the world” storyline figures heavily too. I remember just before the 2004 election reading a post by Michael Totten (I think it was Totten) arguing that the virtue of a Kerry victory is that it would make the war on terror a fully bipartisan affair. I think we’re seeing that effect now, five years later, but what a shame that it took a Democratic president to make popular revolt against tyranny wildly popular again.

Here’s Brit Hume making a similar point yesterday on the Fox News panel, wondering when the left’s contempt for anti-communist dictators metastasized into the “realist” impulse to deal with dictators in the name of “stability.” Exit question from an unnamed Iranian student: “Do the Americans know what is happening here?”


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Yes! Another crack in the facade.

Loxodonta on June 15, 2009 at 5:30 PM

And more _________ on the ___________. Or did he say in his book he’s over that?

SouthernGent on June 15, 2009 at 6:32 PM

If only McCain had warned American voters that Obama didn’t appreciate the danger posed by the Iranian regime.

Oh, wait…

Tres Angelas on June 15, 2009 at 6:36 PM

ALERT

Fox just reported Obama would be speaking about Iran.

freeus on June 15, 2009 at 6:37 PM

wow, look how freaked Juan is that Obama’s strategy has imploded.. It’s worse than the housing bubble crisis for him..

saus on June 15, 2009 at 6:37 PM

If only McCain had warned American voters that Obama didn’t appreciate the danger posed by the Iranian regime.

Oh, wait…

Tres Angelas on June 15, 2009 at 6:36 PM

If only McCain hadn’t told American voters that they had nothing to fear from an Obama presidency . . . .

AZCoyote on June 15, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Steve Hayes on Fox just said this was behind the French in strength and that was a place we should not want to be. It was so weak and looked like he was missing TOTUS. This was very bad.

freeus on June 15, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Don’t worry; once Obama sees the poll numbers, he will change his tune. And then the press will love him for doing the right thing.

This is the breakthough he’s been looking for. NOW! he has a reason to make the speech and refer to himself, AND make yet another strawman argument. “SOME have said I am not being tough on Iran. Let ME say this as clearly as I can……uhhhh..uhh…uhhh….uhhh..uhhh..”

Fed45 on June 15, 2009 at 6:55 PM

Ayatollah Obama will bring this world together; Remember: Iya tolla you!

Cybergeezer on June 15, 2009 at 6:59 PM

We’re bringing a squirtgun to a shootout and a t-baller to the major leagues.

We are hopelessly out of our element. I have no confidence in this jackass we have in the White House, to affect any positive outcome in this or any other front.

The only people who benefit from an Obama administration, are Obama donors and America’s enemies.

NoDonkey on June 15, 2009 at 7:00 PM

“Senator Obama votes ‘present’”

drjohn on June 15, 2009 at 7:01 PM

Allah:
“The difference now is due in part to the vastly higher stakes involved — this may be the last, best chance to scuttle an Iranian bomb and we all know it — but there’s no doubt the “Obama saves the world” storyline figures heavily too.”

Mousavi supports the nuke program…doesn’t he?

Bonhomme on June 15, 2009 at 7:02 PM

If only McCain hadn’t told American voters that they had nothing to fear from an Obama presidency . . . .

AZCoyote on June 15, 2009 at 6:50 PM

And if only he hadn’t told them “Obama is a good man”.

Hey but I hear Bo the 1st Dog learned how to shake a paw this week, so it’s all good.

angryed on June 15, 2009 at 7:02 PM

Our President used to get the crap kicked out of him when he was a lad and has not to this day learned how to sack up. This is really a disgusting display by the U.S. Anyone missing Bush and Cheney, yet? I’m guessing, at least 66% of those polled.

Laddy on June 15, 2009 at 7:18 PM

I hope Hitchens is happy since he voted for this idiot. I’m glad the VP decided the election for him.

deidre on June 15, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Never invite a community organizer or ACORN worker to make intelligent commentary on an International situation without a teleprompter.

This dude is so frail and so weak, I think our Country is going to get knee capped very, very soon.

God Bless our Patriots. God Bless the Iranian people who are trying to earn their independence. And, most importantly, God Bless our Military. We’re gonna need them.

Key West Reader on June 15, 2009 at 7:22 PM

Sometimes I wonder if this chaos isn’t to distract from something to do with their nuke program, regardless of what the students know about it. Maybe I am paranoid.

Mommypundit on June 15, 2009 at 7:35 PM

Tough enough?
Like nearly everything else, Messiah & Co. don’t know how.
They do, however, give good teleprompter.

n0doz on June 15, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Well, Give the guy a break people:

0bama finds this whole situation difficult and troubling.

After all, Ahmadinejad is one of his personal heroes, and they have many of the the same goals (destruction of Israel, destruction of American supremacy, bringing about the 12th imam, etc.)

How can anyone expect 0bama to do or say anything that wouldn’t harm his own agenda when he really wants to be able to do exactly the same things that Ahmadinejad (Chavez, Putin, etc. too) does.

Unfortunately for 0bama, he can’t yet be quite so blatant about his actions as the other guys do.

LegendHasIt on June 15, 2009 at 7:52 PM

It seems surreal to have an administration that finds it so difficult to stand on the side of those who desire freedom. You know that the Democrat party has strayed from the party of JFK. The words of JFK consistently reminded fellow Americans of our obligation to bring freedom to those who were oppressed and denied their liberty.

Now this party just wants to do the easy work and look the other way. Used to be a time when freedom fighters looked to America for support, now this admin just turns their back or gives lip service. What dogs.

pjean on June 15, 2009 at 7:57 PM

And what per cent of those who voted for Him actually thought he would be tough on Iran?

Actually, they were just worried about the jobs they had and thought The One could somehow fix everything.

Foreign policy stuff was waaaaay on the back burner. Besides, foreign policy expert Joe was supposed to handle all this complicated furener stuff anyway.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 15, 2009 at 8:07 PM

Besides, foreign policy expert Joe was supposed to handle all this complicated furener stuff anyway.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 15, 2009 at 8:07 PM

Oh yeah, how’s that working out?

The Joe Biden inspiring confidence thing I mean?

NoDonkey on June 15, 2009 at 8:09 PM

But but..
He apologized ..
you mean thats insufficient?

Ok get barney franks over their to umm,
Errr..
crap how to delicatly say this..

To do to the iranians what the Liberals did to fanny and freddy..

veteranoutrage on June 15, 2009 at 8:49 PM

OOOOO, amadodo and the mullahs are shivering in their b… their whatevers waiting for the Obama hammer to fall…. woe be on them…..

PaCadle on June 15, 2009 at 9:09 PM

The theocratic leaders call the shots in Iran so it really makes little difference which secular candidate wins the election. Maybe this electoral chaos is a smokescreen to cover a North Korean shipment of plutonium or something.

MaiDee on June 15, 2009 at 9:21 PM

Yea, verily, in the first six months he will be tested..and found wanting!

Bill M on June 15, 2009 at 9:41 PM

Obama=coward

MalindaH on June 15, 2009 at 10:14 PM

27. Do you think Barack Obama has been too tough on Iran or not tough enough?

Too tough 5%
Not tough enough 66%
About right 17%
Don’t know 12%

To put this in context: Do you remember way back (last year) when the press kept saying 100 times a day “Only 48% Of Americans Agree With Bush’s Foreign Policy.” They always left off the 25% or so who thought Bush was too tough on Iran, North Korea, etc.

If they used the same criteria for reporting now, Barak Obama’s foriegn policy approval rating would be at SEVENTEEN PERCENT. How many times do you think we’ll hear that per day?

logis on June 15, 2009 at 10:24 PM

Sorry, the above should say, “The media always left off the 25% or show who thought Bush was TOO EASY on Iran, North Korea, etc.”

logis on June 15, 2009 at 10:25 PM

[T]he left, I think a little to their own surprise, became deeply invested in the Mousavi campaign. Perhaps you could see it most clearly on Andrew Sullivan’s blog…

Huh? You mean, Andrew Sullivan the, ahem, conservative?

Jaibones on June 15, 2009 at 11:29 PM

I remember just before the 2004 election reading a post by Michael Totten (I think it was Totten) arguing that the virtue of a Kerry victory is that it would make the war on terror a fully bipartisan affair. I think we’re seeing that effect now, five years later, but what a shame that it took a Democratic president to make popular revolt against tyranny wildly popular again

I can’t tell you how sick this makes me. Sunshine patriots and scum, that’s anyone who would follow Bush’s policies just because Obama follows them.

thebrokenrattle on June 16, 2009 at 12:24 AM

What I thought was interesting in his speech was that he wanted us all to know how *he* feels about it. How “deeply disturbed” he is (as if we didn’t already know he is deeply disturbed). It really doesn’t matter how he feels about it. We don’t care how he feels about it. Why does he think anyone gives a flyin’ fart how he feels about it. We want to know what he is going to *DO* about it.

Reminds me Carter who in a White House interview with Sam Donaldson after the Russians invaded Afghanistan (after we ran away from Iran) who told us all how “deeply disappointed” he was in Russia. I remember nearly coming out of my chair saying I didn’t give a rat’s pair of hips what how “deeply disappointed” is. I didn’t tune in to learn his emotional state. I wanted to know what he intended to *do* about. All we got was blather.

Same from Obama… blather. Do you really care how he *feels* about it?

crosspatch on June 16, 2009 at 1:13 AM

The man is a domestic bully and an international coward. North Korea and Iran are the first to call him out… they won’t be the last.

bloviator on June 16, 2009 at 8:29 AM

Surprise: Evil is not popular.

el gordo on June 16, 2009 at 8:31 AM

What I thought was interesting in his speech was that he wanted us all to know how *he* feels about it. How “deeply disturbed” he is (as if we didn’t already know he is deeply disturbed). It really doesn’t matter how he feels about it. We don’t care how he feels about it. Why does he think anyone gives a flyin’ fart how he feels about it. We want to know what he is going to *DO* about it.

Reminds me Carter who in a White House interview with Sam Donaldson after the Russians invaded Afghanistan (after we ran away from Iran) who told us all how “deeply disappointed” he was in Russia. I remember nearly coming out of my chair saying I didn’t give a rat’s pair of hips what how “deeply disappointed” is. I didn’t tune in to learn his emotional state. I wanted to know what he intended to *do* about. All we got was blather.

Same from Obama… blather. Do you really care how he *feels* about it?

crosspatch on June 16, 2009 at 1:13 AM

Carter proved COWARDLINESS is no substitute for LEADSHIP.

Today we have our 21st century Carter in Obama. I pray to Our Lord we get our 21st Reagan next like 1980.

Jeff from WI on June 16, 2009 at 10:19 AM

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