Editor's Note: American Morning’s Wednesday audience strongly opposed Senator McCain’s remarks about the Iranian election, equating it to “asking the loser in the Super Bowl how to play a winning football game,” and calling him a hypocrite: [His] “newfound concern for the human rights of Iranians is laughably absurd – those are the very same humans he joked about Bomb-Bomb-Bombing, remember?”
- Monica: Senator McCain's newfound concern for the human rights of Iranians is laughably absurd – those are the very same humans he joked about Bomb-Bomb-Bombing, remember? CNN could have easily run that tape, and revealed the Senator as the opportunistic hypocrite he is.
- Omid: I think McCain's position on making statements on Iran showing "unequivocal support" for the protesters is proof of the monumental disaster his presidency would be. His blind devotion to making waves with the Iranian government will only cause more deaths and create more pain for the Iranians in the street who are fighting for their own country. Iranians want freedom – freedom from inside influence AND outside influence. It was international intervention, particularly American and British intervention, that swept the Islamic Revolution into power, and we can NOT afford to make that mistake again.
- Ralph: I disagree with Mr. McCain. We should mind our own business for now in Iran. His assertion that voting rights is a basic human right is wrong. Democracies don't work everywhere. When you have ethnic and religious fanaticism as the norm, democracies can't work. Besides, if people cared what McCain thought, they would have elected him.
- Joe: Asking John McCain how to handle the Iranian election situation is like asking the loser in the Super Bowl how to play a winning football game. McCain represents the worst of US arrogance and interference in the politics of sovereign nations. We had no right to invade Iraq and we have no right to meddle in Iran’s elections. president Obama is smart enough to know that, McCain is not. Please spare us the semi-coherent ramblings of a bitter, defeated old man.
How do you feel about Senator McCain’s comments regarding the Iranian election? Is he a “hypocrite” as one viewer suggests, or does he provide a deeper insight than has previously been addressed?
Most were supportive of allowing Iran to settle its election issues without the U.S. intervening.
- Rebekah: Do you think Iran may discover what we discovered with Abu Ghraib? While the whole story may not get out now, people are still taking pictures and videos and they will eventually be released. If that happened then do you think it would just reignite the opposition?
- Stanley: President Obama is right with his statements on Iran. We can't dictate to Iranians how to settle their own internal disputes. There is a time to keep quiet and President Obama has the good to know it.
- Ken: YOUR PROPAGANDA MACHINE IS WORKING OVERTIME WITH IRAN. YOU ARE RUNNING ANTI IRAN COMMERCIALS AND ANTI IRAN NEWS. FYI IN .NYC WAR PROTESTORS ARE JAILED, TEAR GASED, BEATEN, AND SPIED ON. PROTESTORS WERE SHOT AND KILLED AT KENT STATE. I SEE THOUSANDS OF PROTESTORS IN THE STREETS OF TEHRAN. THAT WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED IN NYC OR MOST OTHER U.S. CITIES.
- Michael: I just wanted to say that I enjoyed your report on the Iranian opposition leader's wife but couldn't believe that at the end of it you gave any credence to the Iranian "partial recount". This is a theocratic dictatorship and any "recount" would be just as corrupt as the original election.
How do you feel about President Obama’s handling of the election crisis in Iran? Is he right in allowing the sovereign nation to complete its internal election process without the U.S. meddling or should the U.S. get involved? What is the right approach, in your opinion?