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Unnatural Disaster
06-02-2008, 09:23 PM
http://www.gallup.com/poll/107617/Americans-Favor-President-Meeting-US-Enemies.aspx


Americans Favor President Meeting With U.S. Enemies
Six in 10 think itís a good idea to meet with president of Iran
by Lydia Saad

PRINCETON, NJ -- Large majorities of Democrats and independents, and even about half of Republicans, believe the president of the United States should meet with the leaders of countries that are considered enemies of the United States. Overall, 67% of Americans say this kind of diplomacy is a good idea.

This is according to a Gallup Panel survey of a representative national sample of 1,013 Americans, conducted May 19-21.

Although separate Gallup polling shows that few Americans view Iran favorably, and that Iran leads Americans' list of top U.S. enemies in the world, the new Gallup survey also finds high public support for presidential-level meetings between the United States and Iran, specifically.

About 6 in 10 Americans (59%) think it would be a good idea for the president of the United States to meet with the president of Iran. This includes about half of Republicans, a majority of independents, and most Democrats.

Both positions enjoy broad popular appeal, with majorities of men, women, younger and older Americans, and those from different regions of the country all saying direct presidential-level talks with Iran and other enemies are a good idea.

The issue of using presidential diplomacy with U.S. enemies distinguishes Barack Obama from the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, John McCain, and even from his opponent for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton.

Obama is the only one of the three who has said he would personally meet with the leaders of countries like Iran, Syria, Cuba, and Venezuela as president, and he recently defended his position by saying "strong countries and strong presidents talk to their adversaries." Clinton has criticized Obama's approach as "naÔve," and McCain has been unrelenting in his attacks on the issue, accusing Obama of being dangerously inexperienced and having "reckless judgment."

Bottom Line

McCain may eventually persuade more Americans that there is nothing for the president of the United States to discuss with hostile foreign leaders like Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and that to do so only undermines U.S. efforts to destabilize such regimes.

However, for now, whether it's the leader of an "enemy" country, generally, or the president of Iran, specifically, Americans think it's a good idea for the president of the United States to meet directly with the nation's adversaries.

IamSam
06-03-2008, 10:20 AM
I have been saying this for 4 years now. Especially in respects to Cuba. Commies aren't that bad...

jacknife737
06-03-2008, 10:26 AM
I have been saying this for 4 years now. Especially in respects to Cuba. Commies aren't that bad...

Although i agree completely, no US president is going to open relations with Cuba until either Florida or New Jersey cease being vital states during an election (as both hold very large Cuban expat populations who are extremely anti-Castro/communist)

IamSam
06-03-2008, 10:44 AM
Although i agree completely, no US president is going to open relations with Cuba until either Florida or New Jersey cease being vital states during an election (as both hold very large Cuban expat populations who are extremely anti-Castro/communist)

Well yes, but Florida always is vital in an election because they don't know how to punch a punch card.

OffspringHead
06-03-2008, 11:56 AM
Commies aren't that bad...

They're really not. Just the only communist nations we learn about in schools are The Soviet Union, Vietnam and Cuba. Which were corrupt and we're not communism at all but in fact a dictatorship. Communism is an amazing idea on paper. But it just doesn't work in real life.

hshduppsnt
06-06-2008, 09:32 PM
Well yes, but Florida always is vital in an election because they don't know how to punch a punch card.

haha - I think we need to up everyone's taxes a bit so that we can all buy florida better voting equipment...

or you know, outlaw punch cards since they're utterly ridiculous...

EDIT: In regards to the actual point of this thread I think its important to be in communication always - whether friend or foe. Isolation is a stupid policy that clearly doesn't work.

SaiKYoU
06-07-2008, 03:42 AM
well it's always easier to bomb iran and then leave a country in a civil war...

IamSam
06-09-2008, 10:57 AM
Ok. To be honest, I want trade with Cuba and it's completely selfish of me. I want a damn Cuban cigar. Is that wrong of me?

jacknife737
06-09-2008, 04:14 PM
Ok. To be honest, I want trade with Cuba and it's completely selfish of me. I want a damn Cuban cigar. Is that wrong of me?

Are they illegal in the US? I guess we're spoiled here in the Great White North.

Llamas
06-09-2008, 04:48 PM
Are they illegal in the US? I guess we're spoiled here in the Great White North.

Like, anything Cuban is illegal here. I didn't realize how much we miss out on til I was in Europe, and Cuban cigars and rum were everywhere... and damn amazing. :P

IamSam
06-09-2008, 06:47 PM
Are they illegal in the US? I guess we're spoiled here in the Great White North.

Correct. All sorts of sadness over it too.:(

Philo Beddoe
06-20-2008, 10:18 AM
http://www.gallup.com/poll/107617/Americans-Favor-President-Meeting-US-Enemies.aspx

Our enemy is Israel, it's just most of America hasn't figured that out yet.
http://www.gtr5.com/

D_VM
06-20-2008, 07:21 PM
Iran isn't America's enemy:

War is the classic distraction from an economic meltdown. ...

What, you didn't know that all the jews in political power in the US today are also Israeli citizens? Just ask Ari Fleischer, Bush's spokesman, or Paul Wolfowitz, Perle, Libby, Adelman, Satloff, Kissinger, Luttwak, Feith, Zakheim, Abrams, Grossman, Haass, Zoelick, Schlesinger, Sembler, Chertoff, Bolton, Greenspan, Goldsmith, Golden, Gersten, Gildenhorn, Weinberger, Bodman, Cohen, Davis, Bloomfield, Lefkowitz, Frum, Melman, Blakeman...all jewish and all running things in Washington. Names from today's newspapers. ...

Expect another 911 at any moment, to generate the necessary public support for the Bush/NWO agenda.

No, 911 wasn't perpetrated by a bunch of ragheads at the controls of 757s - again, do your research and think for yourself. The 8 am work population for the WTC was about 40,000. Countless jewish companies moved out just in advance of 911 or had their entire staffs elsewhere that day. Jews, laughing gleefully, were witnessed photographing the entire disaster. Number of israeli jews who died along with all those innocent victims, foreign nationals and police/firefighter heroes: exactly one. Before 911, Israel was being badly skewered in America's jewish-controlled media. That has all changed now, of course. Follow the money. (http://www.conspiracypenpal.com/columns/jews.htm)

wheelchairman
06-21-2008, 05:07 AM
Well that's just taking the word "enemy" and pretending that using it qualifies as being on topic....