Dealing With Iran

Ever wish you could whisper in the president's ear? Give him advice on issues plaguing the nation? Well, here's your chance to tell the world what you would do if you were president of the United States. Twice weekly, we'll ask our readers a question about an issue facing the nation and post your responses here.

Today's question:

If you were president, what would you do to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons?

Read some of the recent stories on this topic in the box on the right, then e-mail us at Check back during the day to read more responses from FOX Fans and to see if yours was posted.

Check out what FOX Fans are saying:

"I would use force to take out the their regime in a quick secret strike without any announcements. Then eliminate the U.N. from using our country for their meetings, acknowledge our withdrawal and announce their total ineptitude." — James

"If I were the president, I would have intelligence find and pin point the facilities that need to be shut down and go after them with precise bombs. These terrorists want to kill us all, so go after their ways to do it. Be strong President Bush." — G.J.H. (LA)

"As president, I would bring out top secret technologies from our clandestine government labs and just make all of Iran's military and nuclear infrastructures peacefully vanish. I would then put Iran's supporters on warning while we still have an edge and time to do so." — Ed (KY)

"If I were president, I would pull out of Iraq completely and let the rest of the world handle their own business and affairs. I would definitely stop loaning money that we will never get back, and then Iran will stop acting ridiculous." — Anne

"As President Bush did with Iraq, I would exhaust all diplomatic efforts, including going through the U.N. Security Council, despite its impotence. I would, along with the Secretary of State, continue to attempt to garner support from the world community, so that when the Security Council fails to take any decisive and effective actions against Iran's nuclear proliferation, there would be enough world support so that the U.S. doesn't have to go it alone." — Cory (CA)

"On the issue of Iran, if president, I would meet with trusted and intelligent advisors, including trusted allies, and look hard at all options that would put Iran on notice that we can do them great harm without even striking their many nuclear sites. Just as America has vulnerabilities, Iran's most vulnerable asset, and money producer, is her ability to export oil. I would consider the feasibility of reducing Iran's oil sales to zero." — Donald

"I would take out their nuclear processing facilities and related research compound with strategic missiles. No warning given and at a time of day that would effectively kill those researchers involved in enriching Iran’s uranium. Any country controlled by a dictator, monarchy or theocracy is not to be trusted to act reasonably and responsibly toward its neighbors. And we’re all neighbors." — Robert

"If I were president, I would completely eliminate the problem by taking out every Iranian nuclear plant we know of with an air strike. Then, if Iran wants open war, end it fast by using air superiority. Russia and China might balk at first, but they will not want war with the U.S." — Nick (Oklahoma City, OK)

"The Iranian government has called for the eradication of Israel. Iran already extensively supports the radical armed terrorists who engage in homicide bomb operations against Israel. Iran is already at war with Israel, and is openly supporting insurgency in Iraq, resulting in the deaths of American soldiers. I say we should take the Iranian nuclear capability out with air power. It’s just a matter of time before the Iranians use the nuclear option against Israel, or the United States, either directly or through indirect terrorist surrogates." — Daryl (Gainesville, VA)

"I say we should silently encourage Israel to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities, then we respond like the PLO would against suicide bombings and say 'we condemn the attack.' I believe that Israel can easily justify the attack since Iran's new leader has already threatened them several times. Those types of threats should not be ignored." — Jason (Donnelly, MN)

"If I were president of the United States, I would not only eliminate Iran’s entire nuclear infrastructure, but also military installations, government headquarters and any other infrastructure that may be of use to Iran in harming the U.S. or the world. I would carry this out via air strikes. These air strikes would have no timetable. When we decide that we are finished and satisfied that the threat is eliminated, then we will be done. There is no need for one drop of American blood to be spilled over this. We have the intelligence and means to do this correctly, swiftly, successfully and on our terms. What about China and Russia? Too bad." — H.M.H

"You can’t sit back and do nothing and hope Israel will take care of the problem. Letting Israel do the dirty work would only drag in other Arab countries and start World War III. If you let the Iranian government develop nukes, I’m sure they would be more than happy to supply Al Qaeda with a few. Besides, why do you think we are really in Iraq? The light is starting to shine on the excellent planning of President Bush and our military. I say bomb Iran's nuke sites and then, if they retaliate, we invade." — Tony (Louisville, KY)

"If I were president, I would first implement a program that would reverse the 'if God wills it' mindset in that region, so we are not taking two steps back with every one step forward. Then I would schedule a nuclear event to take place in an unpopulated area close enough to be witnessed by the Iranian heads of state, followed by an order to stand down on their nuclear facilities and failure to do so will result in the destruction of said facilities to insure the safety of the world." — Mark (MT)

"I would order an air strike on JUST the president of Iran." — John

"If I were president, I would take out Iranian President Ahmadinejad. It is ridiculous that we think we should never assassinate a foreign leader. One life, or a handful of lives, of dangerous men like Ahmadinejad, and his closest associates, are not sacred. Why should thousands, or even millions, of innocent lives be risked over a questionable moral issue regarding assassination? Ahmadinejad has made himself a target by his own words and actions. After taking him and as much of his government out as possible, I would support an internal uprising towards democracy." — Sam (Easley, SC)

"As president, I would use all components of national power — economic, political and military. In the meantime, we need to get energy-independent fast! It would be one of our top priorities, so that we could take that variable (and weakness) off the table and not be held hostage." — John (Greenwich, CT)

"If I were president, I would deal with Iran the same way Bush dealt with Saddam and the Taliban — hit ‘em hard, hit ‘em fast, and remove another terrorist-harboring dictator." — Doug

"In the interest of non-partisan cooperation, I’d appoint the ten most vocal critics about Iraq to a committee that would advise me on Iran. There are a lot of people saying something else should have been done in Iraq, but no one saying what should be done." — Paul

"Instead of bringing our troops home from Iraq, I would start moving them toward the border in such a way to cause the people of Iran to start seriously considering how far they want to follow their government." — Bill

"I would first advise him to contact ALL our allies to tell them that in 10 days the U.S. will attack and attack with a vengeance. Our allies could either resolve this problem or join us in the attack." — Ron (Warren, OH)

"The bottom line is, there is no diplomatic solution. No matter what we do, the eventual outcome will be open war, and very possibly nuclear war, with Iran and its allies. Unless we can start a civil war in Iran and topple their regime quickly, I say we annihilate them before they annihilate us." — Mark (Washington)

"I’d do nothing! I would let Russia and China know that we do not care, and that we will retaliate if Iran attacks American interests. I would be quiet and let Israel take care of that problem." — Carlos (Chicago, IL)

"I would bomb their suspected nuclear facility sites. If they retaliated, I would take out all of their governmental infrastructure and leaders. I would avoid killing civilians as much as possible, but some would lose their lives. It is better to act now since it will only become more difficult in the future with an even greater loss of American life." — John

"I would let Israel do what it needs to do. I don't think we have the stomach for it." — Michael

"Sanctions are a joke when Russia and China have extensive economic interests in Iran. In order to get Iran’s attention, we need to make it clear that our version of sanctions is much more direct. First, we take out 25% of their oil-refining capacity to show them we are serious. Let Russia and China cry all they want. Make sure that the American people are ready for increased gas prices, but the furor will eventually die down and prices will settle back down. Finally, if all else fails, take the gloves off Israel and let them do the right thing." — Michael (Los Gatos, CA)

"I would ensure that any country that continued to sell and/or purchase anything from Iran would be forbidden to sell its goods in the U.S. directly, or through any other country." — Don

"I would never allow our troops to set foot on Iranian ground. I would use air power on their military and nuclear sites. If a threat comes in, you take it out along with every building around it. I mean nothing over one foot tall. Maybe then, the peaceful civilians will take action against the bad guys themselves. I'd try this in Iraq and Afghanistan." — James

"I would 1) notify the Europeans that we will never take any offensive action against any country, regardless of what happens to them, without a formal request as to what type of assistance they request by at least six European countries through the UN; 2) notify the U.N. that the U.S. will not take any offensive actions against any other country unless there is confirmed evidence that an attack on the U.S. is imminent and the majority leaders of both US political parties have agreed in writing to that; and, lastly, 3) use the money that we would have used to protect others and spend it in America to protect our borders." — P.

"I am so glad that I am not president! There are no good solutions to this problem. There are only bad ones and very bad ones. If America ignores this problem and risks a nuclear attack (here or on Israel, the effects of these events on the world would be staggering. I would take strong action now and risk major interruptions in the world oil supplies, as well as risking some type of non-military conflict with China and or Russia. President Bush has no choice but destroy Iran's ability to wage nuclear war." — Chris (Cave Creek, AZ)

"I'd request a conference with the Iranian president in a neutral country and try to talk the situation out." — Carol

"Completely and immediately destroy Iran's nuclear capability." — Reh

"I would fully back any plans that Israel has to deal with Iran." — Chad (Cheyenne, WY)

"I would start with complete isolation from the rest of the world — including their oil. When that fails, I'd follow up by non-stop bombing. I would walk softly and carry a big stick." — Joe