Thursday, July 27, 2006
The Cafferty File: America's business?
On "The Situation Room" today, we asked viewers the following questions, and here are some of our favorite responses that we didn't get to read on air:

Should the U.S. take the lead when it comes to international conflicts, or stay out?

With a track record that looks like Swiss cheese when it comes to being a positive police force in other countries' problems, we need to just say "no," and sit back to take a break. Maybe we could just watch and see how other countries do, and possibly take a lesson from them.
George, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

When other countries get into squabbles, the U.S. should stay out unless asked to help. We cannot afford to bail out the world. A lot of times they made their beds, now let them lie in them. Clarence, Batesville, Mississippi

America should just stay out of it. Hezbollah is an Israeli problem, always has been. America should focus on fixing Iraq and Afghanistan's problems.
Justin

Is the current law against spying on Americans without a warrant inadequate?

This question is secondary. The first question that should be asked is, "Is the current enforcement of the law inadequate?"
Eric, Los Angeles, California

Absolutely not. The current law does provide for emergency situations. It allows law enforcement to act without a warrant; with the condition that a warrant be obtained after the fact within a certain time frame. There is absolutely no reason why the Bush Administration would need to change/alter or ignore this law.
Maggie, Illinois

When did we become the Soviet Union? Imprisonment without due process, torture, militarism, antagonizing the world, and now spying on our own citizens. Is the current law inadequate? No, it represents the freedom from oppression that we fought the cold war over. The freedom we are supposed to be defending in the "Global War On Terror."
Richard

Do the media overreact every time al Qaeda releases another tape?

Absolutely not. Your reaction is probably the same as mine. I want to hear it exactly as it is...no fluff or hiding the truth! I believe al Qaeda is a terrorist organization most other terrorists groups emulate. When they speak, we listen! Because you know the other terrorist groups are all listening, too.
Carol, Indiana

Jack, Yes, the media pay too much attention to the latest tapes from the caves. Ignore the lunatics. The best way to discourage temper tantrums is to ignore them. As usual, our response is backwards. We ignored them before September 11 and broadcast every blurb since then.
Connie

The media overreact on everything from the weather to the price of gum. It is amazing how every little thing that happens in the world any more is the beginning of the end of the world.
Mamie, Reno, Nevada
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 7/27/2006 05:51:00 PM ET | Permalink
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