Tuesday, July 18, 2006
The Cafferty File: Leaving Lebanon
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:

Is it taking the U.S. too long to get its citizens out of Lebanon?

Why should the United States be criticized for taking too long to get its citizens out of Lebanon, when those individuals chose to go to a place designated as dangerous by the government? It is always interesting to me how eager people are to blame someone else for their poor choices. Where does personal responsibility come into play in this situation?
G.A., Glenrock, Wyoming

Katrina, immigration, evacuating Americans, gasoline prices, prescription prices, health care, minimum wage, border security, almost anything that affects the average middle class American is the last priority for this administration and this Congress.
Gene, Houston, Texas

Yes! It's shades of Katrina again. Also, why is the U.S. govt. making these people pay to be evacuated? Shouldn't we send the bill to Israel? They bombed the roads and runways so people were unable to get out on their own.
Debbie, Cumberland, Maryland

Compared to other countries' evacuations, the U.S. acts like it was unprepared to deal with the situation. Lack of planning seems to be a recurrent theme for the government in recent years, i.e. Iraq and Katrina.
Julie, Sandy, Utah

It is not too long. Only fools could think moving people in this type of situation can be done in a snap of the finger. We grow impatient at a traffic light, when crossing the street... but then that is why the terrorists have the advantage when dealing with us.
George, Kittery, Maine

Who are the winners and losers in the Middle East conflict?

Discussing this conflict in terms of "winners and losers" is painfully simplistic to the point of non-relevance. The ultimate goal of the operation, the destruction and removal of Hezbollah from Lebanon, will mean the world has won as a terrorist group is dismantled.
John, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Seems to me that the real winners here are Iran and any other faction who wished to bolster mistrust and hatred for the West. Hey Jack, am I the only one who has noticed that Iran's nuclear ambitions just aren't getting as much press since this started?
Randy, Warren, Michigan

There are no winners. The losers are the ones who live over there and only want to live without worrying about getting blown to bits by either side.
R.O., Fort Worth, Texas

What's the appropriate role for President Bush in the Middle East crisis?

Everyone is quick to call Bush a war-monger. I think he is doing what he should. You don't broker peace with terrorists, and that's what Israel has known for decades.
John, Kentucky

President Bush should stay out of the current Middle Eastern mess.
A., Florida

To answer your recent query regarding the question of whether President Bush should intervene in the present conflict; I believe he should stay out of it and allow the Israelis to decimate Hezbollah. If the terrorist organizations are not destroyed, they will simply continue to grow and this will happen again and again.
Rusty, Philippi, West Virginia
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 7/18/2006 05:43:00 PM ET | Permalink
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