Wednesday, November 01, 2006
The Cafferty File: P.R. at the Pentagon


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:

How would you advise the Pentagon's new "rapid response" PR team?

I am outraged that they are spending taxpayers' dollars on this!
Nathaniel, Hampton, Virginia

Did I understand you correctly? My advice? Get a weapon and report to Iraq. Maybe then some of the troops on their 3rd rotation can come home!
Jim, White Cross, North Carolina

If "rapid response" means getting our troops out of Iraq as soon as possible, I'm all for it.
Marco, Redondo Beach, California

Tell them to stay away from Rumsfeld because there is no level of PR that will help that man.
Steve, Atlanta, Georgia


Did Senator John Kerry's comments hurt the Democrats' chances?

Jack, I think John Kerry should just shut up and take a cue from Dick Cheney's playbook and go into an undisclosed location. He has already dug the hole, now he can put in the cement and have his bunker to hide in. All he had to do is apologize after he said it, and it would've been over. However, Kerry being Kerry tried to hold onto the spotlight for too long.
Kenneth, Durham, North Carolina

Unfortunately yes. But only because the Democrats ran and hid. They should have turned it around immediately on Bush and jumped to Kerry's defense and repeated ad nauseam that only a disingenuous liar who evaded his own military obligations could possibly twist an obvious case of misspeaking by a triple decorated war hero.
Dave, Lindenwold, New Jersey

No, Jack. I believe the American public can see this for what it is, which is just a smear campaign by the GOP spin machine. They are so desperate heading into the upcoming election they will bite on anything to deflect voters from their atrocious track record.
Dave, Anita, Iowa

What is wrong with you guys? Everyone is talking about what Kerry said. Who cares? He is not the President, how about getting back to the issues that matter: job loss, corrupt government, no medical insurance for majority of Americans, the war in Iraq, Osama bin Laden, and on and on. Hey, I am not even American and this bugs me.
Nadira, Toronto

Are 7,000 lawyers the answer to the integrity of our elections?

It's unfortunate, Jack, but right now all this is necessary. It's sad for America, but it's the only way to be at least somewhat certain these machines count correctly and if not, that it be known and somehow dealt with.
Sue

All we need is a paper trail. How hard can that be?
Joyce, Marine City, Michigan

We had lawyers here in Florida in 2004 and while it did allay any voter disenfranchisement, it did not and could not prevent the hacking of the electronic voting machines.
Ed, Florida

Lawyers are not the answer to anything. Look at Congress, it's full of them.
John, Monona, Wisconsin

Everyone wants to take jabs at lawyers but then they don't hesitate to call one when in trouble! This country's voting process is in trouble and if takes 7,000 lawyers to help prevent fraud at the voting sites, I welcome them.
Christine, Columbia, South Carolina

Jack, When were any number of lawyers the answer to keeping integrity in any system, anywhere, ever?
Chris

Who is calling the shots in Iraq: the U.S., the Iraqi government or the militias?

The abandonment of a U.S. soldier is a disgrace. The fact that the U.S. deferred to Iraqi demands to remove the checkpoints only reinforces the obvious fact that there are insufficient American troops to do anything but fight an almost hopeless struggle.
George

What does it mean when Muqtada al-Sadr gives the marching orders and the U.S. troops leave? The war is over and we lost! So much for stay the course!
Tony, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Clearly, shutting down the checkpoints in Sadr City and abandoning an American soldier who was kidnapped is an outrage! If that's what we are asking of our troops, it's time to give the whole damned place to the Prime Minister and get the hell out.
Jim, Charlotte, North Carolina

Jack, when are the American people going to wake up to the fact that we are stuck in a civil war with absolutely no exit strategy. If our elected officials cared more about Iraq than getting re-elected we might have a chance.
Alan, New York
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 11/01/2006 05:43:00 PM ET | Permalink
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