Monday, April 09, 2007
Cafferty: Military presidents?
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How much does it matter to you if a presidential candidate has military experience?
As a former soldier, it is of the utmost importance for a presidential candidate to have military experience. How else will a Commander in Chief be able to understand the military properly? -Brad, Morgantown, West Virginia

I am concerned more with a candidate's character and ability to lead than I am their military experience. Is prior military experience necessary? No. Is it a plus? Maybe. -Ron

It matters a great deal to me. I think "service in the military" builds character. I also think that after having served in the military during war, you are better suited to make decisions relating to sending U.S. troops into combat. -Jeff, Aiken, South Carolina

As a Vietnam veteran and retired army major, I don't care if a presidential candidate has served in the armed forces provided he appoints competent veterans in the defense department and as Secretary of Defense. -Blair, Columbus, Georgia

In my opinion, it is a vital component. The way the world is today demands that someone with some military experience is necessary. They also need the ability to deal diplomatically with adversaries in matters of peaceful solutions to problems. There aren't too many of this type running for president in 2008 at the present time unfortunately. -Pat, Deckerville, Michigan

When it comes to getting the real story about Iraq, whom do you trust more: the media or the military?
Are you kidding me? I trust neither anymore; they both lie with impunity. Our mainstream media is owned by the same companies who are profiting from these wars so I have no faith in anything they tell me. I listen to them, then go on the internet to see what other countries' press has to say about the issue. Sad isn't it? -David, Chouteau, Oklahoma

Dear Jack, Why on earth would we believe the military? As soon as the generals retire, they tell the truth. Bush has bullied every one of them. That's the name of the game with him. I think it's amazing how they try to discredit Michael Ware. He's the only one telling the truth and Bush can't stand it. -Carol, Lakeland, Florida

Surely you're joking. The military has its boots on the ground, and they have no reason to lie - and they always tell it like it is, no matter what. The U.S. media on the other hand, is so blatantly left-leaning that we consumers discount about 40-60% of what you say. -Bret, Chicago, Illinois

When I want the truth, I tune in to the BBC... Truly a sad state of affairs. -Bill, Brighton, Colorado

Does Don Imus deserve to be fired for his comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team?
Yes, Imus should be fired. A two-week suspension will not do it. -Pat, Tucson, Arizona

That Imus can be tasteless is hardly the point. Like you say, if rap took the insults out, there would be no industry. If Farrakhan, Sharpton, Gordon Liddy, Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, and even Jesse Jackson were banned for making a stupid, hateful, or tasteless comment, airwaves would be empty, and unemployment lines filled. Get over it. -Doug, Lakeview, Oregon

What Imus said was terribly wrong and stupid. I understand why the black community is upset. When a young kid in Harlem makes a dumb mistake and sells pot and gets caught for it, we throw the book at him. When a guy like Imus messes up, he has people going to bat for him. Imus deserves a second chance, and perhaps this will show us that we all need second chances. -Mike

Hell, yeah. That kind of "cutting edge" commentary has no place in the public arena, Jack, and your feeble defense of Imus didn't change my mind. The fact of the matter is, Imus made a negative judgment about a group of women athletes, purely because of their race. This isn't just racist, it's sexist. -Lisa

No, he should not be fired! What did he say that everyone else doesn't say? As you pointed out, rap lyrics, etc. He is a loudmouth and if people want to listen to him, so be it! Freedom of speech. -Wayne

How about letting the Rutgers Women's Basketball Team decide what should happen to Imus? For my part I think he should go and take Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage with him! -Michael
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 4/09/2007 05:47:00 PM ET | Permalink
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