Friday, September 29, 2006
The Cafferty File: Monitoring the media
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:

Why is the government monitoring U.S. news reports out of Iraq?

The government is monitoring news reports out of Iraq because they don't want Americans or Iraqis to know the truth. We need a new, third party in the U.S., a party that actually represents the people and not the special interests, and we just as badly need a new media. Sadly, neither will ever happen.
Bob, Coconut Creek, Florida

It's simple, Jack. The Bush administration is monitoring reports on Iraq because it does not want us to know what is really going on. If we did, no one would vote for the Republicans. It's interesting that Bush says that he wants to promote freedom and democracy in Iraq and the Middle East while he takes away as many of our freedoms as he can.

The Bush Administration has done some pretty underhanded things, but this is one of the worst. They're using my hard-earned tax dollars to intimidate my country's free press. And we're trying to spread "our democracy" around the world? What democracy? Our elections aren't even legitimate anymore.
Sherry, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Why don't they just subcontract with the NSA? They're monitoring everything anyway. Wasteful government spending, I say.

The American middle class is in the worst shape ever. Why?

Jack, would this have anything to do with the wholesale giveaway of our manufacturing and service jobs? Or could it be the rape of the middle class by the oil and health industries? The rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the middle class supports them both.
Mark, Deerfield Beach, Florida

Jack, for six years we've had a president and Congress that sees the middle class as a great stupid beast, fit only for providing tax money for the few and privileged. The wealthy shield themselves from taxes and the poor don't earn enough to pay. Who pays? The middle class.
Gail, Brea, California

The middle class have been getting attacked since Ronald Reagan. Cost cutting became the game at the expense of the American worker. Corporations don't care about people and politicians are bought by the corporations.
John, Portland, Oregon

When deciding how to vote in November, what is the single most important issue to you?

Illegal immigration is my idea of the ruination of the country. It says that anything goes and we're unwilling to stop it. It says we have no idea who's in this country and don't care.
M.T., San Antonio, Texas

You have got to be kidding, Jack! The single most important thing is to take this country back from the insurgents that run the show now. They show no allegiance to our country and Constitution. They have overturned habeas corpus and raided our treasury for the likes of Halliburton and big oil.
Linda, Newport News, Virginia

No matter what the question the answer has to be IRAQ!
No matter what the question the answer has to be IRAQ!
No matter what the question the answer has to be IRAQ!
No matter what the question the answer has to be IRAQ!
No matter what the question the answer has to be IRAQ!

My voting decision is made easy this time: if a candidate currently holds office, I'm voting for the other guy.
Jerry, Weaverville, North Carolina
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 9/29/2006 05:53:00 PM ET | Permalink
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Million-plus more laptop batteries at risk
First Dell recalls laptop batteries and then Apple. Then, just yesterday, IBM and Lenovo recalled 560,000 ThinkPad notebook computer batteries. Now Toshiba has announced a voluntary exchange program for 830,000 Sony laptop computer batteries for fear they might catch fire. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says a total of about 7 million Sony-made laptop batteries have been recalled in the U.S. so far this year. Sony has announced it intends to initiate a global replacement program for its laptop batteries.

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Thursday, September 28, 2006
The Cafferty File: Iraq police academy, a disaster?
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:

What does it mean if the U.S. project to build the largest police academy in Iraq is being called a "disaster"?

It means that everything that is being said about the Republican led government funneling our country's Treasury into special interest corporations, like Halliburton, is all true. How could the Best country on the planet have sunk so low?
Chuck, Seattle, Washington

I have a son preparing to join the military right now. As weeks go by, there is more and more distressing news about Iraq that I am very close to persuading him to re-think his decision.
Ron, Flemington, New Jersey

It means the architect and builder will probably get the Medal of Freedom.
Jeanne, Canton, Connecticut

Jack, the Iraqi police academy shows that the U.S. government uses the same tactics in other countries that they do here at home: throw money at a problem and hope it can work itself out. The list of examples is long and detailed, such as the border fence, homeland security, no child left behind, etc. Instead of accountability and oversight, we use money and posturing.
Brian, Fenton, Michigan

Why are married people more likely to vote Republican, and those who've never been married more likely to vote Democrat?

The obvious answer is that people lose there minds when they get married! The more thoughtful answer is that when you get married and you have kids you don't have time to see what's going on around you except soccer games, planned play dates, and working two jobs to make ends meet. When you awaken from this daze you realize that the US went to war and you missed it!

Married people have already made one giant mistake. Why not inflict the pain and nausea of making another bad decision, this time for the rest of America, by voting for the GOP?
Dave, Gainesville, Florida

Simple. Unmarried people are smarter. (Having gotten myself into and then out of that trap three times, being now a dedicated single, I am an expert on the subject.)
Bonnie, Clinton, New York

As a single, Democratic woman living in New York City, I place a high value on my freedom of choice - and I'm not necessarily talking about abortion rights. I also believe that anyone who has had kids wants to inflict the pain on others and so tends towards the Republican side of things.

How would you react if President Bush said about Iraq: "I will not withdraw even if Laura and Barney are the only ones supporting me"?

President Bush has totally lost touch with the American people. How can he expect support for himself and for his party if he won't even listen to the majority of Americans when it comes to Iraq?

At least you need to give him credit for sticking to his guns... I really think he believes that he is doing the right thing. Too bad we just didn't do it better.
Kim, Alexandria, Virginia

This is a true indicator of the isolation and belief in an imperial presidency demonstrated by this administration. Bush actually believes he can do no wrong and no one can do anything to call him to account for his behavior.
Paul, Lancaster, California

Jack, Laura might back Bush on staying in Iraq along with the stupid do-nothing Republicans in Congress, but Barney is smarter than that.
D., Columbia, Missouri

I was under the impression Laura and Barney were the only ones left supporting him.
Karla, Caledonia, Michigan
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 9/28/2006 05:44:00 PM ET | Permalink
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
The Cafferty File: Who's to blame?
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:

Who's to blame for the deteriorating conditions in Afghanistan?

Afghans wreak havoc on fellow Afghans, the Pakistani madrassas churn out fundamentalists, and the U.S. government seems to be the least bothered that the Taliban are making a come back...the 'ostrich-like' policies of all three men meeting tonight have contributed to the current environment in Afghanistan.
M.B., Phoenix, Arizona

The deteriorating conditions in Afghanistan are due to George Bush and his advisors taking their eye off the situation in a quest to invade Iraq. Iraq had nothing to do with the World Trade Center, homeland security or al Qaeda. Still, they were so obsessed with Saddam Hussein that they have forgotten about the subversive regime in Afghanistan that allowed their country to become a hotbed of terrorist training camps.
Eric, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania

When President Bush cut and ran from Afghanistan to Iraq, the U.S. lost world support, and the fate of thousands of our sons and daughters, and citizens of Iraq was sealed.
Dave, Inlet, New York

Should Congress pass a bill giving retroactive immunity to President Bush for possible war crimes?

"Rule of law, rule of law." Wasn't that the Republican chant during the 1990s when according to them breaking any law no matter how small was an impeachable offense? Apparently memory loss is at epidemic proportions among the Republican Congress.
Luke, Knoxville, Tennessee

Of course Congress should not pass a law retroactively pass a law freeing Bush et al from possible war crimes trials. The President keeps telling us he's doing nothing wrong and not breaking the law. If that's the case, why is he so worried?
Susan, New York

As excruciating as it has been to have "W" as our president, we should pass a law protecting him from this dispute. After all it is a relatively untraveled scenario we are dealing with and I do believe in this situation he is doing what he thinks best for our well being.
Ari, Las Vegas

The fact that our leaders find it necessary to include a provision for immunity against war crimes just shows that they realize that they are behaving improperly and against the rule of the law.

Should the government implement emergency measures to provide paper ballots for the midterm elections?

Absolutely. I can't imagine anyone designing an automated system that has no audit trail or means of validating the results.
Dennis, Velva, North Dakota

No. Instead, it should implement permanent measures to provide paper ballots for all elections until there is a foolproof way to verify the count. Ahhh... Don't hold your breath.
Dave, Huntington, New York

I support a paper trail for our votes. Trust and Verify. What good is voter ID when they don't even count your vote?
William, Lithonia, Georgia
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 9/27/2006 05:45:00 PM ET | Permalink
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
The Cafferty File: Losing support
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:

Why is support for the war in Afghanistan declining?

Fighting a war in Afghanistan like anywhere else in the Middle East is like playing Pac-Man... for every terrorist you kill, twice as many pop back up.
Mary, Mississippi

Americans are becoming disenchanted with Afghanistan precisely because it's becoming more and more like Iraq. And why? Because those brainless idiots in the White House decided to go after Saddam Hussein instead of "staying the course" (Bush's words) in Afghanistan and apprehending Osama bin Laden. Two missions that rate "not accomplished."
Gabe, Coral Springs, Florida

The very important war in Afghanistan is failing because Bush decided conquering Iraq's oil wells were more important. As Iraq disintegrated, it supplied a strategic and tactical model for the enemy in Afghanistan.
Joe, Phoenix, Arizona

Jack, There are three reasons Afghanistan is losing public support. They are Iraq, Iraq and Iraq. Rich, Fort White, Florida

What kind of standard would the U.S. set if it didn't allow detainees to challenge their detention in U.S. courts?

I am 25 years old and a veteran. It is very important that the American people know that even though the detainees do not represent a government they must still be given any rights that we would want our sons and daughters fighting for us to have. Any changes we make to the Geneva Conventions will allow other nations to do the same and render them useless.

The U.S. would not be "setting" any kind of standard. It would be destroying any kind of standard that might fall under the category of "justice." This is the very definition of kangaroo court.
Rita, Seattle, Washington

If we take away every liberty given to man, then we are no better than the terrorists.

Jack, by not allowing detainees to challenge their detention in U.S. courts, we will have demonstrated to the world our willingness to get right down in the gutter with the terrorists. Should be a great recruiting tool for Al Qaeda.
Gary, Port Townsend, Washington

Why do you think the Bush administration decided to declassify parts of the National Intelligence Estimate?

Jack, You mean released only the parts they want us to see... Smoke screen like always.
Billy, Georgia

I think it would look worse for the Bush Administration if they hadn't declassified the report. I also think they "cherry picked" what they wanted the American people to know.

The reason is politics, politics, politics. While lamenting that administration foes leaked classified information to embarrass Bush, he doesn't hesitate to release additional national security information to defend his failed legacy. What a guy!
Dorian, Austin, Texas

Isn't anyone else scratching their head over the absurdity of declassifying a national intelligence estimate to counter political criticism? Are these things classified for a reason or are they not?
Martin, Concord, New Hampshire
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 9/26/2006 05:47:00 PM ET | Permalink
Monday, September 25, 2006
The Cafferty File: Iraq & the history books
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:

Do you agree with President Bush that the war in Iraq will be recorded as nothing more than a "comma" in the history books?

Bush can only wish that history will forget the Iraq war. The first time the American public was lied into a pre-emptive, illegal, ill-advised war and occupation? I don't think so. This tragic quagmire has destroyed careers and lives and has left the United States in a weakened position globally.
Linda, San Diego, California

The war in Iraq will be remembered as one of the main decisions that brought down the most powerful country the world has ever known.

This should be posed to the thousands of families who have lost a loved one.
Ron, Tampa, Florida

Should the United States commit additional National Guard troops to the war in Iraq?

No more National Guard troops to Iraq! National Guard troops are just that. NATIONAL Guard. If we need more troops in Iraq, restart the Draft. It would be interesting to see how long the war continues if those in Congress had their sons drafted to fight the "war on terror".
Pam, California

This war in Iraq was a mistake. Sending more troops is no answer. When in a hole the first thing to do is quit digging. We should leave Iraq to the Iraqis and start taking care of the major problems these elected fools have created in Washington.

No, keep the National Guard at home to guard the nation. If we need more troops and they can't be recruited then bring back the draft. I believe in mandatory national service and I can't think of a better time.
Bob, Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania

The National Guard should be deployed to protect the nation's borders. They should never be sent overseas to fight a war; that is why we have 4 branches of military plus the Coast Guard.
Jason, Scottsdale, Arizona

Is the war in Iraq increasing the terrorist threat to the U.S.?

Al Qaeda coalesced in the wreckage of Afghanistan during and after its Civil War. Iraq is, thanks to us, similarly wrecked. These violent, unstable environments are where extremism is born.
Alex, San Diego, California

Yes. This is part of Jihadists plan to bog us down in wars and then they come in and chaos begins. The Bush administration has bought into it. Next is Iran. The question is: Are Americans going to allow themselves to be fooled again?
Sarah, Kansas City, Missouri

There is no doubt about that, Jack. The number of Iraqi children who have lost a parent due to the civil war going on there will surely breed new extremist adults who will seek revenge against the American and British.
Bob, Cairo, New York

Is the war in Iraq increasing the terrorist threat to the United States? Of course it is. The fact that it took 16 intelligence agencies to bring that to light for the majority of the public is the only thing astonishing about this recent news.
Matt, Irving, Texas
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