Friday, June 08, 2007
Cafferty: Worse than Watergate?
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Rep. Jerry Nadler says the actions of the Bush administration when it comes to NSA wiretapping are "worse than Watergate." Is he right?
Yes, Jack, it is worse than Watergate. Some say impeachment would be bad for the country. Bush likes to talk about us "sending a bad message to..." NOT impeaching Bush and Cheney "sends a bad message" to the rest of the country, and especially to our young people. It's telling them it's o.k. to lie, deceive, and break the law, as long as you are an "important" person or have enough money to make it to an important position. Also, impeaching those scallywags would "send a good message" to the rest of the world: that Americans don't support his unethical behavior and don't let it go unpunished. -Don, Dallas, Texas

Of course it's worse. The main difference between the two administrations is that the Nixon gang knew what they were doing was wrong, which is why they covered it up. The Bush gang thinks they are right, and don't care about the Constitution. -Jim, Savannah, Georgia

Mr. Cafferty, hell yes it's worse, and the American public has itself to blame. Instead of finding a backbone and fighting for our rights after 9-11, the public says: We're afraid, protect us however you see fit Mr. President. I've fought for this country, as have millions of others over the years. There is no reason why, we should have one less right, than we did on 9-10-2001. -RJ, Gainesville, Missouri

In a sense, Rep. Nadler is wrong. Both the Watergate break-in and Bush's wiretapping policies are EQUALLY reprehensible, impeachable and strike right at the heart of our Constitutional freedoms. -Ed, East Canaan, Pennsylvania

What's it going to take to bring the Iraq war to an end?
Americans need to rethink how and why they choose their government officials. This administration has created an atmosphere of fear in which any questioning of our foreign policy is deemed un-American... If we want the Iraq war to end, we need only use our votes to ensure that those in power find themselves out of job if they fail to represent our wishes. -Ron, San Antonio, Texas

To end the Iraq war, it will take electing a Democratic president in 2008 or Ron Paul. Hopefully, then we can redeploy more troops to Afghanistan and finish the job there. -Molly, San Diego, California

Easy. Admit the troops are overextended and bring back the draft. The war will be over within a month. -Laurie

If the next president does not end this immoral and unethical war, it will take massive protests by the American people to force our government to end it. -Mike, Riverside, Ohio
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 6/08/2007 05:40:00 PM ET | Permalink
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Cafferty: A bilingual America?
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Is it inevitable that the United States will become a bilingual country?
My family has been in America since the mid 1600s. I'm about as American as a person could be. I am monolingual. I speak American English only. And that is one of the great disappointments in myself. That I never took the time to learn another language when I was young was a dumb thing to do. I agree that whatever happens with immigration in the future, all immigrants should be made to learn the English language. I also believe that all American-born, English-speaking children should be made to learn a second language. -Keith, Greenville, South Carolina

Jack, I live in Maine and we are already trilingual. Everything I buy has instructions or information in English, Spanish and French. Some of the electronic devices have instructions in those three languages plus Chinese, Korean (or Vietnamese), Arabic, German and a couple of others I don't recognize. The answer to your question is yes. -Alan, Buxton, Maine

Yes, it is inevitable and the sooner it happens the better off the U.S. will be as a world player. Speaking multiple languages is an advantage, not a sign of weakness. -Jason, San Diego, California

The Iraqi parliament wants a say on any extension of U.S. troops. Do you think they'll get it?
This war has never been about what the Iraqi's want. It's about what Bush/Cheney want, and that has to be permanent military bases in the area and to safeguard all that Iraqi oil! -Robert, Sarasota, Florida

The Iraqis have had elections, more elections, granting of sovereignty, constitutions and any number of corner-turning window-dressing lip-service activities. But Pres. Bush is the decider. He is the sovereign. Iraqis just happen to physically be there. Nothing more. -Allan, San Jose, California

Yes, it's their country. If they want us to leave we should. But, Pres. Bush probably will not listen. He doesn't listen to anybody anyway, especially not the American people. -Steven
La Junta, Colorado

Have the Koreans got to call the shots yet? We are still imbedded in their business and here it is 50 years later, so the Iraqis need to come to grips that we will not allow them to have their say.
-T, Texas

Can Lassie, Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor succeed where George Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld have failed when it comes to America's image overseas?
Is this what we pay our elected officials to come up with? Some of the lamest ideas in history? Seriously? How did this woman get elected? I am appalled that she is stupid enough to think all we have to do is show some movies from the 40s and 50s and VOILA... America is respected again. -Buzz, Solvang, California

Give me a break with this one. The best way to show the world what kind of country we are is to impeach Bush and Cheney and fire the rest of them. Doing that would show the world we have backbone. -Tracy, Belle Glade, Florida

Jack, After everything the Republican mis-administration has done to literally ruin our standing and reputation throughout the world, sending old films won't work. Do they honestly think that people are that gullible to believe that America is just like the movie they’re viewing? -John, Deptford, New Jersey

Good God! These politicians need to get back on their meds! -Scott
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 6/07/2007 05:34:00 PM ET | Permalink
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
The Situation Online: Fred Thompson, Darfur, Olympics logo
Thompson's new look
After months of blogging on conservative Web sites and making clever Web videos, former Senator Fred Thompson has just gone live with his new, official Web site. The starter site comes as he officially tests the waters for a presidential bid. Right now, the site is mainly a place where supporters can help Thompson raise money.

Zooming in on disaster
It's the latest effort to shed light on the ongoing violence in Darfur. New technology from human rights group Amnesty International is bringing the conflict in Sudan straight to our computer screens. The Web site uses continuously updated satellite images to zoom in on villages in Darfur that may be at risk. In April, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Google launched a similar effort to help raise Darfur awareness.

Olympic uproar
An animated version of London's 2012 Olympic logo has been removed from the Web over fears it can cause seizures. A British epilepsy group says it has received numerous reports of people having seizures after seeing animated footage that accompanied the logo's launch. The seizure warnings follow two days of controversy in London over the new logo's artistic merits.
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Posted By Eric Weisbrod, CNN Internet Team: 6/06/2007 07:51:00 PM ET | Permalink
Cafferty: Pardon Libby?
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Do you think President Bush will pardon Scooter Libby?
Of course he will. That is how it works: Scooter took the fall for Bush and Cheney, knowing full and well that he would never see the inside of jail cell. -Matt, Charlotte, North Carolina

If Libby doesn't get a pardon, he should develop diarrhea of the mouth and tell everything he knows about Bush-Cheney and their cronies. He has stood by them and look what kind of thanks he gets. He's been abandoned. -Sadie, Ohio

Of course he will pardon him, just like all presidents before him have done the same thing for their friends. It is time that the American people realize there is no difference between Republican and Democratic politicians. They serve large corporations, lobbyists and of course, each other. There is no interest in John Q. Citizen. -Carol, Largo, Florida

Of course he will pardon Libby! Is there really any question? It is either pardon him or shoot him to shut him up and Cheney won't be able to get away with that again. -Wendy, San Rafael, California

Is President Bush reigniting the Cold War with Russia?
President Bush will do anything, domestically or internationally, to feed the fires of war, so that his cadre of military cronies can get richer at taxpayers' expense. -Wil, Lincoln, Nebraska

I don't think Bush is trying to ignite a Cold War against Russia. It's Putin that's trying to turn Russia Communist once again with his ball-and-chain policies. -Zachary, Springfield, Illinois

It's not so much that he is reigniting the Cold War as it is he's looking out for his corporate buddies. This new defense system means billions for many. -Marc, Davenport, Florida

Should the Republican candidates for president be openly criticizing President Bush, the head of the party?
Not only is it appropriate to speak out against him, but if they want to score points, they should seriously encourage the House to start the impeachment process. -Soni, Salem, Oregon

I consider most of them hypocrites, as they have supported Bush endlessly for the last 6 years and let the corruption and incompetence occur. Now they play the game of turning on him to get votes. Yes, there were a few of the lesser-known candidates who have opposed Bush the whole time. At least those few have a backbone and character. -Lee, Cannon Falls, Minnesota

Jack, absolutely the candidates should be speaking their minds. After all, this is the U.S. and I think we still have freedom of speech. My only concern is: are the criticisms honest or just political to distance themselves from Bush? -Bill, Omaha, Nebraska

Absolutely not. They should stand in a circle, clasp hands, eyes to the heavens and sing camp songs, rubbing expensive ointments on each other while praising the fine work of the last six long, interminable, desperate, ruinous, horrific, corrupt, irresponsible years of this completely failed presidency. -J., Atlanta, Georgia
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 6/06/2007 05:43:00 PM ET | Permalink
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Cafferty: Thompson factor in the debate?

Former Senator Fred Thompson isn't participating in tonight's debate, but how will he affect the Republican presidential field?
The debate tonight will be an elimination bout to see who is going to get to fight against Thompson. -Chris, Crawfordsville, Indiana

What I think we're seeing, in Fred's swelling ranks, is a large collective of conservatives hungry for someone who would honestly represent conservative principles. Clearly, a large number of people don't believe that the existing field of 10 candidates will do so. -Robin, Venice, Florida

Fred is the real deal! He has the popularity, experience, expertise and genuine conservative credentials to make mince meat of the mediocre field of Republican Candidates currently running. He has winner written all over him! -Thomas, Surfside, Florida

How important will the issue of immigration be to Senator John McCain's campaign?

Very important. Because of his support of this so-called immigration reform, he has lost me as a supporter as will anyone else who backs this outrage. -Mary, Santee, California

At least Senator McCain is taking a position on a sensitive issue that needs to be resolved, that is strong leadership. What are the other candidates offering? Criticism is not a policy. -Ed, Mount Laurel, New Jersey

I don't care what John McCain says about anything. He lost my vote when he supported Bush in '04. -Claire, Scotia, New York

McCain's Straight Talk Express is a wreck. Seven years ago he was The Man. Now he has become a puppet that mouths his base’s rhetoric to become their presidential nominee. -Ron, Williamsburg, Virginia
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 6/05/2007 05:35:00 PM ET | Permalink
The Situation Online: Libby letters released
Love & hate for Libby
After Lewis "Scooter" Libby's sentencing today, the judge in the case released 350 pages of letters written to him by both Libby's supporters and detractors. Judge Reggie Walton says he weighed the letters when deciding Libby's 30 month sentence.

The collection includes letters from colleagues and friends of Libby, including Donald Rumsfeld, Henry Kissinger, Paul Wolfowitz and General Peter Pace (click here to read those letters). In Rumsfeld's letter, he calls Libby "a truly honorable public servant," while Pace calls him "a team player."

The letters are not all positive. One letter from "an angry citizen" asks the judge to impose "the longest possible prison term" for Libby.

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Posted By Eric Weisbrod, CNN Internet Team: 6/05/2007 04:34:00 PM ET | Permalink
Monday, June 04, 2007
Cafferty: Pet projects in the open?

When it comes to pork barrel spending, are Democrats living up to their promises of openness and transparency?
You're right. Each party is at least as bad as the other, if not more so. And of course there will never be reform in the budget process… regardless of which party is in the majority. -Bill, Savannah, Georgia

Yeah, Jack, Just like Congress lived up to the promise of securing our borders in 1986. This Congress and administration are puppets for big business and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Vote Independent. -Tom, Rapid City, South Dakota

As a life-long Democrat, I am sore vexed nay, grieved I dare say at what the office holding Demo-oinks have served up so far. We need three new parties from which to draw out public servants and elected politicians. Where have the statesmen gone? Where are the great minds of this land and generation? -Mike, Boston, Massachusetts

Clearly Democrats are not living up to their promise for openness and transparency. Representative Obey is making this even less transparent than before. But then, what do you expect from yet another party that is only interested in power, money, and political games?
-Matt, Mankato, Minnesota

Face it, Jack: they're all whores. What more needs to be said? -Dave, Birmingham, Alabama

California's presidential primary ballot may include a question on immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. What difference would it make?
A big difference. In essence, this question would create an Iraq 'theme' ballot. It would make every voter consciously evaluate the war 'withdrawal' position, if any, held by the presidential candidate for whom they are about to cast a vote. Several Calif. cities will also have impeachment resolutions to consider. -Amanda, Augusta, Georgia

The only thing a vote on immediate withdrawal of troops would show is what is already known. Californians and the American people are sick and tired of the war and it's time to go. It won’t really matter since all the candidates are poor leaders and will never step up to the plate and do anything to pull out. Look at the embassy being built in Baghdad. Unfortunately we aren't going anywhere. -Julian, Los Angeles, California

Just another poll for our government to ignore. That question on the war & illegal immigration should be on all the primary ballots, & the government should act according to the results.
-Deborah, Pleasant Lake, Indiana

Wouldn't it be unique if more states would follow California's lead? Then maybe it would make a difference since candidates would have to confront the issue in a very public may make some waves. Then again, the candidates would somehow figure a way around it.
-N., Hamilton, Ohio
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 6/04/2007 05:48:00 PM ET | Permalink
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