Friday, January 26, 2007
The Cafferty File: Colorblind Congress?
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:

Rep. Tom Tancredo says Congress should abolish race-based groups like the Congressional Black Caucus. Do you agree?

Jack, Sure they should abolish the race-based caucuses, but then what would happen to the white, Christian, xenophobic Republican caucus?
John, Stamford, Connecticut

Race-based caucuses should not be eliminated. Rather, they are important political and issue based groupings, which allow minority groups (with similar views/viewpoints) to concentrate their political power and present a united front on the Hill.
Heather, Oregon

I agree with Mr. Tancredo. If our goal is to have an integrated society, then why should the U.S. Congress segregate itself based on race? I believe at one time there was a need for institutions like the Black Congressional Caucus, but that time has passed.

Will a major demonstration against the war this weekend in Washington make any difference?

The demonstration is not going to have any effect. The U.S. public voted Republicans out of both houses, but the current administration does not get the message.
Sanjeev, Livermore, California

If people think that protesting will help, let them do it. If enough people join together and protest and the administration ignores them, then the nation will know that the administration is acting on its own interest and not in the interest of the American people. If the administration does not serve the interest of the people, it should be removed.
Clayton, Gresham, Oregon

I doubt Mr. Bush's advisors, when they give him his briefing every day, will even tell him there are people protesting the war. They wouldn't want to upset him; they might get yelled at.

What message does President Bush send by saying he's the "decision-maker"?

The message I get from Bush is the same one he's been spouting all along. It's mind over matter; he doesn't mind and we don't matter. We have more to fear from Bush and Cheney than we do from any terrorist.
Jo Ann, Altoona, Pennsylvania

I am a veteran and soldier still serving in the United States Army. Our president is the decision-maker and many of us conservatives still support out president to this day. He has a clear and functional plan that will succeed. What plan do the Democrats have but flip-flopping their views?
Chad, Atlanta, Georgia

That he really doesn't read the papers, watch the tube, see the polls or care what those who put him in office want him to do. He is a legend in his own mind. Isn't it 2008 yet? We can only wish.
Debbie, Lindenhurst, Illinois
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 1/26/2007 05:46:00 PM ET | Permalink
Thursday, January 25, 2007
The Cafferty File: Seniors in the Senate?
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 the Senate too old?

Yes, of course. The U.S. Senate is too old, too white, too rich, and too male to fairly represent the people of the United States. One look at the primary sources of their campaign contributions tells you who they truly represent.
Michael, Santa Clarita, California

The positive about an aging Congress is that with age comes wisdom. Do we really want a bunch of 30 and 40 somethings running the country? Not the ones that I know. As long as Congress learns from its mistakes and doesn't become too set in its ways, I'll stick with the old guys.

The U.S. Senate is not only too old to be relevant to many young voters, but they are too wealthy and too stupid to identify with the majority of America.
W., Rio Rancho, New Mexico

They are "stale," not "old."

Jack, Not only are they too old, they are too ugly.
Forrest, El Paso, Texas

How many Senate resolutions on Iraq are enough?

Congressional resolutions are about as important as my New Year's resolutions: one is too many!
Jerry, Austin, Texas

One, or at least it ought to be. The people speak through the Senate, and the people have spoken on Iraq. We're sick of sending an endless supply of treasure and blood to a fight that's not ours. It's time our representatives on Capitol Hill and our president start listening.
Darrin, Indiana

One is enough, because they don't actually produce any results. Senators don't want the resolutions to produce results. They are simply covering their back just in case the president's new plan falls flat on its face. Yes, Jack it does make my teeth hurt.
Ryan, Sacramento, California

A nonbinding resolution is to Congress what a cocktail is to an alcoholic. One is too many; a hundred is never enough.
Randall, Tehachapi, California

What are President Bush's intentions when it comes to Iran and Syria?

What makes you think they've made any kind of intelligent plans for Iran and Syria when we've all seen the colossal blunder that is Iraq?
Evan, Tulsa, Oklahoma

After hearing President Bush say that he is a "war president" with "war on his mind," I believe that the only "intentions" that he is capable of is "war." I have never heard him mention the desire to sit down with any leaders of any countries and discuss peace with them, so I don't think he will make any exceptions when it comes to Syria or Iran.
Nancy, Houlton, Maine

My guess is that Pres. Bush's plan for Iran and Syria goes like this:
1. Claim mission accomplished
2. Attack
3. Overthrow
4. Blame Clinton
5. Exit strategy still pending
Dave, Los Angeles, California
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 1/25/2007 05:47:00 PM ET | Permalink
The Situation Online: CIA, '08 hopefuls, Jack Bauer
Social networking for spies
We've told you before about some of the CIA's creative recruiting techniques. Now, we have the scoop on why the CIA is making a foray onto, the hugely popular networking site for college students. Their official Facebook group (log-in required) could be the newest recruiting tool for America's intelligence community.

Presidential hopefuls dot com
Web traffic to and has surged since both presidential hopefuls re-launched their web sites. But how easy is it for a potential 2008 contender to obtain a simple, coveted web address? It may be harder than you think. We investigate.

Who leaked Jack Bauer?
It was just a matter of time until never-before-seen episodes of a popular TV drama were leaked and posted onto The show "24" surfaced on YouTube nearly a week before the official Fox premiere. 20th Century Fox managed to get them pulled down quickly, but can they uncover the secret identity of the person who posted them online? We have the details, along with the the subpoena (PDF) and notification letter (PDF) that Fox sent to YouTube.

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Posted By The Situation Online Producers: 1/25/2007 04:42:00 PM ET | Permalink
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
The Cafferty File: Parliament present?
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 can there be progress in Iraq when most parliament members don't show up for work?

Wait, there is progress in Iraq? We tried to model the new Iraqi government after ours, so in that sense it's working. Our current officials don't do anything either. Even when they do physically show up.
Jason, New York

Why should the parliament care about progress in Iraq? They have our sons, daughters, brothers and sisters over there doing it for them and doing so at much less than $120,000/yr. I guess they will start to care when we have no one else to send over there.

Per chance the Green Zone is not as safe as advertised?
Drew, Fairfax, Virginia

The Iraqi government is really just a puppet government; elections under occupation and boycotted by a substantial number of Iraqis are meaningless. The Iraqi government has almost no popular support. Since what they do has no real meaning, they might as well not be there.

What does it mean that Senator John McCain starts criticizing Vice President Cheney for the "mishandled" war in Iraq?

McCain is showing his true colors. I think every independent voter that may have supported McCain in the past now sees that he will do whatever it takes to get elected.
Rob, Columbia, South Carolina

What it means is that John McCain is running for President and criticizing Vice President Cheney's conduct of the war is a sure fire way to get publicity on how he intends to conduct the war if elected.
Verben, Terrell, Texas

What does it mean when McCain criticizes V.P. Cheney for mishandling the war? It means that Sen. Flip-Flop McCain is verifying who is really in charge.
Diane, New York

What impact would state resolutions to impeach the president and vice president have?

Most likely none. This administration hasn't shown any interest in the opinions of the American people. Symbolic (or non-binding) gestures fall on deaf ears. If the legal options don't have teeth, they aren't worth pursuing.
Peny, Oxford, Pennsylvania

If more states follow suit, maybe Congress will have the backbone to take action on impeachment.
Frank, Dayton, Ohio

It would be my hope that these resolutions would wake up Congress and shame it into doing its job. This would be the ultimate in oversight that is long overdue.
Jo, Omaha, Nebraska

As unpopular as the present duo is, impeachment would be worse than keeping them in office. People all over the world would lose even more respect for us, and the terrorists would laugh so hard that their caves might fall in on them. Come to think of it, maybe impeachment isn't such a bad idea after all.
Jim, Cleveland, Ohio
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 1/24/2007 05:39:00 PM ET | Permalink
The Situation Online: Libby blogging

Lewis "Scooter" Libby

Libby bloggers' big deal
The trial of Lewis "Scooter" Libby is the first federal case to grant bloggers access to the courthouse. Now those real-time reports are about to get a major boost online. The Associated Press has partnered with the Media Bloggers Association, which holds two media seats in the trial, to distribute their bloggers' posts to more than 750 news Web sites across the country. In addition to the MBA's fifteen accreddited bloggers which span the political spectrum, three other seats -- two inside the court and one live-blogging in the neighboring media room -- are reserved for three liberal bloggers credentialed for the trial.

Watch "The Situation Room" at 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, and 7:00 PM ET for this story and more from our Internet Reporters
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Tuesday, January 23, 2007
The Cafferty File: Improving U.S. image
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 should the U.S. do to improve its image overseas?

Jack, If we were to impeach President Bush, we would immediately be seen in a better light by other countries. Other countries hate our president.
Mary, Arizona City, Arizona

If the U.S. wants to improve its worldwide image it needs to:
1) get out of Iraq
2) quit being the world's policeman without the backing of the U.N.
3) keep its nose out of places where it doesn't belong
If the U.S. can do this it might improve its image from ugly American to a kinder gentler one.
Linda, Milton, Wisconsin

America needs to go to the closet and get out an old staple, a humble pie, bake it well, dine on it properly and make sure it is all eaten. With it, try a helping of diplomacy, a dash of tact and a pinch of sugar.
Richard, Ontario

What does it mean if public financing of presidential campaigns becomes a thing of the past?

It means that we the people have lost yet again. It means only the very wealthy have voices in our so-called democracy. Only their voices will be heard. We little people who actually sweat making this country work will be voiceless yet again. The rich have gotten the tax cuts; they've cut our pensions and our health care... I pay my taxes and I pay my bills. All I'd like is a government that stays out of my way and doesn't make life more difficult.
Rick, Chicago, Illinois

Private financed campaigns reek of special interests. If the Democrats are so eager to change, why not do it with special interests? They can show their true colors.
Lennie, Lexington, Kentucky

Ending all public financing, at every level, would be a good thing and would eliminate marginal candidates.
Jim, Scottsdale, Arizona

How seriously will you take President Bush's State of the Union address tonight?

Regarding President Bush, he won't say anything worth listening to. But just like someone who might be attracted to watching a car crash, I'll be watching the State of the Union address.
Yvette, Hudson, Ohio

I don't believe that President Bush cares what any of us think, and there is no opinion poll, no precedent, no congressional down-dressing, no legal barrier that will stop him. That's serious. Adam, Boston, Massachusetts

Seriously, of course. He's the president, and he still has two years left. He's unpopular but not a lame duck. And only he commands the troops.
Andrew, New York

I will take it with a grain of salt. My son just joined the Army; I am proud of my son and horrified at what he is going to be sent to.
John, Kingston, New York
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 1/23/2007 05:51:00 PM ET | Permalink
The Situation Online: Obama, Hillary, State of the Union
Obama allegations debunked
CNN debunked false allegations that Sen. Barack Obama was educated in a radical Muslim school known as a "madrassa" as a child. It's a story that started and spread via the Internet. We have the latest reaction online.

Clinton & conservatives
Among other 2008 Presidential hopefuls, Sen. Hillary Clinton's online campaign already ranks among the most sophisticated. Now she's taking another, more aggressive step: advertising her live Web chats on conservative web sites. How is this move being received online? We investigate.

MyState of the Union
Former Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN) and top liberal blogger Markos Moulitsas Zuniga can at least agree on one thing: the four finalists for the "MyState of the Union" -- a contest on the popular social networking site that invited users to submit online their own version of the State of the Union address. Tune in. We have the winner.

Watch "The Situation Room" at 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, and 7:00 PM ET for these stories and more from our Internet reporters.
Posted By The Situation Online Producers: 1/23/2007 04:37:00 PM ET | Permalink
Monday, January 22, 2007
The Cafferty File: Ending the war?
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 there anything the average person can do to try to end the war in Iraq?

Yes, the average person can call and e-mail the offices of their senators and representatives every day to voice their dissatisfaction with the current course of the war in Iraq. Those senators and representatives who do not listen need to be voted out of office.
Kathy, Tucson, Arizona

No way to stop this war. No draft, so no real anti-war demonstrations like we had during my tenure of the Vietnam War.
Larry, Kingsport, Tennessee

Most Americans probably thought the election results in November, you remember, Jack, "the thumping" the current administration took, would have been a strong message that the majority of Americans want the war to end.
Debbie, Westmont, New Jersey

What can the average person do to end the war in Iraq? Join the Marines!

Will Senator Hillary Clinton's husband be an asset or a liability in a run for the White House?

Hillary's icy persona seems all the more frigid whenever her husband's charm comes to mind. He'll inadvertently, yet inevitably, hurt her by virtue of the comparison which will always be there.
Drew, Charleston, South Carolina

Jack, After 8 years of the Bush/Cheney debacle it would be nice to have Bill back as a resident of the White House. At least there will never be a dull moment. You have to admit the guy has a sense of adventure, as well as a sense of humor! Not only that, but it would be thrilling to see what kind of mischief he could get into this time.
RJ, Sierra Vista, Arizona

Jack, Bill Clinton would definitely be an asset to Hillary. He is a master politician, and we need someone with mega-mega experience after all of Pres. Bush's blunders. Fran, Greenville, South Carolina

Should the U.S. cut off funding for Iraq reconstruction and instead pay for Hurricane Katrina recovery?

Jack, it's the tip of the iceberg. This money could be spent for New Orleans, for safer mines, better education, better health care research, safer ports and borders and real national security. Let's face it, charity begins at home and as long as we are wasting our funds over there, we don't have the funds or the focus to do the right things here.

I think it is way past time to consider the victims of Hurricane Katrina and to begin a serious reconstruction of New Orleans and repatriation of its dispersed citizenry. The Iraq reconstruction is not working after four years. America should start thinking of its own.
Edward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

At the beginning of the war the Bush administration told us Iraqi oil would be used to fund the war. So why are we still paying for it? It's about time Iraq starts funding its own reconstruction as the Bush administration promised.
Johnnie, Cumming, Georgia

Absolutely not! If our government did that, it might cause the American people to become confused and delusional and start expecting to be treated like it's our money they're spending. The last thing the U.S. government should ever do is take care of its own people inside of its own borders.
Daniel, N. Bonneville, Washington
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 1/22/2007 05:50:00 PM ET | Permalink
The Situation Online: The Web & White House hopefuls
The Web & White House '08
New York Senator Hillary Clinton is the third Democrat in the last week to use the Web to launch a possible Presidential '08 bid. But among more than a dozen Democrat and Republican hopefuls, which ones are doing the best job of engaging the public online? We explore exploratory Web sites and beyond.

Hillary the hopeful
Can a slick exploratory Web site garner Hillary that much-needed currency in the blogosphere? We break down the site in the 5:00 PM, ET hour. Then tune in at 7:00 PM, ET, when we dip in and analyze the first of three live online Web chats with Senator Clinton.

Castro dead? Saddam alive?
So says rampant hoax emails now spreading online. You can safely click here to find more than a dozen fake news headlines that hackers are using to try and llure users into opening an attachment containing a malicious virus.

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