Anderson Cooper asks Newt Gingrich how Mitt Romney can criticize President Obama for government investments when he supported them as governor of Massachusetts.
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More than 100 people were killed Friday after unknown men went door-to-door in Houla, Syria slaughtering people, including innocent women and children. The attack came after shelling in the town. The massacre sparked outrage throughout the international community. The Syrian regime launched an investigation and attributed the violence to armed terrorist groups. But Keeping Them Honest, journalist Alex Thomson spoke to survivors in Houla who disagree. The assault, which Fouad Ajami calls a “turning point,” prompted eleven countries, including the United States, to expel Syrian diplomats from their posts. Critics of Bashar al-Assad questioned if that was a enough retribution. Anderson spoke with Thomas Friedman of The New York Times about the U.S. role in ending the violence. CNN’s Fareed Zakaria and former CIA agent Bob Baer discussed the complex diplomatic situation and another factor the U.S. needs to consider before getting involved: the Syrian military’s chemical weapons.
Reporter's Note: President Obama works late at the White House. I work late at my office…often writing these letters.
Dear Mr. President,
Perhaps you saw that video of the Illinois lawmaker yelling and throwing papers all around the legislative chamber. I don’t know what it was all about, don’t know if his actions were justified or not, but boy do I understand.
Frankly, I think voters all over this country, Democratic, Republican, an Independent, feel the same way on any given day. At such times, we think everything is broken. Our political system doesn’t work. Our economy is a mess. We can’t agree on what…if anything…is “right” or “wrong.” So we take it out on each other with bitter words, accusations, and a hardening of our hearts that would do the Hatfields and McCoys proud. (Btw, did you watch that series? Really good I thought, except for that simpering blond guy who kept romancing the neighborhood and getting people shot.)
I try not to let it get me down, but so often I find myself looking into the void and asking, “Where is the leadership?” Left, right, and center, it so often feels like the qualities it takes for people to win a seat of leadership…in politics, business, social circles…are antithetical to the qualities it takes to actually lead once there; qualities like courage, conviction, and decisiveness.
So, like I said, I don’t know what that guy was mad about, but some days I feel pretty mad too. I firmly believe that we are a better nation than what we appear right now; we can care for each other more, we can encourage each other more, and we can respect each other more for all of our differences. At least I hope that is true…otherwise I see a lot more flying papers and raised voices in our future.
Call if you can. Seriously. It would be nice.
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