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May 12th, 2009
07:35 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 5/11/09

Editor's Note: Monday night's AC360° viewers had much to say about Dick Cheney’s take on (and his openness about expressing it) the current administration. The segment on the US soldier who killed five fellow soldiers in an unprecedented attack brought comments and expressions of sadness. Here is some of what we heard and we’d love to know what you have to say:

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Cheney is scaring me. Maybe he is saying the country is not secure because he is going to stage an attack and blame it on the terrorist, but it is going to be him and his cronies and Blackwater taking the country back. And Rush L will issue the command for the citizens to go out and start killing, just like the instigators did in Rwanda. Really, Cheney isn't taking it well now that he is out of power.

Cheney is wrong on so many things here, but after all he’s only practicing his right to freedom of speech. Why all the hullaballoo? Being president doesn’t mean everyone has to pretend they have nothing to say when they clearly disagree with your actions…or does it?

Were you serious when you claimed that Dick Cheney has been "attacking Barack Obama as no other Vice President ever has"? Were you asleep during the Al Gore rants against George Bush? Did you miss the unprecedented bashing of George Bush by Presidents Clinton and Carter? You need to put things into perspective since there are many uninformed Americans who listen to your show and actually will believe that what Dick Cheney said has never been done before. I know it's a no-no to criticize "the one", and that the media is in the tank for Obama, but Mr. Obama's radical agenda needs to be scrutinized by someone since the media won't do their job.

Regarding the Iraqi fratricide, my how things have changed. When I was deputy public affairs officer of the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam during the Cambodian incursion, we had a mass casualty incident — a soldier killed 16 and wounded four fellow soldiers. He was arrested, but I never found out the disposition of the case. Story never made the news, much less having the SecDef call for an investigation. It was simply one more tragedy in a sea of tragedies.

In regards to the soldier shooting his comrades; it may be a surprise on the outside of the military but within the military it is not, just well hidden or kept quiet. Due to the 5 soldiers being victims it is a little harder to keep that silent. Soldiers who are still in will not talk about this. Soldiers who retired or got out early may talk about this tragedy. I wonder what the statistics of suicide, friendly fire and rapes are in the military. Maybe all of it will come out so we can better understand the American Soldier.

To Anderson, this tragedy in Iraq of the trooper who shot five others puts in the spotlight a basic flaw in the Iraq War which is that a "Volunteer Army" is not meant to fight long drawn out wars, particularly one with no end in sight, because it does not have a deep Replacement Pool to be able to keep fresh troops on the line at all times. It has to fall back on calling the bulk of the same troops to the front line over and over by re-deployments. What this does is burn out the troops, frazzle nerves, and create home problems that will preoccupy them without rest, endangering performance. No surprise that sometimes it ends in tragedies like this.


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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Darin

    Cheney had his shot for 8 years. His time is over. Cheney, why don't you go retire somewhere in the Middle East, and take Rush with you.

    May 12, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  2. Margaret McCann

    The olde pharte doth protest too much!
    Cheney is just proving what we all thought, that he was the real president, calling the shots.

    May 12, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  3. Doug Alexander

    I was very disappointed to see Anderson Cooper once again stoop to the low of the tabloids. Giving air time to the John Edward's affair to the extent of a panel discussion is ludicrous and a waste of broadcast time. It is not important and is not newsworthy. Leave this type of discussion to the sleazy tabloids.

    May 12, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  4. Frank Thompson

    This 'MSM' fuss over Wanda Sykes is a bit hypocritical. Wanda is a comedien. The right often supports the crap Limbaugh says cause he's an entertainer. So now you in the media are critiquing Wanda? If you look at other web sites you would find that the people outside of Washington (DC that is) do not think that Wanda went too far. We are a bit tired of the fat drug addict getting all this free ride for all his slander, but everyone is afraid of hitting back. Hurry for Wanda. At least she has courage!!

    May 12, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  5. Nefira Mada

    After reading this, it is obvious that yes there is alot of work that needs to be done in this country on Many fronts. And sometimes, we can't prevent bad things from happening. This is the result of too little being done too late. We need to care more about our own people, our own problems. What makes Nationalism so bad? We need to not be spending Billions, if not Trillions of dollars in other coutries on other peoples problems, when Our people and our concernes are being ignored.
    We have millions of homless children and adults, a broken health care system, broken school system, broken government, and yet nothing is being done on the Homefront...
    How can we expect to properly help others if we seem to have given up on ourselves?

    May 12, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  6. Lampe

    Look does it really matter what Cheney has to say? In the end Obama will be remembered for what he does or doesn't do, not what The Republicans, or Democrats, or even CNN has to say about him. And please CNN, stop acting like no other POTUS has ever been bashed, I used to watch you alot more than I do now, for the simply fact I thought you honestly cared about reporting the truth. But, since the primaries began, you have seemed to forgotten that you are a NEWS STATION, and being that you are supposed to report fairly without showing bias, well I am really disappointed that you seem to have changed. Maybe in the near future you can return to your jobs , you know the ones you were really hired to do.

    May 12, 2009 at 11:07 am |