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May 10, 2010

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President Obama nominates Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court!

Who is Kagan – and where does she stand on the issues?  What her nomination means for Right to Life groups and conservatives? Anita Hill, James Carville, Bay Buchanan and others weigh in!
PLUS

Remembering legendary singer and racial pioneer Lena Horne. Dionne Wawick on her longtime friend and mentor.

AND

Betty White’s hot performance on ‘Saturday Night Live’!  See why the actress is a ratings winner.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S CHOICE OF ELENA KAGAN FOR THE SUPREME COURT?

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jim   May 10th, 2010 7:06 pm ET

Good choice...this is who the court needs.


Joe G. (Illinois)   May 10th, 2010 7:10 pm ET

What are the chances that Borak Obama knows Elena Kagan better than his previous pastor of decades Jeremiah Wright?


Smith in Oregon   May 10th, 2010 8:00 pm ET

I am very pleased with President Obama chosing the tough and durable Elena Kagan as the next US Supreme Court Justice.

Her no holds barred debates and approach is greatly needed to offset the Republican ultra-conservative neo-con Chief Justice Roberts. And I look forward to many legendary legal debates and battles between Kagan and Roberts in the months and years ahead.

Ironically even thou Kagan successfully argued for the wacked wooden cross war memorial in the Mohave Desert, bible thumpers including with no surprise Republican pundits are attacking her because she is Jewish and is allegedly a lesbian. Such trash remarks could fly in importance in the past but no longer.

Now in the months and years ahead for President Obama if he can replace one of the ultra-conservative Republican placed US Supreme Jurists during his Democratic led tenure, a new direction and balance for Americans and Main Street could be obtained.

I look forward to that time of reason and compassion for all Americans and the crushing end of special interests and Wall Street Corporate breaks lauded out by Justice Roberts.


lj   May 10th, 2010 8:58 pm ET

I would like to know what designer created that beautiful black blouse Betty White had on during her SNL opening monologue.


Dodie   May 10th, 2010 9:03 pm ET

Elena Kagan (A former dean of Harvard Law School and Associate White House Counsel) appears to have a champion ability to consolidate Republicans and Democrats and earned praise across the political spectrum for her decorum and equilibrium. Because the country is so polarized the question would be …. Are these qualities enough to outweigh her lack of judicial experience?

It should also be noted; the history of The Supreme Court had 41 of the 111 justices with no prior judicial experience even though all were lawyers.

My compliments to President Obama in his foresight and progressiveness when considering the current division within our country. I am delighted to see Elena Kagen nominated to the level of the Supreme Court.


Smith in Oregon   May 10th, 2010 9:03 pm ET

Great the Republican neo-con's have so little to bark about with Elena Kagan they attack her for being Jewish and allegedly a lesbian, go figure!


Smith in Oregon   May 10th, 2010 9:05 pm ET

Elena Kagan is a smart choice to body slam Republican neo-con ultra conservative Justice Roberts on his special interests rulings for Big Oil, Big Coal and Big Pharma.


Smith in Oregon   May 10th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

I was very pleased to hear Elena Kagan stand up for Annita Hill and completely blast Justice Thomas in what she stated was complete nonsense and fabrication in regards to Thomas's infamous rebuttal to Annita Hill's allegations of sexual harassment against him. Thomas seemed like a man of trash and still the Republican's marched lock step like German brownshirts to nominate him, go figure!


Chris   May 10th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

@Smith in Oregon,
Elena Kagan's nomination will be criticized by both parties; some will say too liberal, some will say too conservative which, perhaps, makes her a very good choice.

Could you give me the specifics of Justice Roberts' opinions as Chief Justice that pertain to oil, coal and pharma (excluding the broader decision regarding campaign donations by corporations).


JBM   May 10th, 2010 9:18 pm ET

The last two justices with no previous judicial experience were Warren and Rehnquist, both appointed by Republican Presidents.


Tom Joyce   May 10th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

I wonder if she would have had enough common sense to uphold the ban on animal cruelty videos. The current court decided it is not illegal to sell animal cruelty videos. Animal cruelty is illegal, but filming and selling the film of animal cruelty isn't. It seems to me you have to commit the crime to make the video. If they can't find a way to protect my first amendment rights without legalizing animal cruelty videos they need to find other jobs. I hope she's better.


Smith in Oregon   May 10th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

Chief Justice Roberts was the goon that torpedoed the massive punitive monetary damage award to the victims of the Exxon Valdez spill.

Chief Justice Roberts was the leading hack that handed our democratic political system over to big business by his ruling on letting big oil, big pharma, insurance companies, hedge funds, banks and wall street directly contribute (bribe) unlimited amounts to politicians and principally campaign media spots which have flooded America 24/7 as a result.


M. Mueller   May 10th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

Listening to Bay Buchanan try to Palinize against Pres Obama's wise choice in Elena Kagan for Supreme Court, I feel as though I am sitting in some Middle America bar where the one holding court has one too many. Time for Bay Buchanan to retire from political analysis.


Chris   May 10th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

@Smith in Oregon,
Yes, as I mentioned, I know about the approval of corporate contributions to candidates. I was wondering if you had his opinions pertaining specifically to oil, coal, and pharma. I was not aware of any. thanks.


Carrie   May 10th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Hello Wolf,
Again great choice by our President she is young smart and another woman I love it, the Republican will start with their crazy talk, but she will be confirmed,


Annie   May 10th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

@Carrie,
Every time a President nominates someone for the Supreme Court, the other party challenges the nomination. The Democrats start "their crazy talk" when a Republic President appoints one. That's simply politics as usual. And, yes, like many Republican and Democrat nominations before her, she will be confirmed.


Smith in Oregon   May 10th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

@ Chris, I already answered your question. Chief Justice Roberts was the leading Supreme Jurist that torpedo'd the punitive damage award handed out by all previous courts against Exxon for its huge oil spill in the once pristine Alaskan shoreline 19 years earlier.

DO YOU REMEMBER THAT CHRIS??

Exxon had fought paying the 2.5 Billion punitive damage award for 19 years likely knowing a inside deal was in the works which resulted in Bush jr's selection of Roberts onto the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on how much money ExxonMobil should be forced to pay as damages for its Exxon Valdez oil spill 19 years ago. The Washington Post's Dana Milbank notes that Chief Justice John Roberts appeared "bothered" that Exxon might have to pay for its destruction:

What bothered the chief justice was that Exxon was being ordered to pay $2.5 billion - roughly three weeks' worth of profits - for destroying a long swath of the Alaska coastline in the largest oil spill in American history.

"So what can a corporation do to protect itself against punitive-damages awards such as this?" Roberts asked in court.

What a utterly disgusting example of a fair and balanced Jurist, go figure!


Chris   May 10th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

Lena Horne was great and hopefully those long after her will remember and appreciate her.


Chris   May 10th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

Seeing the clip of McCain and Bush certainly reminds me of how political office ages our politicians.


Mary   May 10th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

Hey Larry! No juicey stories about Jeffrey Toobin? You cover everyone else. Guess CNN protects it's own.


IKHAN   May 10th, 2010 10:14 pm ET

Hi Larry,
@chris
its not the political office but the burden of guilt that they carry for the great harm they have done to this country that could have aged them.
Nothing we can undo that blow or reverse the far reaching & deep running horrific consequences of the Iraq disaster.


Shari   May 10th, 2010 10:19 pm ET

Great choice by President Obama, great choice by SNL (love Ms. Betty White) and RIP Ms. Lena Horne.


Steve for Truth   May 10th, 2010 11:17 pm ET

We'd like to thank Anita Hill, James Carville and David Gergen for their support and insights on thinking Elena Kagan is a great choice by President Obama for the Supreme Court. We'd also like to thank Bay Buchanan for showing once again, her lack of intelligence, insight and knowledge of important subject matters. Talk about grasping at straws Bay. What you need to do (Bay) is go home, do some homework before you come on Larry's show. We're deeply disappointed in your prejudicial view of an outstanding woman. Your commentary tonight shows the shallowness of your character and the mentality of some of you on the right. Not all, but some.


Ron in Mich   May 11th, 2010 1:08 am ET

I certainly agree with Steve for truth, Bay Buchanan should return to school all over again. Is she really as misinformed as she talks or just plain ignorant of the facts? And for her to say Harriet Myers is more competent than Ms Kagan is so far off track it is pathetic. Myers was like a love sick school girl. Her writing love notes to G W Bush was beyond belief and so senile of her. Its no wonder she never even made it to first base, to get on the Supreme Court.......And then we come to Reinquest who was so senile , drug addicted, and mindless but he stayed in there even so, he could not even make it to work and had to do what ever it was he done at home, besides run in his under wear in the street. Yhats what we have and allow to be on our Supreme Copurt? That is why Congress should change it so Justices on that courts terms are limited to no more than the age of 70 . Is it any wonder that people do not trust this government if they allow those like the above to rule and make important decissions over the American People? God help us....


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Mary Anderson   May 11th, 2010 6:04 am ET

I am suspicious of anything that President Obama does anymore. I just wrote a research paper for my college English class entitled 'America – Liberty Lost? The Rise of Socialism in America'. After an intensive study of this subject I inadvertantly came across a web site called 'Democratic-Socialist Party....and YES! there is a Democratic-Socialist party. There were advertisements for money for Obama's campaign and a long list of Democrat House members who are members of the Democratic-Socialist Party, one of whom caught my eye immediately.....Nancy Pelosi! This was an actual web site asking for money for membership. I was really upset about this. Do these people really understand what Socialism is? Our country was based on LIBERTY. We are a Federalist Republic who believes in Capitalism...and NO, this is not a dirty word. Look it up.


Mary Anderson   May 11th, 2010 6:43 am ET

I was saddened to discover that America ranks 18th on a list of 36 countries with regards to literacy and education when we are the wealthiest country in the world. This is best reflected in the comments I read whenever I pull up news blogs. It is this lack of education that leads people to the polls to vote for 'a face' or 'a lie' because they don't know any better, and apparently don't care. We have such a great knowledge base with computers and libraries so I can only attribute this lack of education as apathy or 'what I don't know can't hurt me'. Well, guess what, people, it can. I would like to challenge everyone to google the words 'socialism, capitalism, Karl Marx history, and to read a history web site about the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Then I would challenge everyone to find out what the Tea Party stands for, read what Sarah Palin thinks, and increase your knowledge regarding the words illegal and alien. President Obama is trying to take away our 10th Amendment rights, and many of our present lawmakers in Congress are members of the Democratic-Socialist Party...Nancy Pelosi is one of these, among others. If you really care about your country, don't be left in the dark. Don't speak until you understand. Discover the truth before you vote. We are Americans. Our country was founded on liberty....it was so important to our Framers that they put it in the preamble of the Constitution, and Patrick Henry wrote 'Give me Liberty or give me death!: Do you know who Patrick Henry was? Please, in all that is holy and all that is good, in all that is right....become knowledgeable about your country before it disintegrates at the hands of the majority tyrany!


Mary Anderson   May 11th, 2010 7:10 am ET

Apparently being a Harvard Law Professor means nothing. President Obama wants to sue Arizona for passing a law that backs up our 10th Amendment rights under the Constitution. He either is trying to pull the wool over theeyes of the illiterate majority to win votes or he has the moral fortitude of Hitler. No matter how nice anyone thinks this Law Professor is that he has nominated for Supreme Court Justice, unless she has something to offer his party he would not have chosen her. I say something is amiss. When she takes it upon herself to 'kick' the millitary reservists off a PUBLIC campus because she suspects they are 'racist', there is certainly something very, very wrong here. I see no honor in that. These are men who fight to keep America free. They should be honored, not degraded and kicked off public campuses. Don't vote for her just because she is a woman or because she is homosexual. Find out whether or not she will try to change the Bill of Rights or back up bad policy or even vote as she is told by the President because she is grateful for the post. Let's find out how MORAL she is before brown-nosing the President and congratulating him when he has done so much damage to our country.


Ted   May 11th, 2010 9:02 am ET

With this appointment the Vatican and Jerusalem are well represented in our Supreme Court.
President Kennedy proved that a catholic can be a president without having a brunch with the Pope every Sunday.
I hope Elena Kagan will follow his example, no special rewards for jewish interests.

As far as being lesbian, I am sure her sexual practices do not influance her work!
Heck, the secretaries will have that much more fun at the court.


Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   May 11th, 2010 9:31 am ET

One up for women power. Kudos.
Thank you Mr President for having faith in women.
Wonder why the lady Bay Buchanan is strongly opposing her nomiation.
Aside from graduating from Hardvard, Kagan also taught constitutional law at U of Chicago.
As a parent of a girl studying at U of C, , I am proud that many in Obama's administration are associated with U of of C including himself.


Mary-Jane   May 11th, 2010 11:02 am ET

Tom Joyce
Well stated and very profound! Thank You


susanmarie   May 11th, 2010 1:05 pm ET

Elena Kagan appears to be a very intelligent lawyer/educator and also solicitor general. From what I understand she was partically chosen because she comes from a varied, hardworking background and is more "in touch" with us common folk. I doubt that from what I know of her background but there is something wrong when almost every justice that is on the Supreme Court hails from either Harvard or Yale law schools. No doubt both are two of the best law schools in the country but I think that that academic background is not diverse enough. How about someone who hails from the west coast and went to Stanford such as Sandra Day O'Connor? -I think there is a difference in the methodology of thinking in how lawyers are educated and when they are from 2 schools that in itself is a limiting indicator. They should come from all across the United States


Rose   May 11th, 2010 1:35 pm ET

@ Mary Anderson

You wrote: "Apparently being a Harvard Law Professor means nothing. President Obama wants to sue Arizona for passing a law that backs up our 10th Amendment rights under the Constitution. He either is trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the illiterate majority to win votes or he has the moral fortitude of Hitler".

Here's some info re: Tenth Amendment:

Historically, the Tenth Amendment was the Constitutional basis used to cling to slavery in the US. Unwilling to accept the outcome of the Civil War, southern “patriots” used the doctrine of States Rights to institute Jim Crow and segregation. The States Rights argument was resurrected again during the 1960s to justify opposition to the Civil Rights Movement and Federal laws ordering an end to racial segregation and voting discrimination.

The Tenth Amendment is drawing support from operatives of the Republican Party, Tea Party, Neo-Confederates and anti-immigrant activists.

The Tenth Amendment legacy warns that certain issues such as civil and human rights – cannot be left to the discretion of the states. The argument that states govern best have NOT shown themselves to deal with areas of law that call for uniform standards to protect the rights of people across local boundaries.

You also wrote: "I would challenge everyone to find out what the Tea Party stands for, read what Sarah Palin thinks. . ." – The "illiterate majority" as you refer to – excels in listening to Palin. Other people are concerned about Tenth Amendment abuses.


IKHAN   May 11th, 2010 2:22 pm ET

@Mary Anderson
goes to show the biases ingrained in our psyche that would make whatever the first ever President of US of A who is of color, look suspicious.
I'm not surprised by what this writer says, unfortunately this sentiment is on the rise with the likes of Tea Party & other fringes looming on the horizon & GOP gearing up to capitalize on this distasteful racist undercurrent.
The mess that this country is in be it economic, financial or foreign policy, is the direct consequence of the Bush-Cheney regime of follies, arrogant & foolish pursuance of personal agenda culminating in Iraq disaster.
Thousands of American lives lost, a region turned into a perpetual breeding ground for extremism & violence. A trillion dollars squandered, badly needed at home & counting.
Forced to keep our military engaged in Iraq & Afghanistan we are diverting precious treasure to feed these wars from our domestic requirements. We have been forced to live in a constant state of fear & paranoia.
President Obama is trying to do the best against formidable odds not the least of which is this sentiment I mentioned.


Larks..   May 11th, 2010 3:00 pm ET

You like to babble and run your mouth to incite others, just like the neo-nutzi, Glenn (Heinrich Half-track) O'Beckoned one; you strike at moral issues and say nothing of substance, just like (Immoral) O'Reilly; and you shoot from the lip while wearing wet socks, just like (Cry-baby Pastor Wanna-be Oh Diaper Me) O'Hannity. Since I, thank goodness, am not your professor or your priest or your mental-health provider, I will lightly touch on the tenth amendment to add a little culture and sophistication to supplement your education, which is now being provided by Fox News.

I begin with a question. Why would a black president want to eliminate the tenth amendment? Perhaps you are unaware as to the reason it was written, so a very quick history lesson just for you.

When the Tenth Amendment was originally proposed, the Bill of Rights did not apply to the states; it applied only to federal law. States had their own constitutions and their own bills of rights. Some states also had slavery, which was protected under the Tenth Amendment. The American Civil War made it clear that this wasn't a workable system, so the Fourteenth Amendment extended the Bill of Rights and made it applicable to both state and federal law. For this reason, the Tenth Amendment, while still relevant, no longer holds as much power as it once had. Your bias precluded you from knowing this.

The last major Tenth Amendment battle took place as the result of 1960s civil rights legislation which attempted to enforce the Fourteenth Amendment against Southern states that continued to impose second-class citizenship on black residents. Subsequently, most references to "state's rights" in the common political vernacular are actually veiled references to segregation–unfortunate, given that the question of federal vs. state's rights is a legitimate issue that the Supreme Court has been attempting to resolve for two centuries..So, again, why would a black president wish to see this dissolved?

Perhaps you should re-title your paper "Education Paid For By Momma and Daddy... Lost" because you are devoid of truth and are full of senseless and biased babble, biased being the KEY word of your entire Fox News nurtured right-winged comprehension level.

Your study may have been "intensive" in regards to the background information necessary to write your paper, but it certainly was not 'extensive'. Watching Fox News will do nothing to fill the void of your youthful inexperience and level of knowledge. It will make you convoluted and confused and a failure in life, should you choose to lead a normal one.

One more little tidbit of information to supplement your Fox News misinformation; military reservists were NEVER kicked off the campuses of Harvard University. So, learn about "The Solomon Amendment" and you will find that your right-winged, one alar flying, 360 degree flight path has left you crumpled in a heap on a hay field of 'Punditry Proclivity'. It's a common attribute, especially daughter's, to follow in the footsteps of Daddy's political views.

One last bit of advice, which thankfully you have not mentioned in your 'biased blog', never use the word intelligent, nor any variation or synonym, and Palin in any of your future delineations. We get the picture that is still unexposed to you..


Harvey J. Garza   May 11th, 2010 4:16 pm ET

Considering the Obama nomination of Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court . . . I Favor a Nominee [Judge] who has an Extensive Judgeship that Encompasses All Cases from Federal Court Cases involving: Banckruptc, International Trade, Military Apeals, Private Land Claims, Probate, Courts of Record, Military Review . . . . and All the Other Court Cases/Legislation that a United States Chief Justice deals with in the Name of Equality and Justice For All. Experience on the Bench Enables a Chief Justice with the Invaluable Tools to be the Champion of a Government of the People, For The People, and By the People.


Cajazz76:24:8   May 11th, 2010 4:48 pm ET

Harvey J. Garza

Good luck in finding anyone that will fit your preference in a Supreme Court Judge. The best attribute in procuring a justice, would be to find a jurist that has a broad range of knowledge of the law and not one who already in influenced by their own prominence.


Ibekwe chinedum   May 11th, 2010 5:52 pm ET

How do we get to know larryking.where is him from


Chris   May 11th, 2010 8:06 pm ET

@Ibekwe chinedum,
Larry is from Brooklyn, New York. You might consider reading his book My Remarkable Journey.


Ted   May 12th, 2010 8:32 am ET

@ Mary Anderson

I could find several untrue statements in your blogs, however I just pick one.... we are the richest country in the world.

You must not have read a newspaper or a book or watched TV during the past 20 years or so, because we are not the richest anymore, and losing ground at a fast pace.
China owns a great part of this USA, followed by Japan, Korea, Germany and not to forget the arab lands who sell us our oil.
Take a few weeks and travel around the world, see Europe, they have no potholes in theit roads and highways, no slums, no homeless in a large number. When you come back home you will have the shock of your life.

We all heard of the Greek financial fiasco, they were ready to go bankrupt without the large intervention of the IMF and the european governments. At least someone could help them, because they are a small country.

We are just as much in the minus and only our size and the past good name saves us from a concentrated assault by the hedge funds. They don´t have enough money yet to do such a large scale attack, however we should not forget, that our own George Soros forced the develuation of the english pound!!
However, if China and the other countries who are holding billions upon billions of our papers decide to drop them on the market, good bye US dollar and USA, because there is nobody big enough to help us!!!

We must stop wasting money outside of this country and increase taxes so everyone pays his or her fair share.
No more off shore accounts making millions on the NY markets, but not paying a penny US tax.
No more phony write offs to avoid taxation.
No more dumping cheap foreign products in the USA, without paying a proper import tax.
And to shock my fellow citizens, a $2 tax on a gallon of gas to cut down the useless driving around and to have funds to build new roads and bridges, etc.
The people driving use those, so they should also pay for the building and repairs.


law   May 12th, 2010 9:39 am ET

larry,

congrats on trying to save your marriage and your family...never give up...


Cajazz76:24:8   May 12th, 2010 12:26 pm ET

@Mary Anderson

Looks like you are getting a free education within these blogs. Your three babble-onian contributions are full of mis-truths. I will address only one, so you're not over burdened with truth's and are not distracted from your finals.

@Mary Anderson's comment...one of many mis-truth's in her Right-Winged Flutter...
"When she takes it upon herself to 'kick' the millitary reservists off a PUBLIC campus because she suspects they are 'racist', there is certainly something very, very wrong here"......WOW!

Within that one statement are (3) THREE mis-truths (LIES)..

(1) Racist....intolerant of race..Bias...influence in an unfair way...You figure out which one is correct..a hint..yours was not!

(2)"When she takes it upon herself to 'kick' the millitary reservists off a PUBLIC campus because she suspects they are 'racist', there is certainly something very, very wrong here"........Military reservists nor active military personnel or recruiters were kicked off campus..FACT!

(3)Harvard University established in 1636 by the colonial Massachusetts legislature is both the oldest institution of higher learning and the oldest corporation in the United States of America today and a PRIVATE entity.

(4)millitary...wrong spelling...military..has only one (L)..I just thought I would give you a spelling lesson also.

Well, Mizz-directed and disdainful Anderson. you just received, for FREE, one history lesson; one grammar lesson; one spelling lesson; one lesson in truthful opinion, based on fact, and a free human relation's lesson, as well. Study hard because, for free, I'll test you on it in your next blog...As far as your political views, it will take time for you to garner an educated ideology to properly form valid opinion, but you're still very young and very WET behind the ears.

Based on your misinformation and mis truths I'll give you a George W. Bush accolade...a "D"...lots of room for improvement..Too bad he didn't take the advice of others because he failed..totally and miserably..Out of 42 former president's evaluated for their performance he was number 36...sixth from the bottom...FAILED!!!


IKHAN   May 13th, 2010 4:34 pm ET

@Ted,@Cajazz

Bull's eye. Bravo to you both.


Dodie   May 13th, 2010 11:08 pm ET

@ Mary Anderson

Here is some more education for you to consume.

Unfortunately many Americans do not understand the difference between “social economy” and “socialistic economy”. We have been “brain-washed” that government intervention = socialism and the loss of our freedom. This is a “fear based” technique that works very well in this country

Dick Cheney was the Ground Zero of Corruption in the Bush/PNAC administration. (Project for the New American Century)

What is PNAC?
Their Goal: The neoconservative agenda
Established in the spring of 1997 and funded largely by the energy and arms industries, the Project for the New American Century was founded as the neoconservative think tank whose stated goal was to usher in a “new American century”. Having won the cold war and no military threat to speak of, this group of ideologues created a blueprint for the future whose agenda was to capitalize upon our surplus of military forces and funds and forcing American hegemony and corporate privatization throughout the world. In their statement of principles they outline a fourfold agenda:
1) Increase an already enormous military budget at the expense of domestic social programs
2) Toppling of regimes resistant to our corporate interests
3) Forcing democracy at the barrel of a gun in regions that have no history of the democratic process
4) Replacing the UN’s role of preserving and extending international order
Reference: oldamericancentury . org
Ebrahim Afsah, in "Creed, Cabal, or Conspiracy – The Origins of the Current Neo-Conservative Revolution in US Strategic Thinking", published in the German Law Journal, cited Jochen Bölsche's view that the goal of the PNAC was world dominance or global hegemony by the United States. According to Bölsche, Rebuilding America's Defenses "was developed by Rumsfeld, Cheney, Wolfowitz and Libby, and is devoted to matters of 'maintaining US pre-eminence, thwarting rival powers and shaping the global security system according to US interests
William Rivers Pitt, editorial director of Progressive Democrats of America, wrote, in an editorial published by Truthout.org, that PNAC was motivated by an imperial agenda of US military expansionism, which would bring negative side effects to ordinary citizens of the United States, while enriching some industries. The defense contractors such as Boeing would drain the American tax revenue, while be handsomely paid for arming this new American empire\

2000 – 2008 Cheney and his PNAC warriors (Rove, Rumsfeld) have taken control of US foreign policy, intelligence services and military so that they can proceed with their agenda. This is the reason for Cheney's power.
Reference:
"Project for the New American Century: Info and Sources". OpEdNews.com, n.d. Accessed June 1, 2007. [Includes sources of information about the PNAC, its members, and their letters.]

After the election of George W. Bush in 2000, a number of PNAC's members or signatories were appointed to key positions within the President's administration:\

Richard Armitage Deputy Secretary of State (2001-2005)
John R. Bolton Under-Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs (2001-2005), U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (2005-2006)
Dick Cheney Vice President (2001-2009)
Eliot A. Cohen Member of the Defense Policy Advisory Board (2007-2009)[61]
Seth Cropsey Director of the International Broadcasting Bureau (12/2002-12/2004)
Paula Dobriansky Under-Secretary of State for Global Affairs (2001-2007)
Francis Fukuyama Member of the The President's Council on Bioethics (2001-2005)
Zalmay Khalilzad U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (11/2003 – 6/2005), U.S. Ambassador to Iraq (6/2005 – 3/2007) U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (2007-2009)
I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States (2001-2005) under Dick Cheney
Richard Perle Chairman of the Board, Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee (2001-2003)
Peter W. Rodman Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security (2001-2007)
Donald Rumsfeld Secretary of Defense (2001-2006)
Randy Scheunemann Member of the U.S. Committee on NATO, Project on Transitional Democracies, International Republican Institute
Paul Wolfowitz Deputy Secretary of Defense (2001-2005)
Dov S. Zakheim Department of Defense Comptroller (2001-2004)
Robert B. Zoellick Office of the United States Trade Representative (2001-2005), Deputy Secretary of State (2005-2006), 11th President of the World Bank (2007-Present)

If I were you, I would be more concerned about Fascism than Socialism. Just read up on Italy between the years of 1900 and 1930 and you will see why Italy trails the rest of the European Countries.

@IKHAN @Ted, @Cajazz, @Rose @A. Smith @ Larks

Excellent and all right on target! How refreshing to see others have a clear perspective!


IKHAN   May 16th, 2010 8:27 pm ET

@Dodie
brilliant.
What we are witnessing now with the surge in fringes & the likes of Tea Partiers backed by desperate politicians, we need to be more concerned with Fascism instead of mouthing 'socialism' every time President Obama tries to stand with the people rather than corporate behemoths & their lobbies.


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Saving a heart a day is the goal! Learn more about the Foundation and it's efforts to help the uninsured

Visit the Larry King Cardiac Foundation.


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