October 6, 2009

TONIGHT: Obama's Afghanistan problem & latest on Letterman

Posted: 05:27 PM ET

artobamajobsgiTomorrow marks the eighth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan and President Barack Obama is facing some difficult decisions. Should the President send more troops to fight a war that most Americans oppose? His commander on the ground says yes, but his national security team is split. And just how damaging was Saturday Night Live's skit about a do-nothing Obama? Will the shtick stick?

PLUS – He's sorry, so sorry. But is this just the beginning of David Letterman's troubles? He says his wife is deeply hurt by revelations that he slept with "Late Show" employees and that he has his work cut out for him in trying to repair his marriage. Meanwhile, the attorney for alleged extortionist Robert "Joe" Halderman says he has evidence that Letterman committed sexual harassment. Watch Larry King Live for the latest on the bizarre plot! That's at 9ET/6PT.

And we want to hear from you!

Should the President send more troops to Afghanistan?

Filed under: Afghanistan • David Letterman • Larry King Live • Obama

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Anne   October 6th, 2009 5:32 pm ET

SNL can suck it. I am boycotting the show.

Cindy   October 6th, 2009 5:40 pm ET

NO! We do not need to send more men to Afghanistan. What have we accomplished in the years since going in there? Nothing. Why? Why? It makes no sense. We should be getting the heck out of there.

alex lyrics   October 6th, 2009 5:46 pm ET

The Republican government Ronald Regan, and both Bush presidents are responsible for the economy and state of the country now.

1. They killed our farming industry after they started making ethanol to power their farming equipment. They cut off the aid for farmers and let the American farmer dry up for Saudi Arabians and their oil interest. Now we spend 85 billion per year on produce from Brazil.

2. They cut out all government training facilities and job core centers.

3. They closed down all the mental hospitals around the country.

4. They fought senseless wars, which cost us debt beyond comprehension.

5. They made Don Regan of Merril Lynch the secretary of treasury, and they allowed deregulations of banks and corporations. Thus killing off all industry and sending business over seas. Also allowing the banks and corporations to rob us today.

6. Allowed GM to close plants in the US and move to Mexico, losing more jobs.

7. Killed off the Unions, and dismantled the working class secure stability in this country.

8. Allowed China to own more interest in the US from loans, and allowed almost 75% of our products imported to come from China, and 11% of ours shipped back to China.

9. Allowed the insurance industry, and our government to be bribed and there for 60% of all our politicians are corrupt.

10. Aligned the Supreme Court with republican justices, and those who would side with them incase of indictment, the same court which just ruled that companies are equal to people.

11. Set up the workers compensation legal court system, which set caps on lawsuits by injured workers. This court system is corrupt, and government controlled. This left out moneys which would legitimately go to the court system, and hurt the injured workers who now have poor care, and have to go through many channels to receive surgeries, and test. This system is a massive waste of taxpayer dollars, and the legal fee taken from the little salaries of workers receiving compensation is far too great.

12. They allowed the insurance and mortgage companies to steal American houses from the homeowners working hard. They also allowed the banks and credit card companies to raise rates so high that people had no remedy from failure.

13. They basically killed public education and have the United States not producing intelligent science, and engineers and creative designing people. We are becoming a nation that produces nothing, and buys everything from over seas.

I blame the entire republican party, and congress, who most have been in office sense then, and sat by , took bribes, and allowed this to happen to us.

WE are now all poor except for them and the rich who all profited, and still profit today by buying our homes at pennies on the dollar.

Melinda   October 6th, 2009 6:20 pm ET

The question I ask is, did General Stanley McChyrstal lie to the American People about Pat Tillman'death in Iraq at the expense of his fellow soilders? Did he do this to further his career? What did he and George Bush cover up? How can we as a nation trust him now?

Matt NZ   October 6th, 2009 6:41 pm ET

Please refuse to swallow what the media is feeding you. Go out and find the Facts and Figures for yourself. It starts with the 'Man in the Mirror.'

BEHAVING HIMSELF Dave Dawson   October 6th, 2009 7:15 pm ET


Tarish   October 6th, 2009 7:16 pm ET

Firstly, why on earth there is this war going on. Are we the people looking forward to the world war 3 – a nuclear war or are we the people looking forward to create a peaceful society to live?
Secondly, things are going to happen will happen. If the decision is made to send the troops to Afghanistan, they will be sent. The big question is what are we doing different to change this so called War on Afghanistan or taliban?
I feel this war should end once and for all and that peace should prevail because we all know by now even the innocent people will die if there is a war.
Obama should learn from Gandhi's philosophy – adopt the peaceful tactics. Surely, the taliban can be destroyed but in a smart way. This needs a lot of out of the box thinking. This is where we the people who believe in peace can come together and can make the difference.
What will happen now? We will see as time goes by.

LacrosseMom   October 6th, 2009 7:17 pm ET

In 1985, when the then Mujahideen visited with Ronald Reagan in the White House, Reagan said, " These gentlemen are the moral equivalent of America's founding fathers." Reagan helped to train & arm these "gentlemen" who are now the TALIBAN!

BUSH sent our Troops to fight Al-Qaeda and now we are fighting the Taliban!



Gwendolyn Sadler   October 6th, 2009 7:45 pm ET

NO!!! The President should not send additional troops to Afghanistan. We voted for him to end the war in Iraq. We did not vote for him to send our troops to another war we can't win. How can you win against a people who doesn't mind dying. They have always had wars and will always be in some war or another. We can not outlast them. Please end this war and save our troops from further harm.

Irene, TX   October 6th, 2009 7:54 pm ET

The tragic paradox is YES, we are forced to send more troops until we get out of there, and we better get out tomorrow. Yet until we do our troops will remain spread way too thin and the generals will not be able to look their men in the faces and answer the question "where was our reinforcement". This is the diabolic, bloody, deadly logic of war, and the war is out there, it's a nasty fact regardless of our feelings. Sending no more troops would be a betrayal of those already there. What we have now in Afghanistan is not remotely enough to fight this war with any kind of military advantage and reasonable safety for our boys and girls, and for America not to gain this advantage and still send their sons and daughters to the line of fire against the enemy that is ranked among the poorest countries in the world ... You name it yourselves. I think "we are trapped" would be a fair statement. Some Americans better stop believing that Chuck Norris and one Delta Force plane is enough to fix the Middle East problems.

There will never be a graceful retreat from Iraq, and there will never be any victory in Afghanistan unless we go there with the force that could be very hard to contain once unleashed, so we might as well, and should, get the hell out of there tomorrow and tell them for a good buy – we are leaving you alone but should one more time someone originating from your territory as much as sneezes in our direction the world map will be changed for good, no ground troops required. This is the kind of language they understand, and if they don't – let them consider themselves warned.

We grabbed the bear by the balls and now can't let go. This is a hopeless war because the only way to defeat Afghanistan is to end its existence, otherwise there will always be strong forces that will never quit. God is my witness, I'm not calling for any such thing, I'm just saying out loud something that no politician will ever say. Only idiots and traitors could have started this mess in the first place, especially being so unprepared. Afghanistan had never been conquered since Alexander the Great's attempts. M. Thatcher once said "We'd been over there for 200 years and never controlled more than 19% of the territory". This Moloch will never be satisfied unless the scale of war increases to a level I don't even want to entertain, the war where all white gloves will be thrown out and nothing but sheer survival of the strongest will matter. On top of that, their corruption might beat even the Russian oligarchs. To feed this bottomless pit is plain insane.

It's time to bring those who started these wars to justice.

The President has very few choices, actually 2 – stop this war immediately or send more troops. As horrible as is sounds, if for a split second we forget about everything but cold calculations and military science, even extra 40 000 is hardly enough. Keeping things as is would simply mean slow but steady feeding the beast with American blood and money for years to come. Generations of Afghans are used to fight for their entire lives having the "supplies" that would make American stray dog puke, they know how to survive, actually live on a bare, burnt, stripped mountain terrain, they are at home, every 6-year-old is a good shooter and many 6-year-olds now have family members killed by American weaponry. Don't make any mistakes, they will hold the grudge.

May I remind you that our President didn't start any of it but he'll be blamed no matter what he does. It's a double jeopardy. We have our own war, a shameless open war against our President.

Can somebody please show me the schedule of the first 100 days of Mr. Bush activities and achievements? Any crisis or a war on his hands from day 1?

Justin   October 6th, 2009 7:58 pm ET


als   October 6th, 2009 8:02 pm ET

Every President even after President Obama is going to half to face Afghanistan. President Bush opened up a can of worms that will never go away for Americans. He went and invaded the wrong country and we will probably pay the price for his actions for years to come.

kathleen, 29   October 6th, 2009 8:14 pm ET

Yes he should send more to that country!He should get all the troops out of Iraq and have them all in Afghanistan to go after Bin Laden!Since he has to clean up the mess Bush wasn't able to do and sent to Iraq for no reason other then to finish the job the 1st Bush did!So he should get the troops out of Iraq since Saddam been dead for a several of years now,and have all the troops in Afghanistan going after the the guy that cause the attack on 9/11,cause he should be caught and having all the troops go after him and not some in another country would hopefully make it faster & quicker in getting him&his followers.

vallary   October 6th, 2009 8:40 pm ET

I am from North Carolina, and I have two big bases right here, Fort Bragg, and Camp Lejuene . I don't feel that we need to send more. Russia fought in this area for 9 years and left. Nothing gain everything lost . I know we need to stop terriost. but it is also home grown I watch a program on the history channel this past week about this. We had one of the biggest guys that help train Bin Linden join the U.S. Army in 1986 and was own a watch list. With reading about these wars and times. They put the answers right in front of us if we listen

Nadine   October 6th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

let's be clear on who's responsible for this "war"...the president's in a difficult position here; do you pull out and be called a quitter or do you send more troops to try to defeat a mindset....whatever he decides it's gonna be tough...think he's in a "no win" situation

chaney   October 6th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

I think we need to bring the troops home..... but I am not privy to the same data as our Gov. and Military.......we have our borders we need to secure, and the cost in $$$$$ and lives is just to great....... if we stay I will not like it but I will try to understand....I,m afraid we dont have enough friends in Afghanistan, and our mission will be impossible to carry out...........President Obama will have huge critics no matter which way he chooses.

Disabled Veteran   October 6th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Some of us do not bag our own groceries at the store so why should we even question sending troops? To support other troops. To provide support and relief to troops such as the ones who were left out on an out post. To provide support within mission critical time limits (during fire fights), and not 30 minutes away.

If were going to let the troops do what they are trained for, let them go. If we are going to limit their function (bureaucratic red tape), why engage at all.

Charla   October 6th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

SNL was total satire....why can't we focus on the fact that President Obama is trying to help this country? Americans are first to go for the jugular. We are all Americans and should remember we can't kill to feel better! Why is it ok to write a blank check to kill but not to heal?

Dawn   October 6th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

I think it is WAY TOO SOON to judge President Obama! He was elected to a FOUR year term!! Lighten up folks!

Art-513   October 6th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Did President Obama indicate his strategy for Afghanistan and then select General McCrystal?

Did not General McCrystal request and receive 21,000 additional troops in order to implement the strategy?

Does his request signal that his implementation of the strategy has failed? That his request for the 21,000 troops was insufficient?

JIM Carroll   October 6th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Mr. President, you have one great option on Afghanistan. Get out. Start drawing down troops.

Harry Truman, a great Commander In Chief, said, "that all generals had blinders on." He was right. Our great Constitution made the Commander In Chief a civilian. It is up to you to decide–not a general. Follow the gleam in your own mind.

ellen   October 6th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Hey Michelle, Many of those viewers that contribute to the ratings, do so not in support but to hear/watch the freak show of both sides arguing.

carol kesling   October 6th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

thank you dawn,anne !!!!! im sick of the people thinking he can clean this "MESS" UP OVER NIGHT !!!!! enough is enough, give him a chance.... and the gop should STOP fighting him EVERY STEP OF THE WAY !!!!!! jim carvelle mentioned RUSS,GLEN AND being part of the problem, i prefer to call those 3 THE THREE STODGES !!!!!! they are all 3 of them dangerous for our country, spreading all their propoganda......... they all ought to be off the air !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sniffit   October 6th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

People don't go where they think they'll here the truth...Bacman is wrong...they go where they will have the truths they wish to be truths re-affirmed. The real problem with people like LImbaugh and Coulter and Beck and Hanntiy and Bachman herself is that they know these people want the world to be a certain way, maybe they want it to be that certain way too, but they are ignoring the facts and empirical evidence that tell us it's not and, for their own benefit, are thereby perpetuating a state of daydream ideological bliss that hampers the progress and impairs the efficacious functioning of our most important societal construct...government. If they were voicing HONEST objections and criticisms based on facts and evidence, it would be one thing, but the level of disingenuity inherent in the GOP's and neocon's tactics lately is quite another. The birthers are the best example ("death panels" a close second)...and the GOP's willingness to attempt to take advantage of such nonsense, rather than reining it in so we can have a sane conversation...THAT is why Limbaugh and Bachman their ilk deserve criticism.

vicky   October 6th, 2009 9:26 pm ET



Kumar   October 6th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Larry, if you invite guests like that senator from MN , I will not watch your show

Alan Sedgwick   October 6th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

I think that Larry King is doing a patriotic disservice to President Obama by continually doing programs based on the premise that "this is a turning point for Barrack Obama's presidency. Larry should realize that millions of viewers are influenced by the subject of the Larry King Live show. He should be supporting his president not casting aspersions of doubt. Simply rewording questions and program headlines would make Larry appear more patriotic. Supporting the president whether you agree or not seems to have gone out of style for modern Americans. Just because radical radio talk show hosts love to cast doubt and dissent is no reason for the King of talk television to follow suit.

angela   October 6th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Carol, I agree, the Three Stooges, a perfect analogy. Except, the Stooges may have been smarter.

Khanh Hinh   October 6th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

No, we have to bring service men and women home otherwise more counting body bags for nothing.

Maureen Rathbone   October 6th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Larry, Please make your guests stop talking over each other, its unbearable to listen to. Thank you, Maureen

Dodie ~ California   October 6th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

If we had not wasted 3 trillion dollars and 8 years in the Iraq war, we would be in a better position to fight Afghan.

At this point in time, I think we need to wait until the UN fully embraces the war in Afghan, or withdraw our troops. We just can not continue fighting one war after another...

Barbara   October 6th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Why does anyone invite Michelle on their show? She can only repeat herself, has no substance, is off base in a vast majority of her statements and is a non entity in "her district"....Where are the jobs Michelle? Get ff the TV & do your work. Please don't run again.

Juan in Miami   October 6th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Your selection panel that screens your guests came to a new low.
How can you have in your program somebody like Rep Michele Bachmann.
She claimed that since carbon dioxide is "a natural byproduct of nature", it is actually a harmless gas. She stated that because life requires CO2 and it is part of the life cycle on Earth it cannot be harmful.
People in Minnesota have to be really very weird to have somebody like her to represent them.

DESI   October 6th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

it has been 9 months and obama has not done much

Barbara   October 6th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Please Michelle.....You have disminished the roll of a Congress woman by saying he has shamed the trying to get the Olympics.
Were you one of the people cheering when Chi. did not get the games? Where are the jobs????????

Jennifer   October 6th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Evening Larry and all,
I'd like to know where your guest got the 8.x% cap promised on unemployment. This time last year we were supposedly on the brink of depression and I'm just thankful things have not gotten worse. Sure, people are still loosing jobs and the economy has certainly not recovered, but we didn't get into this mess overnight, and I think it is unreasonable to complain that 10 months after the stimulus we are not "fixed" yet.

Jennifer   October 6th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I feel that Obama is doing the right thing at the moment in Afghanistan. He is taking his time to make a decision which is what a president should do. Afghanistan is a problem that we have to deel with because the last thing we would want is another 9/11. The American people are tired of war and they are expressing it, but let us not forget that if we would have NEVER gotten involved in Iraq and focused on Afghanistan from the get go, we would be in a much better position in Afghanistan. What Obama is doing now is cleaning up the previous administrations mess and just leaving is not going to fix it. I am not an expert on warfare and saying what amount is appropriate to send over to Afghanistan but we cannot leave those troops that are out there hangingl

frankie   October 6th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

One thing has not changed since the Presidential campaign, the Republicans keep telling everyone, every day and over and over, what I believe and what I want, and they are totally wrong. And that Congresswoman is bending over backwards not to offend the birthers, which basically proves your point.

vicky   October 6th, 2009 9:35 pm ET


Dodie ~ California   October 6th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

@ alex lyrics

You are correct on most of what you said. This is where Capitalism meets obliteration! When big business is draining everything from this country. And Congress are on the 'take' from lobbyists!

MICHAEL   October 6th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

i think people in general are expecting alot from the government, but they do not want to give back into it. The government is offering RIGHT now over 100,000 jobs position, yes you read it right. Join the military, i did 12 years ago an when every one is looking for jobs and can not efford the payment of a household, i have 2 and my credit score is ove 710, i have not suffer a bit. NoW another think STOP Asking to remove the TROPS from Iraq or Afganistan. I'm a soldier and i love to fight from my country, i have been there 3 times and my wife 2 and i wish i can go at least 10 more times

Laurin Anderson   October 6th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

As a Minnesotan I'd like to apologize for Ms. Bachman. It's obvious she's having a hard time (again, as usual ) answering a straight question. All Minnesota Democrats and more and more Minnesota Republicans are wondering how on earth she got elected in the first place.

Barbara Johnson   October 6th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

The representative from Minnesota is embarassing! She not only can't answer a question, but has no idea she can't. Republicans need to figure out that many of their members are being ignorantl

Judith   October 6th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

President Obama needs to get the troops out,Now.It's easy to say send more troops.What's going to happen when their aren't more troops are they then going to put a draft in?Let these lover of War sign a waiver with their age and enlist.

Of course the GOPs in Washington would be behind him because all of them voted yes to go to Iraq.They held the seats.
When they found no MD weapons that is when there should have been more marches than during Nam in the Streets of Washington.
Not one of these GOPs that had gone around having town meetings to find out if the people wanted their kids to stay and fight Bush/Cheney money making War.Many Generals at that time said it will be a loss cause.
Bottom line after we're out they will still be fighting.

Larry you had Michele Bachmann on your show.
Where you get your idea Michele that the people do not want health care are from ones that are uneducated that you and your Party feel can get to.

Rush L should take a drug test before going on the air.The sad things he says is UnAmerican about the President.The things he's said Don Imus was thrown off his show for awhile and this is exactly what should happen to Rush.That is one guy that was a draft dodger of Nam and should keep his flap shut.

Our Country is in dire Need and the GOPs want to keep her down instead of doing what's best for America and give her strength once more.
It's time to replace all those GOPs in Washington.

We have some GOPS who have been going to other Countries trying to disrespect President Obama.These GOPs that down President Obama should be pick up,thrown in jail and go on trial for Treason
and one Gov that quit from Alaska should be in that line too,Sarah Palin.

These people in Washington are out of touch with reality as far as Health Care.They lie and the sad thing is that the 2% believe them.
There are many Republicans around the Country that said they are for health care and not to put them in the group of Michele Bachmann and others that have been lieing about Health Care.

Dodie ~ California   October 6th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

We can not even get control of our inner city gangs. How the heck are we going to get control of Al Qaeda which I consider a Huge Gang in Afghan.

Jim Carroll   October 6th, 2009 9:43 pm ET



Juan in Miami   October 6th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

If I do that with my employees, I get fired, and a huge settlement the least. By not firing Letterman, we are sending the wrong message to the country's next generation which, it is ok to abuse our employees, a fight of 100 years of equal rights and sexual discrimination down the toilette. There is no concentual sex among a boss and an employee. Put all the make up to the monkey but it still is a monkey.

Dee   October 6th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

There is no "winning" the war in Afghanistan, no matter how long you stay there or how many troops you send. The best you can hope for is to contain the war, minimize the damage, forget the nation building, get the heck out of there and leave the country to the Afghans.

And if this is the same Gen. McChrystal who covered up the Pat Tilman tragedy, how indeed can you trust him?

Dodie ~ California   October 6th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Should the President send more troops to Afghanistan?

No... No.... No...

Do NOT act alone any more. Move with the UN!!! We are further away than Europe. Let them deal with it!

Kevin   October 6th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Michele Bachmann is nuts! If you have her on the show again I will not watch. I love Larry and watch almost every night.

Judith   October 6th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Like a few on here have said President Obama is in a no win situation
if he does or doesn't.

Now we hear that the Conservative Republicans want to rewrite the Bible saying it's too liberal.When are these people going to stop.

Dodie ~ California   October 6th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Afghanistan and Iraq are like Vietnam. The "enemy" will just wait until we move out whether it be this year, next year or 30 years... The dynamics have been going on for over 100 years. You can not make people there stand up to Al Qaeda war lords (Gang) when hiding is their strategy!

Let it go!!!


Disabled Veteran   October 6th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Great comment Dodie, you are right. The U.S. Military can not sustain to engage in conflict in two theaters. The majority of the resources as you stated were spent and sent to Iraq. Why was this done? Possibly one answer is to perform the operation that GW1 was unable to follow through with during the Gulf War.
The U.S. military is not able to police the entire world, despite the comments from ignorant leaders / politicians that say we can.
Those politicians need to live on something called dwell time.
Although I am a great supporter of dwell time I also support the function of our troops in combat, to engage the enemy.
If were are going to send more troops remove the "red tape" and allow them to function as they should. With the resources, supplies and support to execute properly.

Tijuana Smith   October 6th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I was just watching Larry King and I have to say I am deaply disturbed by the comments by the republican party regarding the unemployment rate and how they are trying to lay the blame to Barack Obama. Do they actually think that companies that laid off employees were just affected financially within the last 9 months? Many of these companies have been trying to hold on by the skin of their teeth and because of the many failed bush policies that were in place before President Obama took office they were no longer able to sustain themselves and as a result they are forced to close shop or reduce their labor. I know because I am an accountant who works with many small and mid-sized businesses that have been financially strained for quite some time and just can't hold on any longer. The republicans keep talking about us mortgaging our kids future while they conveniently forget the fact that we waged a war at the expense of our kids future that was unneccesary. In addition to that what happened to the 700 billion dollars that we used to finance banks that now refuse to give loans to these small and mid-sized businesses that keep people employed. I really wish that you guys would get real people on the show to ask real questions and get rid of the politics,

Dodie ~ California   October 6th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

@ Judith (lol) with the bible belt!

MICHAEL   October 6th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Like i said before jobs are there join the service and stop being wimps, some people said they would joing if we were not in war, but if we are not in war what we need them for, but yeaaah, they want helth plan, they whant jobs, that most of the time are not even qualified, they want money, and the government is suppost to do it all? WIMPS

Teri in New Jersey   October 6th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Bachman, Limbaugh, Palin and many other infamous so called republicans have forced true Republicans to either go Independent or Democrat. They are undermining the party and I am truly sad that I was maybe that naive to believe I belonged to a party that had any integrrity. It is a shame what ego and jealousy bring out. I cannot be party to it any longer.

Although I did not vote for President Obama, I truly believe that he is the only one capable of leading our country during these times. I thank him for his courage and more than admire his strengths. It's wonderful to have a true American with team spirit setting the example for not just the children.

Dodie ~ California   October 6th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

@ Disabled Veteran

I completely agree with you. If we go to war, we need all of EUROPE with us. I am tired of being the Police of the world, and many countries that we enter really do not want us there.

I am afraid Iraq is like Vietnam. We send in our troops... but we play with the war... not allowing our troops to do what they need to do. I believe it is more about money, Oil and control....

LB   October 6th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I think they should have gotten a full blooded Latino to host this series. I don't have any interest in anything O'Brien has to say about Latinos.

Hal   October 6th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Hey Alex, you must have read history from the democrat manual. For one thing. Carter opened up our country to foreign investment.

Dodie ~ California   October 6th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Anderson Cooper... you do not get it... being a "snitch" will get you killed!

Kind of like the Afghans with Al Qaeda

Dodie ~ California   October 6th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

@ Teri in New Jersey

I understand how you feel. I do not belong to either party. I support Obama; unfortunately, it has taken us 50 years to get into this mess with the last 8, the worst, now it will take us 10+ years to get out of this mess...

We can only heal when we "limit corruption with big business, Lobbyists and congress.

Harold   October 6th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

This is for Larry King.....a guest you often have with the first name of Bill is always "off the wall" and you never question him. This seems a double standard when you take some conservatives to task.

Dodie ~ California   October 6th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

What is wrong with the Rep. Senators???

They voted for a 3 Trillion Dollar war in Iraq, but they are unwilling to make health care affordable for Americans.

When did the American People drop down on the priority list???

Jim Carroll   October 6th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

The Five-Finger liberal Agenda

1. ADEQUATE MONETARY SYSTEM: The three functions of the Federal Reserve are to lower or raise discount rates, to buy or sell securities on the open market, and to lower or raise the reserve requirements for member banks.These are inadequate for maintaining a balanced money supply at all times. Adding a FOURTH FUNCTION to the monetary system that would index the PAYROLL TAX on a scale of 1 to 15 would bring balance. The index could be lowered when more money is desired in the consumers' pockets and raised when less is needed.

2. RESERVE RETRAINING WORK FORCE: The greatest problem facing America is EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT TOO. This problem can be PERMANENTLY solved by establishing a Reserve Retraining Work Force. Everyone would be in the regular work force or in the Reserve-Retraining Work Force. All unemployment would be by choice.

The Federal Government should endow a HOME LOAN FUND, so
anyone making below average wages could borrow money to finance a home at an interest rate from 1% to 5% FOR UP TO 50 YEARS.

Since only 1.3% of all health-care claims run over $50,000, the Federal government could pay these claims for only 13 billion dollars per 1 trillion dollars of total health-care cost .Without having to worry about the one claim in a million for a million dollars, small businesses could self-insure which would bring about competition in the insurance industry where none now exist. THIS WILL LEAD TO A SINGLE PAY UNIVERSAL HEALTH-CARE SYSTEM.


alex lyrics   October 6th, 2009 10:12 pm ET


Carter had job training centers ran and sponsored by the government for low income, and adults with no jobs, who lost their jobs and needed re-training, and those who needed education.

Jimmy Carter made sure there were thousands of these centers in every city and state. He also funded the mental hospitals. Unlike Reagan and Bush, they threw all the mental patients on the streets, and closed all the state mental hospitals.

Reagan and Bush took away all the public funds for social services in America.
This is why our schools and our cities, and even our post office are in disarray.

So when you want to look at a manual look at what the Republican Party did to our country, they basically killed it off.

Why don't you go join Rush Lim-boo-baaas radio blog where you belong? "HAL"

alex lyrics   October 6th, 2009 10:15 pm ET


REAGAN allowed Don Regan of Merrill Linch to diantel our unions, and moved our entire industial work over seas.

Explain away that fact.

Reagan /Bush let the countries corporations kill all the jobs in the US that really meant something, the union workers.


Judith   October 6th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

President Obama stated that he knows the Wars,economy is bad but will not know till he gets into office.He was right bet they were all in shock.

Today we talk about this and tomorrow it will be about HK who Bush took off the Terrorist List.
North Korea's suggestion that it may return to nuclear negotiations could open the way to its first talks with the Obama adm, but there are warning signs that the North has no intention of fully disarming.

We have to applaud a President such as Obama that he is up against the Wars and now,who knows what will happen with NK.

We do not need trouble makers in Washington that are jealous of Pres Obama that he can do multi tasks.The Party of No wanted him to do one thing at a time.That's unreality.

Dodie ~ California   October 6th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

@ Judith

Let China deal with the DPRK (North Korea) Their army has as many people as our entire population of the USA! China continues to pull the DPRK leaders to discuss dissolving nuclear underground testing since they test along the China/DPRK border! China is being tolerant, but someday, they will get really upset and "poof" no more DPRK!!!

So, I would not worry about the DPRK!

Gary Chandler in Canada   October 6th, 2009 11:28 pm ET

Doesn't ANYBODY realize it's a Rope a Dope???
Bin Laden is praying for 40,000 more to Afghanistan, drain the American economy.
You leave – you lose
you stay and leave in 5 years – you lose
you stay and turn it into a Bastion of democracy – they move to a country around the corner – you lose
They have reinvented warfare.
They are groups not countries.
Their combatants can be Citizens of the Western countries.
When the Western Elite is defending a child rapist, maybe religious like Palin and Bin Laden have a point concerning the decadence of the West!

Gary Chandler in Canada   October 6th, 2009 11:35 pm ET

Has anybody ever pointed out that the Right Wing Conservatives who hate the Islamist Extremists the most, are actually the MOST like them???
If you want tight, tight Immigration, no abortion, gays thrown in jail, no freedom to use alchohol, and so on COPY the Muslim rulers!

dbla1155   October 7th, 2009 12:23 am ET

Why doesn't he just show the birth certificate?

Brian-California   October 7th, 2009 12:31 am ET

Hi Larry,

I am wondering if you can ask your guests tonight why it is they feel that Obama can be even be remotely responsible for the jobless rates, deficit and economy when this all originated from the Bush administration excessive spending and war debt behavior.

Barbara   October 7th, 2009 12:36 am ET

Big praise to Larry King for insisting that Rep. Michelele Bachmann (MN) answer a simple question. Gee, it only took her about half a dozen tries before she stopped evading the question and finally answered that she believes Obama was born in Hawaii! I feel sorry for the people in MN; how can they believe anything she says if she doesn't have the courage to answer questions.

Gary Chandler in Canada   October 7th, 2009 12:41 am ET

McCain is saying the Splurge worked. Why are American troops still in Iraq then?
If borrowing money from the Chinese to give to terrorists in Iraq who used the money to kill Canadians in Afghanistan and tourrists in India is success!?!?!? then go war machine

David   October 7th, 2009 1:00 am ET

WOW ! am I ever overjoyed that Rep Bachmann is not part of the political structure in our state. Unfortunately, I do not believe she is capable of a straightforward answer to a question. Our congressional representatives do not "dance around" the issues placed before them..
There is a party which does not appear to like much of anything transpiring in DC, but it does not take them ":yards of time" to come up with an answer. In fact, they DO come up with answers, and ones which we can understand. We are indeed fortunate.
Also, what type of referendum has been voted for her to come up with "the people want" statement she makes,
There are four adult members in our family, and they do not align with Rep Bachman's "people want" or "the people do not want.."
She must have dropped a cog or gear somewhere.

Tracy   October 7th, 2009 2:00 am ET

Yes I think Obama should send over more troops, and I think the sooner the better. The troops we have over there now need some support and with not enough people the job will never be done. People need to remember what it felt like on 911 and how terrorism in that capacity effects tons of Americans. At this point if we do not send more troops the men and women fighting for all of us are going to resent the fact that while they were putting in their efforts we left them to fight on their own. I think the men and women of the military signed up to fight for our country and take pride in the fight and they would be disappointed and shocked that there is a debate on the whether we should send them support! The longer this topic is in debate and not settled American troopers are dying due to lack of reinforcements that we are giving them.

Give Obama a break the US didnt get in the shape it is in overnight or one 4 year term he is going to take time to clean up the mess that failed presidents have done. It is becoming evident that no matter what Obama does people are not going to be happy or they are going to fight against him and then throw him blame because nothing was done, people need to lighten up and let the man start the cleaning process and understand that it is going to take YEARS and instant relieve is not going to happen no matter what political party you are in!

Donaldlallen   October 7th, 2009 3:40 am ET

well larry I well tell you BROKE OBAMA is a nut and he think he got all the ansher but I hate to say my brother had A PHD he dad now rest hiss sole and he trid but he did not no nutting but how to foul all the rest of auss if you no what I mean I no bush and brock OBAMA or crock and netter can do no more then you or me there road ckoock and that is the end of this store and the mad can not say there is no evedence cause I well say the dif see you larry way dont they investgate if there looking for the profe and than let them say there no pruff Donald Lee Allen tell my man man there to your left I said hi or mabe my left he look drak

M LO G   October 7th, 2009 3:48 am ET

the war in Afghanistan is not as important as the CIVIL WAR going on in Washington. The Republicans are waging a Propaganda war on President Obama. Everything the President does the Republicans are opposing, regardless of it being right or wrong! everyone in Washington knows that a Public Option would bring the price of health care insurance DOWN ! If he sends more troops to Afghanistan, they (republicans) will go against it full throttle.
Regardless of the situation the republicans are playing politics instead of finding solutions to the problems of the world. they are focused on not allowing Obama to succeed, rather than help him work out these problems they put us in.

M LO G   October 7th, 2009 4:03 am ET

Larry, I don't believe this war is winnable! we will never be able to win a war that's been going on since forever! the best thing to do is bring our boys home! if not that, build a large secure base and monitor movement from there. get out of there affairs. because as soon as we leave, they will get back to what they were up to all the time. you stop terrorist attacks by stopping them from coming over here and survailance, like they are doing now!

Karin de Groot   October 7th, 2009 5:24 am ET

I have seen film footage of Obama's grandmother pointing out the hut he was born in, in her village in Kenya !!!!!
Surely I'm not the only one !!!!

Why won't people even discuss this ????

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   October 7th, 2009 5:42 am ET

@alex lyrics October 6th, 2009 5:46 pm ET

Sounds like the illumanati.

karin de groot   October 7th, 2009 5:51 am ET

Why was my comment about Obama removed ? All I did was mention a FACT, something I have seen, which obviously cannot bear the light of day !

charlie   October 7th, 2009 5:54 am ET

I think Pres Oboma should not send anymore trops but try and focus on those who are already there

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   October 7th, 2009 6:00 am ET

I wouldn't want to be in President Obama's shoes on this. You damned if you do and you're damned if you don't. It's like a no-win situation.

It is a shame that all this money is spent fighting wars when it can be put to better use. No one wins in wars really. We all are losers. But such is the nature of this world we live in.

Ron J   October 7th, 2009 7:02 am ET

Larry, please continue to have shows on this war subject but please
have guests on that reflect more of the No War side—that is the
right side of this issue…..our corrupt war machine (that is congress
the military , and contractor lobbyists, and presidents) have misled us over and over again and will always be asking for more money and blood to be spilled for them . Why should we the people put up with them again crying wolf with overblown or trumped up threats..? Bush-
Cheney craziness started a war in Iraq based on lies and misinformation wasting billions, and untold thousands of lives for their neo-con crusade and we’re still there trying to micromanage everybody there to no end.
They just want to continue wasting /stealing the money for themselves. And when nine –eleven came about, our expensive, precious hi tech military could or would not even send up any ‘top guns’ to counter the attacks on the pentagon itself, or NYC which we assumed were protected airspace…what a joke!l
And Nine-eleven could have been prevented with no additional wars or laws enacted. Just common sense enforcement of our own passport procedures and locked doors to the planes front cabins..that’s all it would have taken.
We were then told we needed to invade and occupy Afghanistan because we needed to find Bin Laden –but the day after nine-eleven when no planes could fly, our gov’t ferried his family out of the U S on a chartered jet. Why?
We were also told we needed to overthrow the Taliban so terrorists could not plan and train there. But it’s well known they also trained and planned in Germany , Florida, and actually came from Saudi Arabia as well, so going after people hidden in Afghanistan makes no sense because the Al Quedas operate across international lines and can hide anywhere. It’s not even a real war because the so called enemy there has no navy, no air force, no marines –just freedom fighters that I understand we supported previously . So I don’t know what we’re really doing there in 8 yrs…This is just another bait and switch Operation . We overthrew the Taliban years ago, so this is just more neocon BS….We need to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan yesterday !!

Oba   October 7th, 2009 7:51 am ET

In my own opinion i think Obama should just let the Afghanistan be. if they don't want help then you let them be,from the view of what they want BUt if Obama Commander in charge says bring more troops,so let it be..

Judith   October 7th, 2009 8:33 am ET

This is for Michele Bachmann and others of the GOPs who have been going after Presdient Obama from day one.

While President Obama looks like he's a whimp like some have been pushing out there on the right wing to the wackos he's doing exactly what President Kennedy did during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
He's thinking and weighing it all out.Will it work sending more troops in or will it add to more years of blood.If it works both the General and President Obama will get praise.If it doesn't ones will say Obama is the President as Commander and Chief why did he listen to a General
He's in a No Win situation just like he was when he went to see if Chicago would get the games.The wackos were please that America didn't get it.They are the minds that believe Rush L who stated he hopes Obama fails.Rush L is UnAmerican and hides the fact that he made up excuses that he had back trouble because he was too wimpy to go to Nam so he became one of the draft dodgers.

Bottom Line–everyone of the right wing nuts who have been out there slamming President Obama no matter what show they are on have one thing in common–A smile on their faces like they are on something.What normal American person would have a smile on their face with the Wars we're in along of a bad economy?

Tina   October 7th, 2009 10:38 am ET

I am of two opinions regarding Afganistan. No – After 8 yrs, have we gained what we wanted to achieve? Of course, the argument could be said – if we did not take our focus away from the original plan, i.e. Iraq, we would have seen a different Afganistan today. But that is neither here nor there, coulda, woulda, shoulda., we are talking now. Is the current Afgan government and Pakistan government going to be cooperative? That remains to be seen, given the political corruption of both. Do we have any guarantee more troops will solve or achieve our goals? I certainly, do not want to put our troops in harms way, but we need to know this will work and our hands will not be tied.
Too much has been made on Pres. Obama's administration. If anyone even thought he would solve all the country's problems in 9 mos., I've got some swamp land in Florida to sell you. He was handed a mess when he started 1/20/2009 and it took sometime to get there. Please remember, the first bailouts were given before the election with no restrictions as to how the money was used. People want an instantaneous solution to the mess. I can feel their frustration. My business is crap now and believe me, I am hanging on by my chiny-chin-chin. But I also am realistic enough, to know it will take time.
In my state, Florida, the unemployment rate is 15%. I don't see any proposals/legislation in Congress to address this. If you do not have jobs, how the BLEEP are you going to pay for Health Insurance? Politicians and the media are so out of touch. What happens this time next year when you see the number of deaths rise from 47,000 to God knows what, from the lack of insurance? Do we simply turn a blind eye or be pro-active?
How about legislation from Congress to address regulating those who got us in this mess? Banks, Insurance,Corporations, etc.
How about rewarding companies for not outsourcing our jobs? Any ideas, Congress?
I am offended by some of the e-mails, which label the President as a "Nazi"or "Communist", not to mention other cable stations and radio personalities. This only confirms my suspicion, that a radical few have only one agenda. And some of it is truly fearsome.
I have heard and seen some of the actions of Ms. Bachmann and she is right up there with Ms.Palin. Ignorant and fear mongering. She very well knows what she said regarding "Birthers". Too bad most of us are not ignorant. Nice snowballing, Michelle.

Maralynn Mash   October 7th, 2009 12:01 pm ET

I think Michelle should hook up with Glenn Beck. We need serious study on the possibility of inherited insanity.

Irene, TX   October 7th, 2009 1:12 pm ET

@Karin de Groot,

You mean President Obama is his grandmother's son? Wow, such phenomenon calls for investigation indeed. Other that that, he had never denied his Kenian roots.

BTW, you first (the way it is spelled) and last name both indicate some peculiar birthplaces of your ancestors... Like Netherlands or even better, South Africa. What is your problem?

Gosh, I love GOP base... 🙂 It gives me a lot of hope in the end.

Ted   October 7th, 2009 1:42 pm ET

I am old enough to remember Viet-Nam and worked during that time in high military headquarters and got the full details of what actually happened there.
The generals lied from the very beginning, requesting more and more troops until we had 500,000 soldiers there, although it was known long before that we cannot win that war. You cannot beat the enemy hiding in the jungle and ready to die for the cause by sending high tech planes and using sophisticated weapons. Our soldiers were mostly high on drugs, provided by the friendly generals of the south vietnam army, who after the collaps came to the USA with their million earned by selling drugs to our troops.
At the end we ran for our lives, after having over 50,000 our fellow soldiers killed and hundreds of thousands maimed.

Viet-Nam is repeating itself in Aphganistan! The generals lie since the beginning, they demand more and more troops and our casualties are mounting. The Russians gave up after getting bloody nose for 10 years, why do we think we can beat those people. They never lost a war since Alexander the Great took the country 2,500 years ago!! The politicians there are crooked, they take our money and get rich, meanwhile millions of americans go hungry in bed.

European experts profesized exactly what is happening, however our generals and politicians are too stupid to listen to a good advice.
I voted for President Obama, because he promised changes to this very stupid policy, if we do not like a country we just bomb a heck out of it and send our Army to "liberate" it!!
We did not bring democracy to Viet-nam, Iraq, Aphganistan, we brough death and destruction. Are we stupid enough to believe that they like it and will be our friends? You do not make friend by killing and beating up people.

As far as defending our country 10,000 miles away, forget it. We simply force our interests on those countries, making sure our supply of oil is guarantied. Meanwhile we ruin our country, our national debt is so great that China can take over and we have nothing to say.
Is this what we call the greatest country in the world?

Ted   October 7th, 2009 1:55 pm ET

In the stock market you cut your losses if you made the wrong investment. If you don´t, you may lose verything.
In Viet-Nam we did not cut our losses in time and were chased out. It is time to realize that we made the wrong decision on Apfganistan and Iraq, therefore get out before we lose the respect of the world, not to mention hundreds or thousands of lives of our young men and women.
President Obama, do not send a single soldier there, but pull out before the whole area goes up in flames. Pakistan is ready to explode and will take Aphganistan with it.

dbla1155   October 7th, 2009 2:04 pm ET

Michelle and Glenn Beck would be what I consider improving the gene pool not watering it down like a lot of people do. Intelligence meets intelligence. A win win.

Jana   October 7th, 2009 2:56 pm ET

Dear Americans

I don' t know , but I hope you did not forget that you started wars in Iraq and Avganistan. All this wars started under Buch administration and eveything was OK. Now when Abama became a president, you expect him to solve this problem in couple of month . I must tell you what Abama has achieved, at least we started to respect America again, as you have a normal president.
Avganistan and Iraq are world problem but this problem came from you. Unfortunatelly you will have to solve this problems together with Europeans.
You have to eat now what you have cooked.

Hadi Poursaid   October 7th, 2009 3:44 pm ET

Dear Mr. King,

I have watched your program for several years and some time I get upset that you are acting more like an entertainment reporter than a news reporter. The last straw for me was the way you covered Michael Jackson death. I stopped watching you for a long time until last night and saw you talking about David Letterman having sex with his coworkers. Frankly, I do not think anybody really cares what he does in his private life.

I am appalled to see so many American are losing their jobs, their homes, and dying because of no health insurance. Our children are dying in two wars, that Mr. Bush and his friends started, namely the seven sisters (The Great Oil Companies) that owns the US Government from the White House, the Congress, the Senate, the United States Arm Forces to the Federal Reserve. No wonder Bill Mar says Americans are stupid, because we are. Our media and Hollywood is the propaganda machine for the one percent that owns this country, namely the Oil Cartels.

Be a true journalist and educate the American public by telling them the truth that this war is all about Oil and not for democracy in Iraq or the Taliban in Afghanistan attacking Americans. Educate the Americans by telling them the truth that we are in this recession because of the Federal Reserve, which is not even a government branch. Tell the American public that the Rockefellers, the Morgan’s, the Warburg’s, and Rothschild created the Federal Reserve in the early 1900. They robbed us then and they did it again in 2008 & 2009, and they call it recession. It seems that every 10 years, we have recessions. Who wins the one percent, and the Bankers? Freedom of press is not reporting who had sex with whom. Free Press is reporting the truth and nothing but the truth.
Tell the American public the truth about the Chicago incidents. The truth is every year, the local, State, and the Federal Government cuts the school budgets because they need money for the corrupt representatives we have in our Government.

Stop being the spokes men for our corrupt US Congress, and US Senate.
Did you know Mr. Walter Cronkite practically ended the Vietnam War by reporting the truth? Can you stop the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, by telling the truth? Or are you to busy entertaining.

The Bushes and their friends took away our freedom in the name of freedom.
How ironic is that.

Hadi Poursaid

JIM Carroll   October 7th, 2009 5:32 pm ET

no! no! NO!NO! NO! no! See all of my Afghan articles

But, what is the point in electing more democrats in 2010 if
the devil damn democrats we now have do not have the guts
to pass some kind of health-care. Just trying is not
good enough, Mr. President. We want it now. Larry, go to my web site, and you will find the solutions to all of America’s economic problems. Please, I would like to run my ideas through your great mind. You are one of a few News people that seems to have their devil damn head screwed on straight. Thank you!

Clay V   October 8th, 2009 12:41 am ET

President Obama is the only one with access to the intelligence, people and information needed to make the best decision.Any news commentator or Joe Public on the street is ignorant of the facts needed to have an honest answer.. I'll go with whatever he decides.It's has to be tough for him to call. I'm sure he will make a well educated decision.

Ted   October 8th, 2009 11:45 am ET

President Obama listens just a bit too much to the generals. They want a continuation of both wars, because they can make a few more stars and after retiring from the military, the defense industry is waiting for them with open arms and well paid jobs. A thank you for the billions of profit they make on any war we start and the generals prolong until they eventually lose. Or did we won a single war since WWII?
Not the President, but the military/defense industry complex run and controll this country.

Jay K March   October 9th, 2009 3:29 pm ET

How can Obama justify Peace Prize when he won't close Afghanistan sinkhole?

S. Riley   December 3rd, 2009 4:17 am ET

I find it funny the CNN would first question the time it took for the President to come to a final decision and now CNN personnel is fanning the flame of a time line. So do you agree that we should continue to spend billions of dollars fighting a war that the Russians fought for 10 years. In the meantime watch our own future generations die for some political point. The sentiment seems the same as it was for Vietnam screw the troops, the President in wrong and the Afghan People are not able to protect their own land but we want you to fight so we can have the right complain. Don't worry about the lack of funding for rebuilding the US we must spend the money we need for Education, Infastructure, etc on WAR.

Gwendolyn Sadler   February 4th, 2010 11:53 pm ET

War is always more difficult to get out of than to start. Now that we are there we have no choice but to try to get out with as less casualties as possible. My prayers are with our soldiers and the Afghanistan's. It appears they are the only one's that are innocent.

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