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November 16th, 2009
02:32 PM ET

Tired of waiting for Pres. Obama to decide on Afghanistan?

U.S. army in Afghanistan.

U.S. army in Afghanistan.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Still no decision from Pres. Obama on Afghanistan, despite eight formal meetings that have consumed more than 20 hours.

A lot of people are asking what's taking the president so long. His own press corps used the first question on his Asia trip to ask "what piece of information" he's still waiting for to make the call on this war, now in its ninth year.

The president got a little testy and said the people involved in Afghanistan "recognize the gravity of the situation and recognize the importance of us getting this right." He says the decision will come "soon."

The issue is making the president look weak and indecisive. Former V.P. Cheney has accused Pres. Obama of "dithering”. Mitt Romney says Mr. Obama "can't make up his mind".

Meanwhile, with record violence in Afghanistan, the Army says morale among the troops has fallen... with a lot of soldiers struggling with depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress. There is a shortage of mental health workers; there were only 43 in Afghanistan at the time of the Army survey.

And most sadly, the Army says the number of suicides among active-duty troops is on track to reach a new high this year.

Is all of this lost on the Commander in Chief?

Here's the question: When it comes to Afghanistan, are you tired of waiting for a decision from President Obama?

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November 16th, 2009
02:31 PM ET

Trying 9/11 suspects in New York City?

 Lights near Ground Zero to memorialize September 11.

Lights near Ground Zero to memorialize September 11.

FROM CNN's JACK CAFFERTY:

A heated debate is following the Obama administration's decision to bring some of the 9-11 suspects to trial in New York City.

Democrats are praising the decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the admitted mastermind of the attacks, and four others in a civil court here in the U.S. They say it shows what a strong justice system we have.

But Republicans are calling it a bad idea and asking why alleged terrorists should get full judicial rights of U.S. citizens. Former New York City Major Rudy Giuliani says these terror suspects should face military tribunals... Giuliani says the trials will put New York City residents at unnecessary risk.

A new CNN-Opinion Research Corporation poll shows 64% of those polled say Khalid Sheikh Mohammed should be tried by a military court, while only 34% say he should be tried by a civilian court. But, the poll shows 60% of those surveyed agree Mohammed should be tried here in the U.S.

Nonetheless, a lot of people here in New York don't think this is such a good idea. Mike Lupica writes in the New York Daily News that a fair trial for Mohammed in New York won't change the worst day the city has ever had:

"This is a trial that will dominate the city and hold it hostage and bring back the day and none of the dead. This bum will get the stage he wants and tell the city it is a target all over again."

Here's the question: How do you feel about trying five of the 9/11 suspects in New York City?

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November 16th, 2009
02:30 PM ET

What would you ask Sarah Palin?

Palin's book 'Going Rogue' releases on Tuesday.

Palin's book 'Going Rogue' releases on Tuesday.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

There's no shortage of publicity for Sarah Palin on the eve of the release of her new book.

The cover of this week's Newsweek asks quote, "How do you solve a problem like Sarah"? It says she's bad news for the GOP and for everybody else too. This is not the kind of publicity that will cause her to be taken more seriously – not that there's any great risk of that anyway.

Sarah Palin is all over TV, talking with Oprah and doing a 5-part series of interviews with Barbara Walters.

But, she's very picky when it comes to what kinds of situations she exposes herself to. On her book tour, she's skipping many of the nation's largest cities that authors almost always hit – places like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia and New York. Instead, she's opting for smaller, and in many cases more conservative cities.

You're probably already hearing more details about Sarah Palin than you want to know – about her personal life, her family, her children, her daughter's pregnancy... about the campaign, her spat with John McCain aides, what she thinks about Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson.

Sarah Palin says she wasn't surprised when she was asked to be on the presidential ticket... she says she felt "quite confident" in her abilities. Well, turns out she's one of the few who does. A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll shows only 28% of Americans say Palin is qualified to be president, 70% say she's not.

So here's my question: If you were interviewing Sarah Palin, what would you ask her?

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