November 10th, 2008
06:46 PM ET

Should the U.S. attack al Qaeda without permission?


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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, remember him? The incompetent boob a chorus of retired generals and admirals called on to resign because of his incompetence and inability to lead our military? He finally quit in November of 2006.

Well guess what? According to a report in the New York Times, Secretary Rumsfeld authorized a classified order back in 2004 that allows the U.S. military to carry out broad and secret attacks against al Qaeda even if those attacks occur inside countries we're not at war with. In other words, these controversial strikes of late inside Syria and Pakistan are just fine according to Rumsfeld, whether the governments or people of those countries like us waging war inside their borders or not.

Watch: Cafferty: Attack al Qaeda?

More than a half-dozen current and former military and security officials confirmed this to the New York Times. The measure gives the U.S. military the power to attack al Qaeda anywhere in the world.

Most of these attacks, when they occur, are carried out by U.S. Special Forces in conjunction with the C.I.A.

Here’s my question to you: Should the U.S. be attacking al Qaeda in foreign countries without permission?

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Filed under: Al Qaeda • US Military
November 10th, 2008
05:45 PM ET

Meaning of Obama’s plan for executive orders?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Barack Obama won the White House last week on a message of "change." That’s something that's easier said than done in Washington.

But the president-elect's transition chief John Podesta told "Fox News Sunday" that Obama plans to use his executive powers to make an immediate impact when he takes office in January.

Podesta said, "As a candidate, Senator Obama said that he wanted all the Bush executive orders reviewed and decide which ones should be kept and which ones should be repealed."

For example, that could mean reversing President Bush's policies on stem-cell research and drilling for oil and natural gas among other things.

Podesta said there is a lot the new president can do using his executive authority without waiting for Congress.

President Bush discovered this early on and used executive orders and signing statements to bypass Congress and implement his agenda whether anyone else in the government thought it was a good idea or not.

Here’s my question to you: What does it mean when President-elect Obama plans to start his first term using executive orders?

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Filed under: Barack Obama
November 10th, 2008
04:54 PM ET

How can Bush be most helpful to Obama in transition?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It was a sort of Flintstones-Meets-the-Jetsons moment…President George W. Bush and his wife Laura welcomed President-elect Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to the White House.

While Mrs. Bush and Mrs. Obama went on a tour of the residence, the current president and the president-elect met in the Oval Office.

This wasn't Obama's first time at the White House– you remember the emergency summit in September to address the financial crisis– but it was his first time in the Oval Office.

Despite the fact that he had endorsed John McCain, President Bush has called Obama's victory a "triumph of the American story," and has vowed to cooperate in making the transition from one president to another run smoothly.

Wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall in the Oval Office during their meeting?

Here’s my question to you: How can President Bush be most helpful to President-elect Obama in making the transition?

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Filed under: Barack Obama • President George Bush