March 9th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

If Iran close to getting nuclear weapon, what should Israel do?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

There's a growing sense that Iran is getting closer and closer to making a nuclear weapon - and someone may soon have to stop them.

An Iranian flag flutters next to a ground-to-ground Sajil missile. Iran has boasted in the past of developing new weapons systems only to be met with skepticism from Western defense analysts.

Israel is now saying that Tehran has mastered the nuclear technology to make a nuclear bomb, with Israel's military intelligence chief saying "Iran has crossed the technological threshold," adding that the country continues to amass low enriched uranium. He says the Islamic republic is using expected talks with the U.S. and the West to buy time to get enough uranium to build a bomb.

The spy chief also says that even though Iran has mastered the technology, it still hasn't made a nuclear bomb and is probably still a couple years away from doing so. This would suggest they could be stopped before getting their hands on a nuclear weapon.

And Israel just might be the ones to stop them. A recent report by U.S. experts suggest Israel is seriously considering taking unilateral action to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons. The report says Israel's time frame for action is getting shorter due to Iranian advances and the possibility that they will upgrade their air defenses to give their nuclear program a further reach. The report argues international sanctions as well as financial pressure be increased.

Meanwhile Iran has just announced that it successfully tested a new air-to-surface missile. Nonetheless, they continue to deny they're seeking nuclear weapons.

Here’s my question to you: If Iran is now close to obtaining a nuclear weapon, what should Israel do?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Iran • Israel
March 9th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

Pres. Obama's stem cell reversal = distraction from economy?

ALT TEXT Stem cell cultures are held up in a lab. (PHOTO CREDIT: SANDY HUFFAKER/GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Some Republicans are calling President Barack Obama's reversal on embryonic stem-cell research a distraction from the economic slump.

Congressman Eric Cantor, the Republican whip, says the economy is "job number one. Let's focus on what needs to be done." Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tells the Washington Post that the president's move is an "ideological sideshow" that's taking the focus off the worsening economy. Gingrich says that it's "dangerous" for the administration to "pick a wide series of fights."

But, the White House says that funding embryonic stem cell research is part of the administration's plan to jolt the economy; with scientific and technological advances furthering the overall goals of creating jobs. It was also a campaign promise President Obama made.

He signed the executive order today repealing a Bush-era policy that limited tax dollars for embryonic stem cell research. Many hope that science will eventually help find cures for everything from Parkinson's disease to diabetes, cancer and spinal cord injuries. Also, President Obama's move is part of a larger effort to separate science and politics - a line many believe was blurred under President Bush.

In addition to calling the move a distraction, other Republicans - like House Minority Leader John Boehner - say the president has rolled back important protections for innocent life and further divided the country. Much like the economic stimulus package, the stem cell debate is a way for Republicans to try and shore up their conservative base. Yet with approval ratings for the GOP at their lowest level ever - lotsa luck!

Here’s my question to you: Some Republicans say President Obama's stem cell reversal is a distraction from the economy. Are they right?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Economy • President Barack Obama
March 9th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

300,000 illegal aliens getting stimulus jobs?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Illegal aliens in this country could wind up winning big from the recently passed economic stimulus package.

The economic stimulus package could wind up creating 300,000 jobs for illegal aliens.

USA Today reports that studies by two conservative think tanks show illegal aliens could take 300,000 new construction jobs - or 15 percent of the two million jobs to be created by U.S. taxpayer dollars. The numbers of illegal workers getting jobs could be especially high in states like California.

These reports blame Congress for not forcing employers to certify the status of workers. The House of Representatives had included a provision in its version of the bill that would require employers to use a Homeland Security Program called e-Verify, but the Senate didn't include it, and the provision wasn't in the final bill that went to the president. So much for putting Americans first.

This recession/depression isn't that bad and unemployment is only at 8.1 percent and we've only lost 4.4 million jobs in the last 15 months. What's wrong with giving a few hundred thousand jobs away to people who shouldn't even be in the country in the first place? This is your government at work.

An advocacy group for immigrants doesn't dispute the 300,000 estimate - but says it's impossible to know for sure since there could be many jobless immigrants leaving the country because of the recession. The group says these are fear tactics and instead we should be focusing on economic progress for all. Excuse me?

Immigrant advocacy groups along with business groups - who of course benefit from cheap labor - argue that the E-verify program has lots of errors that could mean millions of workers would be wrongly identified and not authorized for jobs.

The Obama administration has delayed until at least May a Bush era order that would require all federal contractors to use E-verify in hiring.

Here’s my question to you: What does it mean if up to 300,000 illegal aliens get jobs created by the economic stimulus package?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Economic Stimulus • Immigration