- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 10, 2009

In case you didn’t tune into The Washington Times’ nationally syndicated radio show “America’s Morning News” - heard in Washington on WTNT-AM 570 and coast-to-coast via the Talk Radio Network - here’s what six of Wednesday’s guests told co-hosts Melanie Morgan and John McCaslin:

- John Ratzenberger, actor and founder of the Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation: Concerned about a future depleted of skilled workers, artisans and engineers, the actor of “Cheers” fame said America’s youths need to step away from their video games and TV sets and into the backyard to build things.

- Michael S. Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee: Mr. Steele reiterated his call for the Democratic Party to replace Nevada Sen. Harry Reid as Senate majority leader, labeling him “ignorant.”

- Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican: Having just returned this week from a four-day, fact-finding mission to Afghanistan, Mr. King revealed that the U.S. military initially requested a troop surge as high as 80,000 soldiers, well above the 30,000 troops agreed to last week by President Obama.

- Alex Alexiev, visiting fellow at the Hudson Institute: Mr. Alexiev said Americans choose to forget that the foremost desire of Islamic extremists is to crush Western civilization, beginning with the United States.

- Robert W. Merry, author of “A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent”: Mr. Merry noted that few Americans know that Polk was responsible for securing the entire Pacific Northwest, West Coast and Southwestern United States.

- Marc Morano, purveyor of Climate Depot.com: En route to the U.N. climate change summit in Copenhagen, Mr. Morano, a global-warming skeptic, said rifts already have erupted between power-rich nations and poorer countries at the summit.

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