October 8th, 2009
10:20 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Who is General McChrystal?

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, right, arrives at a U.S. base in Logar Province, Afghanistan, last month.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, right, arrives at a U.S. base in Logar Province, Afghanistan, last month.

Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

The Pentagon says President Barack Obama now has a copy of the troop request from the commander of the war in Afghanistan. Gen. Stanley McChrystal was pretty blatant about wanting to increase troop levels by nearly 40,000 in order to carry out a counterinsurgency strategy. Rising violence and the resurgence of the Taliban and al Qaeda have put the Obama administration on defense as the war now enters its ninth year. So why does McChrystal think he will be successful with more troops? Who is McChrystal. What role is he playing in these discussions and what is his relationship with the Secretary of Defense and the President. We’re digging deeper on the top commander in Afghanistan tonight.

We’re keeping them honest tonight by looking at how the Obama administration has advanced gay rights in the country. He came into office promising many things to the gay community, but what exactly has his administration fulfilled? We’ll have Dan Choi, founder of Knightsout.org and an advocate for gay rights, on tonight to drill down on what kind of progress has been made and where the Administration has fallen behind.

“Jesus told me to do it,” is what he told reporters. Gary Tuchman looks into a peculiar case this evening involving a young man who is charged with murdering four people. His sister says he wouldn’t hurt a fly and his friends said he wasn’t capable of violence. So what led this young man, who had no criminal record, to commit such a frightening act? He was a high school dropout who spent most of his time alone in his bedroom chatting on online communities and recording songs that celebrated macabre killings. He was apparently addicted to what is known as “horrorcore” – a genre of music known for its strong beats and lyrics about death and killing. Did the music drive him to commit these murders? More from Gary Tuchman tonight.

We’re back from Chicago today, but we’re still keeping track of how public officials are trying to curb the violence among young adults in the city. There will be a youth-led town hall meeting tonight to address the ongoing tensions between neighborhood teens. So what are they saying needs to be done? We’re following the situation in Chicago.

And according to a report released today by the Pew Forum on Region & Public Life, approximately one in four people worldwide is Muslim. There are nearly 1.57 billion Muslims in the world – that’s about 23 percent of the total global population. India has more Muslims than any other country except for Indonesia and Pakistan, and more than twice as many as Egypt – even though it’s a majority-Hindu country. It also refutes conventional wisdom that Muslims live primarily in the Middle East, where this study proves that not only are they dispersed around the world but that South Asia accounts for a large percentage of the Muslim population as well. Do we, in the United States, play down Islam’s influence? And are we learning enough about the culture and religion?

What else are you following today, let us know and see you at 10 p.m. ET.

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  1. alex lyrics

    Genera l Mc Crystal is the one person republicans hope will run for president.

    I hope they truly believe he is the republican savior so when he loses Obama gets his second term.

    The last thing in the world the nation wishes is for one more war president.

    We are sick and tired of these republican military war starting presidents for profitt.

    October 8, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  2. Rafael Zamora

    I like to keep track of most things that happen in the world but mostly domestic. My highest concern is the War. I have the highest respect for our troops and their family and friends.
    Gen. Stanley McChrystal seems to be committed to higher troop levels in Afghanistan and his reasons might be legitimate. Just look back at what higher troop levels have done in Iraq. My concern is that unlike Iraq, Afghanistan is mostly mountains and rugged terrain. I understand that public knowledge of how our military will tackle this obstacle is probably classified but one can only wonder.
    I also feel that Pres. Obama will lean more towards giving in to the Generals request. He already said he would commit 20k troops for the elections why not fill in the blank space needed. Who knows what Pres. Obama will decide. He might decide to give in a limited number of troops to ‘test the waters’ and go from there. Whatever he decides we can only hope it’s the closest to the right one.

    October 8, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  3. Cindy

    Just wanted to drop in and say that last night's show to me was great!! Anderson did an awesome job telling about the problems there in Chicago. I loved that he had on people who actually live there day in and day out and have to deal with the issues there themselves and not just a bunch of talking heads who have never even set foot in the community. CONGRATS on a job well done Cooper!!


    October 8, 2009 at 10:54 am |