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December 1st, 2009
10:40 PM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 12/1/09

Editor's Note: We heard from many of you about the panel we had on last night to discuss President Obama’s speech about the new strategy in Afghanistan. The various panel members were referred to as “the voice of reason,” “intelligent” and unbelievably talented. While some of you do not know if sending more troops to Afghanistan is a good idea or not, they appreciated the informative, extended, impartial coverage the panel gave.
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Finally some enlightening comments on the situation on the ground in Afghanistan. The panel following the President's speech gave in depth insight into what is going on the ground and what obstacles the U.S. faces. Well done –

Fareed Zakaria is the voice of reason. Please keep him (and others like him) as part of the panel discussions for things like President Obama's speech tonight. We need more intelligent and insightful voices and less political voices. Thank you for separating the political commentators from the news reporters. Thank you for not being Fox News.

The President’s speech was measured and correct in all aspects. Tactically, follow the Marines and spend more time in each village. By pass the Af. gov. put money in the hands of the people.

This afghan thing has stretched out too long. It’s now at the point where the costs are probably going to outstrip the benefits.

I want to say that I watch CNN because of the intelligent of its news personnel, most of them. Anderson, in addition to you, Wolf Blitzer and his marvelous cynical side kick Jack, I am so grateful to CNN for nabbing the unbelievable talents of David Gergen and Fareed Zakaria. I feel I am getting tip top quality thinking and opinion from these two.

That guy with the British accent and the purple shirt is great for the show. Adds a lot of character and not too much of that "suit and tie" talk.

Your coverage of Obama's speech is fantastic! You really have people on that understand the area and don't mince words. I love that Michael Ware! Fareed is brilliant. I don't know if this is a good idea or not, but I love your informative coverage.

Loved the coverage and panel discussion tonight following the president’s speech. Love Michael Wear – he is direct, knowledgeable and has a great deal of passion.

I have been following the panel discussions with Wolf Blitzer, Campbell Brown and Anderson Cooper. Excellent discussion and interviews on the critical subject of Afghanistan. Superb panelists brought together for these discussions. Recommend, however, that you not put Michael Ware on the air until he is presentable with shirt, tie, etc. When juxtaposed with other panelists, all of whom were attired in very presentable and professional manner; his unkempt appearance was most conspicuous.

Thank you for your expanded and impartial coverage of Afghanistan tonight. I have been a lifelong Republican, and original CNN watcher from high school. There are times when I feel CNN has abandoned impartiality, and moved to left advocacy. However, your coverage has been largely centrist–in an Edward R. Murrow way.


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