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Tonight, there are major new developments concerning America’s forgotten war: Afghanistan. Two top Pentagon officials said today they expect to be able to recommend more troop reductions from Iraq this fall and will try to find ways to increase troops in Afghanistan. Those words may sound straightforward – but they mark a major shift in priorities, with serious political implications. Just yesterday, while trading shots with John McCain on Afghanistan, Barack Obama called the war in Iraq a distraction from the war on terror. Today, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs Of Staff, said: "The enemy in Afghanistan has grown bolder, more sophisticated and more diverse." He cited the attack Sunday by insurgents on a military outpost in eastern Afghanistan that killed nine U.S. soldiers and wounded 15.
Today Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that he’s hoping to send more troops to Afghanistan "sooner rather than later." Does all this mean the Pentagon agrees with Senator Obama’s assessment of Afghanistan? We’ll look at the politics of the shift – and also what it may mean for troops on the ground.
Also tonight, a question as important as it may be uncomfortable: Are Americans really ready for a black president? New poll numbers are a reminder that our country still sees things in black and white. Blacks have voted Democratic for decades while no Democratic presidential nominee has won the white vote since the early ‘70s. Tonight, a close look at the numbers and what they say about voters’ attitudes. What do you think? Is America ready for a black president?
We’ll also continue our investigation of the terror watch list. It’s now one million names long, when you include aliases. Could your name be on it? CNN Chief Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin found his name on it – and that’s not all he found. Do you think the terror watch list is really keeping us safer?
All that and more tonight on 360° at 10p Eastern.
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