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July 16th, 2008
09:46 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 7/16/08

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  1. Lynn, Vancouver

    Mike: McCain got it wrong when he whole heartedly supported the invasion of Iraq; he has also consistently ignored Afghanistan and the needs the troops and their leaders have called for. I believe it is Obama who got ir right.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  2. Shannon

    I agree with the General, the two conflicts are incredibly different and the strategies would need to be completely different.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  3. EJ (USA)

    Pakistan is not letting the US go in there and weed out anyone. I'm sure many in the Pakistani government know where Bin Laden is hiding.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  4. Tracey - Boston

    We've been in Afghanistan longer than Iraq. Bush was so absorbed with Saddam, Bin Laden and the Taliban have regrouped and went back to their old ways. Let's start all over.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  5. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Shannon, invading Pakistan won't be viewed well there, and they have nuclear weapons.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  6. Gary

    I think sometimes we do not understand that the war we are fighting is not a "traditional" war where the bad guys give up and we have a "winner". We will leave Iraq, hopefully not to hastily, and that country will have an opportunity to exist as a democracy. Would'nt that be nice? But the broader war is against islamic militants and that will take a much longer time to deal with and the same question can be asked...when have we won?

    July 16, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  7. Kevin C

    Shannon,

    Of source, the Bush Administration said they would do it, one hoped Obama pays more than lip service to his own statements (fingers crossed)

    July 16, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  8. Tiffany (San Diego)

    I totally agree with MaryBeths comment. I don't think we should be sending more troops to Afghanistan. Why should American citizens risk their lives. Don't we have a large number of troops who have died in Iraq?

    July 16, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  9. Janna

    What do we think, Anderson? We're angry that these troops never got the help they have been asking for until it was too late for many families...

    July 16, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  10. Jolene

    I'd love to hear how McCain thinks he's going to get Osama Bin Laden. What's his strategy for doing that?

    July 16, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  11. Anna - chicago ,il

    Regarding Afghanistan, I was surprised to hear McCain say that now because of Iraq they have a better idea of what to do in Afghanistan..I wonder will that take another 6 years?

    July 16, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  12. Susan - North Haven,CT

    McCain makes sense when he says Iraq has shown us what to do in Afghanistan. When we KNOW better – we DO better.

    When will we stop debating the issue of who said what when and just do what needs to be done to help our troops???

    July 16, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  13. John Gibbons

    Linda, Los Angeles July 16th, 2008 10:09 pm ET

    McCain missed Obama’s point. We do not have enough troops to send to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Our troops are stretched tight.

    ***Linda, are you enlisting next?

    July 16, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  14. Shannon

    One huge problem in Afghanistan is Pakistan, I like that Obama has said we would need to go into their and weed out these terrorists.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  15. Kevin C

    Oh c'mon, this isn't a "course reversal."

    The Bush administration is fighting the war as they see fit without telling us their strategy. It's not a course reversal, it's a "development" or a "response to situation on the ground."

    Glad they're finally paying attention to Afghanistan.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  16. John Gibbons

    Wait a minute. People are getting a mind set that we are leaving Iriq, now it appears were are just shifting troops to Aphganistan? This is confusing

    July 16, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  17. Cynthia

    Linda, you are correct. They are going to have to move troops from Iraq to Afghanistan or start up the draft and I'm sure most Americans don't want that.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  18. Linda, Los Angeles

    McCain missed Obama's point. We do not have enough troops to send to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Our troops are stretched tight.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  19. Megan Dresslar

    Yes, I agree with Cindy in Ga,
    That is so awesome I saw Anderson Cooper in Afghanistan long ago.
    I hope They will be there coverage for us.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  20. Chelsey - Toronto-Canada

    Lisa i totally agree. when can you say we have won in Iraq?

    July 16, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  21. Tracey - Boston

    @Shannon

    Unfortunately, Bush wasn't listening to anyone about Iraq let a lone Afghanistan. He's trying to help McCain.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  22. Shannon

    Obama has proposed a comprehensive plan including the diplomatic, economic, and military presence in Afghan.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  23. Norma El Paso, TX

    My prayers and thoughts for the familes of the 9 soldiers who got killed.

    A never ending thing for us in the military family sad to say.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  24. Gary

    From all I have seen Bin Laden is not in Afghanistan but maybe in Pakistan. The next question is "what is our mission in Afghanistan"? Will it not cost as much money to have troops in Afghanistan as in Iraq?

    July 16, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  25. Jolene

    I'm glad AC360 is focusing on the forgotten war tonight. This war is just as important of an issue as the Iraq war. Thanks.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  26. Lisa

    I'd be curious to know what McCain thinks is a "win" in Iraq? Seems to me that we should have been more concerned with Afghanistan to begin with.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  27. Cynthia

    Wonder if they had concentrated on Afganistan from the beginning would it be different?

    July 16, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  28. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    McCain has got this right. The surge success allows us to shift troops.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  29. MaryBeth

    Again, this whole thing with Bush doing all this stuff right before he leaves is him trying to prove he is still in control and not in a lame duck administration.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  30. Linda, Los Angeles

    Hi all, glad that more focus will be on Afghanistan. Obama has been talking about this since primary time.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  31. Janna

    Of course it takes a huge loss of life to finally get what they've needed all along.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  32. Shannon

    The U.S. should have reexamined their priorities years ago.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  33. Kevin C

    I want out of Iraq, but I've also always thought that Afghanistan would being played down politically. I'm glad it's getting more attention, and I hope the Iraqis can stand up as the troops are re-arranged.

    Any news on how contractors will be arranged?

    July 16, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  34. Tracey - Boston

    Isn't it funny that Iran is between Iraq and Afghanistan.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  35. Megan Dresslar

    EJ,
    Because US airlines want to safety more burns than less fuel.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  36. Larry

    I kinda think we'd end up back in Afghanistan; hopefully not Pakistan.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  37. Cindy

    I am glad that we will now send more troops to Afghanistan. We should have had more there to begin with. And I am glad 360 is doing more on Afghanistan.

    Are you all going there soon?

    Cindy...Ga.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  38. Susan - North Haven,CT

    I think the airlines are making a solid, economic decision with the fuel issue.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  39. MaryBeth

    John: but that's the politics of fear...making a nonproblem into a HUGE problem...

    July 16, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  40. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Many of us haven't forgotten Afghanistan. The troops and their families certainly haven't forgotten a thing.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Heather

    How are pilots able to use less fuel when they are flying 8+ hours in one flight?

    July 16, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  42. Shannon

    I think it is great that Bush is finally agreeing that Afghanistan needs help.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Gary

    Good Evening all, I believe we are fighting one war on numerous battlefields. Fortunately the Iraq battlefied is doing well enough to move more troops into the Afghanistan battlefield.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  44. Jolene

    Hello bloggers! Wow, why is it I tend to want to believe the pilots.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  45. EJ (USA)

    That airline story seems fishy to me. If it was so efficient, why didn't they do it all along?

    July 16, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Shannon

    Thanks, but I am not flying US Airways again.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  47. John Gibbons

    I refuse to get worried about a problem that is not a problem.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar

    Hellooo Anderson, Erica and best bloggers!!!!!!
    I agree with pilots already file against use less fuel.......

    July 16, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  49. Cindy

    Evening Anderson and Erica.

    Finally we are getting attention back on Afghanistan! I've long said it is the forgotten war!

    Cindy...Ga.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  50. MaryBeth

    Good evening, everyone..ready for another night of blogging?

    July 16, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
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