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August 12th, 2008
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 8/12/08

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  1. Mike, Vietnam

    James-
    I want to know same thing. At full force, I believe they do, but in the US current military state, I think the table turns toward Russia. Hard to tell.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  2. Josh

    Michael, I agree with you. Not sure I'd go to the degree of going into another "war," but I'd like the US to stay out of international conflicts for a bit.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  3. Tracey - Boston

    "President Saakashvili, is urging President Bush to “stand up for freedom” and support Georgia’s cause."

    taken form cnn.com Russia vs. Georgia, why such concern?

    Why doesn't the European Union do something, say something? It is after all a European affair.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  4. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi!
    I'm very glad for the cease fire today.
    I think that security requires solid judgment–which Obama conveys–not simply experience, or grasping at an opportunity to display leadership skills.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  5. Shannon

    I want Obama to pick Tim Kaine! He is the perfect choice

    August 12, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  6. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Georgia is the only outlet to the Caspian Sea not under Russian control. If Russia takes control of it we could have a bigger oil crisis on our hands. That is scary!

    August 12, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  7. John

    It scares me that McCain is constantly working the military angle. Whether with the troops or now with Georgia. Will he take us down a path that we cannot take? I'm sure most of America does not want to enter another war. Where does that take us. His comments on Iran, Russia, Pakistan - which one will he choose?

    August 12, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  8. EVE

    It should be noted that John McCain is flanked by a lobbyist paid by Georgia. Things aren't always what they seem! Do we really want a military solution to everything and a return to the Cold War? That's exactly the change I'm anticipating with Obama.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  9. Michael

    Good Evening Anderson, I think the US need to stay out of the Russia- Georgia conflict . Because I'm afraid there will be another cold war!!!

    August 12, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  10. Frank El Dorado Hills, CA

    Who do you trust to face down Putin (the Ex KGB agent). The community organizer or the former war hero?

    August 12, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  11. Andrew, Lafayette IN

    Seems strange that both candidates are talking to the leader of Georgia.. when they arent even a leader of the US yet... Shouldn't Rice, or Bush be speaking with officals in Russia and Georgia..

    August 12, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  12. lynn

    McCain does not have the diplomatic skills that are needed in a global world where America does not have as strong a voice as it used to.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  13. James Wolobah

    Good evening Anderson and all. What actually can the U.S. do to prevent a reoccurrence of the Russian onslaught against its neighbors? Militarily, can the U.S. and Europe defeat Russia?

    August 12, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  14. Megan Dresslar

    Cindy in GA,
    I agree with you...... I hope so USA will give to Russia sanctions , if Russia won't stop attack Georgia.........

    August 12, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  15. ericacnn

    Hi, everyone – welcome to the Tuesday blog

    August 12, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  16. sylvia chicago

    doesn't matter if Georgia is or isn't a member of NATO; none of the world organizations will act because Russia has too much to much influence in the most sensitive and destabilized regions of the modern world

    August 12, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  17. Josh

    The situation with Caylee and Casey is so tragic. What is everyone's thoughts on where she is? What is the mother's motive for withholding the whereabouts of her daughter?

    Josh..MI

    August 12, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  18. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Im just glad that Russia has finally backed off Georgia. Hopefully there can be peace somewhere.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  19. Jo Anne Cummings

    Cease fire.....it's a starting point.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  20. ron

    Anderson,

    What was that comment about "both candidates encouraging Georgia" about? I hadn't heard Senator Obama do that as far in the context in which it was mentioned.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  21. Lou (Canada)

    @Mike- that is why Russia fought so had to keep Georgia out of NATO last time round

    August 12, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  22. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    David Gergen on Obama..." As the Russians became more brutal and clearly went over the line, he hardened up, while still emphasizing the ultimate need for negotiations. In all of this, he was acting in concert with the Bush administration as well as NATO allies."

    August 12, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  23. Janna

    Anderson, you have such a remarkable talent in always asking EXACTLY the questions that are in my head.... Thanks!

    August 12, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  24. Jolene

    I'm sure the UN accomplishes some great things but when it comes to these conflicts, they do seem to not have enough pull.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  25. Heather

    John McCain is right! Putin lied to Bush right to his face! The Russians shut off fuel to Lithuania.They use oil as political tool.McCain personally knows the guy who is Pres of Georgia very well.The elite of Russia want the old Russia back

    August 12, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  26. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    If Georgia had been part of NATO we and all the other NATO members would have been committed to defend them.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  27. Cindy

    All the U.S. can do is get sanctions passed on Russia if they don't stop attacking Georgia. We can't send in troops that we don't have.

    Cindy...Ga.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  28. Tracey - Boston

    What is sad is that the UN seems to have no effect...

    August 12, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  29. Megan Dresslar

    I agree with bloggers.......... all of you have good point..... I hope they will be safe not to drop the bomb.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  30. Jolene

    Hello bloggers! It's interesting how things turn. A few weeks ago Obama was touring overseas and seen as 'the one" now McCain is seen as the one who can handle a world crisis better. Gotta love politics.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  31. Mike, Vietnam

    How do US officials think their words are going to stop Russian attacks? They are still hung up in Iraq, Iran, and other countries, how will they find time to assist in Georgia?

    August 12, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  32. Frank El Dorado Hills, CA

    Obama's initial response to the conflict in Georgia was an exercise in moral equivalence (as opposed to supporting our ally Georgia). McCain called on Russia to 'immediately and unconditionally cease military action and withdraw all forces...' Of course Obama changed his position to conform with McCains position 72 hours later. Change we can believe in.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  33. Lou (Canada)

    I thought that part of the cease fire agreement was that the President of Georgia had to go.... who is Russia to tell a democratic country that the leader has to go...

    August 12, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  34. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    I fail to see how Obama's call for a Un resolution would have accomplished anything. The Russians would just veto it, and laugh.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  35. Tracey - Boston

    Russia is being a bully.

    If South Ossetia wants to join with North Ossetia talking should have been the first step

    August 12, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  36. Andrew, Lafayette IN

    didn't Hillary use the whole rocky thing during the primaries??

    August 12, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  37. Lou (Canada)

    It is very good that there is a cease fire.... if in fact there really is a cease fire. There are conflicting reports I believe

    August 12, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  38. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Militarily, we're spread to thin to have any impact, whether by threat or actions.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  39. Cindy

    McCain's statement on the Georgia-Russia conflict was way better than Obama's. It showed his real knowledge of the area and situation there.

    Cindy...Ga.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  40. Megan Dresslar

    That is good news for me, Russia and Georgia must stop the war.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  41. Maureen T

    Good evening Andy...McCain as Rocky? I don't think so...

    August 12, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  42. Lou (Canada)

    That commercia of McCain with the Rocky theme is just too funny

    August 12, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  43. Larry

    Good Evening All
    I really don’t see Russia giving a second thought to what America thinks. There is a window of opportunity for the Russian government to behave is it wants, while we have our elections and then the months in transition from a republican white house to a democrat white house. As long as the europeans are not ticked off at the russians then its buisness-as-usual in that part of the world.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  44. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Hello Anderson. Are there any winners in Georgia?

    August 12, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  45. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Good Evening from America's Desert Playground, 360 Bloggers!

    August 12, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  46. Megan Dresslar

    Helloooo Anderson, Erica, and best bloggers!
    Finally!!!!!! they agree cease-fire now.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  47. Tracey - Boston

    Hello everyone!

    August 12, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  48. JImmy in California

    Good evening Anderson. Sorry about David being hung up in an airport tonight. Good evening all bloggers. Have a great night tonight.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Lou (Canada)

    Good evening Anderson, Erica and fellow bloggers

    August 12, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Cindy

    Evening Anderson and Erica.

    I'm glad that Russia and Georgia are under a cease fire but I'm just waiting to see how long it will really last.

    Cindy...Ga.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
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