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August 13th, 2008
09:54 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 8/13/08

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We’ll start posting comments to this blog at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.


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  1. Gerry

    Why isn't anyone asking the Georgian president who approved his attack on the "Russian leaning people".

    With McCain's top foreign security adviser contracted by Georgia to lobby on their behalf, no one can tell me McCain and Bush didnt know this was coming and approved it.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  2. James Wolobah

    Good picture of Phelps.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  3. Byan O

    Hello Mr. Cooper,

    Is it true that the American-armed and trained Georgian army swarmed into South Ossetia last Thursday, killing an estimated 2,000 civilians, sending 40,000 South Ossetians fleeing over the Russian border, and destroying much of the capital, Tskhinvali. Was this attack unprovoked and took place a full 24 hours before even ONE Russian soldier set foot in South Ossetia? If this is ture, are you going to stick to your motto of "Keeping the honest"?

    What is the real story behind this war????

    August 13, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  4. Fay, CA

    It would be disastrous for Obama if the Rev. Wright controversy is raised again–I hope there is nothing to these rumors since he has done a fairly good job of getting past it.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  5. Jared

    Yes ben, georgia did start this, but not with Russia with a break away province of South Ossetia. South Ossetia though isn't recongnized as a legal country except by Russia, because Russia knew that Georgia would do something and that would be an excuse for them to charge in. South Ossetia is a pawn in Russia's grand plan.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  6. William

    I say stop the smears, especially the ones that have been vetted for months snd some of them years now... The man is a United States senator, and Illinois lawmaker. One who just happens to be at the top of a major political party. GOP published this book of lies and ill intent. What does that tell you...

    August 13, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  7. Steve

    Anderson, have you seen the footage of the devastation that was caused to the Ossetians by the Georgian military?

    August 13, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  8. Michael Wood

    Anderson,
    After living in the region for 9 years it is becoming clear we are seeing what people in the region have said was coming for a number of years now. Russia is paving a path to have direct access to Iran. Georgia is first in their plan with Armenia next on the agenda. They are close allies with the Iranians and are preparing to have access to the country to come to their direct aide once Israel attacks the Nuclear plants in the coming months. With the USA spread so thin there is not much that can be done do counter this march... goodness knows the Europeans done have the stomach to stand up here.
    Michael, Cyprus

    August 13, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  9. David, Indiana

    I just wonder why this conflict in Georgia happened in the first place, weren't Russia and Georgia already in agreement and negotiating and talking to some extent about S. Ossetia?

    August 13, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  10. Rose from Southern Calif

    Every one seems to have missiles but why? Take a wild guess, right now I hope Russia dosn't have a ichy figures.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  11. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    Those little bitty Chinese girls are very talented and have beautiful moves but again, they look like little bitty kids!

    August 13, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  12. Jo Ann, Ohio

    The US can only take non-military actions like keeping Russia out of NATO and out of the G8.

    They may want to consider expanding NATO to include the Ukraine which has a populaltion of 59 million people, since they could possibly be the next target.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  13. Peter

    Why would Georgia attack a world power like Russia. That does not make sense

    August 13, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  14. Shannon

    The new book about Obama caters to those that already believe the lies that have been floating around for months. Only people seeking to validate their unfounded fears would purchase this book.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  15. Heather

    I think without a doubt McCain said the right thing.I also think Rice and Gates are doing the right thing.I think Putin lying right to Bush's face at the Olympic games says everything.Putin was KGB,he will always be KGB.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  16. EJ (USA)

    Colin Powell said long ago that he was 'enthusiastic' about an Obama presidency.

    I took that as an endorsement then... but knew at the time he couldn't directly say it.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  17. Ken in NC

    Megan Dresslar, Russia has no intention of stopping. It knows that the USA is stretched thin and sees this asz their opportunity to retake one of the countries that broke away from in in the 90's. Russia also knows we need them to help us against the developement of nukes in Iran so they will push the envelope as far as they can because the original action was at the hands of Georgia.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  18. Gary

    What I do not understand is why no one is drawing the parallel between Georgia and what happened in Czechoslovakia in 1968. Russia today is as bold as the when they were the USSR.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  19. Andy Schwartze

    Russian history is peppered with violence and compassion. It's a society that lives, not in the middle, but on the extremes. For the American mentality this is a very confusing attitude to live with because the "middle of the road" never condones behavior on the fringe. Wait until China rises strong and we have to deal with them. The coming years will test American patience in ways that will make WWII look like a school yard fisticuff.

    Andy Schwartze

    August 13, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  20. Jeff Jarett

    It's a shame that this horrible conflict in Georgia is being used for political purposes. The McCain camp starting out by using it to point out Obama's lack of experience, then being hypocritical after someone in the Obama camp responded to it. I hope both sides will stop playing sides on this issue, and worry about helping the folks in Georgia get their lives back together. War is not fun, and should not be used for political gain.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  21. Mary Ann

    If Russia challenges Us and we accept the challenge the troops will have to come from a new draft. I hope someone puts the breaks on this.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  22. desiree

    it makes me wonder who russia's going after next

    August 13, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  23. Jay

    Anderson lets take this all the way to the very begining. Why did Georgia go into South Ossetia? What was the objective? Why did they do this?

    August 13, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  24. Sophie

    Russians are now testing the strength of America given Iraq and Afghan. They are sending a message to America.

    Russia should be dealt with very harshly. Too many people have been killed.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  25. pamela crosell

    Hi Anderson, Erica

    So excited to be on with you, I love the show. Anderson is the most honest journalist in town and CNN is above all the best place for politics.

    Russia can not be trusted and I wouldn't be surprised if they were not in with Iran in the very near future. Putin is the real leader and he is interested in making USSR again.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  26. Pamina

    Hey Erica, I just saw your behind the scenes commentary- cool!

    August 13, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  27. Maureen T

    The webcast, the webcam, watching live, so much to see and hear what more can I ask for? Talking with Anderson!? 🙂 That was cool Erica!

    August 13, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  28. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Russia is sending a clear signal to the former Soviet republics not to join NATO or get too cozy with the US.

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

    Good question, Anderson. How much leverage does the U.S. have over Russia?

    August 13, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  30. jen rose

    At this time we can't afford to be in two wars at one time.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  31. Rocky

    I'm getting a little sick of the world expecting the USA to resolve every crisis that erupts in the world. We have problems of our own.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  32. Kevin, Michigan

    With what the world now knows about our little adventure into Iraq what morale authority does the US have to preach to Russia about invading a sovereign country?

    August 13, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  33. Nicole Lockridge

    Why does the media spend so much time evaluating how the nominees are or would respond to this situation between Russia and Georgia, and so little time discussing what Bush is doing now. He's the one with the power, and this is an urgent issue.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  34. Jim Stern

    We accuse the Russians of doing exactly what we did in Afghanstan and Iraq? The only difference, is that they may have a legimate claim of protecting their peace keepers and citizens, we had none.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  35. Rose from Southern Calif

    Russia might want to use their missile on some little country you think? I hope not.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  36. Chris Schwilk

    It's interesting that both McCain and Rice stated today that in the modern world nations can't just go invading other nations.....

    Isn't that what we did to Iraq?

    August 13, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  37. sylvia

    Russian state media and their politicians have been on a "promotional tour" for some time now; attempting to persuade their friends and enemies that the West's influence in that region and around the world has passed; that it was Russian time now; I guess this is the the visual demonstration to further convince and scare the all nations

    August 13, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  38. Donald Williams

    I always knew Russia would try and come back and reunite the USSR.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  39. Jared

    Russia is being ran by former KGB with Putin at the lead. No one can't tell me that when Communism was falling they didn't have a meeting strategizing how to play by the new rules and come back out on top.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  40. Mary

    Russia is playing a dangerous game of chess and I hope that nothing happens while we are delivering aid. It will certainly escalate things whether we have the troops to back it up or not. What about the other allies? Are they applying pressure too?

    August 13, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  41. Crystal, Clearwater, FL

    Oh the new webcast is so cool!

    August 13, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  42. David, Indiana

    That is the question, Russia is going deep into Georgia dominating Georgia's domestic affairs. Where are they, what are they doing?
    Will we ever get to the bottom of what has occurred in South Ossetia?
    The U.S. has every right to stand up for Georgia by sending in Humanitarian aid.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  43. Ben

    Why does everyone think the fault is Russia's. If I remember correctly, Georgia shelled South Ossetia before Russia even got involved. If you ask me, the US interests in the region are clouding their judgment in making the right decision to make a positive impact on the geopolitical situation in the region.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  44. Joe

    The Georgia invasion is yet another example of failed Bush foreign policy. What will the US do? Probably nothing. He's a lame duck. He's not going to send troops and start another war. Whoever is the next President is going to have quite a mess to clean up.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  45. andersoncnn

    just a reminder.. we are broadcasting special programming during commercial breaks online.. check it out.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  46. Amber

    Why is it so hard for the president to mind his own business. If they want to go to war what does that have to do with us.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  47. Bre

    We must be careful with Russia.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  48. Sophie

    The Russians are cold and cuel and they should be stopped by soemone. Why does everyone await America only to stop them? What happen to Britain and China as well as other countries?

    August 13, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  49. jen rose

    I like Kathy Griffin, she don't mind mince words. She calls it as she sees it.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  50. Gwen from NJ

    The US violated international law by invading Iraq. We have no credibility around the world. So, I don’t think the US can do anything here.

    Georgia has a right to be independent if they chose. We know Russia needs Georgia for economic reasons. So, they will put up the fight.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
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