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January 6th, 2009
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  1. Louise

    Dr. Gupta had BETTER accept!! One doesn't turn down the President-elect, especially President-elect Barack Obama!

    Congratulations to Dr. Gupta. I look forward to seeing you take that office. 🙂

    January 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  2. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Sherrol, their actions show what they are. Terrorists is an accurate label.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  3. johnny khoury

    Israel is not allowing media into the Gaze for obvious reasons...they don't want the world to see what they are doing. Israel has a track record of creating closed military zones and keeping the media out. They also have a track record on injuring and maiming journalists.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  4. Michael

    I believe the Israelis deeply regret the loss of innocent life no matter what side the loss is on.
    Hammas needs to stop hiding behind womens skirts and children.
    The interminable rocket fire is unacceptable. If Hammas wants to stop the war, all they have to do is agree not to fire any more rockets at into Israel.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  5. Marla Cassbarro

    The reality is that a permanent cease fire will never be achieved. The Islam religion demands the conversion or anihilation of any non-Islam people, and it also allows for lying to achieve "temporary peace," when it will serve their cause in the end. No promised peace from any Moslem nation is ever the truth. Don't the politicians realize this?

    January 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  6. Kevin

    @Mike, Syracuse NY: I think the best solution would be a two state solution. It's a perfect compromise in my opinion.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  7. Graham

    I Feel sick!!! Looking at he pictures of innocent children being killed by Israeli aggression. To think that our tax dollars pay for Israel to kill children makes us all guilty of this crime. Israel needs to be held accountable for this. Hamas has stated they will stop the rockets if Israel lifts it's embargo over Gaza. Why can't the US push for this solution? The people in Gaza only want to live regular lives like the rest of us. Why is Palestianan blood so cheap to the west?

    January 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  8. Joji

    It's a great honor for Dr. Gupta to be considered as Surgeon General and I know he will make an excellent choice. BUT I will miss seeing him on CNN!

    January 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  9. Dulcie - Denver

    Dr. Sanjay would be fabulous for Surgeon General! I hope it goes smoothly for him and that he accepts the post.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  10. Bill

    Mr. Cooper is safe there. Nobody can reach him where he is, exactly as every other reporter in Israel. Those journalists, who are still in Gaza should receive your support.
    Mr. Cooper is just doing his job.
    They are risking their lives.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  11. Imani from Maryland

    Elisabeth: he is not holding back like he said before he won't make any presidential moves until he is sworn in.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  12. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    @Brandi – If you ask me, the UN needs to clean house and completely redo everything. They haven't done squat in as long as I can remember.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  13. Hope

    Hi Erica
    I think sanjay will do well. He has an obvious ability to educate. His reporting proves that he can bridge the gap for those non medical consumers trying to learn about their diseases.
    I was not an Obama supporter, but he has sure made some really good choices, I am not sure he can go wrong!!!

    January 6, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  14. Monica M. Williams

    So Burris goes to Washington. Now everyone is up in arms on what to do. Well the novelists in me love’s it! I’ll admit, at first I laughed at this situation. Now I think there’s an heir of sexiness in Blagojevich’s defiant behavior to appoint Burris. Now he’s laid out a complicated chess board which has the potential of developing into a street fight. He’s clearly two steps ahead of everyone. Parties trying to manage him and the situation are wasting their time using Sense and Sensibility tactic to bully their message across to him. They just don’t get it. Blagojevich is a gubernatorial nut. And the only way to handle a nut is to get a little nutty yourself. Burris is simply a man stuck in the rain.

    Be safe AC. Welcome back Erica.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  15. Mustafa

    Our media, the American media, is so filtered as images and videos of the suffering people in Gaza are being censored. However, I would like to personally thank the CNN crew for your unbiased journalism. Keep it up! Always show the truth!

    January 6, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  16. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Frankly, I don't think Obama has a clue as to what to do in the Middle East.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  17. Benoit Demers

    Hello!
    I just wondering why an army so powerfull like the Israelian army is not able to destroy the missilles that comes from the Gaza strip....you did it when you where in war whit Iraq whit the use of patriotes missiles..
    Im sur that if Québec trow missiles to Old orchard beach...you will interceptes it right away...and is is ok...we will do the same...
    So why Israel dont have the capability to do so?
    (excuse my english..in a french canadian fronQuébec city Canada)

    January 6, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  18. Candice

    You can't treat people like animals and expect them to not fight back. The Palestinian people have long been suffering under Israeli occupations and blockades. Israel has a right to exist, but so does Palestine. What would our reaction be if the shoe was on the other foot? We must be fair and recognize that Israel is using a bazooka against a bat, the inequity is too glaring to overlook. Military actions like the one undertaken by Israel simply fuel the fire of extremists. It is the perfect recipe to create more terrorists.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  19. Kas

    It is amazing that Isreal, who is doing 99% of the killing, is playing the victim again. If they are not hidding the truth, why don't they let the free press, including Anderson Cooper in Gaza??? There is no reason on earth to kill and wound almost 4000 palestinians in revenge to Hamas stupidity, and ignorance......

    January 6, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  20. Tim

    When 11 children die in an air attack that kills 1 Hamas leader, I find that obscene.
    Equally obscene is the targeting of UN schools & facilities in the refugee camps as happened today.
    The Palestinians want what they were promised in 1947 when they were pushed out to make room for Israel .... a Palestinian state.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  21. Mazen

    Hi Anderson, i am from Gaza been in the states 30 years. i am not allowed to go back. you are breathing air that i have once did in my child hood. i am from the Sabrah street, if you walk my old street say hi to my people . i envey you . be safe.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  22. Karen

    I'm hyped about Sanjay Gupta. I mean, how nice would it be to have a SG that actually looks like he walks the talk? He is also someone who I think could reach a lot of different generations with his verve and passion about wellness and health. I keep hearing how this is one position that is often VERY difficult to get confirmed though. Why is this? What are the interviewers so particular about that the path is littered with nixed nominees?

    January 6, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  23. Bonnie Rosengarten

    While the current situation of the Civilians in Gaza is sad, Hamas' lack of concern for their own people is to blame, not Israel. Israel is simply trying to protect itself. What kind of government shoots mortars from a school?! They are purposely putting their own civilians at risk in order to place blame on Israel.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  24. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Does anyone realistically expect that there can be peace until one side wipes out the other? They both want the same relatively small piece of land, and haven't shown any ability to share or compromise.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  25. elisabeth meier

    and I would like to know who the heck they think will have to clean up in Gaza strip when they are through there with their strike. If Israel´s size is comparable to New Jersey, how big is this small Gaza strip then? Cant be much bigger than Manhattan. And now imagine how Manahattan would look after 12 days bombing and shooting and whatever they do. How much infrastructure is there now at all ???

    January 6, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  26. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    @gadi,

    cant they at least give them a route out to somewhere they can go? has the UN even asked for their cooperation with trying to get the civilians out?

    January 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  27. Imonitie

    Why is there a question of casuaties being higher on Gaza than Israel! War is war! Hamas should have known its sitting on a dormant volcano when it went on a senseless Rocket firing spree into Israel. “If you live in a glass house, dont throw stones”

    January 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  28. Kevin

    @Mike, Syracuse NY: Technically it's our fault that Hamas got into power to begin with. If we hadn't of kept pushing that election after we were warned many times they would win it, then it would be a different story.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  29. Jana, Indiana

    I think that is a great news for Dr. Gupta. I bet it was the buzz of the building today.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  30. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    @Mike – A democratically elected organization that some nations see as terrorists. Just because the US, UK, Canada and a couple other nations say 'terrorist' doesn't make it so.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  31. David, Indiana

    I think Dr. Gupta would be a great surgeon general.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  32. Mark from Philadelphia

    We still find ourselves looking for common ground to build a relationship on. Love, peace, and happiness for one reason or another does not work for every party involved. Maybe common ground is not the solution and a tolerence for various common grounds is the solution. A respectful tolerence of one another's culture, religous affiliation, etc. This will be very difficult but is still worth seeking with passion.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  33. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Erica, Welcome back! If Sanjay leaves CNN who could possibly fill his place? I can't even imagine. I would miss him!

    January 6, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  34. Tom - Minneapolis

    I also hope Dr. Gupta accepts his position.
    He would be an awesome Surgeon General and would bring new meaning to the widely unknown position in the government

    January 6, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  35. Heather,ca

    Hello all

    Never a dull moment in Washington. Drama, drama and oh yeah drama.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  36. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    I'm not sure why Burris thought the senate would let him be seated? Any choice by Blagojevich is going to be tainted because there is always going to be that underlying wonder...

    January 6, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  37. Belinda

    Kudos to Sanjay Gupta! talk about political theater today. I'm not sure what Burris thought would happen today.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  38. Imonitie

    Why is there a question of casuaties being higher on Gaza than Israel! War is war! Hamas should have known its sitting on a dormant volcano when it went on a senseless Rocket firing spree into Isael. "If you live in a glass house, dont throw stones"

    January 6, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  39. Phil

    The israelis turned all of Gaza into Palestinian hands in 2005, a clear gesture toward peace. So how do they react? By sending numerous missiles to Israel every day for years.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  40. Kevin

    Looks like I'm a little late, but good evening everyone. I hope Anderson and co is safe out there. Oh, and a big congrats to Dr Gupta!

    January 6, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  41. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Sherrol, Hamas should not have weapons. They are a terrorist group, not an official government.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  42. elisabeth meier

    Why is Barack Obama holding back his opinion about Israel???

    January 6, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  43. Bill

    Obama's silence on gaza ? It's because he disagrees with the current administration's policy in the region.
    Remember Georgia's last war in summer ? He wasn't so silent.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  44. Andrew

    This incursion is just creating more hatred towards Israel. What people don't understand is that they are not rooting out Hamas but help recruit people for Hamas. Give a respectable amount of land back to the Palestinians and there will be less conflicts.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  45. lynn

    Horray... Candy is back!!! No drama , Ocandy!!! My favorite journalist!!

    January 6, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  46. Adriana

    I hope that Dr. Gupta will take the surgeon general position...He would be great!

    January 6, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  47. gadi

    Brandi,Egyptians wont accept refugees from Gaza.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  48. Tom - Minneapolis

    I hope the peace deal drawn up by France and Egypt will be accepted by Israel. President Bush should be more involved even if he only has a few weeks left....thats not an excuse to do nothing.

    Tom

    January 6, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Anderson,
    Please be careful!!!!!!! keep harm's way out of shelter!!!! Please come home safe!

    January 6, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  50. Bonnie

    Yea Dr. Gupta. Reminds me of the time Michael Moore said "who is Sanjay Gupta?" Well Michael. . . the new surgeon general!!!

    January 6, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
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