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September 10th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 09/10/09

Tonight we have new insight on the congressman who called Pres. Obama a liar last night as he spoke to Congress. Who is Rep. Joe Wilson? We've got the raw politics. Plus, on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary where is Osama bin Laden?

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  1. David, Indiana

    Glad that Malik is recovering and going home but the transport home looks dangerous for a child with such a serious injury. Those forces are showing profound compassion to save him, but that country is sorely in need of a medical system.

    Soldiers at FOB Geronimo thoughtful calm to the point well spoken. Wishing them well.

    Good night Isabel good night everyone.

    September 10, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Sue in NH

    Thank you all for being there Anderson. They really need to know they're not taken for granted or forgotten. .

    September 10, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone! Thank you, Anderson for caring about all of our feeling!

    September 10, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  4. Saera El Paso, TX

    good night everyone

    September 10, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Good night Anderson, thanks for another great show!

    September 10, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Don, WA

    "At least we have our health."

    September 10, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  7. Kelsey

    God Bless all the troops! May you come home safe to your friends and family.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  8. Jane - Vt

    Good night all. I so pray this war can be over soon. All our soldiers are tired. They need to all come home to their families.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  9. starr, formerly known as vincent

    FAST night on the blog and lively too.
    Thank you and good night Anderson et al and thanks to Wolf for helping out. Good night Erica & and all team 360.

    This week's reporting has been stellar (& and likely not easy ).

    Good night fellow bloggers. Enjoyed the conversation more than i can say!

    September 10, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  10. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Anderson
    Have a nice day! In Afghanistan it's already September 11 ... a day of terrible memories for us all! Stay well!

    Good night David and friends!
    See you tomorrow!

    I wish much peace to us all! Our world need and deserve this peace!

    September 10, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  11. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Those soldiers are so dedicated, they make me proud to be an American.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  12. Sharon

    Good night all.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  13. Lori

    Sweet dreams.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  14. Fay - California

    Great use of the Shot to speak directly with the soldiers so that we can all hear their thoughts on the important work they're doing.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  15. Lori

    Thank you Anderson. These soldiers deserve individual recognition and a voice.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  16. Fred

    are all those Americans?
    those people are true heroes?

    Isabella!!
    I hope she is treated good!
    She is a hero too

    September 10, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  17. Jessie

    Semper Fi Lt. Bennet!! 😀

    September 10, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  18. Jane - Vt

    Hope some of you are seeing your loved ones.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  19. Johan MD

    Afgahinstan war is way more complicated than the Iraq war. People in Afghanistan are either brain washed by Al Qeada or afraid of the the Taliban

    September 10, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  20. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Anderson
    Now i am really tired,hope i can get some sleep.Today it will be a buzzy day for me again
    So all the best to you and the other Best CNN Team there,take care,stay safe
    Can wait you all are safe back,sorry for the soldiers they have to stay there,
    Have a good day from far away in Germany

    September 10, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  21. Lori

    I think that our troups are there to help the people. Not on a typical mission.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  22. Sue in NH

    I want to get angry when I hear things like what Wison did. But then I see how Obama handles it and realize what a true adult is. Someone who looks past the silly stuff and keeps on track.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  23. Fay - California

    It was so good to see Malik attempting to walk again – let's hope he continues to make more progress now that he's returned home.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  24. Alex

    Fred,

    I agree that Dr. Gupta is more valueable here than the White House. He made a good decision.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  25. Vic

    @Fred....he'd be missed greatly on CNN by viewers.

    What a journey home for Malik.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  26. Judi

    First timer here. The country needs everyone to stand together now. We are at war, the economy has been devastated by greed and corruption. The civility of our nation has been in decline since President Reagan. I am disappointed by the group-think that permiates politics and the group behavior that results from it. The line has been crossed now, it doesn't matter who started it. Our democracy is Of the people, By the people and For the people. Elected officials need to remember that the Dems and the Gop are not mentioned and we could do without them . This is not a game. People are dying today because of a lack of affordable health care. Change is the only constant. Fear is a useless emotion so those of you screaming the sky is falling should knock it off.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  27. starr, formerly known as vincent

    The story of Malik has been astonishing. As Sanjay said, at first it didn't look good for him at all. Look at him now.

    Anyone who has seen this story now knows how caring and wonderful our troops & military doctors are.

    Thank you Sanjay for keeping us posted. In the midst of so much negative news, this story was a blessing.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  28. Jacqueline, NY

    That's an amazing story. Thank you Dr. Gupta.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  29. masako

    hi, anderson.
    thank you so much for such a dedicated report.
    i think you lost weight in afghanistan.
    please stay safe and take a good rest.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  30. Sandra Robertson, GA

    Good night all. I hope to see you tomorrow night. Remember the loved ones lost on 9/11.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  31. Saera El Paso, TX

    cute kid
    i'm glad he's recovering

    September 10, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  32. Lori

    What a story!

    September 10, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  33. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Sick child is one of the hardest things to watch and not always able to do something

    September 10, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  34. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    @ David, Indiana

    I think Rep. Wilson was inappropriate and even grossly, in your interruption. Perhaps there is no consensus for approval of a plan as ambitious as the health care reform because implies a severe cut in spending approved in previous budgets

    September 10, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  35. Fred

    i am so glad that the doctor is not Surgeon General!
    he is doing better more meaningful work now!!!

    September 10, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  36. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I am very happy to hear about Malik, I wish him a full recovery!

    September 10, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  37. Lori

    He is a lucky boy!

    September 10, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  38. Pamela

    I support the war in Afganistan. I did not support the war in Iraq when it was started. I always believed that we should have been in Afganistan. It is now the eve of 9/11. Let's think about what happened 8 years ago. We must support our troops in Afganistan and stand with President Obama to fight terrorism. We can never let happen again... something like the fall of the twin towers and the other attacks on our country. We must stand firm against terrorism.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  39. Lori

    That little Malik looks remarkably good inspite of his injuries.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  40. Kathy Chicago

    Thank goodness that little boy is going home! Miracles do happen.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  41. David, Indiana

    Those look like very complicate patrols. Is it naieve to say that village elder image blurred seems ready to be fully cooperative w/ the US?

    If the Taliban would probably not go down the ideological road with Al Qaeda is that a break in the situation that could be taken advantage of? An additional chance for the Afghan govt to get it's footing in that country?

    He didn't have an affair, just sex with two lobbyists, ok that's different.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  42. ericacnn

    @Sue from NH – your son is an amazing man, but I can imagine your pride must be tinged with worry.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  43. Johan MD

    i have a lot of resepct for Michael Ware

    September 10, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  44. Kelly Swanson- Harrisburg, PA

    Yeah for Meleek!

    September 10, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  45. Sue in NH

    Afghanistan scares me more than Iraq, and Pakistan even more. When will the end come over there...how can it end. How can we win or whatever in a place that just doesn't care..or hasn't seemed to for hundreds of years. And what right do we really have to push our beliefs on to them.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  46. Kathy Crowe

    I am deeply disturbed by Rep. Joe Wilson's conduct. He should have been immediately ejected from the session. Whether you agree with President Obama or disagree, he deserves the highest respect as our nation's leader while delivering his address to congress. I was also disgusted by the actions of other republicans in the room, especially the one with the blackberry! The behavior was an embarrassment! It was obvious the actions of the Republican Party members were calculated and deliberate attempt to delay the process of resolution.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  47. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Anderson, what effect does the eroding American support for the Afghanistan mission have on the Marines morale?

    September 10, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  48. Phoenix

    Although I am grateful for the coverage of the the War in Afghanistan, I would like the American people to see how the Marines are living that aren't on the bases. I know that they some have been at least 30 days with no shower. The families are having to mail socks and underwear so they will have clean ones. They have no laundry. I know that they had been limited to one MRE a day with long patrols and extreme heat. The extra food they get comes from home. I know that saving Moleik(sp?) was a great thing for the docs to do but what about the American service members that are alive today because of those same doctors? Does the public really know how many have been sent home seriously injured?

    September 10, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  49. joseph alexander

    There is no difference now between the GOP and the most unhinged, outermost rung of the Far Right – in constituency, "ideas" and comportment. Wilson's act was not only despicable but false in itself.

    His behavior underscores the fact that our nation is divided now, not between right or left, or Democrats and Republicans, but between the decent and indecent. Wilson is the standard bearer for the latter.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
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