September 10th, 2009
09:36 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Little Malik goes home

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/10/art.afghan.malik.jpg caption="Malik, a 4-year-old boy in Afghanistan suffered a severe head injury earlier this week but is recovering well."]

Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

We’re reporting live from Afghanistan, where Anderson has spent the past few days at a Marine base camp in Helmand province, on the front lines of the fight against the Taliban. Yesterday, he went out on an IED patrol with U.S. Marines and just after they returned back to the camp, an IED went off. Anderson reports. Today, Anderson was embedded with the Afghan national army and Marines. More on the dangers and risks these forces face every day.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is following the story of Little Malik, a 4-year-old in who suffered severe head injuries after he fell from a cliff running from fighting in his villages. His life was saved by U.S. military surgeons and now that he’s improved U.S. special forces are returning him to his village. Dr. Gupta has been tracking Malik’s story for the past few days and will accompany the team when the 4-year-old boy returns home.

All week Michael Ware has been reporting on the strength and resiliency of the Taliban. So can Afghan warlords become part of the solution? The U.S. and its allies admit this war in Afghanistan is unwinnable by bombs and bullets alone, so is it time to explore other options with tribal leaders? President Karzai’s brother calls for the creation of tribal militias – similar to some of the strategies used in Iraq. Could this ever work? Ware speaks to one of the most fearsome who, for now, is sitting on the sidelines. Is it possible to negotiate with the Taliban? Michael Ware will dig deeper into whether or not a peaceful future for Afghanistan could be found within its tribes.

Earlier today, Afghan journalists condemned the actions of a NATO commando unit that left the body of a local reporter behind during a deadly operation aimed at rescuing New York Times reporter Stephen Farrell. Taliban militants kidnapped Farrell and Sultan Munadi last week. Do Afghans believe that western forces care more about Western lives than Afghan ones?

And what’s your reaction to President Obama’s health care speech last night? According to our CNN/Opinion Research polls, two out of three Americans who watched the President’s speech favor his health care plans – that’s a 14-point gain among speech-watchers. So now that he’s given his address, what comes next? The President is planning to invite centrist Senate Democrats to the White House today to get “fence-sitters into a room” and start making progress. We’ll have more on the fallout from Obama’s plan tonight.

South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson shouted "you lie" during the President's address, but issued an apology and called Rahm Emanuel at the White House to apologize. How do you think that conversation played out? Today some people are calling him a heckler, but others support him. Do you think his outburst was fair?

What else are you following today? Let us know and see you at 10 p.m. ET!

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. JLP

    "two out of three Americans who watched the President’s speech favor his health care plans" –

    I can not understand how a poll can randomly select a group of people who would have a 66% agreement rate. Is it because the pollsters are only calliin Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont and all inner cities?

    Also, how can anyone favor something that has not been written, explained or published? There is no health care plan.

    Also, on the statement by Obama that illegals would not be covered under HIS plan.... he is correct. BUT, they are covered under other existing laws that require anyone who shows up at an emergency room to be seen and treated. So, it was not a direct lie... just a lie. Sounds like the rep from South Carolina was correct.

    September 10, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  2. Karl Borgstrom

    Eliza: Thanks for your good work. If it was not for you, Anderson, Michael, Sanjay, and Peter in country giving us a dose of reality as to what this is all about, we would remain painfully ignorant.

    Stay safe!


    September 10, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  3. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Good Morning Eliza

    i pray for the saftey of the marines who continue to risk thier lives everyday in this dangerour place it's very scary . Then the IED patrol is so scary to watch especially for the marienes but for Anderson's sfatey and the 360 team it's too close to danger . I hope everyone is safe and returns home safe too please be careful .

    Thanks for the buzz
    Michelle D.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  4. Cindy

    Obama's speech was the same ole same ole. He'll say anything right about now to get it passed. It was full of the same ole junk that I've been hearing for ever. Fact Check has some lies that were in it. So...as usual..he lied. As to the Wilson guy yelling that Obama lies well..according to Fact Check..it's true!! And why is the big deal being made of it? The dems heckled Bush many times and nothing was said. What is this...double standard or suck-up-itis or what!?

    Glad to see that Malik will be OK. Thanks to Sanjay for keeping us up to date on the little boy. But really is sending him back home really a good thing? I mean if they are fighting there then he's right back in the thick of it and in danger once again. But I guess that's how it is there where ever you go right? No escape for anyone.

    Loved Cooper's report last night. I like seeing the behind the scenes, day to day living of the soldiers. But the bathrooms...wow. A bit too primitive for my taste! LOL

    Can't wait to see more tonight from Coop and the crew!


    September 10, 2009 at 10:24 am |