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September 11th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 9/11/09

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  1. Patricia Brennan

    Thank you for being there, and realizing what our guys live with day in and day out, the heat alone with gear and ammo. Thank you again

    September 11, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Dodie - California

    Good night everyone. Have a wonderful weekend!

    @ John King! Just love your state of the union program. Your interviewing skills are exceptional! Always good information, very professionally delivered.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    P.S. Anderson
    Please come home safe to NYC! We missed you this week!!! HUGS! 😀

    September 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  4. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Good night, John and Erica!

    Good night David (Indiana) and friends!!

    Anderson,
    A good return and rest! You deserve it!

    A greet weekend for us! See you Monday!

    September 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  5. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Great show. Thanks for the excellent job you always do filling in, John!

    September 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  6. Kelly Swanson- Harrisburg, PA

    Thanks to the entire AC 360 team for outstanding reporting and sacrifice this week. Have a safe return home.. and a nice hot shower!

    September 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    Have a great night and sleep tight everyone!!!! 😀
    Have a great weekend!
    See you on Monday night!
    I love to read Anderson's notebook from Afghanistan..... Nice blog!

    September 11, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  8. Cherie, Ohio

    Anderson is awesome – love his reporters notebook segments – so real and frank

    September 11, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  9. Dodie - California

    @ Billy!

    I will be very happy to see the job finished and the war ended. I can not help, but it reminds me so much of the Vietnam war!

    War is war and always horrible!

    September 11, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  10. Kevin Ellerholz in Muskegon,MI

    Great reporter's notebook Anderson

    September 11, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  11. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey John
    Good night from far away in Germany,have a great weekend

    September 11, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  12. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    @ Erica

    I liked and learned a lot about Afghanistan this week. Today I bought a book about life in Afghanistan after the Taliban, of the journalist Åsne Seierstad.

    Thank you and congratulations!

    September 11, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  13. Lori

    Sweet dreams and have a wonderful weekend!

    September 11, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  14. David, Indiana

    Nice glasses Erica. How can famous paintings like those Andy Warhol paintings not be found?

    @Isabel, good pt, the President has overwhelming duties to the public. It is a hard job, but those who are elected to that office seem to understand that committment.

    I hope Annie Lee is allright.

    Probably a good idea to bring N. Korea in for talks, they're so bent out shape, shooting off rockets, then turning around and releasing Euna Lee and Laura Ling, then making threats. They probably need foreign affairs equivalent of a good talking to.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  15. Cessy, Chicago

    Anderson's reporter notebook- wow! how I wish to read his accounts. But I can hope for another bestseller book.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  16. Su

    Hi Anderson, John

    Has anyone questioned why the US expects to be successful in "putting pressure" or otherwise win in Afghanistan in lieu of the fact that history has repeatedly proven that it is "mission impossible" for all the obvious reasons. It is no wonder that Bin Laden chose this domain to take refuge in!

    By the way, I think the CNN team and panel is absolutely great!!

    Take care
    Su

    September 11, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  17. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Anderson, Sanjay, Peter, and Michael did a wonderful job this week in Afghanistan! I really appreciated the extended coverage.

    Good night John, Erica, and Anderson, wherever you are.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  18. Hector

    @ Erica Hill
    By the way. You look amazingly beautiful with glasses. You should wear them more oftenly

    September 11, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  19. Sunny. (Seoul)

    the worst kinda war you can fight is likes of Iraq and afghanistan etc.
    a faceless war. and doing it well, the lessons are in the zones. if American pull back now they will regret it years to come and it will come back to all of us in double fold.
    those who are in their cozy rooms will never understand wat it's like to fight a Taliban.
    THE WAR AGAINST TALIBAN IS NOT ABOUT YOUR MONEY, BUT YOUR LIFE AND gods

    September 11, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  20. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yay!!!!!! I do love NASA arrived in California!!!!! it was safe! Cool! I do watch when goes rocket blast up out of world (earth)!
    Nice caption beat 360, I agree with Terri..... I am fan of Erica Hill too!

    September 11, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  21. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Anderson Hey Peter,Hey Sanjay and Hey Micheal and all the Best CNN Team Members,who support you ,doing this very good job,thank you.

    Make us not forget that terrible war.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  22. chris conanan

    Thanks again CNN for letting our son step into our living room with Anderson Cooper; it warmed our hearts to know he was safe for a while and that he is doing exactly what he and other marines trained long and hard.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  23. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    OK Erica, you HAVE to write Terry a personal note to send with that 360 t-shirt!!!

    September 11, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  24. Linda-Portland, OR

    good night and have a great weekend everyone

    September 11, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  25. Lori

    When we went to Greece last summer, we were told that the ancient Olympic athletes competed naked to verify sex. Women were not allowed at the games even as spectators.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  26. Dodie - California

    Very interesting. Being a hermaphrodite will make that what? They have the right to make a choice which sex they want.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  27. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    John King has a lot of class! And so does Dana!

    September 11, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  28. Billy from Minneapolis

    David Gergen,

    I agree with you on the war in Afganistan. We can't forget what happened on 9/11 and need to finish the job.

    As far as our divided country, I think the division in this country has been building for several years so we can't expect it to end in a few months. There are still emotions leftover from an election that not only put a Democrat in the White House, but also gave Democrats in the House and Senate more seats hence more power. Add to this, a country in one of the worst recessions many have not seen in our lifetime and people will act on emotion out of fear. The problem is Obama knows that we need to make some changes or we'll be facing bigger challenges in the near future. These problems – health care, energy, terrorism – will not go away without action. What people need to remember is to let their voices be heard in a civil way. We've seen disruptions at town hall meetings and now we see disruptions during the President's speech. We have freedom of speech in this country but that doesn't give people the right to disrespect others.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  29. Allen G

    I don't know how realistic this idea is but it seems to me one way of approaching Afghanistan would be for the NATO alliance to support the Afghani government in nationalizing opium poppy production. Instead of trying to eradicate fields with the effect of either helping or hurting our friends or foes, who knows, why not just keep production. just have the production go through government registration? take the poppy product and make morphine, buy it straight from the source and just either give it away to medics in poor nations and lower the expiration date so there's always a fresh supply. It can't be any worse than what we are already doing and it would flush out Taliban. The tribal leaders who aren't Taliban but who are running drugs would have to make a choice, either go up against us or join the political process. If we get a handle on agriculture in Afghanistan, then we'll be able to assist in the eventual transition to more useful crops over time.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  30. Kathy Chicago

    Night all, have a great week-end! John, love your Sun show.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  31. Barbara Beach, Philadelphia

    Proud parent of a Marine and I know first hand that my son and his brothers are proud to serve their country ... Semper Fi!

    September 11, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  32. Keren

    @Erica I agree.
    My cousin is over there and it's a great to have this closer view of their work.

    Difficult condition but important work. Finished reading 3 cup of tea and I understand better some of the culture.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  33. Kevin Ellerholz in Muskegon,MI

    Great job Anderson you truly are a trooper, I have watched you since your Channel One days way back when.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  34. starr, formerly known as vincent

    @ John King, excellent remarks.
    I note with interest (and pride) that all of the marines that he interviewed were "Proud" to serve.

    The marines seem to support the mission (as othe service members do too). We need to support them in their beliefs and mission!

    September 11, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  35. michael wyeth

    Hi!
    Your coverage of US forces and support personnel rightly recognises their tremendous efforts in Afghanistan.
    However I believe there has been no mention of the contributions of Canadian and British troops, particularly in Helmand province.
    They too have suffered severe losses and I am sure work closely
    with the U S forces.
    best wishes, mike

    September 11, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  36. Cessy, Chicago

    @ john...true. in my family, we are lucky enough to hear what really goes on overseas from my cousins who have been deployed so many times over the years. most recently from a logistic stand point, from medical field (one cousin is a doctor ,one a military nurse) and from the front line.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  37. Lori, IL

    Thank you AC 360 and CNN for sending Anderson and team to Afghanistan this week. I have really enjoyed the excellent coverage, It is an important story that must be told.....

    September 11, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  38. jorge PE

    Another countries have retired from the war like Spain and UK.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  39. Julia, FL

    @starr

    True, but still I don't think that it's our place to go into another country and dictate what needs to be done. I think that while we have our own issues here that need to be taken care of, we need to focus on ourselves. That way we can set a proper example.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  40. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @John, I agree. These reports remind us that each and every soldier is an individual with family and friends not just a faceless group of people. Thanks for showing this side of the war to us.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  41. Laura

    Oh, so sad it was an old sequence. Will the reporter's notebook still be in the first hour? You know global cnn just cuts the show. So could you please put it on ac360.com? Thank you, bye

    September 11, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  42. johnathan wilson

    The problem with these two wars and the difference between ww2 and Iraq and Afghanistan are that in ww2 we knew who we were fighting. We could see the enemy our troops knew what and where the targets were. With these two wars that is not the case we have more troops killed from roadside bombs and from actual fire power.
    We do not belong in either of these countries and its long over due to bring the troops home.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  43. Cherie

    Just watched 102 minutes that changed America – wow. Made me think of the hours and hours, for days and days that we watched CNN on and following 9/11. My heart goes out to all the families who lost loved ones that day and in the wars that have followed. We are truly blessed to live in this awesome country!

    September 11, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  44. Dodie - California

    John King! I completely agree with you. They continue to risk everything in order to protect us. Thank you for helping us to remember!

    September 11, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  45. ericacnn

    so many family members of those serving in afghanistan on the blog. i hope this week's coverage has given you a closer view of the work your loved ones are doing everyday. I know for some there is also a bit of comfort in at least seeing those serving alongside your family and friends.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  46. LisaL - Canada

    John – always good to see you in the anchor's chair.

    The conditions the soldiers work and live in every day in Afghanistan and many other areas really do make a person appreciate what they already have.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  47. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Mike, Syracuse...I'm not so sure our troops would rather be in this war than WWII. It was very clear what the objective was and everyone was fully-committed. Everyone gave support and participated at some level, whether they were stateside or on the front lines. There was a clear sense that we could and would make a difference that benefitted the entire planet, not just us.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  48. Linda-Portland, OR

    in other countries, like South Korea and Japan where US troops are also stationed, for the most part, the Koreans and Japanese, WANT us there and know that without the US presence, there could be trouble...the Afghan people do not want to help us nor want us in their country

    September 11, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  49. Barbara Beach

    Thanks for sharing with us what our troops are facing in Afghanistan. How often we forget in our lives that our men and women are over there. Praying that they all stay safe and return home to their families.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  50. johnkingcnn

    in the often emotional politics of war, it's important not to forget the service of the troops. these pieces on what life is like for the troops hopefully remind people to separate the politics from the remarkable service.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
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