September 11th, 2009
10:18 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Eight years after 9/11

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

All around the world today, people are pausing to remember the 9/11 attacks. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama held a moment of silence outside the White House today, as tribute services were held across the nation to remember the 2,752 people were who were killed in the attacks.

In New York, there was a moment of silence at the site of the former World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m. – when the first jet struck the North Tower, followed by another at 9:03 a.m., when the South Tower was hit. According to a new CNN/Opinion Research poll, the level of concern in the U.S. about terrorism is about half of what it was right after 9/11. Do you agree? How concerned are you about the potential of another terrorist attack?

Anderson is live from Afghanistan tonight where he has been reporting from the front lines on the fight against the Taliban. He’s in Helmand province, where he’s been out on IED sweeps with Marines and patrols with the Afghan National Army. He reports on how this war has changed since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001, right after the 9/11 attacks. Who are we still hunting? What kind of progress are we making? And what about the search for Osama bin Laden?

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is also in Afghanistan where he learns about something called a rescue hoist. Apparently, it’s a tool that helps to pull or raise people to safety. Dr. Gupta decided to go to rescue hoist training to meet the medics who complete these types of missions – and it’s risky business. Think dangling down from helicopters, lifting people from fire and other dangerous feats to save people’s lives.

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.

Atia Abawi is also in Afghanistan where she is reporting on women in the country. Has the situation for women changed over the past eight years? Atia speaks to women in a shelter and learns more about the challenges they face each day.

So, eight years later, where do we stand? And where do we go from here? Are more troops necessary? Senator Carl Levin visited the country last week and will hold a press conference today to discuss the direction forward in the war-torn country. Will he push for more troops? Many have speculated that the commanding officer, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, may ask for more troops relatively soon. How do you think the Obama administration will respond? And what about public support? More on the challenges of the war tonight and how it’s affecting people on the ground tonight.

Let us know what you think and see you tonight at 10 p.m. ET!

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Nilsa

    I remember this moment like it happens yesterday. It is a poignant time in history and in my own life. I will never forget the trajedy, love and sacrifice in which the victims, our heros and this country faced.

    September 11, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  2. Britt Gresh

    I do agree that september 11, 2009 should be remember as a holiday due to the fact that so many people lost their lives fighting for our country. I also feel that our country has made great strides to protect our nation, not just with war but with the increased security everywhere that you would have people leaving or entering the country. all though I do hear a lot of people complain about increased security, but I know they greatly appreciated it. I do feel more troops are neccessary, however there may be very little support for the public. Do to the fact we are still at war with Iraq.

    September 11, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  3. Michelle Johnson, Lomita, CA

    Tremendous Afghanistan coverage this week, each day better and all of it great. This series is as good as anything I've seen on AC360. I look forward to hearing Michael Ware discuss the war and how it can end. He's very knowledgeable and has a real insider's understanding, and since Anderson is still over there today, there doesn't seem to be anyone else besides Michael and Peter Bergen who can help us grasp why our troops are there and what's going on. It's all so puzzling and sad. I wish the president was at liberty to explain it. AC's sharp interviewing and moderating skills are needed here at home where there are more experts on the situation. He performed a wonderful service for our troops, but I'm very glad today is his last day there; he'll leave that dangerous area.

    September 11, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  4. Tanesha Allen

    Today is a sad and great day to remember because this is a day that we will never for get as long as we live. Also today is not just for moaring it is a day to remember the greats to gave their life to save a beauiful nation. I strongly agree with the artical because this happen eight years ago and we have not changed at all we are still at war so we haven't mad that much progress since 9/11. I think 9/11 should be a hoilday not like most were we have cook outs and rink but a day for remembering the heros who lost their life to save others. Also every year they should do something for thr familys who lost someone doing they time and suffering. I can't say I really know alot about 9/11 because i was a young girl when this occured but as I got older i came to realized that this day was not about two builds being destoryed. It was about the people who gave their life to save others and a well save their nation. Thats why this day will always be remembered because this is a day to remember the heros and wat our nation went through.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:39 am |