October 5th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 10/05/09

A new deadly battle in Afghanistan. Should the U.S. change its strategy in the war zone? We're digging deeper. The first H1NI vaccines are given. We have the facts you need to know. Plus, how the suspected stalker of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews tracked her down and allegedly filmed her naked in a hotel room.

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  1. Carlo

    The government must decide what to do asap. It's either we go all in or we get out of there but they shouldn't play with the lives of our soldiers. Bythe way, where are America's allies? Don't the have a military that can step up to the challenge?

    October 5, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  2. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Casey, that's not a bad idea. Obama should ask for a nonbinding resolution of support from Congress for sending more troops. If he can't get his own party to support him, it's all over.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  3. darryl ashman

    132 Canadian soldiers have lost their lives in Kandahar Province in Afganistan since initial deployment in October of 2001. Our Country stands behind its troops. Bergens comments are inaccurate.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  4. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    @ David, Indiana

    I agree with you. And I think it would be paradoxical not to increase troops now and leave the Afghans to their fate.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  5. Lori

    If I were president, I would have our troups stationed in areas that are fairly easy to defend until I could send the appropriate resources to defend the other areas.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  6. carolyn j

    I'M so tired of these wars....President OBAMA we were attacked, pls let use not get attacked again it's and old war.... let's get our troops out and move on.. it don't mean defeat... it means we need to take care of the united states our on soil. our troops is fighting in a known land.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  7. Lori

    What is the president waiting for? Our troops need the reinforcements now....Please send the reinforcements.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  8. Chris Burleson

    I Guess it hurts to see Americans fight so hard for everyone else's liberation, as ours is being stripped away daily. My kids can't watch the planes take off as I did because everyone is so scared. I am so glad that my grandmother taught me to not allow situations to change me, instead i will change situations.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  9. john

    How important is it for HIV patients to get the H1N1 vaccine?

    October 5, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  10. Dodie ~ California

    @ Mike

    That is because we pulled out years ago leaving the Afghans to deal with the Russians.... So naturally they are having a difficult time trusting us.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  11. starr, formerly known as vincent

    I forgot to write in my last blog that we definitely need to train the Afgan army, which will take time, just like it did in Iraq.

    It is also Imperative that the recent vote be seen as credible. As i have mentioned before, the Karsai government has done very little in terms of good governence. It has done essentially nothing to build any trust among the Afgan people.

    @Anderson, isn't it Nation Building that we attempted in Iraq.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  12. Emily

    That was a great "Amanpour"!

    October 5, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  13. paul

    Regarding flu vaccines-the majority of Americans get flu shots each year. How come about 35,000 die each year of flu?

    October 5, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  14. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Afghanistan is looking more like Vietnam every day. Why do we keep repeating history?

    October 5, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  15. Joanna

    Please be willing to make mistakes. We all grow from mistakes. We can't win here. They have so many armed people and they hate us. We need to focus on us and show others around the world that winning isn't the reason. We need to be human. Try to create peace within the region and help the woman and children to have education. Since that has proven to help in Afriga. We need to help as best we can and work with civilians with humility. As a Pshcyhologist, we really need to dig into our hearts and think about their view point of us. Blessings No, Obama has had so much on his plate, No one can handle all this at once. I think Michael Moore is right on. Give up the money to the people. We need to have an old fashioned American Revolution then sitting doding nothing.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  16. Jim

    We are approaching the number of troops in Afganistan that the Soviets had in their latter days under Marshal Sokolov. What makes General McChrystal think that we can succeed where the Soviets couldn't?

    October 5, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  17. Lori from IL

    When did we become a nation of "right now" vs. reflective thought about what's best for the long term. Has the word "patience" been removed from the dictionary?

    October 5, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  18. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Emily, I'd send in more than 40,000 troops and crush this thing.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  19. Calvin

    There is no efficient way to fight off guerrilla attacks. We might outnumber the Taliban 10 to 1, but if we don’t deal efficiently with guerrilla style warfare, we will not be able to win. We must employ a moderate form of tactics, but in order to, we must focus our attention in Afghanistan and fight a full-scale conflict, not only maintaining a small-scale conflict. Not only that, but we must train all the Afghan forces into an efficient, self-sufficient military.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  20. Victoria Alameda

    Nation building is a lofty goal. Takes time and money. Which we are short of

    October 5, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  21. Amir

    I want to know if I should get the SwineFlu Vaccine because I have MS

    October 5, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  22. Mark

    There is no strategy established. No more troops! We need the use of high tech weapons, or just nuke them!

    October 5, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  23. Linda Koopersmith

    Watching show, and learning how remote the areas of Afghanistan are where the terrorists are located. IF there are no roads to get to them, how are they getting their food & water supplies? Can we find out how they are getting them, and cut them off? I know this sounds like a simple solution, but what better way to get them out of hiding?
    Without food & water they have to come out.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  24. Lori from IL

    Why are people against nation building? To me, it seems it's the only chance we have of "winning" in Afghanistan.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  25. Paul

    Send more troops to Afghanistan & focus strategy to take out enemy from the point of departure in Pakistan. Use satelites as eyes where the enemy is traveling. Create a line of offense at the base of the mountains in Pakistan leading into Afaghanistan.


    October 5, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  26. michael

    all these experts, nobody knows how to fight the people.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  27. Ted Eldridge

    I can't believe this discussion is still ongoing among high level politicians and military leaders! Why didn't we learn the lesson of the Russians who, at their most powerful, were not able to win this Afghanistan from the natives. They retreated.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  28. gail

    We simply can not care about Afghanistan more than the Afghans do. We can not make them stand up for their own country and we can start a nation building mission there without occupying Afghanistan and they view occupiers as the enemy.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  29. Dean from los angeles

    I think belonging to an insurgent or terrorist group (or street gang) gives one a strong sense of identity. unless we find them other sources of identity they will remain violent.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  30. john

    how dare robert gates say "its because of us and our allies" for the reason the taliban gaining momentum. how dare he? being canadian,i'm extremely insulted,we have been shedding blood in Afghan for 2yrs now while U.S. have ignored true problem

    john, Ontario Canada

    October 5, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  31. Gina

    What is the military objective in Afghanistan? Is there enough support in the US to sustain a counter-insurgency strategy? and What is the military objective in Afghanistan?

    October 5, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  32. darryl ashman

    Canadians have been fighting & dieing in Afganistan since October 2001 in Kanahar Province. They are currently 2830 Canadians fighting
    in Afganistan. Peter's comments that no other nation is as involved as the U.S. is very insulting.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  33. Dodie ~ California

    I think Americans would feel differently if we were not involved in a war for the past 8 years!!! We should have gone into Afghan. in 2001 not Iraq! Americans seem very tired of war these days.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  34. Mike

    Anderson, the question as to how many troops we send to Afghanistan is irrelvant. What we need to figure out it a new strategy. We have been trying to win the "hearts and minds" of the Afghan people for years, and it just isn't working.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  35. Anthony R. Seta

    The president's approach in regards to the Afghanistan war is methodical and correct. Change of strategy - from counter-terrorism to counter-insurgency - is a difficult process. And for a counter-insurgency strategy to become successful, then the Afghan election results must conclude with an acceptance and legitimacy of the results by the Afghan people.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  36. Irene

    I have read where there is high mercury included in
    either flue shots. How safe can this be when you need
    two different shots this year?
    Very concerned

    October 5, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  37. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    it seems to me, as the Presdient, I would consult with both Dems and Repblicans (maybe even ask for a resolution) and proceed relative to the outcome. In short, I would use my resources and truly do what "the people" want, with our representatives carrying the message to the President. Does this not make sense?

    October 5, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  38. Cessy, Chicago IL

    General McChrystal seem to be very knowledgeable about what's going on in Afghanistan. I support him on this one. I'm glad that he is speaking out. He will not be there if he isnt the right man for the job. A tough job, indeed.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  39. Ronald Mercer

    We must get out of Afghanistan because it has no democratic government. We have no choice but to support despots that steal elections. Until the Afghanistan can have a fair democratically elected government, meeting international election criteria, we should not support anyone. We should only support a democratically elected government. No democratic government means no support.

    How can we be sure the despots stealing elections today are any better than the Talaban that will surely take over after we leave.

    If Al Queda starts to show up again. The Afghanisans can expect us to return and stop them. The Talaban will not easily forget the cost for supporting Al Queda origionally.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  40. Emma

    Obama never properly commented on the surge in Iraq!
    I knew this was an important question, the media wouldnt properly ask Obama!

    Does Obama think the surge in Iraq worked or not?

    October 5, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  41. gail

    Gen McChrystal should not be going out side the chain of command and what he should remember is that President Obama is the Commander in Chief. That means McChrystal works for Obama not the other way around and I believe this leaking and publicity seeking is trying to put the President in a box. I think he should have been reprimanded as he was by the Sec of Defense and National Security Adviser Jones.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  42. Valery Lyman

    hello Anderson. I think a general should stand behind his commander a bit more, making private pushes but not such public appeals. I think it's completely untactful and disrespectable to not work some of this out in private meetings with Obama, and take the time it takes to come to a good decision, instead of mounting a PR campaign that makes this into a political question for Obama, not a moral and strategic one.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  43. Mere

    My husband served ax base commander in northern Afghanistan – one of the small isolated posts – not a mega base. The press called his location – the peaceful north – funny, it hasn't been peaceful for at least 3 years but they served in a place the press didn't ever visit and was attacked on a regular and at times, daily basis. He was seriously short of troops – so much so that he went on daily patrol missions even as commander. It makes me sick that more troops are not being sent. It is the troops and commanders on the ground that need to be listened to – not a bunch of office people from the Pentagon who haven't been on the ground in Afghanistan. Get troops to the bases that need them!

    October 5, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  44. Rick, Newcastle WA.

    I firmly believe the President has chosen a General that he trust, give this man the Tools he needs, The Troops he needs and what ever equipment he needs to get the Job Done and let's get our Fighting Men and Women Home.

    It was my Nephews Unit that was attacked in the Philippines, we are there to train the Philippine Army, this is a wise move to eliminate the use of American Troops there too.

    Vice President Joe Biden needs to allow the President be the sole Spokesman for the Administration.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  45. Will

    Just want to say re: the battles in Afghanistan. Every trooper that dies there is lost due to a lack of proper support. We need to overwelm the Taliban now and support our troops. Experienced men are saying'We need the support now!' We can't walk away from this... not at this point. Thank you

    October 5, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  46. Phillip Josaphat

    We should have more troops in Afghanistan and crush this problem once and for all. Our generation cannot afford another war: logistically and financially. A surge is imperative at this point in the war.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  47. Mike San

    We do need all the troops McCrystal is demanding and the sooner the better

    October 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  48. Martha

    As the mother of a 27 year old son who is currently in A'stan – I firmly believe send in the troops we need or get them ALL out. My son says they are very short handed. Send more troops please.

    Bless the 8 Ft Carson soldiers.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  49. Mike

    Yes we need more troops in Afghanistan. I also believe a few dozen bombing missions dropping massive amounts of ordinance would have softened the Taliban positions Saturday.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  50. Richard, Boston

    The enemy has massed it's forces surrounding our few. We remain ill prepared to defend our precious few. Meet force with force. Be decisive. Act with immediacy. Protect our forces with the needed battle force to counter the threat and minimize the loss of American lives.

    Too few troops means greater risk to the force. Add the required troops now.

    Move damn it.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
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