October 6th, 2009
10:09 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Re-thinking the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/10/06/us.afghanistan.troops/art.kevin.thomson.jpg caption="Pfc. Kevin C. Thomson of Nevada was among eight U.S. troops killed in a weekend attack in Afghanistan."]

Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

President Obama will host a bipartisan meeting with Congressional leaders on the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan today. Tomorrow is the eighth year anniversary of the war. What are the dangers of losing in Afghanistan and how long does President Obama have to make a decision? And what about the families of the people serving in the country? The bodies of four of the U.S. soldiers who were killed by militants in Afghanistan on Saturday are set to be brought back to the U.S. today. More on the way forward in Afghanistan tonight.

Make sure to catch a special Amanpour today at 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET to watch Christiane Amanpour’s rare joint interview with Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates on the challenges that face the United States. They spoke about the war in Afghanistan, nuclear tension with Iran and the global war on terrorism. Both Clinton and Gates said the U.S. is committed to a regional strategy to build long-standing relations with Afghanistan and Pakistan. Gates said the Taliban has gained momentum in Afghanistan and that its takeover of the country could enable the al Qaeda to gain ground. What exactly is the relationship between the Taliban and al Qaeda? We’re digging deeper tonight.

And we’re beginning our series this week on Underground America. Las Vegas Boulevard – also known as “The Strip” – is known for its glitz, glamour and lure of hitting the jackpot. But a world exists beneath this iconic area – it has also become home to those down on their luck. Homeless are living in the flood channels that run beneath the city, where many of them have built elaborate shelters deep in the dark labyrinths.

Many of the people who have settled underground are driven here by unemployment, drugs and mental illness. Ted Rowlands talks to one man who created a 400-square foot space with a living room, bedroom and kitchen in a soot-covered section of tunnel practically under the casino-lined boulevard.

We’re also taking a look at a preliminary investigation into Sen. John Ensign. The Republican Senator from Nevada is facing criticism over an extramarital affair with an aide and the actions he allegedly took on behalf of her husband. According to reports, the woman’s husband lobbed Ensign on behalf of his clients and that Ensign helped him get his job. Ensign has said he did nothing illegal and that he plans on running for re-election in 2012. We’re taking a look at this investigation tonight.

What did you have for breakfast this morning? A report released by the Center for Science in the Public Interest shows the top 10 riskiest foods regulation by the FDA: leafy greens, eggs, tuna, oysters, potatoes, cheese, ice cream, tomatoes, sprouts, berries. (Hmm…I’ve had six of those foods in the past 24 hours) How was this study conducted and why are these particular foods so risky? Is the FDA doing enough to protect us?

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

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Linda Rowan

    I just watched General Petreaus on C-Span, I thought he was very eloquent. One more thing, I believe that we all need to remember that we are all Americans first, before party affilations, and as Rodney King once said "Can't we all get along", because if we cannot unite together as Americans we're doomed.

    October 6, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  2. Conserve' for USA

    The president wants a bipartism meeting so he can say it's all there fault? No guts, no glory. Let's just leave the troops there with no back up. It will be like Vietnam all over again. The ones who are left will come home in body bags.

    October 6, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  3. 88Angel

    Does Obama really have a plan for Afghanistan? It seems to me that he is just "borrowing" Bush's plan that he swore was a waste of time and didn't work at all. So how is his any different than Bush's? It's not...

    What ever he does he better do it soon because every day that he waits more of our troops die from his indecision.

    Can't wait to see Gary's reports from Las Vegas on the homeless living underground. That seems very interesting and extremely sad that in a country like ours people have to resort to living that way!


    October 6, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  4. William of Iowa

    I picked up a dozen eggs at my neighbors (country living benefit) and prepared a cheese omelette with tomatoes we grew in our garden. I've run out of the strawberries we harvested from our patch this year. Last night it was beef stew with tomatoes and garden grown potatoes in the pot. I swear I am going to completely ingnore the FDA. If not, starvation looms.

    October 6, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  5. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    Good Morning Eliza

    Pres Obama should not send even more troops what good would come of this .There have been enough casulties it's so sad . You can't trust anything you eat i mean is this beacuse of the chemiclas they spray the food with on the farms when they are growing ? The pakacking plants where the foods are being processed .I 'm with you Eliza i 've had three of these foods in the past 2 hrs yikes

    Thanks for keeping them honest !

    Michelle D.

    October 6, 2009 at 10:21 am |