December 1st, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/01/09

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Tonight on 360°, Pres. Obama's decision on Afghanistan. He's adding an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to the region and wants to start getting all American forces back home in July 2011. We've got the raw politics and the raw numbers. We'll talk about the new strategy with an impressive panel of experts. And we want to hear from you.

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  1. Lori

    Thank you. Great show.

    December 1, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  2. Emily

    Good Night "starr, formerly known as vincent

    December 1, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  3. Emily

    @Susan, NJ

    "Does Obama have the fortitude to fight the most vicious people on earth?"

    I think that the men and women who put their lives on the line have the fortitude to fight the fight!

    Do the American people have what it takes to stand behind them?

    December 1, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  4. steve- virginia beach, va

    Someone asked about a definition of victory- the elected Afghanastan government being able to provide for it's own security and soveriegnty. Including dealing with the Taliban and terrorists.

    December 1, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  5. elena, VA psychiatrist

    I'm disappointed that after 7 years of war and so many victims, and now 90 days of much careful deliberation, there are still failing to see that terrorism is actually a systemic disease, with multiple roots , multiple heads and strategies, There is no "epicenter" .
    Terrorism is threatening the whole world under different disguises, and It"s not to be fought by a destructive localized amputation but it needs a systemic treatment, that is involving the whole world in a more global , rational fight that would gradually undermine its own existence.

    December 1, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  6. Lori

    Good night. Sweet dreams.

    December 1, 2009 at 11:06 pm |
  7. Susan, NJ

    Yes, ERic, our politicians often put political considerations ahead of the lives of our soldiers which we have seen time and time again in our American history. It's why presidential integrity and character matter so much.

    December 1, 2009 at 11:05 pm |
  8. Sally

    Good Night Bloggers! Great Conversation!

    December 1, 2009 at 11:05 pm |
  9. Emily

    I wonder what (ret.) Gen. Colin Powell has to say about this?

    December 1, 2009 at 11:03 pm |
  10. John Martin

    Why are we there ?
    Is the gas pipeline being built right now ?
    How much do we gain or lose by just leaving ?
    Is china not involved at all ?
    Are any other border countries involved besides Pakistan?
    What is the pay for a soldier killed in battle , exactly , to his family .
    How much does a soldier that gets his legs blown off cost the nation ?
    Is the cost being told include long term costs ?

    John Martin

    December 1, 2009 at 11:03 pm |
  11. jetson tx

    Iran is right in the middle of Iraq an Afghanistan..so we should continue staying in both countries...an then do a squeeze play on Achmedinajab....the key word is squeeze play....it will work

    December 1, 2009 at 11:03 pm |
  12. Susan, NJ

    McCrystal said he had a window of one year to turn the tide. Surely he wanted troops before 2010.

    December 1, 2009 at 11:03 pm |
  13. Marianne

    It is refreshing and informative to hear Michael Ware's comments.
    I feel like for the first time I am hearing the truth on the news. His un-watered down reality of the situation in Afghanistan is priceless to the american people and to myself.

    My husband is a contractor in Iraq and I have a friend in Kabul, both water-down reality so that I will not be afraid for them. As a military family with my husband as a prior serviceman and both of my daughters becoming Army officers I do not like the prospect of a long war in Afghanistan. But I do think the United States owes it to the middle east to do everything we can to bring stability to the entire region. I would have been happier to hear President Obama say that he was sending 60,000 troops. In my opinion; stability there ensures stability at home.

    December 1, 2009 at 11:03 pm |
  14. Susan, NJ

    Does Obama have the fortitude to fight the most vicious people on earth?

    December 1, 2009 at 11:02 pm |
  15. Lynne - Denver

    Of course Afghanistan wants our help with their security, economy, medical needs, corrupt government leaders and financial aid. So do the American taxpayers … from our own government! Take a category and think about it. I am fed up watching our government give and help everyone else in the world and ignore the needs of its own citizens. Charity starts at home – how many times did your mother donate the family grocery money to a charity instead of feeding you? Let the rest of the world contribute THEIR share of money and troops to this critical mission and I’ll support sending ours. Not till then.

    December 1, 2009 at 11:01 pm |
  16. Antonio-elizabeth,NJ

    We do not negotiate with terrorist, history has shown that when negotiations with terrorist are pursued the outcome will be September 11 2001.

    December 1, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  17. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Good night "starr, formerly known as vincent!!!! Thanks!

    December 1, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  18. Susan, NJ

    I wish we would have heard more about protecting the women and children who were essentially held hostage under Taliban rule.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  19. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone! I enjoyed all of you! Sleep tight!

    December 1, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  20. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    The troops works out....

    December 1, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  21. Paul S

    Let’s think back to the Obama / McCain debate, where Obama said he would put military in Pakistan if he knew bin Laden was in the country – with or without Pakistani permission. I wonder how Pakistan would react if that situation were to ever play out.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:58 pm |

    I think we should bring as manny aphgan soldgers ias we can to be trained in USA as soon as we can. In six months stay in USA they might start driming of the American dreams to become one day the same as our american soldgers. They are the people that respect hospitality and will feel indepted to the host country.
    Training this soldgers there will be much harder.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  23. "starr, formerly known as vincent

    WoW, what a terrific sow this evening! Thank you Anderson, Erica, some of CNN's finest reporters and analyists for your take on Afganistan. & Good night too.

    Blazing Hot Blog tonight! Good night fellow bloggers, Emily, David & Isabel (Brazil)-missed you on the blog last night.

    The shot: i remember well from you last trip to Afganistan.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  24. Emily


    Obama said that he agreed with this war during the campaign,
    He disagreed with Iraq!

    December 1, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  25. Lori

    what can we offer Pakistan to shift their support away from Al Quaida and other US safety risks?

    December 1, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  26. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Good night Anderson, Erica, David (Indiana), friends… everyone!

    Great show today! AC360 brought the best of journalism in the discussion! Thanks!

    See you...

    December 1, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  27. Susan, NJ

    Bush's war in Iraq gave Mccrystal and Patreaus the experience and expertise to win in Afghanistan IF they are given the necessary resources.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  28. Chuck

    Wait a speeding bullett minute. What do you guys want? No matter what he said tonight, there had to ba at least 2 people on the worldwide panel who could disagree. The panel was stacked to give a contrary opinion. Give us a break.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  29. Prith

    Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.. How easily we forget that America trained and equipped the Mujahideen (Osama bin Laden and the Taliban) against the Russians . Today they are our mortal enemies. Fareed Zakaria and other members of the panel are actually discussing the idea of working with and encouraging local militias. Have we learnt NOTHING!?! . Are we now going to train and equip the next generation of our enemies . There is no escape it seems from conventional wisdom.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  30. Sathish Reddy

    After Michael Ware it is Farid Zakaria.

    He is saying the same thing. Quetta – Karachi.

    "You cannot deal with this problem effectively if you dont deal with Pakistan." Farid Zakaria.

    So how do you deal with Pakistan ???????????
    Any clues any answers ??????????????

    December 1, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  31. "starr, formerly known as vincent

    I don't know if Afganistan has ever had a standing army. Therefore, it will be interesting to see if the country can establish a real government and army & police.

    I know some of the panel who have been to Afganistan said the Afgans Want an organized government & army & police, i just hope it is really possible.

    I am concerned about the "mistrust" that the reporter mentioned (who just returned for Afganistan).

    December 1, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  32. Eric, Silver Spring

    Susan NJ, One of the great things about this country is the decisions are made by civilians!! Petreaus & McChrystal may be very smart but they aren't elected, all they can do is advise. Our elected leadership has to walk a fine line and take into account many factors that the military isn't (and shouldn't be) concerned with.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  33. Dan, Idaho Falls

    Its all about Iran and being able to strike them from all sides when that becomes nesessary. They will have their nuke ready, and we will deny them the use of it, within 18months so the timetable is right on.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  34. Nita

    My daughter is over there now after surving the Fort Hood shooting. I watched the President's speech live and your following discussions on your show. What happened to Americans being patriotic. It is sad when our congressmen and women, and government officials stand divided. Their life is not on the firing line. We all need to unite as a country and for those who are fighting for our country. Opinions can vary for some who take their own freedom and rights for granted. GOD BLESS OUR TROUPS and help us all, and may he forgive those who take everything for granted. Sincerely, Mother of US Army National Guard Soldier. Nita

    December 1, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  35. Susan, NJ

    Negotiating with the taliban will be as effective as negotiating with Iran who just announced 10 new facilities to enrich uranium.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  36. Charles Drumm

    I would like to see all of our troops out of Iraq in 18months. We still have troops in Germany; Why? We still have troops in Japan; Why? We still have troops in South Korea; Why? We still have troops in Bosnia: Why? I think we will have troops in Iraq, and Afghanistan, well beyond the forseeable future; Unless of course we are thrown out.. I am wondering if after 18months, we will be told, we will have to be there another 18months.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  37. Bob in Kentucky

    Cheney's got nerve to criticize

    December 1, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  38. Jonelle

    Lets reinstate the draft, all wars will quickly end.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  39. Tere

    Thank you, Mr. Cooper, for teaching us what is going on in Afghanistan. Your coverage is incredible. I am able to show my teenagers what it is really like there. Thank you very much for your hard and determined work.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  40. John

    Mr. Cooper
    It was just stated that Afghanistan is the 3rd poorest country in the world.

    Will you please ask someone how they fund a war that seems to cost us( one of the wealthiest countries in the world) billions of dollars a month?

    The public needs to understand how this is possible.

    They shoud be throwing rocks at us,

    December 1, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  41. Antonio-elizabeth,NJ

    How is it that with all the technological advancements we can not seem to detonate IEDs before they hurt and kill our troops. We spy on the world, yet we can not find people burying bombs, whats NASA doing with our money. Make NASA build an IED detonator, it can not be that difficult.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  42. Sally

    As we all know this decision is not an easy one to make, but I do believe the President and his advisors adequately reviewed and weighed the advantages and disadvantages of this plan. I believe this final decision may not make all of us happy, but it successfully addressed many of the concerns of the American people and troops. I look forward to the 2011, a moment where both of these wars will ultimately come to a close and will effectively bring increased safety and stability to our nation and to the international community.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  43. Rob HuntingtonBeach

    America thinks it can build these back-ward countries as easy as it builds clusters of suburbs in America with beautiful Malls, theaters and wonderfully paved streets. People in these middle east countries are still doing things the way they did 2000 years ago. Hear me out Obama! I don't want to spend my hard earned money on these people or any other people in these countries!! I didn't vote for McCain because i knew he would keep the US in constant Wars. I voted for Obama because he promised change!.. Noo More WAR!

    December 1, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  44. David, Indiana

    The Afghans not seeing the US as an occupying force, if that's so, as Christiane says, would be key. 74,000 US defense contractors? how with the surge in troops does that compare with contractors and forces in Iraq?

    @Starr, I agree President Obama is defining the reasons why we are going in further in Afghanistan.

    No, not a good Idea to employ local warlords and throw people's human rights out the window. That created a deadly and horrible situation in Iraq.

    @Isabel what do you think about what Presidnt Obama said about a full partnership bwtn US and Afghanistan? A full partnership a more equal relationship.

    Those who oppose the war, for instance Rep Barbara Lee, are not just grumbling, those important and legitimate concerns.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  45. Santhosh Nair

    I am wondering – what if Al-Qaeda – plans to be quiet and least active for 18 months and activate the programs immediately after the American troops leave. However, setting a timeframe was a good idea. We all live for a limited amount of time. Success is achieving things in a definite amount of time. I support the president.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  46. gail

    This is not "another war", We have been in Afghanistan since 2001.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  47. Lynette

    I live in Japan and the culture was not changed by American military force. I think we should listen to Dennis Kucinich. Obama will not be getting my vote again.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
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