December 1st, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/01/09

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. Deepak Nair

    The exit strategy mentioned in the form of a time frame does not sound realistic. This is a war we simply cannot afford to lose. If the Taliban get back to power the human rights violations in Afghanistan will not be the only concern. The region will become very conducive to plan and mount future attacks against America.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  2. Sree

    It is easy to criticize that he laid out the troops withdrawl.I guarantee that the same people who are criticizing now would have done the same if he didn't give an exit strategy. Do not compare old wars with this one. The circumstances are totally different now with Economy worse than Depression. He is doing the best with the kind of options he has.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  3. Ron from PA

    President Obama's strategy is sound and we now have a legitimate chance of achieving our goals to seriously weaken the Taliban.

    Dick Cheney, Rumsfeld and the other Republicans–despite their egregious behavior and skirting US laws– failed miserably.

    And I believe Dick Cheney and the other conservatives are terrified that President Obama and his administration will succeed. The Republicans are being obstructionists on every issue and their delays are hindering our national interests.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  4. Matthew Kirschenman

    I believe we vote for our president based on his perspicacious ability. Therefore, we must trust that he is making the right decisions as the president by utilizing all of the information he can obtain.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  5. shayne

    The US did not win vietnam. They won't win this either who does the army shoot. Best thing to do is just nuke the whole area the taliban is in especially the border area and just get out.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  6. Kathy Chicago

    The one thing that I wanted the Dems to do was get out of Iraq. We are still there and now going into Afghanistan. I don't like the direction this is going,especially with no way to pay for it. Maybe we can tax politicians 60% to pay for the wars and health care. They seem to be the ones coming up with these "bright:" ideas.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  7. Patrick Matthews

    Give it back to them. I do not think the President made a good case.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  8. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Lynne, remember that Al Queda and the Taliban were routed by Afghanis with minimal US support after 9/11. The situation there has deteriorated under Obama's watch.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  9. Valery Dorshimer

    Does anyone out there know where we are getting the additional 30,000 young, trained men and women?

    December 1, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  10. Lynne

    If the President covered all the points the pundits think he should have, he would have been talking for hours.

    The trouble with immediate feedback, is that people have not had time to think about the whole message and zero in on only the things that "hit" them...usually the ones they are unsure of. Surely, some time should be spent by these people actually analyzing and thinking about what they heard.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  11. Kathy - Illinois

    Hi Everyone! I think that the President provided what the American people wanted to hear. There is a strategy to root out our enemies and one for us to get out...18 months is the beginning of the draw down. I also don't believe that it was necessary to fully discuss every detail of the situation on the ground in this speech. Less is often more...We need to support our troops and work to support our best interests in the world. Good job, Mr. President! God Bless America and our Troops!

    December 1, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  12. Kasra

    as an Iranian American, I would say we have to stay in Iraq and Afghanistan ! we don't we will have a same attack like september 11th. We need to train afghan soldiers so we can leave afghanistan in 19 months.

    God Bless

    December 1, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  13. gail

    POTUS said that he has not had any request that he has denied. Bush left the request for additional troops for President Obama to deal with in the spring and he left a hell of a mess in Afghanistan for him to deal with also. I believe that his speech tonight was a here are the troops you requested, get the mission complete , and do not come back for more, because we are coming home and the Afghans have to care more about their country than we do.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  14. cpl robert d adams (usmc)

    im a marine who just got out of afghanistan with 2nd bn 3mar i think the president is making an awesome plan. when we were over there we had 38 guys to secure 13 kilometers of road. which had one of the highest ied numbers. If the increase manpower you will not have to just clear then leave we will actually be able to hold and keep security....

    cpl adams usmc

    December 1, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  15. Valery Lyman

    I couldn't disagree with your guests more Anderson. I thought it was a great speech and did make me feel like he made the right decision. I was very glad he talked about the lost post 9-11 unity. I think he really does believe we can be more unified as a country, and so do I. It was not rhetoric as usual as Michael Ware suggested.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  16. Kishan Kumar

    Good evening everyone

    December 1, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  17. Paula, Colorado

    Though it seems most of what Pres. Obama would say regarding his strategy was known beforehand, I thought he gave an excellent speech.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  18. jorge Arevalo

    good evening us

    December 1, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  19. Janet

    Good evening everybody!

    December 1, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  20. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Interesting sentence I read today: "Afghans have got to win the war in Afghanistan". The allies may even help, but nobody can do it for them!

    December 1, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  21. Jim

    @ Dean NY I agree we can land on the moon but we can't find a pinhead hiding in a cave.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  22. Paula Amicarelli

    I would like to ask Michael Ware: what would it take for Al Quaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan to implode? What would it take for the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan to implode or suffer serious damage? Perhaps that is where we should be concentrating our efforts.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  23. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    The speech was just that sending 30,000 troops in 35 minutes, and may they all be safe.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  24. John

    The movement for peace has stalled.
    The young Americans (like my daughter)do not know of the fallout from Vietnam.
    The President has overstepped by about 20,000 troops.
    So, to preserve the status quo... do we support this on the grounds that this will be the presidents final 3 three years in office coming up?

    December 1, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  25. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Steve, President Obama didn't say we would 'win', nor did he mention victory. It's sad to see a Commander-in-Chief who doesn't want us to win.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  26. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    The transfer of control of security to own Afghanistan is the solution. The country must be able to secure the population.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  27. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Collen Powel was Swartzkoffs underdog the real question is wheres Swartzkoff.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  28. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Good evening Anderson, David (Indiana), friends and bloggers....

    December 1, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  29. joyce

    I would like to see the US partner with Afganistan to use the poppy and marijuana fields to produce medicines and clothing to provide a means of support to the Afgani people

    December 1, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  30. Emily

    @"starr, formerly known as vincent,

    "I think his statement about withdrawal time was a message to the Afgan government, people and others."

    Do you really think that the Afghan gov. & people were listening?

    December 1, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  31. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Can you imagine what the Axis powers would have done in WWII if FDR had said we would fight, but only for two years? They would have out-waited us and won! This was a HUGE mistake.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  32. Robby Beck

    If we are going to have any impact in Afghanistan we must burn all of the poppy fields, eliminate the crooks and firebomb the Al Qaeda strongholds in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Other than that, we must leave it to the Saudis, the Pakaitinis and the Indians to step up and police their own region. No matter what happens, Americans will be the bad guys, so with so much at stake, why should we risk our own to protect a peoples who do not have America's or their own best interests at heart?

    December 1, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  33. Sharon in Toronto

    Why is the US getting saddled with a problem that is a threat to the entire globe? Countries with massive armies, like China, utilize the US as a market for their products, while doing nothing to assist with the threat the Middle East poses. What am I missing here?

    December 1, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  34. Luis

    why no actived the obligatory service 18-25 years old?

    December 1, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  35. Lynne

    Mike: President Obama was talking about the past eight years when the military leaders have saud they needed more but they were being sent to Iraq.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  36. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and all bloggers. I am a staunch supporter of the President but I don't agree with this war for all the reasons that so many have elaborated upon. After many more deaths and a few more years, what will we have accomplished? Anyone familiar with a 12-Step program will recognize the phrase "half measures availed us nothing". The President is falling back on half measures in so many areas in an attempt to please everyone. It seems to me that we either go in there full out with an immense show of force or we come home. I repeat. What will we have accomplished when this is over????

    December 1, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  37. Mary

    Good Evening everyone!

    December 1, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  38. Carla Schneider

    What about his comment and I paraphrase "this will be a test of the UN" not the exact quote – that spoke to me felt a bit like he was throwing it down quite appropriately.

    Thank you

    December 1, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  39. Loi Morris

    Where is Colin Powell? I would like to hear what he has to say about the President's speech?

    December 1, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  40. Michelle

    No matter what the critics will not like President Obama's
    decision. Let's hope we can turn things around in Afghanistan.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  41. Steve

    Preisdent Obama has presented a well planned strategy to win the Afghan war with the additional 30,000 American troops. The status quo would have prolonged the war. Let's get the job done and get our soldiers back home.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  42. dean, ny

    Capture Bin laden and his guards and all else will fall, Kripple the enemy from the inside out not from the outside in, I have a nine year old son and We would like to see this resolved in the next 5 years do it and do it right .

    December 1, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  43. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, 360 Team, Megan, Martina, and Bloggers!

    A great night of news!

    December 1, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  44. "starr, formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson, Erica & Entire Team 360.

    Good evening fellow bloggers.

    I Know i'm not the only one that heard the President say that at the time of withdrawal, circumstances on the ground would need to be assesed. (meaning, he will not necessarily leave on the date he set).

    I think his statement about withdrawal time was a message to the Afgan government, people and others.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  45. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Wait, if we haven't had enough troops all along, how can Obama say there has been no denial of troops needed?

    December 1, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  46. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Roland says we screwd up eight years ago but does that mean that we have to continue to screw up Obama has shown no evedence that he can drive a war machine.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  47. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    December 1, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  48. Straus Davis

    I hear everyone talking about "the war", and everyone has their own competing opinion. You know what an opinion is! I thin The President showed that he is a leader. He knows that this nation has competing interests. He cannot focus simply on the War, but the Nation as well. He knows we have limited resources, and these must be shared. He talked about balancing interests. Why aren't anyone talking about that as well. He must get this nation's economy growing again. People are out of work, they need health care, and they need to be able to provide for their families. The President knows this, and he understands he must take care the economy and its safety, to be able to provide resources for any war on terror.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  49. Lori

    Hello Anderson and 360.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Jane - Vt

    Hi everyone

    December 1, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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