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. Jack--Missouri

    Question for the AC360 panel:

    Is there any concern that the new "surge" in Afghanistan will be an 18 month staging period to establish yet more military bases in proximity to a soon to be nuclear Iran?

    December 1, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  2. Ron from PA

    @ Lynne, Thanks very much–I greatly appreciate it.

    All, thanks to everyone for some riveting conversations!

    December 1, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  3. ericacnn

    Hi, everyone. Lots of great discussion tonight... tho my favorite comment so far may be about Michael Ware's pajamas.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  4. Ashish shag

    We are going to invest and waste tremendous amount of money. There is no quick solution. It will be ages before you can bring any reasonable change. There is nothing to gain in the short timetable.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  5. Susan, NJ

    We absolutely can change a culture with military force- look at Japan, look at Germany.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  6. betty jones

    anderson, my opinion may not mean anything, but i am going to say what is on my heart, we as a country needs to keep our eyes open and our ears open and pay attention. our president has took a stand and we need to listen it could cost for not paying attention. be glad there are great leader comeing forward. my whole family has been in the war I and II and even now so america show some thankfulness, we live day by day.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  7. linda

    All we use to hear was we wanted a time frame when Bush was in to bring the troops home. Now since the President has given a time frame people are complaining he's given out to much info to the wrong people. Make up your minds what you want from him. Do you really believe a man of his stander would give out info he is a very intelligent young man because if he wasn't he wouldn't have become the president and the first black one at that. Why can't people come together and try to help him get things in order. He came in with his plate full which was all ready prepared for him. Now it seem like certain people think he should have has this all work out before he has even did a year. Come on be realistic. Look how long it took for Bush to help put us there. I have a daughter-in-law that is getting ready to be ship out. Leaving her husband(my son) and 3 small children. We don't want her to have to go but we have to remember some people did vote for equal right for women so this include going to war to defend our country. All I'm saying is that the troops need our support and given our support to the troops mean supporting our country, our PRESIDENT.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  8. Amit

    Capture Pakistan, destroy ISI and the taliban will disappear

    December 1, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  9. Steve Anderson

    I don't get it! Bush was wrong for saying that we went into Iraq for all the reasons we all know- bottom line get Al Quaeda. Obama says this is the right war because we are going after those responsible for 9/11. We are fighting mainly the Taliban who had nothing to do with 9/11 except for harboring Al Quaeda. Al Quaeda is now residing in Pakistan. All of our efforts to defeat the Taliban will have no more effect on the war on trerror, or whatever we choose to call it than defeating Sadam Housain. I am a little tired of those who blasted the policies of the past eight years, but who give Obama a free pass for the same actions. Obama's call for unity and an end to partisan politics is about as hypicritical as anything I have ever heard. He stressed how he was going to change things – more of the same is not change, and his brand of unity is laughable. Unity to him means doing it his way. Any critisism or questioning is unacceptable. It is going to be a long three years, but the scary thing is that there is such a void of true leadership in Washington that I can't see anyone who can pull us out of this mess in either major party or the independent world.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  10. Mike - NC

    If the Afghan people want the US help then why are they not willing to fight for it. Freedom is not free and If the Afghan people want to be free they must be willing to fight for it.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  11. Ryan

    More trrops is not porportionate to greater results for Afghan people. It is porportionate to increased tax dollars being spent and more soldiers dying, and Afghan cities being destroyed. Learn from history and realize an exit strategy is required. I remember the President mentioining this exit strategy when he ran for office. What has changed? The tax dollars spent funding this will not advance US interests or improving US infrastructure.

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

    All this talk about what the Afghans want. It's not that I don't care at all about their situation, but here in our country our children want good education, our families want jobs, our people need affordable health care and so many of our systems need help. Our financial situation is already grim and what will we spend to help Afghanistan?

    December 1, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  13. Sathish Reddy

    Hello. Guys listen to Michael and listen well.
    The Taliban leadership – Afghan Taliban and the Pakistani Taliban are in Quetta – Pakistan.
    Pakistan is providing sanctuary to these killers and the war is being fought from there.
    Pakistani not only provides sanctuary, the infamous ISI is proving logistic and financial support to these guys.
    As a blogger said – the US cant win against the enemy when the enemy is within them.
    I cannot believe that the US are naive enough to ignore Pakistani deception and duplicity.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  14. serghio vera

    i belive that the decision our president has made was not thought through completly . wat obama fails to realize is that al quada and the taliban are 2 very unstable terrorist groups. sending more troops to iraq will just give these groups more targets to attack. me being a 14 year old that loves politics, i have been thinkin wat if it was one of my family members that are in the army who has a target on there backs. i still have faith that the decision that obama made will come throught for us in the end but only time will tell.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  15. Samar Parikh

    Pakistan duped us in the past. President Bush foolishly commended Pakistan as being a 'key ally in a long war.' The Pakistani government weedled over 10 Billion dollars from our country while double-crossing us and aiding the Taliban in the dark. What has changed? Why can we trust Pakistan now?

    December 1, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  16. Kathy Morse

    I just have to say that the President might have more success getting additional support from NATO nations if Canadians ever heard their contribution acknowledged during news coverage. After watching the President's speech I was interested to watch the "magic wall" where only the Americans and the British are where the fighting is. A Canadian flag clearly visible in Kandahar but not one mention of Canada as the discussion progresses about the where the danger is and isn't.
    Good program though....

    December 1, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  17. Marcin

    I am watching AC360 now. John King is showing map of Afghanistan with US allies on the electronically map. I saw multiple flags there but I did not see Polish flag. Poland send couple thousand soldiers there and there is on Polish flag on the map. I am Polish citizen temporally living in US and I am disappoint especially that President Obama called Polish Prime Minister today asking for more troops. It is not right.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  18. Paul

    Thank you Vicki

    December 1, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  19. Lori

    What does an economically viable future in Afghanistan look like?

    December 1, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  20. Hugh

    Was that JFK next to Marilyn Monroe in the shot of her smoking?

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

    Trust deficit? How much did Obama contribute to this based on his wavering, and his public thrashing of Karzai.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  22. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    It's so surreal to think that 'our' security depends on this war and a general reform in the country and local government more accountable. Surreal, but possibly veridical.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  23. "starr, formerly known as vincent


    This show tonight is excellent!

    Almost ALL of your panel has been on the ground in Afganistan and Pakistan and Know what they are talking about.

    Thank you for a most excellent discussion and education for those of us wo do not know all of the issues in the area.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  24. Dan

    we have the watches, they have the time.
    thats interesting quote I heard on CNN, yes?
    maybe we should take note!

    December 1, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  25. Andrea

    Mr. Michael Ware is correct!!! The US is bearing the burden for a war NO ONE can win. I think that's why NATO's committment is so minimal. Instead of spending resources and lives on Afghanistan, let's focus on better intelligence and responsiveness to threats against our own homeland.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  26. Deryck

    I don't know why everyone is against Obama with his decision. These 30,000 troops were requested by the ones already there to help them complete training the Afghan troops and hold the line. If we don't at least try and complete what we came there to do which was to: fight the taliban, give the country back to its people, catch Bin Laden, and leave victorious, then all the troops that have bled, sweat, and died there was ll for nothing!

    December 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  27. Michelle

    Panel make me feel comfort about my loving son sacrifice and love for this country. Build up there social services! Speak to an scared and caring mother!


    December 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  28. Meredith Bricken Mills

    So, we all recognize that Obama knows more than the public knows - state secrets, military secrets - right? Our government has the right to keep some facts from citizens for "good reasons". Obama knows more than we do, he is a smart guy, and he is getting the best advice ofevery relevant expert in the country... Could we give that some thought?

    December 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  29. Paul

    Stop killing loyal Americans and start spending the money on protecting us here at home

    December 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  30. Johnny

    I think the president have to do to get the troops home. And I myself being a true American is ready to join the U.S. Army and join the fight.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  31. LT Rowley

    I would rather send 90% of the force to afghan and it finish it with the full force of our might. deal a punishing blow and come home for good.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  32. Sam,Canada

    This is not only the war of Obama,U.S.,or NATO but is actually the war of progressive peace loving citizens of Afghanistan & Pakistan.The surge of 30,000 extra troops for 18 months or so should break the back of extremist & fanatics but the war would be won(or lost) by citizens of that part of the world.In that regard the other two elements of tonite speech i.e.to build civil society becomes crucial.President Obama's approach was well thought and hopefully will succeed.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  33. Omar

    If we are part of the United Nations, How come we are the only ones that are willing to show a strong front against these terrorists? Where are all of our allies and fellow nations? Its pretty simple and the President stated it we have always been there when a country needed help regardless of what our interest is in such places. TY

    December 1, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  34. Susan, NJ

    Metaphor for leadership:

    Imagine a world renown neurosurgeon recruited to a hospital with promises of great support for his research and commitment to his success by the administration. Yet after arriving, his requests for materials and staff are diminished and sidelined. The doctor is finally given less than he requested in terms of staff and resources. How would we feel?

    McChrystal and Patreaus are geniuses, and yet Obama has put their plans and our soldiers at risk through his belief that HIS opinions are superior.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  35. Toyia, Ohio

    I am very disappointed with the decision. I have much respect for our President, but we do not need to send another 30,000 troops. How many troops will be pulled out alive. How many casualities will be involved with this decision? There has been reports that the troops was not being fully trained. If we need to send more troops- send prisoners for fighting wars. Most tend to have a war mentality. Train prisoners make them serve their time fighting for their country. We are running out of space in jails anyway (early prisoner release) Why not? War is just not the answer! It is just too early in the game to make a decision like this in my opinion.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  36. Rob

    We have to have an end date if we want countries to take us seriously. Diplomatic efforts are crucial in the next 12 – 18 months. That will be the challenge for the Obama administration.

    If they fail, we may not like the results.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  37. vicki

    You cannot change a culture with American troops.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  38. Ryan, NC

    Good Evening Everyone,
    I am a soldier stationed with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg. I am stating my opinion as an american and I am not making any offical statements on behalf of the military however, I fully agree with my commander in chief in his speech tonight. I stand ready if I should be called to go to Afghanistan to fight and help stop the Taliban and Al Qaeda now in that country so that I do not have to fight and stop them here in my home. I disagree with congressman Kucinich when he stated that we should recognize the Taliban as a government or political entity. If the US was to do that, then we might as well recognize Al Qaeda as a government or political entity and that should not be an option.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  39. Simon

    It is clear that Taliban are operating from Pakistan and Pakistan has failed to act. We have seen this for last years. Unless we tackle this issue head on, we are destined to fail, i.e. we would fail in securing USA. We are sidestepping the real issue. Cancer will keep on spreading unless it is taken out from the root.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  40. thomas blumenthal

    Is it not easy for me to sit here as a college student in the great state of New York and watch as a dear Kentucky friend goes of to the Afghan theater? I am with Kucinich. We need to refocus within. I am a moderate who may not vote for the incumbent president in 2012.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  41. Ronald Stern

    why did russia invade Afganistan and why were they defeated? Should we have learned anything from their experience?

    December 1, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  42. Antal Kovach

    The previous VP was never heard or seen during his administratioespeially when it was obvious that things were going wrong. President Obama inherited ALL problems from that administration, and now Mr Cheney is all over the place to critizie our President for things what they could not solve in 8 years. STRANGE.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  43. tom matley

    if the president is so worried about security why dont we keep more military at home base than deployed to outling coutries througout the world keep our families safe and our families that our over there safe there is no need to throw an America in front of a bus when it serves no cause.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  44. gail

    After 8 years of no strategy, the pundits and press have the nerve to criticize a President that has the guts to put one forth. What hypocrisy!

    December 1, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  45. Paul

    I support the President in so many other things, however in three years nothing will change. Just as the addict has to want to rehabilitate the Afghan people have to want our help. Do you really think that there hearts and minds are with us or just there President

    December 1, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  46. Ann in New York

    I agree with President Obama....Where were the "Pundits" when Bush & Cheney sent this country to war in Iraq for no reason and slept on Afganistan for eight years.....Pres Obama's speech was on point...

    December 1, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  47. ericka

    does the president really have a plan on what will happen when all the troops get sent there and nothing goes as planed and dont you think when theres more troops its easier for the enimes to know where they are and easier for them to be seen and get killed what will we do if this doesnt work and more troops will die and its the scariest thing to think of i am a wife to a soliders and i think i speak for the familys of the troops that are out there already and that are getting sent there that this might just give the americans more grief than satisfaction in the end of this!

    December 1, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  48. vicki

    Bandaid for a huge wound....either do it full out or retreat.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  49. Nate

    People are fighting us, because we are occupying them. Maybe we need to rethink our diplomacy strategy with Israel, and withdraw troops from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Then we will be less provocative to desperate radicals in the middle east. I don't think war is the answer.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  50. Jarhdlyn

    @linda mersch...thank you very much sister! at least someone else can see that Obama really is doing a good job. it isn't easy to be the president, and i'm sure president obama knows that as well. what he needs are supporters that will backl him up!! not all of america against him!

    December 1, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
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