December 1st, 2009
09:58 AM ET

Morning Buzz: A new strategy for Afghanistan

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

President Obama will travel to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, today where he is expected to announce his second escalation of U.S. forces in Afghanistan since he came into office. According to reports, he will send more than 30,000 U.S. troops to the region and will seek further troop commitments from NATO allies to defeat al Qaeda and the Taliban in the country.

Tonight we’ll be digging deeper on Obama’s speech. How did he do? Was his mission and strategy clearly defined? Tom Foreman will be fact-checking his speech. Do you think his message succeeded in swaying those opposed to the plan? It took him nearly three months to come up with the strategy. How did he make the decision to proceed with this particular plan? We’ll be breaking down his points with our panel of experts and we’ll talk about how Afghan leaders are responding to the plan.

Will the deployment of more troops improve the situation in Afghanistan? When will they arrive? Earlier this fall, Anderson, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Michael Ware visited the region where the spoke to troops in Helmand Province. They’ll talk about how the new deployments affect troops on the ground. When the new troops get to the region, the total U.S. commitment in Afghanistan will be close to 100,000 troops in Afghanistan, bolstered by about 45,000 NATO forces.

More troops mean more casualties. Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks into efforts to train local doctors and what kind of challenges doctors face given a shortage of hospitals in the area.

Don’t miss CNN’s special coverage of Obama’s announcement starting tonight at 7 p.m. ET.

Today is also World AIDS Day. Thirty-three million people are living with AIDS worldwide. The number of new cases is down 17 percent and people carrying the virus are living longer, but more and more women and younger people are getting infected and some are calling it the second wave of the crisis. The virus killed 25 million and left 33 million infected since it was identified early 30 years ago. According to the CDC, every nine-and-a-half minutes someone contracts HIV in the U.S. Should we be devoting more efforts to awareness and prevention?

What else are you following today? Let us know and see you tonight.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Michelle Johnson, Lomita, CA

    With so many troops deployed, might President Obama reinstate the draft? I have nephews 18 and 20 years old, and don't want them drafted into the military against their will because our nation has occupied Iraq and Afghanistan eight years for no clear reason. Our troops continue to die over there while the president gives another one of his scholarly speeches. Will he give the country a concrete explanation this time, not just flowerly rhetoric? Tonight, will AC360 pick his speech to the bones and not go easy on him? Please hold our government accountable.

    December 1, 2009 at 1:14 pm |
  2. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Hi Eliza!

    So far no one has explained (decently) how Salahi entered the party without being invited.

    The White House will process the couple for violation of housing (presidential)?

    December 1, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  3. Joe

    People are asking if the US should send more troops. This is not even a legitimate question. Here are some more appropriate questions. What rights does an occupying force have? What are the real reasons we are there? And most importantly...what do the Afghanistan people want?

    December 1, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  4. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    Good Morning Eliza and 360 team

    I'm glad Pres Obama finally made a decsion on Afganistan although it's not the one i would have wanted ,the troops need to come home .This has been going on too long i agree with ,Cindy's comment on that he treis to please everyone and worries about what poeple think of his choice .Pres Obama is the President he makes the choice it's up to him .

    Thanks for the buzz
    Michelle D.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  5. Cindy

    It's about time that Obama made a decision on Afghanistan. He's been dragging it out way too long. I bet he tries to please everyone and does nothing much to really help the cause over there. He thinks too much of what people thinks of him. None of that really matters! How he does the job is what truly does! He needs to learn that he can't always please everyone and shouldn't try to.

    The only good thing about Obama taking up most of 360 will be hopefully that we get to see Mic Ware on! He'll def be why I am watching tonight...Ok..along with Cooper! LOL


    December 1, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  6. michelle

    It will be interesting to see how this military and civilian increase strategy
    will work,Hope all the best for our citizens in harms way and I know how difficult decision this was for Pres. Obama,Looking forward to speech tonight.God Bless America I pray this ends the war more swiftly.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  7. Tim Gibson

    We are fortunate Tom Foreman will be fact checking the speech, know I will be with you Tom, may the force be strong.

    Curious as well that Obama is appearing to drop a bomb on his way out of town to swing by Oslo and pick up that Nobel Peace Prize much like that honorary diploma individuals receive from time to time. Dunce cap not included. And onward to Copenhagen with the trail of climategate left in his wake. And as the senate debates a government take over of public health care.

    One thing Obama failed in collecting his Zuzu village, he forgot the village in collecting his Zuzus.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  8. Enough

    What's with the big build up over another Obama prime time speech? No thanks, I won't be wasting my time watching. Can't this man just do his job without speeches?

    December 1, 2009 at 10:10 am |