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December 1st, 2009
10:45 AM ET
December 1st, 2009
09:58 AM ET

Morning Buzz: A new strategy for Afghanistan

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.

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Filed under: Eliza Browning • The Buzz
December 1st, 2009
08:51 AM ET
December 1st, 2009
08:51 AM ET

Video: Night patrol in Afghanistan

Editor’s Note: Tonight, President Obama will outline the new U.S. strategy for the war in Afghanistan. He reportedly will announce the decision to increase the number of the troops in the theater by more than 30,000. News of the plan has already met skepticism with Obama’s own party. Anderson Cooper, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Michael Ware reported from Afghanistan earlier this fall about how troops are battling insurgents in the region. Watch their reports and tune in tonight for full coverage of President Obama’s announcement at 7 p.m. ET.

Michael Ware
CNN Correspondent


Filed under: Afghanistan • Michael Ware
December 1st, 2009
08:42 AM ET

Video: Hometown doctor in Afghanistan

Editor’s Note: Tonight, President Obama will outline the new U.S. strategy for the war in Afghanistan. He reportedly will announce the decision to increase the number of the troops in the theater by more than 30,000. News of the plan has already met skepticism with Obama’s own party. Anderson Cooper, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Michael Ware reported from Afghanistan earlier this fall about how troops are battling insurgents in the region. Watch their reports and tune in tonight for full coverage of President Obama’s announcement at 7 p.m. ET.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta | BIO
AC360° Contributor
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent


Filed under: Afghanistan • Dr. Sanjay Gupta
December 1st, 2009
08:14 AM ET

Video: Battlefield doctors

Editor’s Note: Tonight, President Obama will outline the new U.S. strategy for the war in Afghanistan. He reportedly will announce the decision to increase the number of the troops in the theater by more than 30,000. News of the plan has already met skepticism with Obama’s own party. Anderson Cooper, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Michael Ware reported from Afghanistan earlier this fall about how troops are battling insurgents in the region. Watch their reports and tune in tonight for full coverage of President Obama’s announcement at 7 p.m. ET.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta | BIO
AC360° Contributor
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent


Filed under: Afghanistan • Dr. Sanjay Gupta
December 1st, 2009
08:00 AM ET

Video: Marines hunt down deadly IEDs

Editor’s Note: Tonight, President Obama will outline the new U.S. strategy for the war in Afghanistan. He reportedly will announce the decision to increase the number of the troops in the theater by more than 30,000. News of the plan has already met skepticism with Obama’s own party. Anderson Cooper, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Michael Ware reported from Afghanistan earlier this fall about how troops are battling insurgents in the region. Watch their reports and tune in tonight for full coverage of President Obama’s announcement at 7 p.m. ET.

Anderson Cooper | BIO
AC360° Anchor


Filed under: Afghanistan • Anderson Cooper
December 1st, 2009
06:52 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 11/30/09

Editor's Note: After last night's AC360°, we received many comments about on Tiger Woods, the Salahi’s (White House dinner crashers) and the interview with Judge Marion Humphrey about the parole of Maurice Clemmons, the alleged cop killer in Seattle. Some of you had mixed feelings about the comments from Judge Humphrey and thanks were heard for Jeffrey Toobin’s comments on Tiger Woods, saying it was just a simple accident with nothing to investigate. About the Salahi’s, the majority felt they should be congratulated for showing the flaws in security at the White House. What do you think?

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Thank you CNN and Anderson Cooper for leading with a story about a dangerous murderer on the loose; as opposed to speculation about Tiger Woods' fender bender and "party crashers."

This story is much more important in my opinion, and I appreciate your letting us know where the perpetrator probably is. The public needs to know about this man, just in case.

The couple who attended the white house without invite should get a good service metal for exposing a weakness in the SS.

The two party crashers should get rewarded for their stunt and the Secret Service along with the President should thank them for uncovering a flaw in White House security. The weakest link has probably been eliminated by now.

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