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December 2nd, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/02/09

Tonight on 360°, a prime-time exclusive on the war in Afghanistan. Anderson will talk Gen. David Petraeus, who is the chief of U.S. Central Command. There's a lot of pushback to the strategy on Capitol Hill. We'll talk it over with a group of reporters who've sent time on the ground in the war zone and know firsthand what's at stake.

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  1. Sgt Beougher

    I just got done serving in the United States Marine Corps for 4 years. I did 22 months in Iraq. From the standpoint of a Marine who has been on the ground I say give the troops what they need to win. If the media and many Americans would get out of the way of the military we could get this job done faster and get our troops home.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  2. Emily

    I don't think that they will be out by 2011!
    It reminds me of construction sites when it reads that it will be completely by a certain date...of course it never is and Always over budget!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  3. Udo

    Can someone tell me from where on earth do the talibans get their wepons?

    December 2, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  4. Nancy in Oregon

    So-is 'nation building' wrong then? I'm not sure. If we take the broad view, oughtn't we think of the whole huge neighborhood, not just our own block?

    December 2, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  5. Derrick Shoemaker

    A date will be a starting point, it needs a starting point that gives the troops, as well as the afghans to work towards that goal. It does not deliver the assumption that the Taliban has the power over the American troops. We must show the afghan people that they need to take over their own country. We need to train as well as give the Taliban the necessary assumption the we will not leave Afghanistan until it is stable and their country is ready for any attract from them. A date is political move to service the American people and the nonsupporters of the war.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  6. Bill

    We should pull out our troops, save billions of dollars, pay Afghanistan people less to fight their own war.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  7. Thomas

    I am ex-Military. If the Taliban decides to wait us out, they will be sitting ducks for us. We are not going to wait out with them, are we? No.

    We will utilize the 18 months to go in and kill the sitting duck Talibans, while they wait. That's a win-win for us, in dealing with President Karzai or Taliban.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  8. Monica M. Williams

    There is a lot of “just supposing” regarding how we should handle the situation in Afghanistan but no crystal ball solutions.

    After 8 years of hunting, fighting and best practice sharing with no results, should we now doubt Pres Obama for at least presenting a plan?

    My bipartisan prediction: The nation is in for more rhetoric as many search for the right sound bite to save their 2012 seat.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  9. Heather - Spokane, WA

    If this is supposed to be 'Nation Building' then the people of Iraq and Afghanistan need to step up and start taking over

    December 2, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  10. Lani

    Hopefully, we can set them up to build their own nation.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  11. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    It is time to put an end to this war once and for all.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  12. Tim

    Why do you keep calling it "nation building"? none of your guests agree with your assessment, yet you keep repeating yourself

    December 2, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  13. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Isabel, everyone. Maybe the date is an assist to the Taliban, but 30,000 troops is not, it's an assist to the country of Afghanistan. Robin Wright's pt that this allows the US and the Afghan govt to grab back ground from the Taliban is spot on.

    A great discussion. Gen Petraeus's pt about a date for transition, the President's position, shld be taken.

    Good question about nationbuilding. though the Gen's comment about existing governance torn asunder has to be taken into account. Also, President is talking about being full partners w/ Afghanistan.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  14. Emily

    @ Lilarose in Bandon, OR,

    I think that Peter Bergen has some great insights also.
    Both Nick Robertson and Michael Ware also have great opinions too.

    I think that this is a great panel to start the night tonight,

    December 2, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  15. kasha

    If this were about re-election politics I think the withdrawal target date would be more like early to mid 2012–in time to take credit for "success" and withdrawal before the election but still too early to know if the situation is truly stable. Probably not so much about politics...

    December 2, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  16. Sana

    It's nation building regardless of what the semantics are.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  17. karim jetha

    Without a timeine we wil come across as "occupiers' in the eyes of the Afghans and that will work against us. Time lines can always be changed but outlook is very important

    December 2, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  18. Nancy in Oregon

    I don't know what it's like to have physical courage in a war zone....I don't think it's all macho stuff. My husband had a lot of physical courage, and he had a lot of 'macho'...but not 'stuff'. I think it's often very essential and very brave. As to whether or not it's helpful to the horrors of Afghanistan, not quite sure. It's a very pained place. Do people just ignore that?

    December 2, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  19. Lori

    Is a troop a unit of eight soldiers?

    December 2, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  20. Ron

    Pres. Obama's speech last night sounded like Iraq was a mistake.
    What about the troops on the ground in Iraq.
    I wonder how their morale is after that?

    December 2, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  21. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    We all want the end of the war, but that it's done in a mature and conscious way, pondering the safety of persons in any place!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  22. Joe Widmar

    Can CNN please address the issue of why the Afghans haven't already been trained to fight the Taliban. It has been eight years now what is 30,000 more troops going to do?

    December 2, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  23. Lori

    Hello Anderson, Erica, Everyone. Happy Wednesday!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  24. Patricia

    Good Evening.

    Anderson I want to ask a question – I find the nationa building idea rather interesting. Who is doind the nation building...the military or the government?

    December 2, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  25. Emily

    @Bloggers,

    Do you think that the Draft will have to be brought back?

    December 2, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  26. Femi Falase

    How about a civilian surge after this military surge to gradually replace the soldiers coming home. Engineers, Doctors, Teachers etc? A win-win situation?

    December 2, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  27. Emily

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    "The buildup will take so long that it won't be 18 months at higher levels."

    Approx. How long does a build up like this take?
    Obama said that he is not interested in 'Nation Building"....

    December 2, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  28. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Evening Everyone!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  29. Cessy, Chicago IL

    I think setting a deadline is unrealistic at this point.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  30. Rocky Walls

    Who will pay for the War?

    December 2, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  31. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi!
    It seems the date would be more a goal for ending the war–one which is a call for even more serious action.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  32. Lilarose in Bandon, OR

    I am almost 70 years old and we haven't won a war since World War 2, and I am not sure we "won" that.

    Michael Ware and Nick Robertson are the ONLY people our government should be listening to. But no one in government who makes decisions is listening to them.

    Good luck, America. I had hoped we could stop fighting before I die, but I truly believe men love war. And American troops keep re-enlisting because they would rather be with their buddies at war than home raising their kids.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  33. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Obama should not have given any dateline for withdrawal. As McCain said, withdrawal should be determined by what is happening "on the ground."

    If he is unwilling to do that he should just pull all of the troops out and admit defeat.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  34. Emily

    What about letting the Afghan people know that the Americans are NOT interested in occupying their country?

    December 2, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  35. carolyn

    Thank God for Micheal Ware! He really is keeping it real.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  36. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    @ Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    I agree .... The deadline is a huge mistake.

    I fear that they are 18 months in many deaths.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  37. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Michael Ware has it right. A deadline encourages the Taliban.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  38. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I dont agree with sending 30,000 more troops there. I was surprised, but not totally surprised, that the war has cost us 20 trillion already and now sending more will cost us 30 billion more. Its no wonder that our country is as broke as it is now. How much more broke do we need to be for us to get out of there? I have always supported the military and the men and women of it, but how many more dead do we need to bring back too?

    December 2, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  39. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The pullout date is driven solely by trying to placate the Left.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  40. Emily

    I wonder if Obama just announced that date to appease that Afghan people?

    December 2, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  41. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The buildup will take so long that it won't be 18 months at higher levels.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  42. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    If we cant get to the enemy then how can we win

    December 2, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  43. Emily

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

    Lots of news tonight...looking forward to hearing as to Why that violent convicted felon was out of jail and able to murder 4 police officers with that extensive criminal record!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  44. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    I don't know the plan in depth, but 18 months seems to me so little time for a safe withdrawal, after so many years of war.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  45. Danny

    Will we really leave in 2011?
    I bet we dont leave until at least 2016.
    Will we ever leave?

    December 2, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  46. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Anderson do you think that were just prolonging a stalemate.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  47. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The deadline is a huge mistake. Al Queda just has to wait.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  48. Cessy, Chicago IL

    good evening, Anderson!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  49. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Hey Anderson, Erica, David (Indiana), friends and bloggers!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening Anderson and everyone.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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