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February 18th, 2010
09:48 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 02/18/10

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We have breaking developments on the pilot who crashed his plane into an Austin, Texas office. We take you inside the Conservative Political Action Committee convention in Washington, where Dick Cheney inspired the crowd. Plus, why 96 hours proves to be a crucial when it comes to tracking accused Taliban spies in Afghanistan.

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  1. David, Indiana

    The Tea Party and Republican party need each other.. But the Republican party needs to lead and guide.

    Need some conditions, a partner to apply pressure, and need followthrough on the committment US and Iran have already come to

    February 18, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  2. A. Smith, Oregon

    Record their cell phone conversations which the US Army routinely does in Afghanistan on all communications and has mobile units that do that routinely for all larger missions.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  3. Susan, NJ

    Soldiers also know that they are led by an administration hostile to their mission.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  4. Emily

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse,
    Did you ever run into this 96 Hour problem?
    Do you know much about it?

    February 18, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  5. Cessy-Chicago

    How realistic is it for Mr. Hill to get all of the information from these " spies"?

    February 18, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  6. Jason

    served with these men in Afghanistan, I was a Sergeant and CPT Hill was my CO. He remains a close, personal friend of mine, a man I admire, and would take point to the gates of hell if he asked. The injustices done to him and other soldiers of our beloved DeathDealer company to this day make me sick. He was an outstanding company commander who valued the lives of his men, mine included, above all else. And while I value and appreciate the light that has been shed on the travesty that occurred, he was not the only one wrongly harmed in this incident. I hope the investigation into this situation continues, until someone drops a chemlight and sees just how deep the rabbit hole goes.

    Godbless Roger Hill, the actions he took, and the lives he saved in the process.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  7. A. Smith, Oregon

    Greetings Poppy Harlow CNN, thank-you for joining us tonight.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  8. Debbie, Austin, TX

    Great reorting job by Abbie Boudreau. Clear, concise presentation of what is obviously a complex situation. Brava, Abbie!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  9. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @A. Smith, I don't blame the commander, I blame whoever vetted the spies and said they were on our side.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  10. Susan, NJ

    I hope we learned not to turn spies over to our own government where they will be read miranda rights.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  11. KIRA KLEAVELAND AC360°

    @Devin-Amsterdam fair point. I'm not saying Zakaria is right, but what an interesting point he made. its quite the catch-22. Good for a country vs good for the world.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  12. Emily

    @Poppy,
    Are you going to become the regular, full time 360 Staff with AC each night?

    February 18, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  13. A. Smith, Oregon

    It's really sad that America relies on such incompetent base commanders upon which American family's heavily rely on to be intelligent and informed regarding their men and their duty to protect them.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  14. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Kira!!!
    Poppy is doing good job co-anchor with Anderson!!!!!! She is really good expert money fix every morning!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  15. starr formerly known as vincent

    This 96 hour story is amazing!! What an excellent report.

    @Emily and others- yes desparation is a terrible feeling when you are dealing with gov. people who don't see you or treat you as a fellow human being.

    My desparate dealings with the gov. put me in the hospital1

    February 18, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  16. Susan, NJ

    NATO is a joke on so many levels. Lawyers cost lives on the ground. REmember it was a lawyer that said we couldn't hit Osama bin laden when we had him in our crosshairs.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  17. Danie T.

    Wow a dozen spies this is so scary and dangerous! How do you fix that I mean they have to deal with the locals...

    February 18, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  18. Devin-Amsterdam

    Im still lost from not watching some shows who is Poopy? is she the person talking?

    February 18, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  19. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The spies should be taken for a walk into the mountains, never to be seen again.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  20. Cessy-Chicago

    an inside threat within the US Army? ....we're really in trouble.

    96th hour segment by Abbie B. is fascinating!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  21. Poppy Harlow CNN

    What an amazing report by our Abbie Boudreau about the NATO 96-hour rule. Stay tuned for part 2!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  22. Renee

    @ Poppy CNN: Your name is unique. Are you named after a relative? You are the first Poppy I have ever seen on TV or in person.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  23. Kim- Ohio

    I'm happy to see you CNNers on here tonight.....Hi Kira

    February 18, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  24. Emily

    How many of them know about this 96 hour rule?

    A Classic Catch-22!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  25. A. Smith, Oregon

    Another story about a base commander without a clue, and how many soldiers in his care died before he finally got a clue that nearly a full dozen locals on his base were tipping off the Taliban?

    February 18, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  26. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    We should colinize and turn each and every cities in Afganistans into military bases ans forts and secure each city and hold them and dry the enemy up .

    February 18, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  27. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hi Kira!!!!!
    I can't wait see Abbie's reporting!!!!!!!!!! That will be good! Agreed! 🙂

    February 18, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  28. Emily

    The 96th Hour rule...
    I feel really bad for Hill; very eerie...

    February 18, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  29. Devin-Amsterdam

    @KIRA KLEAVELAND AC360
    I do disagree with you did it ever really help anyone having a dictiorship and if it doesnt work for the people of its owen country it wont last and it would be worse i think

    February 18, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  30. Debbie, Austin, TX

    Poppy Harlow is an awesome co-anchor!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  31. Tom Davis

    Don't forget we attack Iraq and where told lies about Weapon of Mass Deruction – WMD. Don't let history repeat

    February 18, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  32. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The 'rules' our troops are bound by are ludicrous. This is war, not a boxing match. We should employ every means to kill as many of the enemy as fast as possible.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  33. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    President Obama, you are not a one term President. You can't do all that change on one single term.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  34. A. Smith, Oregon

    The city and region of Marjah is a Ghost Town, why is it taking a month to take it over? That's ridiculous. Nearly all of the Taliban left long before the first Marine helo's landed to drop off the troops.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  35. KIRA KLEAVELAND AC360°

    P.P.S Hey guys, did you notice our guest co-anchor Poppy Harlow is also live blogging tonight. Feel free to pepper her with questions!!! haha

    February 18, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  36. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Hi Emily! "Desperation can be so much worse, as those around you clearly can not see it!"

    I agree, that is why so many suicides are unexpected.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  37. starr formerly known as vincent

    Excellent report by Candy Crowley! It will be interesting to see if true conservatives will support the Tea party bunch.

    I support "negotiations" while keeping both eyes open and getting excellent intelligence.

    We cannot attach a 3rd country in the Mid-East and expect support from any of our allies.

    We need to use our minds and play the "chess" game with Iran and WIN!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  38. Danie T.

    Hi everyone,

    Glad seeing you back Anderson we missed you yesterday even though we did enjoy Wolf.

    So many people are taking their lives and others you wonder how strong is the pain and despair that create such feelings to believe that death is the answer. I feel for them and the people that love them who are left behind to deal with such tragedy...

    February 18, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  39. Emily

    @Kira,
    Abbie always has great reports...looking forward to it....

    February 18, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  40. KIRA KLEAVELAND AC360°

    P.S. I worked on the Zakaria interview today. @David, Indiana I thought Fareed Zakaria had some really interesting points to make about Iran becoming a military dictatiorship and how that may be better for the international community in the long run, even if it hurts its own citizens.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  41. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Well the Obama Administration promised 'grave consequences' if Iran continued their nuclear program. Let's hope that doesn't mean more meaningless UN resolutions.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  42. David

    Iran +nuke= bad news

    February 18, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  43. A. Smith, Oregon

    Anderson, there is NO Nato rule over any base commander from firing the local help and forcing them to leave the base.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  44. LisaL -Canada

    it would be so much more interesting to watch this if there were more than two parties (and i don't mean the tea party).

    it's always "who's winning" – dems or repubs. but the people seem to be on the losing end.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  45. Erin

    Is it just me or does anyone else think that politicians really ruin democracy? A new movement becomes popular and instead of letting people rant and have a voice, political leaders hold a rally and steal the spotlight.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  46. Barbara

    Poppy, you are great in my eyes too. You are doing a wonderful job. Did you ever read the story, "Poppy?" It was my daughter's favorite in the world when she was a little girl.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  47. Devin-Amsterdam

    @A. Smith, Oregon
    I would rather it happen over there then a nuclear attack in Rome or Denver

    February 18, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  48. KIRA KLEAVELAND AC360°

    Hey live bloggers! I'm super excited about the Abbie Boudreau investigative peice that's coming up next. I saw parts of it already. It's really fascinating.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  49. Renee

    @ Mike: The Economist did a big article about Iran and all of its spiritual leaders. I can not remember all of the names but there are several who are more in charge than the UN ranter and the Trump property renter.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  50. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Scott Brown isn't all the conservative on social issues, but he is on defense and fiscal matters.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
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