August 31st, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Mosque Fears: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight, the calls, threats and violent acts aimed at stopping the expansion of an Islamic center - not in Lower Manhattan - but central Tennessee. Keeping Them Honest, we'll talk with a leading opponent of the center. Plus, Pres. Obama marks the end of the combat mission in Iraq with an address from the Oval Office. We've got the raw politics.

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soundoff (243 Responses)
  1. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Good night Anderson and bloggers Emily, Mike, and Nancy.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  2. jimmy-----murfreesboro

    What happens after we as a nation are divided over issue of Islamic Worship Centers?

    August 31, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  3. David, Indiana

    Paul Begala has a point here. But the Democratic leadership in congress gave President Bush significant support. I appreciate the factual detail given. That was missing in the President's speech as David Gergen noted earlier this evening.

    The President has two things to do in Iraq, see to the withdrawal of US forces and maintain a committment to assist the Iraqis.

    I think a key point in tonight's speech was what the President said about continuing or resuming the Middle East Peace process. Allso following up not only on fears but on hopes. A massive shift is some ways.

    Hurricane Earl seems to be staying at sea mostly. Good warning on the rip currents.

    Good night everyone.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    I love watching these storms develop and see where they are heading.

    Great discussion tonight Anderson from the panel on the Mosque Fears and Iraqi troop withdrawal. Bring them back again. They seem to know how to have a rational discussion.

    Have a great evening everyone!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone! Enjoy the night!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  6. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Should be interesting weather for the east coast. have a good night everyone

    August 31, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Goodnight AC360 Team and fellow bloggers.
    Great show tonight Anderson.

    Hope Earl takes a turn far away from land.
    Stay safe everyone.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  8. Trevor M

    David Gergen, Fareed Zakaria, Ari Fleischer, and Paul Begala gave America a great, substantive, and passionate debate. We need more discussions like that! Thanks for not interrupting Anderson!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  9. Lori, CA

    Good night Anderson and Everyone! Sweet dreams.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  10. Janis Hewitt

    This has been a great blog evening. You guys are all sharp up-to-date and honest people. Thank you everyone in the military for keeping us safe and being the pride of all of us. We will never forget.

    Good night, all.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  11. doris enow

    We have a Mosque in Killeen, Texas. The Fort Hood shooter visited this Mosque regular . He shot 13 soldiers on Fort Hood and wounded countless others. Him visiting the Mosque didn't make him more peaceful to say the least.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  12. Mike - Las Vegas

    Iraq will have to take its lumps during its growing phase. No more American lives should be wasted on them if they want to fight among themselves. We can't hold their hands forever.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  13. Nick

    On Mosque issue : Everyone agrees that it was a very tragic incident that happened on 9/11. It has moved the american people emotionally and created certain views about islam. So considering the sentiments of the victims families and emotions, the imam should not have suggested to create a mosque at the location. Simple, nothing against the rights of citizens. Just considering the sentiments of general public.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  14. Nancy in Oregon

    Yes, I agree with those who appreciate seeing Fareed here on 360...with David G.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  15. Lori, CA

    I glad to hear that Haiti will be spared.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  16. lisal -canada

    well i must say that i QUITE enjoyed the previous segments on Iraq – very interesting discussion point and perspectives

    August 31, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  17. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    It took a generation of US troops in Germany and Japan after WWII to create stable democracies. Why do we expect any different in Iraq and Afghanistan?

    August 31, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  18. Dee

    This current anti-Islam sentiment is really based in hysteria and ignorance. Why are we just now, nine years after 911, suddenly acting like Muslims haven't been living peacefully in this country for decades?? Media-driven hysteria. Period. This sentiment will hopefully fade into the background in a few weeks.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  19. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I do believe that that war took a toll on all of us. One war down and one war to go, economy!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  20. Nina

    @ Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    President Obama has a very good reason why he does not use the word "Victory" What would we be victorious over?

    August 31, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  21. Egberto

    Fareed Zakariah is refreshing. What a great pragmatic point of view. We cannot win for Iraq. We can only hope for a face saving way to get out. Our hubris could have been our demise. I hope the President finds a way to get out of Afghanistan as well.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  22. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    You did it again 360! Great show tonight! Thanks Anderson and crew and fabulous bloggers~ Wishing you all a special last night of the month! Xo

    August 31, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  23. Abe Newman

    Having mosques in America is not a new thing: there have been mosques since 17th century; will opponents toTennessee and NY centers wake up and learn a little history of their own nation.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  24. Kelley

    Welcome to the United States of Paranoia. My biggest concern is the people who believe blindly these hate mongers with out question and you all know they're out there. This country is more concerned with their rights to carry guns than their own civil rights. You denie others their civil rights and soon someone will be there to denie you of yours.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  25. Sharon Hastings

    I usually agree with David G., but in this case I wonder what would constitute a stable Iraq and how long would that take? Suppose it was 5 more years or longer, would we support that? No.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  26. Ken- Las Vegas

    Hooray for Paul for speaking the truth about Bush- Cheney lying about Iraq. Unfortunatly you have people like Ari who won't admit the mistakes. Those same people are the same ones who oppose the mosque and support the narrow minded beliefs that got us attacked in the first place.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  27. sami TX

    the whole country is going down the drain ....but we have time to worry about the muslims building a mosque !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  28. Terry in Texas

    I seem to remember that our troops found howitzer shells made for gassing people. WMD is not just nukes.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  29. Kenya

    Great panel tonight Mr. Cooper.
    Goodnight/good day everyone. Take it easy.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  30. Lori, CA

    This discussion is very stimulating.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  31. Habib in Freetown

    People are just paranoid when they are the word Muslim or Islam. Erecting a mosque is like erecting any other building. Give Islam a chance.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  32. Jennifer

    David Gergen hit it on the nail

    August 31, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  33. Mallika

    Kudos to Paul Begala and Fareed Zakaria for standing up for the facts and the Constitution.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  34. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    President Obama never uses the word 'victory'. If we aren't trying to win, then leave.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  35. Lori, CA

    Will we be sorry that we left now?

    August 31, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  36. Maria

    we shall return? who said that?

    August 31, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  37. megan

    there is no freedom in this country

    August 31, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  38. Nancy in Oregon

    Yeah, I hear you Jo Ann, but sadly I just don't feel only threatened in the world that way by Muslims or terrorists who are Muslims. I would not have traveled to the British Isles during 'the troubles', I would not want to take flowers into a friend who worked at a woman's clinic, there is even someone in Portland apparently planting pipe bombs....I just cannot feel safe with extremists in any tradition or of any stripe. I think they are probably abusers at home and they are in the world at large, as well.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  39. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Nina, that is why I agree with them being there, but not for 7yrs

    August 31, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  40. Pual

    What concerns me is how we talk about how many TROOPS we lost without recognizing the over 1 million Iraqi CIVILIANS who lost their lives by our hands. From a country who had nothing to do with 9/11.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  41. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Well said David Gergen. The President does get credit for following through on his promises of withdrawal, but meeting deadlines instead of ensuring success could make this step in the right direction a moot point.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  42. Sue R. Canton MI.

    I agree with David Gergen,,, We have not quite turned the page on Iraq.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  43. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    David Gergen is right again. If there is no objective in Afghanistan, just leave now. If there is an objective, state what it is, and give it a maximum effort to achieve success and then leave.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
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