Anderson Cooper and Ed Henry opened Thursday's AC360 with news that the withdrawal from Iraq will not be as swift as initially promised. Also 50,000 non-combat troops will be left on the ground in Iraq. This does not please me and from what Henry said a lot of Congressional Dems feel the same way. Ali Velshi also did a brief report on what deescalating the war in Iraq will save the taxpayers.The Digging Deeper panel was David Gergen, David Walker (former comptroller of the US) and Ryan Mack (economist and cutie!). I'm just so sick of the dissection of what the President did, didn't do.....will it work, won't it work, that I just didn't pay much attention. It's all guessing as far as I can tell and I'd rather discuss results and not speculation.
Tom Foreman did a segment on what a trillion dollars is or what 3.6 trillion is. The most interesting fact was Senator Mitch McConnell's calculation that if we started spending a million dollars a day on the day Jesus was born and continued spending a million a day everyday until today you still wouldn't have spent a trillion dollars. Pretty scary stuff.To me it's always a good 360 when Michael Ware is in the house. He sat down with AC to discuss the new Iraq plan and then did a special report on the Mexican drug cartel. In discussing Iraq Ware said the troops who are not withdrawn will have a type of counter terrorist role. They will not go out and patrol per se but more document and keep tabs on those that would try to control Iraq and strike when needed.Randi Kaye took an upclose look at the sad state of our schools. I totally agree with the premise of this report, some of our schools are deplorable BUT some of the situations sited as abnormal are really not. Almost all of our schools in Arizona use trailers for overflow classrooms, in fact some of those trailers are nicer than the regular classrooms. Many, if not all, are located on former playground land....you make do with what you have. As to the 1,200 hundred students crammed into a building built for 800 that's also common in our district. We've even had 2 separate student bodies share the same building...one started early and was dismissed around lunch and the second school started at lunch and went until almost dinner time. It really doesn't mean the quality of education is substandard. Just that the district is living within its means.
The peeling plaster, leaky windows, crumbling facades, etc is another story....that is a safety and health hazard. And much, much more serious than the other evidence sited.
The 360 Bulletin was delivered by Erica Hill and contained stories of Michael Vick, Bank of American bonuses, ocotmom offered money to star in a porn movie (who would want to see a naked woman who probably has stretch marks longer than the Mississippi?) and the racist California mayor who sent the watermelon patch White House picture out by email.The 360 Dispatch was filed by Michael Ware and filmed mostly in Juarez, Mexico, which is just across the border from El Paso, Texas. In introducing this report Anderson mentioned that Phoenix (where I live) has become the kidnap capital of the US with Mexican gangs abducting more than 300 people in the past year. Our new Homeland Security Chief is former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano who is very, very familiar with this problem. I have no doubt that she will make it one of her top priorities.
Anderson will be doing a segment on 60 Minutes this Sunday night and Napolitano will be one of those he interviews. To read more of the interview follow the link.
Now back to Michael who detailed some of the gruesome murders and threats the Mexican cartel has initiated against police forces, government officials and ordinary citizens. Was it just me or did any of you see a similarity between MW's reporting from the ME and his time in Mexico? I think it was a brilliant move to put him on this story and obvious that he was in his element.
No Beat 360 tonight and The Shot was a rehash of AC's Donald Trump quiz with Kelly Ripa. I've clipped the host chat from Thursday's Live with Regis & Kelly, the Jeopardy game with Donald Trump and the very brief In Box. Don't forget AC is on Regis & Kelly again Friday morning.
Host Chat part 1
Host Chat part 2
Host Chat part 3
Host Chat part 4
Anderson Cooper vs. Kelly Ripa in Celebrity Apprentice Jeopardy
The In Box
I had no idea that AC had lost his watch. I went back through some of our old posts and it looks like it might have happened right around the day he interviewed President Obama on February 3rd. I just did a quick search, if anyone has time to be more thorough please let me know what you find. Have a great weekend everybody! ~Phebe