Thursday, March 03, 2011

Terror & Lies

Anderson Cooper opened AC360 with, " Good evening, everyone. Tonight: President Obama says it is time for Moammar Gadhafi to go. The U.S. military has now joined efforts to evacuate refugees from the overcrowded border with Tunisia. But Gadhafi is hanging on, using the same weapons he has for the last four decades: terror and lies for his own people, terror, new reports have kidnappings in Tripoli, people suspected in taking part in demonstrations or talking to the media taken from their homes, disappeared. As for the other weapon, lies. As always, we're "Keeping Them Honest."

KEEPING THEM HONEST: A report by Andrson Cooper


UNREST IN LIBYA, people fearful of speaking out: Anderson talks to Nic Robertson & Marie Colvin (Foreign Affairs Correspondent for The Sunday Times) in Tripoli


U.S. WEIGHING OPTIONS IN LIBYA: Anderson Cooper's discussion with Jill Dougherty, Christopher Hill (Fmr. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq) & Fouad Ajami

FIGHTING TO SAVE THE WOUNDED, Doctor says youngsters kidnapped: Anderson's phone interview with a doctor in Misrata, Libya, who reports 300+injured, 40+ dead


LIBYA INSIDE THE UPRISING, Who is the opposition?: A report by Anderson Cooper on what a future Libyan government could look like

NEW LEADERSHIP IN LIBYA?, Opposition set to name national counsel: Anderson's follow-up discussion with Ben Wedeman (in Ajdabiya, Libya) and Fadel Al-Ameen


360 BULLETIN: Isha Sesay

"See you tomorrow night..."

EXTRAS: Confirmation of the "Twitter Chatter" yesterday ~

From The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)'s Photos ~

Caption: Hey, look who dropped by SAIS today at lunch to discuss his experience covering the recent turmoil in the Middle East! Yes, none other than CNN's Anderson Cooper!

And another blog post from today, My 20-Second Conversation with CNN’s Anderson Cooper from a man who met Anderson at the Richmond Forum.

Those of you that remember an AC360 Live Blog discussion a few years back that veered off topic and onto the subject of vegetables; where Anderson joined in and indicated his dislike of many vegetables, especially broccoli; may get a chuckle out of this mention in the man's blog post - He (Anderson) described reporting these hard news stories as “serving broccoli,” implying that Americans might not want to always hear about international news. ... I encouraged him to “keep serving up tasty broccoli” ...

AC360 Transcript
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ACAnderFan said...

Perhaps Ghadaffi is the one on drugs with all the outrageous claims he keeps making.. Seriously what's up with his drug claim?

Anderson's interview with the doctor was good. Yet another person proving that the whole Ghadaffi family is a bunch of nut bags. The son is just as outrageous as his father.

Thanks for the link to the 20 seconds with Anderson link. Very good read.

Anonymous said...

I would never equate international news with broccoli but I wonder if Anderson had previously heard some criticism about too much international news turning off some viewers. I don't think he's hearing any of that right now, he's hearing the ratings are up and he's been focused heavily on international news the last 6 weeks or so.

And so he will be focused nearly solely on international news for a while longer. Anderson is obviously passionate about Libya right now.

It's great for everyone who loves the all-Libya programs. I had 360 on for the entire hour on Thursday. However, I mostly read my book.

Loved the first screengrab on today's ATA.


Parker said...

On Feb 26 or 27th (6.00 pm) an anonymous reader penned articulately and well thought out comments with regard to Prof. Ajami and his take on the Libyan Crisis.

In the days that followed, I tried to follow the thread of comments that followed AC360’s coverage, but was unable to respond due to travel constraints, being in Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Management, one never knows where the day will take you at any given time. Having said that, I have only now had an opportunity to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) to express my thoughts on Anon 6.00 pm’s comments, and I couldn’t agree more with both Anon and Aries Moon who followed up with her own comments there after...especially their take on Prof. Ajami’s thought process and comments on AC360 since the start of this crisis....

Prof. Ajami may be well educated, well travelled and very well informed on Middle East affairs, but his views on how the US especially President Obama has handled the Middle East crisis from day one has been and continues to be lopsided.

It is inconceivable how such a well educated man, who has no doubt seen the repercussions of unnecessary wars, change the dynamics of Counties and Continents for decades. Why on earth would he want yet another US Administration take on a tyrant the likes in Libya, is just beyond me. Prof. Ajami was and continues to be a supporter of Pres. GW Bush’s philosophies on the Arab world – first take them to war and then ask questions later, just as he was when he supported Bush’s pursuits on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Look where those got us. 10 years later, look where we still are...

I respect his opinion on many Middle Eastern issues, but I cannot disagree with him more on his stance on Pres. Obama’s take on the current crisis sweeping across the Middle East. For once in their life, the Arab world feels like they can liberate themselves without US, NATO or EU intervention why not give them the opportunity as they continue to fight for their freedom, as we in the US, NATO or EU continue to support them in their fight for their human rights.

Ambassador Chris Hill was right on target in his assessment on the statements made by Secs. Gates and Clinton respectively. Issuing a ``no fly zone’’ in Libya is not as easy as everyone on Capitol Hill and all the ``talking heads`` makes it out to be. Simply put it means declaring war on Libyan soil in order to take out Gadhafi’s surface to air arsenal in order to disarm his reckless use of firepower against his own people.

Parker said...

Part 2...

It is just beyond me why Prof. Ajami continues to advocate for use of US force and firepower in Libya through a no fly zone. Not every Revolution is settles by means of war or firepower. When push comes to shove that option is always on the table, but it certainly should be used as a last resort.

We’ve seen what happened in Somalia or Iran during the fall of the Shah, etc., when the US has taken on these dictators. I was in Africa when at a very young age and watched when Pres. Idi Amin of Uganda who after 8 years of military dictatorship had forcibly removed a minority population of hundreds of thousands of men, women, children from his Country. He did not care for the consequences, and was responsible for the loss of approximately over 300,000 Ugandan lives, he demanded they leave Uganda come hell or high water, and kicked them out of the Country with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. I was in Africa during the Ethiopian, Sudan/Darfur & Rwandan genocide crisis respectively..... the horrors we witnesses, no one in these Countries, no human being should ever have to experience and live through such atrocities.

For Prof. Ajami to suggest and I quote - ``My fear is that the Libyans are alone; people have not yet embraced the revolt and the legitimacy of it...’’

Taking on any dictatorship in the name of democracy is a noble cause, but what comes after that should be at the forefront of every World Leader`s agenda not just haphazard decision to snuff out the dictator as Pres. Bush did in Iraq without a concrete long term plan of action. Look where that has taken us 10 years later...

When World Leaders opt to take a Country to war, they should act with One Voice as One World in the fight for freedom and Humanitarian Justice, nothing less should be acceptable. And for anyone in their right mind to ask or suggest of Pres. Obama to contemplate taking on yet another war on Libyan soil in the name of Freedom and Democracy without having a back-up plan once this man & his cronies are overthrown, and a legitimate Government is at the ready to take its place is just plain reckless.

Complex situations often call for creative solutions. Carrying the weight of one Nation is a challenge in its self, the US and NATO Nations are now carrying the weight of 3 Countries respectively – their own as well as those engaged in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan pending our respective exits. Do we seriously now need to add Libya to the list? Who will be next? Yemen, Iran, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Cuba, I can name a dozen or more Countries across the globe – they all have dictators. Do we suggest our President take them all on...?

I just wish Prof. Ajami would seriously consider revising his stance on insisting Pres. Obama take some sort of military action just yet... it could very well come to that, our war ships including that of NATO are already positioned in the Region should the need arise, but to suggest that ``people have not yet embraced the revolt and the legitimacy of it’’ is ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

As someone who is big on fruit and vegetables (born and raised in Israel, which means Mediterranean diet, but I don't think it really prolongs our lives, like they claimed in 360 a while ago - we got war and terror to even that out), I got to repeat what I say to my kids - broccoli is good, but all in moderation. You can't have nothing but broccoli (not to mention the side effects..). Metaphor aside, last night was a little too much for me. I'm a big Anderson fan, I used to think that I would watch him doing anything (reading the phone book etc.) but last night I was flipping channels. The stuff that goes on in Libya is very important, Gadhafi is a war criminal and the world needs to know; but there was not even much new last night. They showed a lot of segments we have seen before - I understand they are proud about the exclusive interview with Gadhafi spokesman, but we got it the first time. There are things happening in the world and in the US, devoting the entire hour to Libya just doesn't make sense. I agree it's important not to take it off the radar, but one segment at this point would have been enough for me. Even in terms of world news, there are other things going on. In Iran, the opposition leaders have disappeared (probably jailed), in Egypt they are working on the next phase, there's new tension in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Iran is promoting riots in Saudi - I could go on and on, and there are also news in the US. I guess yesterday was too much broccoli for me.. Sarah

aries moon said...

Parker articulates far better than I ever could why I've been having misgivings about Professor Ajami's take on tackling the Libyan crisis. Ambassador Chris Hill like Wesley Clark the other night made perfect sense when they were trying to explain the reasons why President Obama is responding in such a measured, careful way, but none of that had any impact on Ajami's views. I can recall Ajami mentioning on one of his early appearances on 360 that he was a big supporter of George Bush, but I tried to not let that color my opinion of him since he is obviously an intelligent man--but typical of of the pundits/commentators that Anderson becomes enamored with and ultimately overuses on the program (Gergen/Nungesser), I've become frustrated with Ajami.

This quote sums up my feelings about Ajami pretty well:

Dr. Ajami is clearly very bright. He writes extremely well and he has a great deal of insight into the Middle East," says DePaul University's McCloud. "But on these television programs there is not a conversation between diversity of Muslim opinion. I say don't exclude Ajami's voice, but don't make it the only one.

I do appreciate that 360 has included other perspectives on the crisis and that Jill Dougherty is there to give a wider view on the White House's strategy as well.

Anonymous said...

@Parker -- I'm the anon from the other day, thank you for your kind words, and I couldn't agree with you more. I always enjoy your comments. Wish you could share more often, but I appreciate when you do.

You've led an interesting life and I admire what you do. You're someone I wish I could met one day....

Anonymous said...

@Sarah: Couldn't agree more, especially about the broccoli.

Anonymous said...

I guess Anderson is off tonight - he is taped.