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October 8, 2009
Posted: 1612 GMT

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The debate over whether the United States will send more troops to Afghanistan continues. The American president has been meeting with military commanders and political figures to hammer out U.S. strategy in the volatile warzone.

All this as violence in Afghanistan has gotten worse (today again a deadly bombing at the Indian embassy in Kabul) and while the Taliban are in control of larger part of the country.

We will be talking live to Atia Abawi in Kabul and Barbara Starr at the Pentagon.

Also today, we will cross over live to Paris for a report on a sex controversy surrounding the French culture minister, Frederic Mitterrand.

An impassioned supported of film director Roman Polanski, currently awaiting extradition to the United States for having sex with a minor in the 70's, parts of Mitterrand's 2005 autobiography have resurfaced. In the book, he admits to having paid for sex with "boys" in Thailand.

Why are people bringing up Mitterrand's sordid sex tourism now? Politics seem to be playing an important role: extreme right party leaders and opposition socialists have said they are shocked an admitted sex tourist is France's culture minister.

Mitterrand is quite a colorful character: he is the nephew of former Socialist President Francois Mitterrand, a former TV host, and an openly gay best-selling author.

When French President Nicolas Sarkozy appointed Mitterrand to his cabinet a few years ago, it was a PR coup. Is he a liability today? Will he resign? What do you think? Leave your comments and I will read a few on air at the IDesk.

Plus, we will go live to London for a look at an important speech by British opposition leader David Cameron. We spent a lot of time covering Prime Minister Gordon Brown's appearance at the Labour Party conference in Brighton, asking if Brown was doing enough to boost his sagging ratings. Today, we want to talk about Cameron's strategy, and how likely it is he will be the UK's next Prime Minister.

We are also live in Moscow, Lagos and on Wall Street.

See you at the IDesk!

Hala

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Ella   October 8th, 2009 4:29 pm ET

Hi,

F. Mitterand wrote a book few years ago" La mauvaise vie" which chocked some people in France as you know. He gave some explanation during a the debate on TV on this occasion. He has never denied his homosexuality but in this book the reader could easily interpret that he is a pedophile. He will be on France TV TF1 at 20.00 CET to night for more explantion!

Fawad   October 8th, 2009 5:38 pm ET

Will the President send more troops to Afghanistan?

Whether he will send more troops or not, if the things won't improve he will face people saying "I told you so"

Bruggen Marc   October 8th, 2009 6:44 pm ET

Hala made my day, why?

She Cameron said Cameron was 43 years, this is a young man, I'm 41 years and am therefore a very young man.
Today I had the clipped hedge, have pain in my knee and low back pain, so I thought it would lie with age.
So tomorrow morning I will think of Hala's words, when I still have pain.
Thx Hala

Bye bye from Belgium.

Biruzz   October 9th, 2009 4:24 am ET

Hello All,

What in the hell and I do mean hell is happening in the world today?

We have Jesus in the white house and just like his predecessors from the same corrupt and morally bankrupt address allowing the Israel's to bully, intimidate and rob the Palestinians of their land and the right to live and breathe. Providing the Israelies with weapons, money to kill the innocent is just sickening. I know that the Palestinians are no angels but the land belongs to them and they were robbed by the US, the UK and the UN. The Killings will now continue with another hard headed war monger as the new Israel prime minister.

The US is broke and borrows money from China which practically squeezes the lives of their citizens murders from them even for voicing and opinion. and yet the hypocrites from the self proclaimed greatest nation on this planet claim that they further the cause of democracy all over the world. Give us a break. Imagine that your country is broke, millions are jobless but your president has time to fly air force one spend more money so that he can be in Denmark for 5 hours to support Chicagos olympic bid. BRAVO, stupidity at its highest level.

And this nut for having paid for sex with boys just sickening. Nobody cares if any one is gay or isn't that not the issue. If you are gay good for you but sex of any kind with a minor is not just criminal but also just blackens the soul.

Bello Mukhtar   October 9th, 2009 5:48 pm ET

the US is known firstly globally as a millitary power, if Obama wanted he could actually go the Bush way – the brutal way, but he chose to be humble, he is inspiring the world genuinely, seriously tackling non Nuclear Proliferation, extending a hand of friendship to the Arabs etc, he cant achieve these plans of his in a day. I think we should actually be optimistic but the man is on the right track and he deserves the award. Congratulations Mr. Obama.

Eric Davis   October 9th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

It's just the hard truth. I believe he's just telling Us, How the Rich and Powerful live. The words He spoke, Should be the Topic!! He was Telling us Something... Why so many People go missing. Whats been happening to our Children. and other People in America.... ,All over the World. The Greedy Sick Minded Rich and Powerful get thier Fix. Just like a drug addict needs his fix. But as always We missed it. Even when it slaps you in the face, The truth and Answers gets Ignorred & are Unseen..

Was he trying to deny being Gay, "Im not Gay", "Im only a child Rapist" Was that his Argument? WTF is going on in France?

Patrick B   October 13th, 2009 11:14 am ET

Will more troops to Afghanistan insure the safety of all Americains and the rest of the world? What about the legacy that will be left behind? Will all those victims (orphans, militaries, widows and widowers) of war just accept its consequences and move on?
More troups means more money, more death(US,coalitions,talibans), and more victims.
How many more men and women have to be sacrificed before the war end? Is it really worth it? Why does it have to be a winner and loser?
Whats happened to sanctions???

I really feel bad for Obama as he has to make decisions that many and maybe all of us don't want to make.

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