May 6, 2009
Posted: 1827 GMT


"AfPak" is American foreign policy and military speak for the giant challenge the United States face in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

After spending trillions of dollars and committing more more than 100,000 troops to Iraq, the U.S. and its allies are staring down the barrel of a Taliban gun in "AfPak." In one case, Pakistan, just a stone's throw from the nuclear power's capital. In the other, after 8 years of war, in Afghanistan, where Taliban forces are active and strong in the southern part of the country.

This is not the scenario U.S. officials anticipated for the region where 9-11 was plotted.

The extremist, medieval-minded Taliban are not getting weaker. President Obama is sending 17,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. But analysts and experts all agree the end result will involve accepting an imperfect nation with strong Taliban control in certain portions of the country. The objective now is to support a central government and keep the rest of country relatively stable.

How far we've come from the stated goals of 2001/02.

We'll be live in Washington where President Obama is meeting with his Afghan and Pakistani counterparts. We'll also take you to Afghanistan and Pakistan throughout the hour.

Also today, an interesting story coming to us from Miami. A handsome, young Catholic priest (aptly named Cutie – sadly pronounced Coot-Yeh) caught frolicking on the beach with a woman. Both wearing bathing suits, the woman and Father Alberto Cutie were pictured on the front page of a tabloid having what looked like a very good time. Father Alberto is now on leave from the Catholic church and taken off his popular radio show.

As is always the case when Catholic clergy succomb to the temptation of the flesh, the question of whether the Church should allow priests to marry comes up.

Of all the Tweets I've received, all were in favor of abolishing celibacy for priests.

We'll be live in Miami for more on the story and reaction from Padre Alberto's fans.

We're also following the story of the pregnant British woman arrested for alleged drug smuggling in Laos. We're in Laos for the latest and in the UK, where the suspect's mother spoke to CNN.

We have a great show today so hope you can all tune in.

See you on TV!


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Sam   May 6th, 2009 7:47 pm ET

President Obama needs to understand that Zardari is a corrupt man, his records speaks for itself and negotiating with such a corrupt person will not do any good to the people of Pakistan.
Any amount of money US Congress approves for Pakistan will never reach the ordinary citizens who are suffering day and night without basic amenities such as clean drinking water, electricity, education and health care. President Obama should look into Zardari's eyes and ask him to straight up his acts or face consequences.

haris ahmed   May 7th, 2009 8:05 pm ET

now the pak military is ready to go after the extremmist,and pakistani people have observed now that military is only way to deal with terrror.
i live in karachi and people of karachi city is totally against the peace deal with terrrorist,
now we have to give support to army operation,
one more peace deal will gonna be the destruction of (north-west-province)
infect capital gonna heard very much..
haris ahmed

BROADKAST PAKISTAN   May 9th, 2009 11:08 am ET

Like many Security and millitary experts i also suggest that crushing or flashing out Taliban and Alqaeda from Afghanistan by millitary might is not the right solution that American security think tanks propose to US Establishment. the way out is providing job, water food, health and education to the people of Afghanistan not through the hands of Soldiers but by Civilians sothat , Candle of Peace of could be seen by the Afghan people that will impress/motivate their sons to join development work force not the violence force of Taliban. I think if Americans are honest and sincere in their policies to be result oriented in terms of peace and stability in this region. it is best solution. Why people migrateto US/EU just to feed their children, afghan people need the same things.


Krish   May 12th, 2009 11:40 am ET

Sri Lanka is killing Tamils in WAR ZONE also in Other parts of the country …. Abductions, Rape and Discriminations are the normal life for Tamils in Sri Lanka.

LTTE is a sole representatives of Tamils in Sri Lanka

They are the freedom fighters.

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