August 11, 2009
Posted: 1800 GMT

Topping our rundown today, the arrest of six alleged terrorists in Kuwait, whom Kuwaiti authorities say were planning to attack a U.S. military base in the country.

We are also live at the United Nations, where the Security Council is meeting in a closed door session at 3pm Eastern. Members countries want to put more pressure on Myanmar to relase pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, whose house arrest sentence was lengthened by another 18 months today. Will it this amount to anything or is it just idle U.N. chatter? We'll talk to our Richard Roth.

We have the latest from Taiwan, still reeling from the aftermath of typhoon Morakot. Officials have confirmed 70 people died in mudslides, but hundreds more are missing or stranded and in need of immediate rescue.

To discuss the situation in Afghanistan, I'll be talking to counter-insurgency expert and author David Kilcullen. He was one of General David Petraeus' top advisors during the so-called surge in Iraq and has written a book called "The Accidental Guerrilla" on how to best defeat an insurgent force.

Here is an excerpt from his book (p 129) on Iraq during the surge: "In essence, enemy-centric approaches that focus on the enemy, assuming that killing insurgents is the key task, rarely succeed. Population-centric approaches that center on protecting local people and gaining their support succeed more often."

Can this be applied to Afghanistan? Is Iraq even "solved" as far as the U.S. is concerned or is it simply slipping into the "Iraq phase," a new war – sans the Americans – that keeps the country down for many more years to come?

We'll of course also have the latest in financial and sports news, as always.

See you on TV!


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Sterling   August 11th, 2009 7:12 pm ET


You stated this evening that: Outrage is one thing, action is another, but failed to add (except by tonal implication) that total bullsheet is a third.

The world's reaction to Aung San Suu Kyi's latest criminal conviction will probably be, as usual: Zilch.

The whole damn UN security council should be electrocuted.

If Brown, Sarkozy, Rudd. Barosso, Obama et. al are serious, they can easily transfer their bewildered and aimless Afghanistan troops to Myanmar.

Maybe they can do something useful there.


ola   August 11th, 2009 7:55 pm ET

I am fed up of anchors and their snippy comments.

Your job is to read the news and leave it to the audience to form their opinions.

That's my 2 cent

A. C Kelvin   August 11th, 2009 8:08 pm ET

I think kilcullen is an interesting and intelligent man, i see why he was an adviser to Gen. Petraeus. I agree a percent with his views. I certainly will like to lay my hand on his book

Biruzz   August 12th, 2009 4:36 am ET

Dont Change. We dont need deadwood anchors.

Kicullen is right sympathy, empathy and caring bring positive emotions. Staring down the barrel of a gun does not buy any love.

vrunda   August 12th, 2009 2:50 pm ET

No news on swine flue in India. There are more than 10 death. City of Pune in India is in panic. This city has more of Non Resident Indian population. People will be returning after vacation for school. Are there any preventive steps taken by Govt.? Are we waiting for some people to die, to make it a news?

vic benedicto   August 13th, 2009 9:17 am ET

Kicullen is wrong.

One sure way to gain civilian support is by

NOT KILLING innocent kids/women

with airstrikes/drones/whatever.

The world doesn't need kicullen to state the obvious.

Stop killing innocent kids & women!

John Osborne   September 3rd, 2009 5:02 pm ET

Folks at iDesk ... the Arctic Sea hijack was a hijack of national security (that only the Russians and NATO/America know what was actually on board – besides timber), nothing more ... As an East European, Soviet/Russian PoliSci Analyst over 19 years ... Mr. Voitenko (the supposed respected maritime expert in Instanbul ... who was interviewed w/conspiracy theory) ... you again are playing into the hands of very agressive Russophobes looking to create issues and highly dubious speculation within Western Media, like the exiled Russian Oligarch Mr. Berezovsky. HE was directly responsible for 1000s of Chechen Rebel actions in the late 90s and early 2000s and probably the recent killings/kidnappings of Russo-Chechen activists/journalists over the past few years, including fostering/financing groups that advocate a decline in Russo-Ukraine, and Russo-Georgia relations. Interview someone from the Russian Defense Ministry or Maritime Ministry ... instead of disheveled `supposed experts' ready to reveal state secrets. In this country those actions of Mr. Voitenko would get a visit by the FBI and probably several weeks of federal detention. Be smart and report with some accuracy not puff puff fluff w/no substance. iDesk is a great addition to the Int'l perspective for CNNI based in Atlanta – I hope you have great success! Thank you for taking my e-mail!

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