October 8, 2009
Posted: 1612 GMT
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!
(File photo of Frederic Mitterrand/Getty Images)
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