October 26th, 2009
06:36 PM ET
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Podcast: Deadliest day for US troops in years

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WASHINGTON(CNN)–
In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily: As President Obama continues to face tough choices on troop levels in Afghanistan, US forces there experience the deadliest day in years. CNN's Pentagon Corrrespondent Chris Lawrence reports from the grounds of Kabul, Afghanistan.

Meanwhile: The Pentagon rolls out the red carpet for one of China's most powerful military officers. CNN's Elaine Quijano takes a look at the big welcome just months after the two countries faced-off on the high seas.

Finally: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid publicly announced that he wants legislation to include a government-run health care option. CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash investigates a major turning point in the battle over health care reform.

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  1. Chanel

    Thank God Reid is going to include a public option! Hopefully he'll do what it takes to push it through (even if that means the nuclear option)

    October 26, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. USA

    Hold you heads high, we WILL prevail. Their lives will not be in vain.

    An American

    October 26, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom

    It is a tragedy that these men have died. Fighting wars that did not need to be fought. My heart goes out to every Soldier's family and loved ones.

    I hope and pray that President Obama thinks long and hard before escalating Afghanistan! We can not and will not "win" there.

    What is sad is that the majority of Americans do not support this war, but we sit in our comfortable homes and shake our heads at the sad news. We should be in the streets....... protesting!

    Everyone who is for these wars should go enlist and fight themselves, then perhaps people would come to their senses!

    The far-right thought Vietnam was a worthy cause also..... they were wrong!

    October 26, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  4. ib

    And King Obama still hasn't decided on increasing troop levels. All he thinks about is going to another fund raiser. PATHETIC

    October 26, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. joe smith

    there is only one option for America in Afghganistan..and one the American people will support..like the old baseball announcer quipped at a called third strike, " say hello, how-do-you-do, and see you later"; this mess is for them there people to fix there selves..BUT..I forgot about that oil pipeline, the one Cheney/Bush are trying to construct to the Caspean Sea, it's always about oil, oil, and more oil..wonder if the families of our dead military personel get re-embursed in sweet crude..I say the H.. with their oil, lets dig our own, here in the great USA.., and bring our people home NOW..

    October 26, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. Enough

    And Obama is still dithering about making a decision. Too busy flying all over the country campaigning to worry about a little thing like Afghanistan and the troops dying over there. Guess he will wait until after the November elections to announce he is sending more troops.........don't want to upset the voters, politics first with Obama, lives second.

    October 26, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  7. Victim of Democratic greed

    Well maybe he can continue to do nothing and blame Bush. At least Bush had a plan, but Obama refused his advice................Considering what he have in office now, I Miss Bush!

    October 26, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    May the grieving families of these brave soldiers find comfort. They have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country – my heart goes out to them during this terrible time.

    October 26, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. annie against biased news

    and obama campaigns while he murders our troops.

    October 26, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  10. annie against biased news

    Oops, forgot, obama was busy playing golf also.

    October 26, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  11. Willy Brown

    I remember how the democrats and media would howl every time an American soldier died or stub their toe. They all wanted Bush & Cheney impeached. Now that Obama is the COC notice how quiet the media and democrats have been? Hypocrites!

    October 26, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  12. Bull

    Obama promised to bring these wars to a swift end. Instead he has waffled on issues and failed to react to the advice of military leaders , putting our soldiers in an increasing risk while ignoring the need to respond.

    October 26, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  13. A wised up Democrat who is now an Independant

    With a no decision President because he knows not what to do there will be continued casulities. EITHER GIVE THE GENERAL THE TROOPS HE NEEDS OR GET THEM OUT OF THERE. THIS DOESN'T TAKE A ROCKET SCIENTIST TO MAKE A DECISION ERKEL JUNIOR.

    October 26, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  14. Howie

    And this current administration won't send additional troops to help, what a pity. I wonder what would have happened if Eisenhower requested troops and didn't get them. I know, I know, we would be speaking German. The younger generatioin simply doesn't get it!!!

    October 26, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. Eric in Denver

    Just an awful tragedy to bad our president is more worried about playing politics than protecting our soldiers. Now that he has made the daily kook people happy with the public option he will probably make his decision in the next week for Afghanistan. Just trying to appease everybody in his party but the hell with the troops right Barry!!!

    October 26, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  16. A.B.

    The deaths of American troops is always a tragedy and a heartbreak for families and for the nation. I have confidence that President Obama will use good judgement and due diligence in deciding whether to send more troops to Afghanistan to create a surge to defeat the Taliban. I believe that if his decision puts troops in harms way, it will be necessary and not arbitrary or frivolis. President Obama will look at all sides of this issue and gather all the facts before he makes that decision. I believe that we need a stable and creditable government in Afghanistan as a partner in the war against the Taliban before we invest more blood and treasure of America.

    October 26, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  17. A.B.

    The deaths of American troops are always a tragedy and a heartbreak for families and for the nation. I have confidence that President Obama will use good judgement and due diligence in deciding whether to send more troops to Afghanistan to create a surge to defeat the Taliban. I believe that if his decision puts troops in harms way, it will be necessary and not arbitrary or frivolis. President Obama will look at all sides of this issue and gather all the facts before he makes that decision. I believe that we need a stable and creditable government in Afghanistan as a partner in the war against the Taliban before we invest more blood and treasure of America.

    October 26, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  18. terry,va

    Come out of the closet and help our troops Obummie. Our people are dying and you are having meetings. Get a spine.

    October 26, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  19. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Yes ... the deaths of any service personnel or civilians in Afghanistan is tragic and as sad as the deaths today are ... there is a fact that is even more tragic for non-Americans. This morning on CBC News, it was reported that 1 in 62 Canadian forces personnel will die in Afghanistan. This war must stop ... no country should or can continue losing its young men and women. We've all had enough.

    October 26, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  20. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Meanwhile Obozo spends his time campaigning and going to fundraisers. The man is a national disgrace. The Norwegians seem to like him. Let him move there.

    October 26, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  21. USN

    SOOO ? Where is the constant body count ? You Know .. like with Bush ?//

    October 26, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  22. rjt

    Maybe, just maybe Obama could make a decision on Afghanistan and we can stop days like these from happening. Either pull out completely or go all in and get it over with. But to just sit there and let our troops die is insane. I am so tired of the politics here...Obama needs to be a leader, now is the time to be presidential and get off the campaign trail.

    October 26, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  23. Idiot_Pelosi

    OBOZO as command in chief is an absolute travesty. He is such a JOKE.

    Stop Socialism
    Impeach the Joker

    October 26, 2009 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  24. Preston kathy

    Preston kathy im a viet nan veteran if your in the gop they will say in vietnam we lost 57000 people they will say in the two wars were now fighting only lost about 5000 people my thinking is one person killed is horrible

    October 27, 2009 01:49 am at 1:49 am |