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Monday, May 18, 2009

The Age of the Unthinkable

Friday, Anderson Cooper interviewed Fareed Zakaria about the Taliban and the battles to come in Pakistan. It's sad to watch the Pakistani army making the same mistakes that we so recently made in Iraq (and are arguably still making in Afghanistan) as far as not using counter-insurgency tactics rather than conventional warfare. And Fareed's point at the end of the piece about Pakistan feeling that they need to plan for what happens after the Americans leave echos something stated many times by Michael Ware about the Iran/Iraq relationship:

Stan Grant reported from Kabul on Thursday about a pitched battle between American forces and Taliban fighters in Khost: 

Nic Robertson is back in Baghdad, and on Friday he reported on something few of us would have expected to see -- the Baghdad train station and the return of service to Samarra:

The title of today's post comes from a book title, and it refers to the connections between previously unimaginable events such as the evolution of Hezbollah and the power of Google. It's a fascinating concept, with inplications in many areas of modern life. Wolf Blitzer interviewed author Joshua Cooper Ramo on the Saturday edition of The Situation Room:

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Where in the World...?

SATURDAY (5/9): Reza Sayah was still in Islamabad; Stan Grant was still in Kabul.

SUNDAY (5/10): Ivan Watson was back in Islamabad after a trip to report on events in Peshawar; Ben Wedeman was in Amman to report on the Pope's mass there.

MONDAY (5/11): Ben was back in Jerusalem; Rob Marciano was at the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Carol Costello was in for Kiran Chetry.

TUESDAY (5/12): Gary Tuchman was in Atlanta; Ed Lavendera was in Sherman, Texas; John King joined Heidi Collins for NewsRoom in the CNN Center in Atlanta (above) and then later traveled to Mongtomery and Selma, Alabama to record pieces for his program.

WEDNESDAY (5/13): Suzanne Malveaux was in Tempe to cover the president's commencement address at Arizona State University.

THURSDAY (5/14): Suzanne was in Albuqueque, New Mexico for the president's town-hall meeting; Morgan Neill reported from Tokyo (where he is filling in during Kyung Lah's maternity leave -- thanks to BookAsylum for that info). No Bias, No Bull was pre-empted for a "Money and Main Street" special, hosted by Anderson Cooper and Ali Velshi.

FRIDAY (5/15): Nic Robertson was in Baghdad; Dr. Sanjay Gupta was in New York. TJ Holmes was in for Rick Sanchez; Suzanne was in for Wolf Blitzer.

SATURDAY (5/16): Susan Candiotti was in South Bend, Indiana to cover the preparations for the president's commencement address at Notre Dame.

SUNDAY (5/17): Suzanne covered the Notre Dame address. Anderson gave the keynote address at the 2009 Daniel Pearl Memorial Leacture at UCLA.

By the way, Kristien advises me that Christiane Amanpour and her husband Jamie Rubin will be speaking this evening at the Temple Buell Theatre in Denver, Colorado. 

That's it for me today...I'm back on Thursday.

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