This program is about 1 hour long
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Obama's readying to return home noted.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Paul Begala, former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, Gloria Borger, David Gergen and Peter Bergen about the president in Afghanistan; inset video of Obama in the country shown. [FLEISCHER, BEGALA, BORGER, GERGEN - offer brief views on Obama's speech on foreign policy and where we stand in Afghanistan.] [BERGEN - comments on the background for the US agreement with Afghanistan; talks about the Taliban and their relative weakness.] [GERGEN - comments on the White House public relations handling of Afghanistan; believes the administration went overboard about bin Laden; notes we are entering a new period in the region: we are not safe in this new world.] [BORGER - says Obama is saying we are winding down two wars.] Other material: [In speech, OBAMA - comments on the operation that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Breaking news on President Obama's surprise visit to Afghanistan re-introduced. [With the troops, OBAMA - praises the troops for representing the values of America; states there is a light on the horizon because we blunted the Taliban, drove Al Qaeda out of Afghanistan and brought Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to justice.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Kabul: Nick Paton Walsh) The security measures for Obama's visit to Afghanistan, how Kabul is under Afghan control, the lack of the professionalism of Afghan security forces discussed.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Washington: John King) The experience of being on Air Force One with the president on these kinds of trips like the reporter's own trip with President George Bush 6 years ago discussed.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Peter Bergen, national security expert Fran Townsend and military expert retired Gen. James "Spider" Marks about Obama in Afghanistan. [TOWNSEND - cites the significance of Obama going there to evidence his commitment to Afghanistan; raises the question of funding from Congress for the Us presence in Afghanistan until 2024; notes the issue of corruption in Afghanistan's Karzai government.] [BERGEN - says if NATO is to survive it has to make Afghanistan work; comments on the cost value.] [MARKS - says we have no choice but to believe in Afghan security forces; assesses the Afghan success against the Soviets and what we are asking the Afghans to do against the Taliban.]
(Washington: Dana Bash) CNN's interview held with Senator John McCain about the president's trip to Afghanistan. [McCAIN - assesses the trip, the agreement, Obama's ad boasting about getting Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, that this trip is not necessarily political because we have to send a message about our commitment to Afghanistan.] The political assessment of the president's overseas trip discussed.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Gloria Borger and David Gergen about the President and Afghanistan. [BORGER - assesses McCain's support of the US agreement for a long-term commitment to Afghanistan and the Republicans are split over Afghanistan.] [GERGEN - expects bipartisan agreement on continued US support for Afghanistan; suggests second term Obama or a President Romney would keep this agreement.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Paul Begala, former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, retired Gen. James "Spider" Marks and Peter Bergen about the president in Afghanistan. [FLEISCHER - says we are in a domestic news cycle so this concern about the visit will fade; notes Afghanistan is still a mess.] [BERGEN - says the violence is relatively low in Afghanistan now; outlines the social changes in Afghanistan.] [MARKS - outlines what has been accomplished in Afghanistan: we went beyond the initial reasons and are now committed to continue.] [BEGALA - says both parties are war weary.]
(Studio: Isha Sesay) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's trip to China for talks with the government while a Chinese activist has escaped house arrest; the status of the cease-fire in Syria; the arrest in an FBI sting of five men who plotted to blow up a bridge in Cleveland, Ohio, and worldwide May Day demonstrations by the occupy movement reported; scenes shown from Syria.