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Posted By CNN: 10:40 AM ET
Dear Anderson,

I guess it's business as usual at the White House. Unfortunately, George W. Bush's "cowboy mentality" reared its ugly head yesterday afternoon during the joint press conference with Tony Blair in Washington. The ink was barely dry on the ISG's report before "The Decider" returned to using the words "victory" and Iraq in the same sentence. Now we know why Dan Bartlett continues to insist that we are still winning in Iraq and that victory is still the goal, although James Baker and the rest of the ISG have shied away from using those terms.

After listening to Tony Blair's remarks, it is clear that Bush isn't the only one drinking the Kool-Aid.

Jo Ann
Posted By Anonymous Jo Ann Matese, North Royalton, Ohio : 11:30 AM ET
Winter storms are common in the midwest. I can't believe power companies aren't better prepared. They should get outside help, repair lines that are in questionable condition in good weather, and be prepared to have a better response plan.
Posted By Anonymous Jess, Paris, KY : 11:41 AM ET
I was very moved by Anderson's coverage of the James Kim story. The question I have is just a couple hundred miles from the area we have Beale Air Force base with the most sophicated U2 aircraft that could have flown over the area and assisted the efforts. We need to use this type of aircraft as well as US Coast Guard aircraft to assist. I do think we lost a great chance to locate and save a life.
Let's start using some of best equipment that we all pay for to assist all the volunteers when ever we can. Aircraft like the U2 can find a match light in all kind of weather , Beale Air Force base was within minutes of the search area by air and I am sure that with a little help or planning this could have made a big differance.
This is Not an Air Force problem, but it is a problem that could in the future save lives of many hikers ,small plane crashes and missing children in the woods.
It's time to use our great sophistcated aircraft to help evryone.
My thoughts go out to the family and friends of a father that tried and saved his family.
I am a Father of two daughters and Grandfather of 4 that would do anything to find a lost member of my family and if anything like this would happen I would hope that all efforts by the utilization of our aircraft be used sooner than later.
Please see if something can be done to assist any future loses.

Thank you..........
Posted By Anonymous Craig Rogers, Redmond , Wa. : 12:19 PM ET
'Way Forward or Willful Ignorance'?
Posted By Anonymous linda, bella vista,ar : 3:06 PM ET
What's really sad about the James Kim story is that there was a lodge stocked with food, water, heat just a mile away. James reacted like many others would have if placed in a similar situation. I think he did what he thought was best for trying to save his family, which he did do and is a hero for his actions. Maybe Rand McNally and anyone who makes maps should indicate lodges and cabins on the maps as well as indicating the roads that aren't maintained in the winter. People get lost and don't always see road signs, especially in heavy snow. Been there, done that. We should not condemn someone for taking a wrong turn, but we do need to keep people informed as to the necessity of packing a winter emergency kit in their cars when going on even a short trip. Maps should also be marked accordingly.

We can have nasty winter storms here in Iowa. The temperature can drop to 50 below with the wind chill and still, I see people getting out of their cars in shorts and no coat. If they had car trouble, slid into a ditch, anything like that, they would be in deep do do. So people do need to use some common sense when driving in the winter. We can't always control what happens to us, but we can control our ability and chances to survive a wrong turn or missed road sign.
Posted By Anonymous Lee Fairfield Iowa : 3:39 PM ET
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