Nancy Pelosi - Speaker of the House
Bob Gates - Sec. of Defense
Amanpour: Nancy are Democrats turning against Obama’s war in Afghanistan?
Pelosi: oh not all - Republicans are turning against it too
Amanpour: are you against the war now
Pelosi: well I love the troops so I want to keep them in that quagmire
Amanpour: when do politicians finally end this nightmare
Pelosi: I have no idea
Amanpour: what does your gut tell you?
Pelosi: the facts tell me that it’s unwinnable and we’re supporting a totally corrupt government
Amanpour: so you are in favor of girls having their noses cut off?
Pelosi: hey I like women
Amanpour: sure you do
Pelosi: those girls are being attacked right now
Amanpour: Biden says we’re going to pull out 2,000 troops by next summer
Pelosi: it had better be more than that
Amanpour: you were going to drain the swamp and yet there’s Charlie Rangel wearing alligator shoes
Pelosi: let’s wait and see what investigation reveals Christie
Amanpour: pish posh
Amanpour: You are very successful Speaker and Obama drew crowds of 200,000 and yet Republicans say you suck - how did this happen??
Pelosi: I don’t see it that way
Amanpour: yet people are saying that-
Pelosi: which people?
Amanpour: you know ‘people’
Pelosi: oh ok
Amanpour: so are you nervous about November?
Pelosi: no not at all
Amanpour: yet people are saying you should be nervous
Pelosi: well ‘people’ are also saying Republicans are shitheads who wrecked this nation
Amanpour: But Gibbs said you could lose
Pelosi: heh - I don’t worry about low level flunkies
Amanpour: Tax cuts for the rich?
Pelosi: oh no the deficit you know
Amanpour: but you cut taxes for the middle class
Pelosi: strangely enough that’s popular
Amanpour: the GOP have turned you into a cartoonish villain
Pelosi: that only shows that they have nothing else to run on
Amanpour: why are you so angry and partisan?
Pelosi: this is about ideas - good ideas and whatever Republicans want to do
Amanpour: you’re bickering
Pelosi: no it’s an epic clash of ideas - ours and sucky ones
Amanpour: you go Nancy
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Amanpour: Bill how can one teenager listening to Lady Gaga remove every document relating to the war in nine years?!
Gates: we’re trusted that kid!
Amanpour: that seems like a problem
Gates: yeah but soldiers on the front lines need to spend their time reading 92,000 pages of documents
Amanpour: we you angry to learn the war has been a waste of time
Gates: I had a sad - the enemy will learn all our tactics
Amanpour: a Taliban spokesman said they will get mad
Gates: uh oh
Amanpour: Wikileaks has blood on its hands!
Gates: We hate that in the military
Amanpour: does the Taliban have Stinger missiles?
Amanpour: do they have Stinger cocktails?
Gates: yes probably
Amanpour: should we leave that hellhole
Gates: nations around the world live in fear that the U.S. will not invade them
Amanpour: I see
Amanpour: what about the safe havens?
Gates: they’re very nice places
Amanpour: no I mean Pakistan should go in there
Gates: well that’s a lot to ask Christiane
Amanpour: well it’s seem like it might be necessary
Gates: we’re moving in that direction
Amanpour: but we’re leaving in 2011
Gates: good I’m sick of this
Amanpour: the bad guys will wait us out
Gates: we’re not leaving in 2011 - we’re thinning our ranks
Amanpour: the Taliban is planning a party in Sept. 2011
Gates: We’re gonna crash that fucking party!
Amanpour: Is American serious about Afghanistan or is it all a post-9/11 ragegasm?
Gates: Look it’s going to take time and we will have casualties
Amanpour: no shit
Gates: the war just started - give it a chance!
Amanpour: the Afghan people love us and want us there!
Gates: I know!
Amanpour: why don’t you go on tv and talk about it?
Gates: what is this - radio?
Gates: Look Obama has been crystal clear - our mission is to degrade the Taliban and teach Afghans how to fire a gun
Amanpour: what about nation-building?
Gates: no we are there to get revenge for 9/11-
Amanpour: oh ok
Gates: -oh and also to create a new Afghan government and society
Amanpour: will you make a deal with the Taliban?
Gates: yes if they put down all their weapons and convert to Christianity
Amanpour: can you do that in one year?
Gates: no - but it’s all bullshit anyway
Amanpour: well thanks for coming