Sameh Shoukry - Egypt Ambassador to the U.S.
Terry Moran - ABC news
Martha Raddatz - ABC news
Amanpour: whoa ‘people power’ overthrew
a 30-year dictator in Egypt so of course we will talk to Newt Gingrich
Amanpour: 18 days that shook the world - the people fought for their freedom and democracy
and they won
Amanpour: last week Mubarak told me he wouldn’t leave but the people wouldn’t accept anything less and the military backed the protesters
Audience: woo hoo
Amanpour: Mubarak tried to stay - but the people were furious and just like that Mubarak was out
Obama: the Egyptian people have demanded democracy which someday may inspire Americans to do the same
Terry Moran: there is already split among protesters - those who want to stay in the square and demand real hope and change those think enough has
Audience: sounds familiar
Amanpour: speaking of out-of-touch egomaniacs - here’s Newt Gingrich
Amanpour: you called Obama timid, confused and amateurish
Gingrich: right Obama is weak and stupid and just keeps getting lucky
Amanpour: so what would have done about Egypt?
Gingrich: I would tell Mubarak privately and quietly he must leave but you must never abandon an ally or our dictator friends will think we don’t support dictators like Mubarak which we don’t
Amanpour: don’t you think they will figure it out when Mubarak updates his Facebook page?
Gingrich: no they don’t get the Internet in Syria
Amanpour: you loved Mubarak once - not without cause
Gingrich: right - look my position is very very clear - we should maintain two conflicting policies
Amanpour: Obama openly supported the protesters
Gingrich: but he cut funds to them
Amanpour: so you support democracy there?
Gingrich: no I don’t because the Muslim Brotherhood is scary
Amanpour: so what do we do now?
Gingrich: threaten to pull our $1 billion in aid if they don’t put in a friendly government
Amanpour: why would you do that
Gingrich: because America stands for freedom
Amanpour: what does that mean concretely?
Gingrich: demand the Muslim Brotherhood be banned from participation in democracy
Amanpour: why would you do that?
Gingrich: they are conservative radicals who have a 30-year to plan to take over the government starting with the schools
Amanpour: I didn’t know the tea party was in Egypt
Amanpour: How do you reconcile democracy with fear of Muslims?
Gingrich: Did you know Adolf Hitler was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Zimbabwe?
Amanpour: you are fascinating - are you running
Gingrich: yes - it’s a great way to scam money from people
[ break ]
Amanpour: Who is in charge of Egypt?
Shoukry: the Supreme Military Council
Amanpour: that’s very comforting - but what
Shoukry: we’ll get to that in due time
Amanpour: what about the Emergency Law?
Shoukry: we need to keep that - this is a real emergency
Amanpour: and elections?
Shoukry: we will have those in a year or ten
Amanpour: nice - will the new government be pro-America?
Shoukry: it will be pro-Egypt
Amanpour: where is Mubarak?
Shoukry: I’m not sure - he Tweeted me from Disneyworld
Amanpour: what about the peace treaty with Israel?
Shoukry: it’s very nice - after all who wants war?
Amanpour: George Bush did
Shoukry: ah but he said he didn’t
Amanpour: that’s what worries me
Martha Raddatz: People in Yemen are protesting
but it’s scary because it’s a major breeding ground for al-qaeda
Raddatz: the failed underpants bomber was trained in Yemen
Radd: the U.S. has given Yemen’s military $250 million to fight al-qaeda and it is stronger than ever
Audience: umm ok
Radd: then the U.S. government killed a few
Audience: oops sorry
Yemenis: kaithnx America