Christiane Amanpour Pt. 1

  • Aired:  05/06/13
  •  | Views: 17,242

CNN International's Christiane Amanpour explains the American government's response to the expanding humanitarian crisis in Syria. (5:17)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS THE HOST OF

CNN INTERNATIONAL'S AMMAN PORAND

THE GLOBAL AFFAIRS ANCHOR FOR

ABC NEWS.

PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO THE

PROGRAM, CHRISTINE AMANPOUR.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

I WANT TO TALK TO YOU,

OBVIOUSLY, YOU KNOW, YOU'VE BEEN

OUT THERE IN THE FIELD AND I

WANT TO TALK, I GUESS, ABOUT THE

HUMANITARIAN CRISIS UNFOLDING

BEFORE EVERYBODY'S EYES.

HOW ARE THINGS AT CNN?

( LAUGHTER )

>> YOU'LL BE VERY HAPPY TO KNOW

THAT THEY ARE METRIC TONS LOADS

OF GOOD WILL AT CNN, AND THIS IS

GOING TO BE BUILT BY BIGGER AND

BETTER --

>> YOU'RE COMING BACK STROK.

>> STRONG.

>> Jon: OH, THIS IS

CHINATOWNING.

>> STRONG UP AND KNOW WHAT?

I WANT TO BET, AND I WILL BE

WETTING ON CNN WINNING.

AND I THINK EVERYBODY WILL.

>> Jon: HERE'S THE THING

THAT EVERYONE ELSE--

>> YOU NEED --

>> THE ONLY REASON IS BECAUSE WE

CARE SO MUCH.

>> EXACTLY.

>> Jon: BECAUSE CNN IS--

IT'S GOT THE INFRASTRUCTURE.

IT'S GOT ALL THOSE GOOD PEOPLE

AND EVERY TIME I TURN IT ON I

SEE SOMEBODY STANDING ON A

HOLODECK WITH A

THREE-DIMENSIONAL THING--

>> YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THAT FOR A

WHILE.

>> Jon: NO, I HAVEN'T.

>> IT WAS FUN AND IT WAS DICHED.

BUT NOW NEW LEADERSHIP.

>> Jon: HERE'S WHAT I SAY,

EMPOWER AMANPOR.

HAVE YOU BEEN TO SYRIA RECENTLY?

>> NOT RECENTLY, NO, I HAVEN'T

BUT I'M COVERING IT DAILY ON MY

PROGRAM WHICH IS ON CNN

INTERNATIONAL, AND IT'S BECOME

ALMOST FRONT AND CENTER HERE IN

THE UNITED STATES RIGHT NOW

BECAUSE EVERYBODY'S WONDERING

WILL THE U.S. DO ANYTHING?

THERE'S A BIG DEBATE GOING ON.

AS YOU SAID, THE HUMANITARIAN

SITUATION, NOT AT CNN BUT IN

JORDAN AND AROUND THE --

>> RIGHT.

>> THE NEIGHBORHOODS THERE.

>> Jon: COMING FROM SYRIA,

YOU'VE GOT 500,000 REFUGEES

POURING INTO JORDAN.

I DON'T KNOW HOW THEY HAVE THE

INFRASTRUCTURE TO DEAL WITH

THAT?

>> THEY DON'T.

THERE ARE MORE THAN A MILLIONING

REFUGEES.

TURKEY, JORDAN, LEBANON, AND

THEY'RE REALLY STRETCHING THE

RESOURCES, AND THAT'S WHY IT'S A

VERY UNSTABLE PROBLEM.

>> Jon: JUDGEY IS THAT NOT

MORE OF THE CONVERSATION?

THE CONVERSATION ALWAYS SEEMS TO

BE DO YOU WANT TO PUT BOOTS ON

THE GROUND?

DO WE WANT TO FIRE TBROMS HERE?

WHAT'S THE RED LINE?

IF THEY CROSS THAT LINE, WE'LL

HAVE TO SHOOT THAT GUY.

WHY ALSO ARE THE GOVERNMENTS NOT

MOBILIZING SUMMIT FOR THESE

REFUGEES?

THERE ARE ONE MILLION PEOPLE --

>> THE U.N. TRIES AND THE THING

IS, YOU KNOW, THERE ARE A LOT OF

REFUGEE FATIGUE.

THERE'S A LOT OF CRISIS FATIGUE

AROUND THE WORLD.

AND THE TRUTH IS THOSE COUNTRIES

WHO ARE ABSORBING THESE REFUGEES

ARE DOING THE WEST A HUGE FAVOR.

BECAUSE IF THEY WEREN'T, THEN

WHAT WOULD BE HAPPENING?

MORE PEOPLE WOULD BE SLAUGHTERED

AND MORE PRESSURE WOULD COME --

>> THEY'RE DOING THE ENTIRE

REGION A FAVOR.

BUT DON'T MOST OF THOSE

COUNTRIES CLOSE THEIR BORDERS?

>> NO, THEY'RE NOT CLOSING THEIR

BORDERS RIGHT NOW.

>> Jon: HASN'T JORDAN TAKEN

REACTING REFUGEES AND THEN

SYRIAN REFUGEES?

>> IT'S ONE THING AFTER THE NEXT

AND JORDAN IS NOT THE RICHEST

COUNTRY IN THE AREA.

A VERY, VERY STRONG U.S. ALLY,

AND IN FACT U.S. SPECIAL FORCES

ARE THERE RIGHT NOW, ALL SORTS

OF PLANS ARE BEING DRAWN UP IF

IN FACT THEY DO HAVE TO GO IN

AND SECURE CHEMICAL WEAPON

SITES.

JORDAN IS A KEY INTELLIGENCE AND

MILITARY PARTNER WITH THE UNITED

STATES, AND IS TAKING, YOU KNOW,

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF THESE

POOR MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN

FLEEING THE BRUTALITY.

AND --

>> ARE THEY GET MONEY?

>> NOT ENOUGH.

>> Jon: WE ARE SENDING ALL

KIND OF 99 MANN--

>> NOT ENOUGH TO JORDAN.

NOT ENOUGH TO JORDAN.

AND THEY'RE WORRIED THEY WILL

BREAK UNDER THE STRAIN.

AND THAT'S SOMETHING WE SHOULD

ALL BE WORRIED ABOUT.

>> Jon: THE SERIN GAS WAS

THE RED LINE.

EVERYBODY SAID THEY CROSS THAT

LINE, THAT'S IT.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Jon: THEY HAVE

APPARENTLY CROSSED THAT RED

LINE, AND OUR RESPONSE HAS

BEEN... I SEE A MAGENTA,

AIBILITY OF A MAROON LINE.

I SEE THEY'VE COME ACROSS A

CERTAIN AREA-- BUT ISN'T THAT

BECAUSE WE JUST DON'T REALLY

KNOW WHAT TO DO?

EVEN IF WE WANT TO.

>> I THINK IT'S MORE DON'T WANT

TO DO.

PRESIDENT OBAMA IS ABOUT ENDING

WARS IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

HE DOES NOT WANT TO GO OFF INTO

ANOTHER WAR.

AND, YOU KNOW, THERE'S A LOT OF

JUSTIFICATION FOR WHY,

CERTAINLY, THE MAJORITY OF THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE AND AMERICAN

POLITICAL LEADERS DON'T WANT TO

DO THAT KIND OF STUFF.

BUT I THINK A CASE CAN BE BUILT

AND PERHAPS SHOULD BE BUILT TO

STOP THE SLAUGHTER.

IT'S A MORAL IMPERATIVE.

AND IT'S ALSO A STRATEGIC

IMPERATIVE.

BOUGHT BAUZ IF IT DOESN'T AND IT

DOESN'T STOP, IT'S GOING TO

REALLY AFFECT AMERICA'S

INTERESTS BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, I

DON'T NEED TO TELL YOU OR

ANYBODY IN THIS COUNTRY THAT

WHAT HAPPENS OVERSEAS EVENTUALLY

BLOWS BACK HERE.

>> Jon: NO, YOU DO NEED TO

TELL US.

WE'VE ALL BEEN WATCHING LIKE,

THE VOICE."

WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THE HELL IS

GOING ON.

I DON'T NEED TO TELL YOU, YOU DO

NEED TO TELL US, AND YOU'RE LIKE

I'M ON CNN INTERNATIONAL.

AND THEY'RE ALL JUST RUNNING

AROUND BOSTON LIKE THIS.

I JUST HEARD A DOG!

I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE SCHEDULE

GOING ON!

WE DO NEED IT.

THAT'S WHY IT'S SO CRUCIAL.

ALL RIGHT, WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A

BREAK AND WE'LL COME BACK WITH

MORE OF THE WISDOM FROM

CHRISTINE AMANPOUR.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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