Christiane Amanpour Pt. 2

  • Aired:  05/06/13
  •  | Views: 10,086

CNN's Christiane Amanpour champions her network's quality, and untangles the Syrian civil war's geopolitical fallout. (4:31)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

WE'RE HERE WITH CHRISTINE

AMANPOUR.

HERE'S THE DEAL.

HERE'S WHY I THINK WE'RE SUCH

NAIVE CHILDREN OVER HERE.

I KNOW-- I WATCH THE GOVERNMENT,

AND I FEEL LIKE OUR

PROBLEM-SOLVING SYSTEM IS SO

DYSFUNCTIONAL RIGHT NOW.

AND I TRULY DO BELIEVE IN THE

PRESS' POWER TO BE THE

CLARIFYING-- HAVE A CLARIFYING

ROLE IN THAT NONSENSE.

>> I DO.

WE WERE JUST TALKING, THERE'S

SUCH MASSIVE ISSUES, WHETHER

IT'S WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT

EARLIER GUN CONTROL OR WHETHER

IT'S ABOUT SYRIA OR WHETHER IT'S

ABOUT GUANTANAMO BAY.

ALL OF THESE THINGS NEED

DISCUSSING IN A WAY THAT'S NOT

ONE SIDE'S TALKING POINTS

AGAINST ANOTHER.

REAL FACTUAL INFORMATION THAT

YOU CAN THEN DECIDE ONE WAY OR

ANOTHER, BUT HASH THEM OUT.

PUT ALL THESE, YOU KNOW, REAL

ISSUES ON THE TABLE AND TALK

ABOUT THEM.

AND NOT JUST ONE POLITICAL

FOOTBALL AFTER THE OTHER.

AND I THINK YOU'RE RIGHT.

THIS IS WHERE THE --

>> WHAT TYPE OF WIZARDRY DO YOU

SPEAK, WOMAN?

>> I SPEAK CNN WISDOM.

>> Jon: DON'T MAKE THE SUN

GO AWAY!

DON'T!

DON'T DO IT!

BUT WHY IS THAT SO DIFFICULT TO

DO?

WHY DO THE ENTRENCHED TALKING

POINT POWERS HAVE SUCH A SWAYçó

OVER THE CONVERSATION?

IS IT PURELY THAT THEY BELIEVE

THAT THAT CONFLICT IS THE MOST

INTERESTING AND BENEFICIAL?

>> I THINK POSSIBLY.

BUT, AGAIN, I URGE YOVr TO KEEP

WATCHING CNN, AND THERE IS MUCH

MORE INTELLIGENT CONVERSATION

GOING ON.

AND I THINK THAT'S REALLY --

>> TELL ME WHAT TIME.

BAZ I DO WATCH IT.

IN BETWEEN WHEN AND WHEN?

>> FROM MORNING TO NIGHT.

>> Jon: OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

( LAUGHTER )

ARE YOU SURE YOU'RE WATCHING

CNN?

>> I'M ON IT, I'M ON IT.

>> Jon: YOU ARE ON IT.

HERE'S THE CRAZIESTING THING.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE SYRIAN

THING.

APPARENTLY ISRAEL HAS NO BOMBED

SYRIA, AND NOW NO ONE KNOWS WHAT

TO MAKE OF THAT, BECAUSE THE

SYRIAN REBELS THINK GREAT, THAT

WEAKENS ASSAD AND THAT HELPS US

BUT WE HATE THOSE GUYS.

OVER THERE IT SEEMS LIKE THE

ENEMY OF MY ENEMY IS STILL

CIEMED OF MY ENEMY.

>> YOU'RE ABSOLUTE RIGHT ABOUT

THAT.

IN THIS HUGE CONUNDRUM THAT

DEVELOPED OVER THE WEEKEND,

BASICALLY ISRAEL HAD ITS OWN RED

LINE AND IT DECIDED ONCE IT HAD

BEEN CROSSED IT WAS GOING TO

TAKE ACTION SO ISRAEL BOMBED

WHAT IT SAYS WERE A BUNCH OF

ADVANCED WEAPONS IN-- YOU KNOW,

SYRIAN MILITARY SITE COMING FROM

IRAN TO HEZBOLLAH AND THAT'S THE

ESTABLISHED ROUTE.

AND ISRAEL SAID, NO, WE'RE NOT

GOING TO ALLOW THAT, BUT WE'RE

NOT GET, INVOLVED IN SYRIA ON

THE SIDE OF THE REBELS ORÑi

AGAINST ASSAD.

WE'RE JUST GOING TO TAKE CARE OF

THIS BUSINESS.

>> Jon: HOLY SMOKES.

>> AND THAT'S WHAT THEY DID.

>> Jon: IF YOU THINK OF

THIS IN TERMS OF SAUDI, TURKEY,

AND SAUDI ARABIA, DO THEY

SECRETLY WATCH THAT AND OONG

BECAUSE THAT WEAKENS IRAN AND

THEY'RE KIND OF HAVING A POWER

BATTLE THERE.

>> THEY CAN NEVER SAY, THAT BUT

I THINK MANY COUNTRIES WOULD

PREFER NOT TO SEE IRAN

EMPOWERED.

THE FALL OF THE ASSAD REGIME IS

THAT WILL COMPLETE COMPLOOETLY

CRIPPLE HEZBOLLAH MILITARILY.

>> Jon: THEN YOU GET INTO

THESE DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENTS.

AMERICA, WE'RE A SPREADER OF

FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY.

THAT'S WHAT WE SPREAD.

>> YUP.

THAT'S A GOOD THING.

>> Jon: EGYPT GETS A LITTLE

TASTE OF FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY

AND THEY VOTE IN PEOPLE WOE

DON'T LIKE, AND THEY SWHAIRKS

ARE YOU DOING?

AND IT SHOULD BE A SIMPLE

TRANSITION.

THE ARAB SPRING IS GOING TO BE

BUMPY.

DON'T WE HAVE TO BE PATIENT?

>> I THINK IT WILL BE BUMPY AND

I THINK PEOPLE ARE PATIENT.

TO BE FAIR, THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION ACTUALLY STARTED

OFF AND PERHAPS STILL IS

SUPPORTING THE EGYPTIAN

GOVERNMENT BECAUSE THE EGYPTIAN

GOVERNMENT, DESPITE THE CHAOS ON

THE STREET-- AND YOU'VE HAD

BASAM YOUSEFF, WHO IS THE BEST,

THEY ARE STILL KEEPING

AGREEMENTS WITH THE U.S., WITH

ISRAEL.

OBVIOUSLY IT'S REALLY ROCKY AND

IT'S REALLY BUMPY.

>> Jon: AND IF THEY TURN TO

TYRANNY HOPEFULLY THEY'LL GET

OVERTHROWN.

IT'S VERY INTERESTING.

I'M GOING TO START WATCHING THE

INTERNATIONAL SHOW.

>> DO, DO.

>> Jon: BECAUSE I REALLY.

>> THE WHOLE THING.

>> Jon: DID YOU HEAR THERE

WAS A CRUISE SHIP, RIGHT, AND

EVERYONE HAD DIEXPRAE THEY

FOLLOWED IT FOR--

>> YOU'RE VERY BAD.

>> Jon: GL AND THEY LEFT IT

IN ALABAMA AND THERE'S A GUY

THERE WITH A HELICOPTER...

CHRISTINE AMANPOUR, SHE'S THE

BEST.

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