Transcript for Panel: Crisis in Middle East
And we're joined now by my colleagues and friends. Martha raddatz, brian ross and christiane amanpour. Christiane, you covered the arab spring. You had the exclusive interviews we all remembered with the prime minister of egypt. Christiane, you have interviewed the prime minister. Of egypt. What are they telling you about these protests, who are behind this? First and foremost, this nothing to do with the government. They have called them back. The muslim brotherhood said that arrests. We should know the next few days their trying to recalibrate and put the united states back on the right track. Whether it's the egyptian prime minister who told me that. The muslim brotherhood. The libyan prime minister. It also important to recognize that this is a seminal moment for these arab emerging democracies. The people have spoken, by and large, they've gone well. This is a success story. Some elements are out of control. Most particularly in libya, where you have armed people who aren't under the government control, not brought into the, you know, rule of law. In egypt, they say they got it under control. They're very concerned that they want to maintain their relationships and not have this deter from their strong relationship with the u.S. Brian, let's talk about the homeland for a second, this week, there were three college campuses where there were bomb scares, all false alarms, is there a worry that these wave of attacks could spread to the united states, to the homeland itself? Well, there are concerns. There was a arrest yesterday in chicago, an 18-year-old who wanted to blow up a bar in chicago as part of a sympathy for what's going on in the world against muslims. In general, they don't see no organized plan to attack in this country, but there are the independent operators who could be inspired. Martha, how do they decide when the protests are coming, what they can do to calm things and when they will actually make things worse if they get involved? Well, I think that's real fine line. Yemen, particularly, I was watching this week and that embassy is very, very hard to breach. You have the host nation, usually on the outer perimeter, they're in charge of security there. But getting inside, you usually have americans there backing them up. If you saw those mobs coming, i suppose you would say, let's go after them. But they can't really do that in all of these cases. I think, particularly, in yemen, they did a good job of letting them climb the walls, but not getting over the walls. You don't want to use deadly worse. Jake, you asked a good question, of susan rice, why weren't there marines in tripoli? I think that's question that the state department is looking at right now. Benghazi, 25 to 30 in the entire consulate. How many of those really were security? They overran the perimeter so quickly and were able to get to that main building so fast. That's a huge question. Brian, you heard dr. Rice talk about the youtube video. They're hanging a lot on this youtube video. You have been looking into the filmmaker behind it, what was his motivation? Why did he initially falsely claim to be a jew, an israeli jew? What was he trying to do with this video? He was trying to stir things up with false claims that he was an israeli jew as he claimed. In fact, the money came from his wife's family in egypt and he was attempting to stir things up with this very provocative film. He's a coptic christian. The issues in egypt, coptic christians. He sought to create a hate film, the film was never really produced, just the trailer was put on youtube. It was like a home video. One person can cause this. I was going to say, it's so interesting that the actors who were called to say the words, master george, they dubbed him those three syllables with mohammad. It plays right into the extremist provocateurs over there. One thing that I was really worried about, first of all, this cynical attempt to stoke more hatred by pretending that he's jewish and now it's revealed that he's a christian. There's been very tense relations between coptic christians and muslims. They're not going to let this having impact with our relations. That's possibly a very, very difficult fallout that could happen. I'm pleased that nothing happened in afghanistan. I mean, I think what's really important to know, again, this is a moment where these governments have mostly done the right thing. Not just now, but in the lead up moderate. They want good relationships with the rest of the world. Yes, the people are going to have a voice, because these are democracies now. In foreign policy going ahead. As susan said and as others have said, look, in libya more than half of the people not only support u.S. Leadership but the united states and the people of the united states. I think that should be a takeaway. Martha, I do want to look forward and right now, we have in the gulf, the largest naval exercise ever in the history of the middle east, what is the message that the united states military is trying to send here? Is it directly aimed at iran? I think it's a pretty obvious message, and I don't think anyone would actually tell you that on camera, jake. But I think the message is pretty obvious to iran, is don't even try to shut down the strait of hormuz. They're building up all sort of missile defense-type things. And christiane, the united nations general assembly meets this week. And there's a lot of tension between israel and iran. And also, between israel and the obama administration. What do you anticipate will happen this week? I think what's really interesting and I have talked to a lot of people about this, you know, ehud barak, the israeli defense mier is starting to walk back on talks about a attack. I'm being told that possibly, sort of receding possibility at least any time. But then, of course, the israeli people don't want to see their country unilaterally attack iran. We have to know whether there's going to be any, real, significant chance for proper negotiations. This negotiation that's going on right now with iran and the west and the united states. Whether that can come to some kind of an agreement, beyond short of military intervention. And, brian, very quickly what are your sources telling you about how far the iranians are when it comes to building a nuclear device? Four to six weeks away if they made the decision to do it. They're able to acquire -- that's some of the intelligence. They haven't made that decision. Others say that it could be a year. So, this is a guessing game that has gone on for years. That's the latest claim. All right, christiane, martha and brian, thank you so much for
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