'This Week' Transcript: Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates and Donald Rumsfeld


TAPPER: Secretary Clinton, on Pakistan. Pakistan has been trying to block U.S. counterterrorism efforts in the FATA region, it continues to work with terrorists to attack India, it held a U.S. diplomat in its presence for several weeks, as I don't need to tell you. Has this relationship gotten worse in the last six months, U.S. Pakistan?

CLINTON: Well, Jake, it's a very challenging relationship because there have been some -- some problems. We were very appreciative of getting our diplomat out of Pakistan and that took cooperation by the government of Pakistan. We have cooperated very closely together in going after terrorists who pose a threat to both us and the Pakistanis themselves. But it's a -- it's a very difficult relationship because Pakistan is in a hard position trying to figure out how it's going to contend with its own internal extremist threat.

But I think on the other hand, we've also developed good lines of communication, good opportunities for cooperation, but it's something we have to work on every day.

TAPPER: And finally, we've talked a bit about the end of this operation, how it ends. I'm wondering if you can envision the United States supporting a plan where Gadhafi is exiled. Would the U.S. be willing to support Safe Haven and Unity from prosecution and access to funds as a way to end this conflict?

CLINTON: Well, Jake, we are nowhere near that kind of negotiation. I'll be going to London on Tuesday for a conference that the British government is hosting. There will be a number of countries, not only those participating in the -- the enforcement of the resolution, but also those who are pursuing political and other interventions. And the United Nations has a special envoy who will also be actively working with Gadhafi and those around him.

We have sent a clear message that it is time for him to transition out of power. The African Union has now called for a democratic transition. We think that there will be developments along that line in the weeks and months ahead, but I can't sitting here today predict to you exactly how it's going to play out. But we believe that Libya will have a better shot in the future if he departs and leaves power.

TAPPER: All right. Secretary Clinton, Secretary Gates, thank you so much for joining us.

CLINTON: Thank you.



RUMSFELD: As we know, there are known knowns. There are thing we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say there we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other great countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones.


TAPPER: Donald Rumsfeld speaking words that became the title of his recently released memoir, "Known and Unknown." George W. Bush's first defense secretary laid low for years after he left the administration in 2006, but now he's back with a vengeance. And today Secretary Rumsfeld is here to weigh in on America's new war in Libya.

How is the Obama administration handling it? Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld joins me from Florida with his answer.

Mr. Secretary, thanks for joining us.

RUMSFELD: Thank you. It's good to be with you.

TAPPER: So, first of all, are we doing the right thing in Libya?

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