'This Week' Transcript: Karzai, Khan and Levitt

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AMANPOUR: Good morning. I'm Christiane Amanpour, and at the top of the news this week, the fight for Afghanistan. The U.S.-led surge pushes ahead. As corruption threatens the Afghan government and U.S. support for the war, Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai, answers tough questions in an exclusive "This Week" interview. Does he think the U.S. can defeat the Taliban? What kind of deal is he willing to make with them?

And then, the controversy over the Islamic center near ground zero.

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(UNKNOWN): How is that (inaudible), by building a mosque, an in-your-face mosque at ground zero?

(UNKNOWN): 9/11 was not conducted by Muslims, it was conducted by terrorists.

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AMANPOUR: As the debate rages, the woman behind the Islamic center, Daisy Khan, speaks out exclusively on "This Week."

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KHAN: When (inaudible) both, we don't understand that.

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AMANPOUR: And she'll be joined by a key adviser on the project, Rabbi Joy Levitt.

Plus, more dismal news on the economy. What happened to the summer of recovery? We'll tackle that and all of the week's politics on our roundtable with George Will, Robert Reich, Judy Woodruff and Al Hunt.

And the Sunday Funnies.

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STEPHEN COLBERT, TALK SHOW HOST: We're out of Iraq. And best of all, we got out two weeks ahead of schedule. Now, Iraq will always be remembered as the war that ended early.

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AMANPOUR: As the U.S. surge pushes into Afghanistan, Kandahar has become the focus of the effort to root out the Taliban and other insurgent fighters. But with less than one year remaining before the U.S. says at least some of the troops will be withdrawn, brazen Taliban attacks continue. ABC's Miguel Marquez was on the frontlines of the fight at Kandahar and he has this report.

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MIGUEL MARQUEZ, ABC NEWS: With surge troops in place, success or failure here now in the hands of soldiers like Captain Warren Green (ph) from Columbus, Georgia.

(UNKNOWN): Once we know the population here, if we see different people in the area, we're going to say, hey, you're a stranger.

MARQUEZ: The hardest fight -- separating friends from enemies on a battlefield that has no lines.

(UNKNOWN): You guys live in this area?

MARQUEZ: One minute, soldiers are getting to know their neighbors. The next...

(UNKNOWN): (inaudible), over.

(UNKNOWN): 136, just tell me where you're taking contact (ph) from.

MARQUEZ: ... they're under fire.

The biggest prize in the fight for Afghanistan -- Kandahar. It's the country's second largest city and a rich agricultural area just west of it is Taliban central.

(UNKNOWN): This entire area is very important. And we know that. And we're pushing on all sides.

MARQUEZ: The push here is political as well as military. Kandahar's government is weak and it will be up to power brokers like Ahmed Wali Karzai, the president's brother, a controversial figure, to give control over money and political power back to the government.

(UNKNOWN): I'm wiling to work and I'm willing to offer my support for Afghanistan. Success for Afghanistan is my success. If God forbid, if there is a failure, I will be the first person to suffer the most.

MARQUEZ: Before a political settlement can even be contemplated, the Taliban will have to be defeated, and the people here assured they'll never return.

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