Christiane Amanpour Asks Nancy Pelosi on 'This Week': Is Afghan War Worth It?

Speaker Nancy Pelosi discusses the war funding bill with Christiane Amanpour

ByABC News
July 30, 2010, 6:25 PM

— -- In an exclusive interview on "This Week" with Christiane Amanpour, to air this Sunday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi dodged a question about how she would have voted on a bill funding the war in Afghanistan.

"Now you didn't vote. I know the speaker doesn't have to vote. But how would you have voted?" Amanpour asked Pelosi in the Speaker's ceremonial office in the Capitol.

"Well we brought the bill to the floor," Pelosi explained. "And that was a statement that said that we knew that our troops needed to have ... would be provided for them. So we will never abandon our men and women in uniform," she said. "On the other hand it gave our members a chance to express their view," the Speaker said.

"How does this figure into our protecting the American people? Is it worth it?" Pelosi asked rhetorically.

"Is it worth it?" Amanpour repeated pointedly. "Is it worth it?"

"That is the question," Pelosi replied.

"But that's my question to you," Amanpour pressed.

"Well we will, as I said, we will see the metrics as they unfold in the next few months," the Speaker said.

Tune in for Amanpour's full interview with Nancy Pelosi and her other exclusive interview with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. You don't want to miss the premiere of "This Week with Christiane Amanpour."

See you Sunday morning!