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Monday, September 28, 2009

"Amanpour." debuts; Iranian missile sequel

Iran launched more missiles overnight, and Domestic briefly took the International feed so that Reza Sayah (in Islamabad) could explain the meaning behind the tests:

Atia Abawi reported Sunday on the latest American/NATO deaths in Afghanistan as well as an unsuccessful suicide attack that targeted a very popular member of the government:

This morning, Rob Marciano gave us a look at the typhoon that caused massive flooding in the Philippines, followed by a live report from Dan Rivers in Manila:

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Christiane Amanpour's new program finally debuted on Domestic this weekend -- here's a rundown of this week's show:

Her first guest was Afghanistan's president Hamid Karzai (in Kabul). They discussed the disputed election results (the election committee has now given Karzai the 50% of the vote needed to avoid a runoff), General McChrystal's request for more American troops to be sent to the country, and Christiane also played a portion of an interview she conducted with him in Kandahar in December of 2001 one week before he originally took office. At that time, he felt that the country would be peaceful and stable, which did not happen because the focus of the international community turned elsewhere:

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The next guest was Special Envoy to Afghanistan/Pakistan Richard Holbrooke, who said that the comparisons between Afghanistan and Viet Nam don't hold up because Viet Nam was no threat to the US. He declined to say whether he agreed with the request for more troops but did answer regarding why the strategy is not yet in place:

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Christiane's third guest was Pakistan's foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who says that the new administration in his country has successfully turned the tide of public opinion so that the public now sees the fight against terrorism as their fight. (I would have thought it was more the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and the recent spate of suicide bombings that did that, but whatever.) He also says they are not reluctant to take on terrorists, including the Afghan Taliban who find sanctuary within Pakistan:

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Quick -- name the current head of NATO. Well, if you can't, Christiane interviewed him next, so you can get to know the former prime minister of Denmark, Anders Fogh Rasmusse. His first decision as PM was to send troops into Afghanistan. He says, "We have to do more now so we can do less in the future." Christiane then asks him a great question:

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The final interview of the program was an exclusive with Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe. He believes that it is time for the international community to lift the sanctions imposed on the country, but when asked why the election went so badly, why white Zambabweans are being forced off their land, etc, he was, shall we say, less than forthcoming.

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Christiane closed the program with some words about what future shows would be like:

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Where in the World...?

MONDAY: Joe Johns was in Raleigh, North Carolina; Wolf Blitzer and Michael Ware were both in New York.

TUESDAY: Kyra Phillips was in for Rick Sanchez.

WEDNESDAY: John Zarella was in Honduras; Sanjay Gupta was in New York in the morning and in Philadelphia in the evening.

THURSDAY: Ed Henry and Brian Todd were both in Pittsburgh for the G-20 (although only Brian got tear-gassed!)

FRIDAY: Betty Nguyen was in for Tony Harris; TJ Holmes was in for Rick; Rick was in New York and filling in for Campbell Brown.

Wow, that was a long post.... See you Thursday!

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