Susan Rice Pt. 1

  • Aired:  08/15/11
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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice believes the U.N. is the one place where America can marshal the military and financial support of other nations. (6:03)

>> WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY,

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS

AMERICA'S UN AMBASSADOR,

UNFORTUNATELY I DON'T SPEAK

UNESE.

PLEASE WELCOME SUSAN WRIGHT.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING

ON.

NOW THAT LITTLE GREETING I

GAVE THE AUDIENCE CHEERING

FOR ME, DID THAT REMIND YOU

OF ANY DICTATORS OR MAD MEN

WHO COME SPEAK AT THE

GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

A HUGO CHAVEZ FEEL?

>> EVERY SEPTEMBER WE HAVE A

BIT OF A SIDESHOW.

SOMETIMES IT FEELS A LITTLE

LIKE THE STAR WARS BAR SCENE

WHERE SOME OF THE MOST

COLOURFUL DICTATORS OF THE

WORLD WILL COME AND GIVE

THEIR SPEECHES BUT MOST OF

THE YEAR IT'S ACTUALLY A

PRETTY SERIOUS PLACE WHERE

WE GET A LOT OF GOOD WORK

DONE FOR THE AMERICAN

PEOPLE.

>> SO THE THEY ARE UP THERE,

JUST GOING-- THAT'S THAT

WHITE-- WHAT IS PLAYING IN

THE WHITEHEAD PHONE OF

YOURS.

I DON'T WANT TO HEAR THE

SPEECH.

>> NOW YOU ARE THE OFFICIAL

TITLE, YOU ARE THE U.S.

PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE TO

THE UNITED NATIONS.

>> I THINK THAT'S CORRECT.

>> YOUR PREDECESSOR WAS JOHN

BOLTON.

>> YES.

>> HE OF THE WALRUSY

MUSTACHE.

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO FOLLOW

JOHN BOLTON.

DOW STILL FIND WHISKERS IN

THE MICROPHONE?

HE SAID THAT THE U.N. COULD

LOSE ITS TOP TEN FLOORS AND

NO ONE WOULD NOTICE.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE

U.N. TODAY?

>> WELL, STEPHEN, WE

ACTUALLY LIVE IN A PRETTY

DANGEROUS AND COMPLICATED

WORLD.

>> Stephen: I KNOW, I KNOW.

>> AND MANY OF THE THREATS

WE FACE TERRORISM,

PROLIFERATION, DISEASE,

CLIMATE CHANGE, GENOCIDE,

ARE NOT THE KINDS OF THINGS

THAT ONE COUNTRY, EVEN ONE

AS POWERFUL AS OUR OWN CAN

SOLVE BY ITSELF.

SO WE NEED COOPERATION.

WE NEED COUNTRIES WORKING

TOGETHER.

AND THE U.N. IS THE ONE

PLACE ON THE PLANET, DESPITE

IT'S MANY FLAWS WHERE WE CAN

MARSHAL THE SUPPORT AND

SHARE THE COSTS OF DOING

WHAT'S NECESSARY TO PROTECT

THE UNITED STATES.

SO IT'S FAR FROM PERFECT BUT

ACTUALLY A PLACE WHERE WE

GET A LOT DONE FOR THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE.

>> IT IS FAR FROM PERFECT.

OKAY.

>> DON'T WORRY.

I'M GOING TO NAIL HER.

NOW LISTEN.

ALL OF THAT SOUNDS GREAT,

OKAY.

DON'T GET ME WRONG.

BUT AT WHAT PRICE?

WHY ARE YOU WILLING TO

SURRENDER THE SOVEREIGNTY OF

THE UNITED STATES TO THE

FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS WHO GET

TO COME IN AND SAY WHAT WE

CAN OR CANNOT DO.

BECAUSE THERE ARE WELL-KNOWN

PLANS TO DROP BLUE HELMETED

PARA TROOPERS INTO THE

UNITED STATES TO ESTABLISH A

GOVERNMENT WITHIN THE

GOVERNMENT AND TO TAKE AWAY

OUR GUNS.

WILL YOU ADMIT THAT?

>> NO.

>> WILL YOU NOT ADMIT THAT.

>> IN FACT, LET ME TELL YOU

HOW IT REALLY WORKS.

THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL

CAN'T EVEN ISSUE A PRESS

STATEMENT WITHOUT THE UNITED

STATES'S AGREEMENT.

THEY DON'T TAX US.

>> I'M NOT SAYING ARE YOU

NOT ON BOARD WITH IT.

I'M SAYING YOU GUYS ARE ON

BOARD WITH IT.

YOU GUYS IN THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION WOULD LOVE

THE U.N. THE EXCUSE TO TAKE

AWAY OUR GUNS.

>> NOT AT ALL.

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A

BLACK HELICOPTER THERE ARE

NO SUCH THINGS AT PARA

TROOPERS WEARING BLUE

HELMETS.

WE GET TO DECIDE WHAT WE DO,

WHEN WE DO IT.

NOT A SINGLE AMERICAN SERVES

UNDER U.N. COMMAND.

ALL OF THE STUFF ABOUT

SOVEREIGNTY IS ONE BIG

MYTHMENT BUT WHAT IS TRUE IS

THAT WE HAVE OTHERS PAYING

THE BULK OF THE BILLS FOR

IMPORTANT MISSIONS THAT

OTHERWISE EITHER WE WOULD

HAVE TO DO OURSELVES OR

WOULDN'T GET DONE.

SO HERE-- .

>> Stephen: LET'S TALK ABOUT

SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE

OR ARE NOT AND EXCUSE ME FOR

INTERRUPTING YOU, BUT I

ENJOY IT.

LET'S TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE

OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE OUT

THERE ON THE PERMANENT

SECURITY COUNCIL.

WE GOT U.S., FRANCE, U.K.,

CHINA AND RUSSIA.

OKAY, THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE

WHO CAN VETO ANYTHING,

RIGHT.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Stephen: HOW YOU CAN GET

ANYTHING DONE WHEN YOU GOT

CHINA AND RUSSIA ON THIS

THING.

WHO ARE OUR SWORN ENEMIES.

(LAUGHTER)

AND THEIR COMMUNIST

COUNTRIES.

HOW YOU CAN GET ANYTHING

DONE?

>> WELL, ACTUALLY, STEPHEN,

IT WAS WITH RUSSIA AND CHINA

ON THE SECURITY COUNCIL THAT

WE WERE ABLE TO IMPOSE TOUGH

SANCTIONS ON IRAN, ONE OF

THEIR MAJOR TRADING

PARTNERS.

ON NORTH KOREA.

>> Stephen: -- --.

>> THE SHORT ANSWER TO YOUR

QUESTION IS THAT UNDER

PRESIDENT OBAMA THE UNITED

STATES HAS REPAIRED

RELATIONSHIPS, REPAIRED

FREYED ALLIANCES AND WORKED

TO RESET WHAT HAD BEEN

FRAUGHT AND DIFFICULT

RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEOPLE OR

COUNTRIES LIKE RUSSIA.

AND AS A CONSEQUENCE WE HAVE

BEEN ABLE TO MOVE THEM MORE

OFTEN THAN NOT TO POSITIONS

THAT REFLECT OUR INTERESTS,

OUR VALUES AND OUR

OBJECTIVES SUCH AS

SANCTIONING IRAN.

SUCH AS SANCTIONS NORTH

KOREA.

SUCH AS FIGHTING

NONPROLIFERATION GLOBALLY.

SUCH AS SUPPORTING --

>> KOREA GOT THEIR NUCLEAR

WEAPON.

I'M JUST AS SCARED AS BOTH

OF THESE PEOPLE.

HOW ARE WE STOPPING THEM?

I MEAN I KNOW STERNLY WORDED

LETTERS ARE THE BREAD AND

BUTTER OF THE U.N. BUT MAYBE

WE SHOULD START TYPING THEM

IN ALL CAPS.

LET THEM KNOW THAT WE'RE

REALLY ANGRY.

>> WITH EXCLAMATION.

>> GO AHEAD.

IN FACT, WHEN IT COMES TO

IRAN FOR EXAMPLE, THE

SANCTIONS THAT WERE IMPOSED

HAVE WEAKENED THE BANKING

SECTOR.

WEAKENED THEIR ABILITY TO

REQUIRE INSURANCE.

HAVE LEAD TO A DIM ANYTHING

OF THE IRANIAN ECONOMY.

AND THEY ARE NOW UNDER

PRESSURE, INCREASINGLY

ISOLATED IN A REGION WHERE

THE POLITICAL SITUATION IS

TURNING TO THEIR

DISADVANTAGE, WITNESS SYRIA.

AND THE ENTIRE WORLD HAS

COME TOGETHER TO PAGE IT

VERY CLEAR WITH ECONOMIC

PRESSURE THAT THE NUCLEAR

PROGRAM THEY'RE PURSUING IS

ILLEGAL AND OUGHT TO BE

STOPPED.

>> Stephen: ACCOUNT U.N. DO

ANYTHING TO MAKE AHMADINEJAD

WEAR A TIE?

CAN YOU GET A RESOLUTION ON

THAT.

(LAUGHTER)

>> WOULD THAT BE APPEALING.

>> Stephen: IT WOULD BE A

STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

>> I TELL YOU WHAT.

>> Stephen: WE HAVE TO TAKE

A COMMERCIAL BREAK BUT WILL

YOU STICK AROUND AND WE'LL

TALK ABOUT WHAT AS BECOME OF

THE ARAB SPRING.

>> OKAY.

>> Stephen: WE'LL BE RIGHT

BACK WITH MORE FROM

AMBASSADOR SUSAN WRIGHT.