AC: "As long as they don't host al Qaeda, America doesn't care beyond that."
Anderson once again talks to Michael (on set) and to Peter Bergen (in DC) about the Afghanistan elections, this time moments before the polls open there. Michael stays on to discuss today's bombings in Iraq. And Anderson announces that all three will be in Afghanistan the first week of September.
CB: "The way out of Afghanistan is a political solution. The way out of Iraq has been conceding ground to Iran."
Michael talks to Campbell Brown about the situations in Iraq and Afghanistan and the possibility of the US being able to disentangle itself from both wars.
AC: "The Taliban is using the power of perception to intimidate voters."
A look at the violence in Afghanistan as the Taliban tries to scare people out of voting this week. Anderson Cooper talks to Michael (in New York) and Peter Bergen (probably in DC).
NR: "Anything that makes these drug cartels stronger is not good news for America."
Don Lemon re-airs Michael's report from last Monday about the cartels diversifying into the human trafficking business, and then talks to Michael about the problems -- and the dangers -- as the cartels evolve.
AC: "The solution is not going to be in the trenches, you're going to have to cut deals."
Michael is back in New York and joins Anderson Cooper on set to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. With the election about a week away, what may happen? And how will it affect the American war effort there?
AC: "The cartels are diversifying their business interests."
Michael reports on the human trafficking 'business' that the drug cartels are now invested in, with interviews from people who have been victimized by the cartels. Any lucrative business seems to be fair game as they muscle into even legitimate areas in order to diversify their revenue streams.
Moments after chatting with Wolf about the summit, Michael shifts gears for a lengthy discussion with Michael Holmes about the current situation in Iraq, including the latest massive bombings and the order to remove the blast walls from inside Baghdad.
TSR: "...and we're left with nothing but words in the war on drugs."
Michael talks to Wolf Blitzer after the end of the summit, where no real breakthroughs were expected nor realized.
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Becky Anderson talks to Michael about what was (and was not) accomplished at the summit.
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Hala Gorani struggles to interview Michael via a truly awful connection. Sometimes the tech just does not cooperate...
NR: "It's Mexican blood that's being spilt."
Heidi Collins talks to Michael about the 'Robin Hood' image that 'El Chapo' Guzman is trying to build up in order to hide amongst the people, as well as the fact that America is not putting enough money into the fight against the cartels.
AAM: "...there will be talk about more talk that will lead to talks that might give us an agreement."
Two early-morning reports from Guadalajara. Both feature a replay of the "El Chapo" piece, with comments from Michael before and after.
Length: 4:23 / 4:55
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Another update from Guadalajara focuses on the lack of serious money being committed to fight the war against the cartels. Anna Coren asks Michael whether authorities are making any inroads in the battle.
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Michael talks to Anjali Rao about "America's unwinnable war" against the Mexican drug cartels.
NR: "America really is not yet fighting this war."
Michael is now on a rooftop in Guadalajara and (after another showing of Wednesday's Los Zetas piece) talks to Don Lemon about the big picture of the drug war -- the supply/distribution route and the tough choices ahead for Americans.
NR: "The Mexican government will be looking for a lot more from President Obama."
Michael phones one in from Guadalajara as President Obama heads there for a short summit with the Mexican and Canadian leaders.
NR: "This is an LA street gang on steroids, with real training, real expertise. This is the ultimate law enforcement nightmare."
Don Lemon showed the piece on "Los Zetas" from Wednesday, followed by a live Q&A with Michael from Mexico City.
AC: "This man makes a living mockery of America's war on drugs."
Tonight's "War Next Door" report is a prepared piece that profiles the head of the Sinaloa cartel, Joaquin Guzman Leora, AKA "El Chapo."
AC: "If indeed this has been a success, then America should herald this."
Breaking News tonight that Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mahsud -- who allegedly masterminded the assassination of Benazir Bhutto -- may have been killed by a US drone attack. Erica Hill speaks with Michael (in Mexico City) and Peter Bergen (in Islamabad) about what this might mean.
AC: "...a war that is essentially being fought by the Mexicans for America."
Michael reports on the Mexican drug cartel known as Los Zetas in a prepared piece from VeraCruz followed by a live Q&A from Mexico City. (Yes, he does say "the Los Zetas" during the location shots, but by the time he did the VO had switched to "the Zetas." Bear with him; a few more trips down there and he'll be habla'ing the espanol better!)
Real Time with Bill Maher
Michael is a guest on Real Time with Bill Maher. During the interview segment, he discusses Iraq and the time he was grabbed by AQI members on Haifa Street. He then talks with the panel about the situation in Afghanistan/Pakistan. The third segment is the "New Rules" portion of the show (which has some great reaction shots) and then there is the Overtime segment.
Length: 8:20 / 9:45 / 7:37 / 7:11