On Fareed Zakaria GPS this week, the U.S., China, Pakistan, Mexico and more.
Fareed kicks things off with his take: President Obama’s current campaign push is for the “Buffett Rule.” But instead, he should focus on Warren Buffett’s other mantra: “Invest in America”
The Bo Xilai scandal has gone from being an Agatha Christie story to a Chinese version of Watergate. The New Yorker’s Beijing correspondent Evan Osnos sits down with Fareed to explain the larger ramifications.
Then we get the real story on Pakistan’s "Memogate. " Exclusive to CNN, for the first time on TV since the scandal broke, Husain Haqqani explains why he lost his job as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S.
What in the World explores a bizarre finding: Why net migration from Mexico to the U.S. has dropped to zero.
Then Fareed goes 1-on-1 with a man who served as National Security Advisor to two U.S. Presidents – Brent Scowcroft. They discuss Syria, the Middle East peace process, and more.
Finally, Charles Duhigg is on the show, with lessons from his great new book, The Power of Habit.
All this on GPS Sunday at 10am and 1pm Eastern. Excerpts below:
Evan Osnos on corruption in China
Evan Osnos: Last year, there was a report that went up from the Chinese Central Bank, just for a few hours, on the Internet before it was taken down, which suggests that they never meant to release it. And what it said was that there was $180 billion U.S. dollars that had gone from the Chinese Treasury, from, essentially, public money, that had been taken overseas by corrupt officials. When that happened at the time, frankly, a lot of us thought: This can't be right; the decimal place is off; something is off.
What we're now starting to think is that, in fact, it's plausible, that if there are enough Bo Xilais in the system, enough people who have assembled these economic empires for themselves, that quantity of money begins to be plausible.
Brent Scowcroft on the GOP's shift
Fareed Zakaria: Are you comfortable with the Republican Party these days?
Brent Scowcroft: Well, many parts of the party call me a rhino.
Fareed Zakaria: Republican in Name Only.
Brent Scowcroft: In name only. I don't think I've changed my views at all.
Fareed Zakaria: You think the party has moved?
Brent Scowcroft: I think the party has moved.
Fareed Zakaria: Do you think - are there any prospects for it changing? It feels as though it's moved a lot since you were in office.
Brent Scowcroft: Well, I think it has. Yes, I think there are prospects for change, because the attitudes go up and down. You know, I still remember - and you wouldn't - 1964 and Barry Goldwater, who ran a very conservative campaign. And when he was badly defeated, the Republican Party turned to Nelson Rockefeller and Ronald Reagan and other moderates.