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Colbert Report Transcript, 4/28/06

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COLBERT: Speaking of thinking alike, you were a member, or are a member of the Project for a New American Century, correct?

KRISTOL: I am

COLBERT: Were or am?

KRISTOL: Were and am.

COLBERT: How’s that Project coming?

KRISTOL: Well it’s”¦

COLBERT: How’s the New American Century? Looks good to me, right?

KRISTOL: I think it, I”¦I’m speechless.

COLBERT: Really?

KRISTOL: Yeah, we’ve sort of, the Project for a New American Century, we’re one of the few people”¦

COLBERT: Come on, it’s a terrific New American Century, right?

KRISTOL: Well, I think we’re doing ok.

COLBERT: You, Rummy, Wolfowitz, Cheney, Pearle, Feith, all you guys, right?

KRISTOL: Well, we fought back after 9/11 and I’m proud of what we’ve done in Afghanistan and in Iraq, yes.

COLBERT: Well, this is pre-9/11, you guys had the Project in the 90s?

KRISTOL: Absolutely, and we thought we should have been fighting back more in the 90s.

COLBERT: Right, we should have invaded Iraq, you know, then you said.

KRISTOL: We should have, actually.

COLBERT: Exactly.

KRISTOL: If we had finished the job in 1991 it would have been a lot easier.

COLBERT: A lot of people are bailing on this whole Iraq war idea. But you’re not, right?

KRISTOL: Correct.

COLBERT: You’re still onboard?

KRISTOL: I am onboard.

COLBERT: The grand experiment?

KRISTOL: No, it’s not a grand experiment.

COLBERT: It’s not? It’s a little experiment?

KRISTOL: No, it’s an unfortunate necessity that you cannot allow dictators to kill their own people and you cannot allow dictators to threaten their neighbors.

COLBERT: Which dictator do we take down next?

KRISTOL: Well, I wish we could take down more, actually. You know, it’d be nice to”¦

COLBERT: Wait a second, we cannot allow dictators to kill their own people. That’s a very simple statement sir, which I support wholeheartedly. Back it up!

KRISTOL: I’m with you.

COLBERT: Who do we go after next? Iran? Come on!

KRISTOL: I think we may have to take military action against”¦

COLBERT: Let’s get some boots on the ground, sir!

KRISTOL: I wish”¦we may have to do that. We have to do that in the Sudan.

COLBERT: Is the military option on the table in Iran?

KRISTOL: Absolutely, absolutely. And in Sudan.

COLBERT: Ok. How about the nuclear option in Iran?

KRISTOL: No, no.

COLBERT: Come on!

KRISTOL: No, I differ with you on this.

COLBERT: The President says”¦

KRISTOL: You’re a tougher guy than I am on this.

COLBERT: I’m a neo-neocon. You guys aren’t tough for me.

KRISTOL: I’m an anti-nuke neocon and you’re a pro-nuke neocon.