This Is Small Talk Between General Petraeus, Secretary Gates

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - MARCH 7: Commander of International Security Assistance Forces Afghanistan General David Petraeus (L) chats with US Defense Secretary Robert Gates on March 7, 2011 upon Gates' arrival in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gates is making his 13th visit to Afghanistan to meet with troops on the ground and with Afghan leaders. (Photo by Mandel Ngan/Pool/Getty Images) Photo: Pool/2011 Getty Images

What do Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and General David Petraeus talk about to fill the silence? Weather? Weekend plans? Charlie Sheen? Nope. The answer, according to a hot mike moment on the tarmac of Kabul Airport earlier today, is bombing other countries:

"Welcome back, sir,” Petraeus said to Gates. This is Gates’ 13th trip to Afghanistan as Secretary of Defense.

The two men began walking.

"You returning to normal, you gonna launch some attacks on Libya or something?" Petreaus joked to Gates.

"Yeah, exactly,” Gates joked back.


Gates, Petraeus Joke About Launching an Attack on Libya [Political Punch/ABC News]