Cut back to Air Force One, where former President Glenallen "King Ralph" Walken is boarding with his dog. He and Jed greet each other warmly.
In a private room, Jed introduces Walken and Newman, although they've apparently met. The three sit down. Newman and Walken banter about Newman's distaste for Walken's politics, and then the banter turns bitter when Newman blames Walken for "the current situation." "Maybe I should have taken a longer vacation," Jed says. He tells Newman that "the old formulas don't work," and that they need to "make new choices." Wow, that's bold. And specific, too. Jed explains to Walken about the surrounding of the compound. "What do you think, Glen?" Newman throws in. "Should we invade?" Walken doesn't take the bait, but just says that "wholesale change in the region" is needed, and that this is an opportunity for that to happen: "We're the only superpower left; why wouldn't we go into Riyadh?" Newman asks if Walken is advocating world domination, and then starts complaining about the money that's spent on foreign oil and the money that's then spent on protecting the leaders of the countries where we get it. He thinks that too much has been sacrificed for stability's sake. The people hate the United States because it supports their oppressors. "I'm not sure we have the stomach for empire," Jed says, smirking inappropriately, as he is wont to do. Walken says he doesn't want empire. He just wants to go in and help put a temporary secular government in place, and then get out. Newman says no, he's convinced they should only support the insurgency from the bleachers, because they don't want to get into the habit of charging into every country in the region to set up new governments. Charlie comes in and says they're ready for takeoff. And that's all he has to say. Can you imagine how depressing it must be to be Dulé Hill in this situation? The guy's an Emmy nominee. They've busted him down to being a glorified extra. It's damn horrifying.