Admiral Mike Mullen - Chair Joint Chiefs of Staff
Sen. John Kerry - (D-MA)
Sen. Carl Levin - (D-MI)
Sen. Jeff Sessions - (R-AL)
Michael Hayden - Frm Dir. of CIA
Richard Haass - Council on Foreign Relations
Richard Engel - NBC
Jim Miklaszewski - NBC
Andrea Mitchell - NBC
Helene Cooper - NYT
Gregory: wow the allies have launched
Operation Odyssey Dawn!
Audience: isn’t that a Carnival cruise line?
Engel: for a nation with a psychotic leader dealing
with a civil war and under attack Libya is very calm
Engel: yes it’s much like Madison Wisconsin
Gregory: doesn’t Libya prove Obama is a
Engel: yes the rebels are already disappointed with Obama for not bombing harder or pushing for
a public option
Gregory: what is Qaddafi up to?
Engel: he is going to open up the armory to
anyone who wants a gun
Gregory: so just like Arizona
Gregory: will Qaddafi step down?
Engel: He is inviting anyone who wants to be a human shield to come live with him
Gregory: that does sound tempting
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Gregory: Admiral are we at war with Libya?
Mullen: no - we engaging in a process of enforcing
a U.N. resolution with large explosive devices
Gregory: sounds like war to me
Mullen: it’s a focused no-fly zone and as of
today it’s working
Gregory: what happened yesterday?
Mullen: we successfully bombed the airports
Gregory: so are we done - can the troops come home now?
Mullen: no because Qaddafi is still violating international law
Gregory: killing civilians?
Mullen: Fashion crimes
Gregory: will Qaddafi attack America with balsa wood drones filled with mustard gas?
Mullen: General Ham is on the mustard situation
Gregory: what comes next?
Mullen: we will help civilians, then apply sanctions, takes sides in the civil war and finally declare ambiguous victory and go home
Gregory: what if it doesn’t work?
Mullen: but it is working Fluffy
Gregory: but what if it utterly fails?
Mullen: read the U.N. resolution - Qaddafi can stay unless he is voted out by the viewers
Gregory: is this in our vital interests?
Mullen: it’s vital that we provide naval support for the French efforts to prevent Libyan refugees from getting to Marseilles
Gregory: why go after Qaddafi but support the monarchy
Mullen: it’s true the Bahrain leader is a brutal killer but we have a lovely naval base there
Gregory: Didn’t Obama act too late?
Mullen: hey we got a UN resolution through
in record time
Gregory: how long will all this go on?
Mullen: I have no earthly idea
Gregory: what if Qaddafi flees the nation?
Mullen: the next government would be up to us and maybe the people of Libya
Gregory: just how many damm wars in the Middle East are we going to fight?
Mullen: Day One of this new war is going great -
we're going to get it right this time!
Gregory: is the U.S. going to take a back seat
in this war?
Mullen: yes thank god
Gregory: thanks for coming epaulets-man
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Gregory: Senator Kerry did we really need
Kerry: this isn’t war - it’s more like a heavily
armed rescue squad
Levin: the air must be cleared of any threats including fighter jets, killer bees and angry birds
Gregory: I’m tweeting that
Levin: Obama used extreme caution and care before making a half-hearted non-decision
Gregory: how uncharacteristic of him
Sessions: this proves that John McCain was right
Gregory: can we really police the whole world?
Kerry: it’s not a police action - it’s people in uniform protecting civilians through enforcement of the law
Gregory: I see
Kerry: people were being slaughtered!
Gregory: what about the people being killed in Bahrain?
Kerry: in Bahrain the mischief has been managed
Levin: Hey Fluffy even the Arab world thinks
Qaddafi is crazy
Gregory: he’s politician what are you gonna do
Kerry: the Arab League and the Gulf states turned to us for help getting rid of a Middle East dictator - when the hell does that ever happen?!
Gregory: should Obama have consulted with Congress?
Sessions: I’m a Republican and even I don’t trust the fuckers on Capitol Hill
Gregory: hey I almost forgot there is a nuclear emergency in Japan
Levin: nuclear power isn’t all bad
Kerry: he’s right - after all a nuclear explosion
will kill thousands of people but we’ll all be killed by climate change
Gregory: how comforting
Gregory: Senator Sessions - isn’t Obama a
Sessions: yes he is - we need to start drilling here in America for good old red white and blue oil
[ break ]
Gregory: Obama is dealing with a lot of shit!
Mitchell: Questions are being raised
Gregory: what do you mean?
Mitchell: indeed people are saying
Gregory: it’s too little too late!
Haas: it’s too much too early!
Gregory: we agree!
Cooper: Obama and the Pentagon both don’t want
to be involved in Libya
Gregory: so of course we are
Miklaszewski: we’re in some deep shit
Hayden: we just took sides in a civil war
Mitchell: obviously Qaddafi has to go now
Mitchell: what kind of vacuum have we created?
Gregory: Dyson ball?
Miklaszewski: Dirt devil
Haass: I don’t mean to sound callous but civilians are massacred all the time - who the hell cares
Gregory: Hillary Clinton got Obama to attack Libya
Cooper: the old Clinton hands are trying to make up for not doing anything in Rwanda
Gregory: oh my
Cooper: the girls beat up the guys
Cooper: and then the Arab League got on board which was a bit of surprise
Mitchell: it was an amazing resolution passed through the Security Council
Gregory: what if a civil war breaks out in Libya
Haass: it has
Haass: I hope the Obama administration has a good feel for all the tribal politics of Libya
Gregory: oh I’m sure they do
Gregory: will we be greeted as liberators in Tripoli?
Miklaszewski: today the U.S. is attacking troops loyal to Qaddafi
Hayden: the French are afraid a bunch of Libyans will be sleeping on the streets of Paris
Cooper: it’s so inconsistent because we support democracy in Egypt but not in Washington D.C.
Haass: John Quincy Adams warned John McCain against doing stuff like this
Mitchell: Obama believes in coalitions and
he created one
Gregory: Obama was passive in Japan and is partying in Brazil
Miklaszewski: you think Obama is passive?
Gregory: and timid!
Miklaszewski: um Fluffy there are bombs being dropped on North Africa right now
Gregory: sure but he hasn’t nuked Japan
Miklaszewski: no comment
Gregory: and that’s Meet The Press