Sec. of State Hillary Gates
Sec. of Defense Bob Gates
Fmr. Sec of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
Tapper: what is happening in Libya?!
Marquadt: the rebels are excited - they kicking
ass with a big NATO assist
Marquadt: a woman said she was viciously attacked by the government - they proved her she was a liar by viciously attacking her
Tapper: why not just take out Qaddafi and
install a friendly government?
Gates: Because it might not work
Tapper: how is the no-fly zone going
Clinton: we’re handing the football off to NATO
Tapper: why not attack the Ivory Coast?
Clinton: there is a UN force there
Tapper: true but those blue helmets are weenies
Clinton: Qaddafi promised no mercy - he’s from Cobra Kai
Tapper: when will we know it worked?
Gates: it’s already complete - we won!
Gates: we prevented a slaughter which a good thing
Clinton: the U.S. Senate called for a no-fly zone
Tapper: yeah but they’re idiots
Clinton: and we’re handing off power to NATO and that’s a watershed moment in international decision-making
Tapper: Watershed Down!
Clinton: Obama learned lessons from our mistakes in Rwanda and Bosnia - face it the guy is smart
Tapper: how long will we be in Libya
Gates: we will be there for a while due to our
Tapper: home by Christmas?
Gates: um which year?
Tapper: did Qaddafi pose a threat to America?
Gates: no but he posed a threat to the revolution in Tunisia which is very popular on twitter
Clinton: what if Qaddafi had promised to kill thousands of people and then did - all the people complaining now would ask why Obama didn’t intervene in Libya
Tapper: why not go to Congress?
Clinton: they should come to us!
Tapper: no seriously
Clinton: this is different becaue the U.N.
Security Council said it was ok
Tapper: what about Yemen?
Gates: it’s a hotbed of al-qaeda - we’re going to
be sorry to see that adorable dictator go
Clinton: it’s a bit of a dysfunction relationship - they won’t help on al-qaeda but Pakistan did let our CIA killer go so that was nice
Tapper: would America let Qaddafi live in luxurious exile in a rich desert land of retired has-beens and corrupt evil decadent billionaires?
Clinton: Saudi Arabia?
Tapper: Las Vegas
Tapper: speaking of evil has-beens - what would Rumsfeld do?
Tapper: Don should we have attacked Libya?
Rumsfeld: there are too many unknowns both known and unknown
Tapper: Should we take out Qaddafi?
Rumsfeld: Syria is sponsoring terror in Afghanistan
Tapper: I see
Rumsfeld: also the Gulf if important
Rumsfeld: Mexico - I’m in Pensacola buddy!
Tapper: what would you have done if you had been in the White House god forbid
Rumsfeld: Obama is now seeing how hard it is to be competent and be in the executive branch
Tapper: like you did
Rumsfeld: darn right
Tapper: so do you support the mission?
Rumsfeld: in 1991 Saddam thought he had defeated America and perception is more important than reality and that emboldens his ilk
Tapper: the Bush Administration sent Qaddafi
a fruit basket!
Rumsfeld: yes but we won in perception because he was scared of Bush
Tapper: well you certainly fucked something up
Rumsfeld: no one could have anticipated that Qaddafi would turn out to be unstable
Tapper: Wolfowitz says we must take out Qaddafi
Rumsfeld: yes we must because America’s prestige is now on the line because he could say this is the mother of all battles even though that’s stupid
Tapper: Shouldn’t you have used NATO
Rumsfeld: no no no Obama’s coalition is tiny -
we had 90 countries on board against terror
Tapper: so war on terror = Iraq
Rumsfeld: look you bastard the coalition should not determine the mission - you should always plough ahead no matter how stupid an idea is
Tapper: if you say so
Rumsfeld: there’s all kinds of confusion in Obama’s mission in Libya which is bad - there was no confusion at all in Iraq
Tapper: you were wrong about absolutely everything