Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
Paul Rieckhoff - Iraq and Afghanistan
Veterans of America
Gregory: holy crap probable nominee
Mitt Romney finished third in the last
Gregory: what the hell is wrong
with Mitt Romney?
McCain: he’s working on his
programming and also SuperPACs
have hurt him
Gregory: how sad
McCain: Gingrich is funded by a
casino mogul from Macau!
Gregory: too bad
McCain: John Roberts is a moron
Gregory: should Newt drop out?
McCain: yes but it’s not fair he is allowed
to get his message out with secret
money from Sheldon Adelson
Gregory: will there be a brokered
McCain: politics is so mean and
Obama will be reelected and
it all gives me a giant sad
Gregory: even Mitt Romney says
the economy is improving
McCain: I suddenly realized
the debt is bad
McCain: Obama thinks government
create jobs well guess what it doesn’t
Gregory: I see
McCain: Romney knows how to lose jobs!
Gregory: should women have to tell
their employers about their sex lives?
McCain: no one wants to hear
about that lady part stuff
Gregory: are women a problem
for the GOP?
McCain: Jobs and the economy!
Gregory: this soldier who allegedly
massacred Afghans was on his fourth tour
McCain: we are succeeding in Afghanistan!
We are making dramatic gains!
Gregory: we are?
McCain: yes we are winning -
but Obama wants to withdraw just
as we’re finally making progress
Gregory: I see
McCain: how about a commitment
McCain: we must stay to win!
Gregory: Obama surged forces and
Americans still hate this war
McCain: Obama only put in 30,000
troops instead of 40,000 which means
every bad thing that ever happens is his fault
Gregory: makes sense
McCain: We should start a war in Syria! and Iran!
Gregory: Senator you sound slightly insane
McCain: we destroyed the Taliban!
Gregory: we did?
McCain: the Afghan people
just love American troops
Gregory: they do?
McCain: If we leave Afghanistan we will
have another September 11!
Gregory: you’re on a roll
McCain: we must tell the bad guys
we are never leaving!
Gregory: should we stay in Afghanistan
forever and ever?
McCain: yes all we have to do is
pacify Afghanistan and leave troops
forever like we did in South Korea!
Gregory: should we attack Syria?
McCain: yes because Iran is bad
Gregory: um what?
McCain: people are being killed and
we could win without doing anything!
Gregory: you have been on
Meet the Press more times than I have
McCain: ha ha
Gregory: how have you changed
over the years?
McCain: I have become more and more
willing to bomb anyone in
any place at any time
Gregory: is there anywhere you don’t
want to start a war?
McCain: no wait - them too
Gregory: thanks for coming
[ break ]
Gregory: that soldier who shot Afghan
civilians proves that fighting too many
wars with too soldiers is a bad idea
Rieckhoff: let’s be clear - this behavior
is not a normal result of stress in combat
Krakauer: you think our troops are
stressed out? How do you think Afghans
feel when their children are killed?
Cooper: Obama’s surge came 8 years
into the war - it’s too late now to win
hearts and minds
Woodward: If you talk to people in the
Army they say the Army is awesome
Gregory: that’s true
Woodward: the Army is optimistic that
Afghanistan may yet become as
wonderful as Iraq
Krakauer: that’s ridiculous
Woodward: let’s be realistic - Afghanistan
can be wonderful place like Baghdad
Moore: we have to make Karzai and
the Taliban talk to each other but they
hate each other even more than they hate us
Gregory: 100,000 troops have done
at least three tours of duty
Rieckhoff: the suicide rate for active
duty soldiers is higher than deaths
Gregory: Saint John McCain says we
should stay forever
Cooper: he’s an idiot
Gregory: but I love him
Cooper: this nation has not been
at war - only a few soldiers
Woodward: war is ugly and there is
no easy way out and we are stuck
Gregory: we can’t turn our backs
on Central Asia
Krakauer: the USA must make peace
between India and Pakistan
Gregory: oh great
Krakauer: our troops can’t take much more
Rieckhoff: this is no way to fight a
war or run a nation
Moore: we can leave with our heads held high
Woodward: Afghanistan is a gamble
on Hamid Karzai
Rieckhoff: and he calls American
Gregory: the whole country is war-weary
- should we bomb Iran and invade Syria?
Cooper: perhaps not
Gregory: Mitt Romney finished third
in the southern primaries!
Woodward: the SuperPACs are poison
- can the media report responsibly
on the election?
Audience: [ spit take ]
Krak: Obama is lucky these candidates
[ break ]
Gregory: OMG TMZ has footage of
George Clooney being arrested!
Gregory: I hear you vacationed in
South Sudan - it like Martha’s Vineyard
Clooney: no the Nubian people are
suffering from rockets and bombs
Gregory: that doesn’t sound like much fun
Clooney: it’s starvation and ethnic cleansing
Gregory: what happens next
Prendergast: the largest war on earth
Clooney: China gets 6% of their
oil from Sudan
Gregory: they do?
Clooney: we’re not making a
humanitarian argument - we are
appealing to your greed for cheap oil
Gregory: has ‘Kony 2012’ changed everything?
Prendergast: yes because the kids love
activism you can do sitting in front
of a computer watching a movie
Gregory: Bono helped cure AIDS -
why can’t you save Sudan like he did?
Clooney: because this is a war Fluffy
Gregory: why not run for President
and fix the world’s problems?
Clooney: I want to make a real
difference - not be President
Gregory: Obama is looking
good now - is that bad?
Clooney: no but you can’t get cocky
Gregory: do you think Obama
has done a good job
Clooney: I could sell his Presidency
as amazingly successful but Democrats
just love to nitpick and criticize
Gregory: Matt Damon is disappointed
Clooney: he’s one of the picky ones
Gregory: you’re not sad
Clooney: no I’m proud of Obama
Gregory: what’s next for George Clooney
Clooney: “Meet The Press - The Musical!”
Gregory: would there be a part for John McCain?
Clooney: of course
Gregory: and that’s another episode
of Meet The Press