Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI)
Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)
Stephanopoulos: good morning –
ha ha Washington had its prom night for
nerds who didn't go to their first one
Stephanopoulos: Martha did Syria
use chemical weapons?
Raddatz: yes they probably definitely used sarin
Stephanopoulos: are the experts sure?
Raddatz: yes almost certainly probably
are you persuaded?
Rogers: yes because action must be taken
– North Korea is paying attention!
Stephanopoulos: are you sure?
Rogers: yes but it was a small amount of sarin
Stephanopoulos: does that make sense?
Ruppersberger: it doesn't matter –
we have to act or we will look like wimps
in front of the Russians
Stephanopoulos: no one wants that
Rogers: there's a humanitarian crisis –
who cares if there are chemical weapons –
we need to look tough to the Iranians!
Goldberg: Obama laid down a red line here –
if Obama looks indecisive Iran will nuke America!
Raddatz: you know wars can sometimes be bad
Raddatz: the difference here is Bush wanted
a war with Iraq but Obama wants to avoid war
Rogers: the Arab League wants us
to start a war – we have to go in now!
Stephanopoulos: I'm sold
Rogers: Israel, Turkey – they all agree
– America must attack!
Ruppersberger: what if Assad falls –
the chemical weapons could fall
in the wrong hands
Stephanopoulos: good point
Ruppersberger: I don't think we should
start a war based on how it looks to
our other buddy neighbors
Goldberg: the ultimate nightmare is the
marriage of al-qaeda and weapons
of mass destruction
Stephanopoulos: the GOP told us
gay marriage would lead to this
Raddatz: Assad is testing us by
experimenting with chemical weapons
Stephanopoulos: like when kids
experiment with drugs
Schakowsky: war is messy
Rogers: no one is calling for U.S. troops
– we just need to train Syrian forces
Stephanopoulos: yes they seem
to really need training
Stephanopoulos: what about the Boston bombings?
Rogers: the Russians need to step up and
tell us what Tamerlan was doing there
Stephanopoulos: they wiretapped the
mother and she sounds a bit crazy
Schakowsky: calm down - this is an
incredibly thorough investigation
Ruppersberger: I have decided
it's all Russia's fault
Raddatz: he was radicalized here in America
Goldberg: you don't have to go to
Russia to be radicalized – you can
do it on the Internet
Stephanopoulos: but they must have help
– those bombs cost at least $100
Rogers: they must have been taught to be
radicals by Russians – otherwise it's our fault
Ruppersberger: the general public has
to let the CIA know when the next
bombing is going to happen
Schakowsky: were the dots not connected?
Stephanopoulos: did the FBI drop the ball?
Rogers: the FBI can't just investigate
Stephanopoulos: that gives me a sad
Goldberg: the FBI doesn't have the power
to investigate for no reason and they
don't have the manpower if they did
Stephanopoulos: but second-guessing
is so much fun
Goldberg: only Islam can fix Islam!
Stephanopoulos: and we're done