Host: Martha Raddatz
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)
Gen. James Cartwright
Raddatz: OMG Benghazi - a storm is brewing!
Carney: those talking points were edited in an
inter-agency process and anyway the President
called it an act of terror
Raddatz: President McCain?
McCain: the President didn't call it an act of terror
Raddadtz: yes he did
McCain: no he called it an act of terrorism
McCain: remember Obama ran on destroying
al-qaeda and he totally didn't
Raddatz: I see
McCain: I voted for Obama but I find
Jay Carney unacceptable
Raddatz: you ran against Obama in 2008
McCain: yes but we all know Obama
was the better candidate
Raddatz: was it a cover up?
Raddatz: Republicans says this is bigger than
Watergate and Iran-Contra combined
McCain: that could be a bit of an overstatement
Raddatz: are you going after Hillary Clinton?
McCain: we need a select committee
to investigate this!
Raddatz: what will that do?
McCain: we're still uncovering information!
Raddatz: Hicks said planes should have been
brought in and the military says that isn't possible
McCain: maybe so but it was September 11
which is a very special day
Raddatz: should we go to war with Syria?
McCain: bomb bomb bomb Syria
Raddatz: that's your answer?
McCain: we can create a safe zone for them
Raddatz: who is “them”?
McCain: I've met them and
they're very fine people
Raddatz: some of them are Al-Qaeda
McCain: maybe but they are no
crazier than people in Arizona
Raddatz: people I've spoken to says
this would not be easy
McCain: the Israelis showed it can be done
Raddatz: but U.S. involvement would
still be very risky
McCain: the Joints Chiefs are bunch of cowards!
Raddatz: I see
McCain: Obama gave the green light to murder!
Raddatz: what about Benghazi Jack?
Reed: this was a classic inter-agency dispute –
after all Victoria Nuland worked for Dick Cheney
Raddatz: but the talking points were changed!
Reed: well these things happen
Raddatz: if the President said it was an
act of terror why didn't that word appear
on the Precious Holy Talking Points?
Reed: who gives a shit
Raddatz: who are the rebels in Syria?
Reed: some are Al-Qeada and some
are good guys who will turn on us in 20 years
Raddatz: should we bomb Syria?
Reed: well we have the bombs lying around so why not?
Raddatz: what should we do?
Reed: don't count out diplomacy –
you never know
Raddatz: they crossed the red line –
shouldn't we start a war?
Reed: we have to be careful before
attacking a country in the middle east
Raddatz: maybe so but Beltway reporting
is so boring without a new war
Reed: you still have Afghanistan
[ break ]
Raddatz: what's the fallout?
Karl: the talking points were changed and
the White House has a credibility problem
Raddatz: you go Karl
Karl: the White House had the final call
Will: it was an armed insurrection -
not a movie review!
Raddatz: maybe they saw John Carter
Goes to Mars and were really mad
Will: we need a select committee to investigate
why security was inadequate at this consulate and
not any of the attacks when Bush was President
Marcus: yes we must learn why security was
lax at this consulate and ignore the attacks
on consulates from 2002 to 2008
Cartwright: you don't just go up to
an aircraft and turns the keys on
Raddatz: but shouldn't they have had
some planes ready since Libya is so dangerous?
Raddatz: isn't Obama's credibility shot if he
doesn't start a war with Libya – I mean Syria
Marcus: yes because every parent knows if
you don't follow through with threats your
ungrateful bratty kids will take the car
Karl: but we all thought the Iraq had
weapons of mass destruction
Raddatz: John McCain says the whole
military are a bunch of cowards
Cartwright: what are we going to accomplish
if we use military force – if we get involved
we have to go all the way
Will: a superpower cannot be sort-of
involved in a war – if we get involved
we will be the major player in a war
Raddatz: thanks for coming everyone