Dennis McDonough (White House Chief of Staff)
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM)
Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA)
Rep. Peter King (R-NY)
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX)
Fmr. Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-GA)
Fmr. Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA)
Fmr. Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA)
Gregory: OMG Assad used chemical
weapons in Syria!
Gregory: welcome Dennis
McDonough: hi David
Gregory: why isn't Congress
in favor of bombing Syria?
McDonough: no one doubts that Assad
used chemical weapons killing civilians
Gregory: I guess not
McDonough: so should he face
consequences or not?
Gregory: you say Hezbollah and Iran
will use nukes if we don't bomb Syria
Gregory: so is this about Syria or Iran?
McDonough: it's about a 100 year-old ban
on gas as a weapon of war which
protects our soldiers the world over
Gregory: the people don't want another
middle east war as fun as the last ones were
McDonough: this is not an invasion
or long bombing campaign –
it's not Iraq or Libya or Vietnam or Korea -
it's more Panama or Grenada or the short Libya
Gregory: so why bother?
McDonough: it will make Assad think
twice before using these dastardly weapons
Gregory: any doubt Assad ordered it?
McDonough: no – no one questions it
Gregory: the American people question
if bombing will work and they are
experts in Syria as we all know
McDonough: we are going to make
Congress endorse this or accept
responsibility for not doing anything
Gregory: are we taking sides in
a Syria civil war or not?
McDonough: we support moderates there
Gregory: it that yes or no?
McDonough: it's a kind of yes
since it will weaken Assad
Gregory: are we getting in a civil war?
McDonough: our bombs will help
both sides reach an agreement
Gregory: Obama has referenced
the Holocaust - how can you not bomb?
McDonough: because this only makes
it more likely that a Holocaust in the future
– not one happening right now
Gregory: doesn't Obama have to bomb?
McDonough: no - but Congress has
to approve bombing
Gregory: Obama raised eyebrows
when he said his credibility is not
on the line when it is
McDonough: Fluffy the ban on chemical
weapons is bipartisan and 100 years old
Gregory: but I hate Obama
McDonough: Obama sent a clear
signal to Assad that there would be
consequences if he used chemical
weapons and Assad did it again
Gregory: Charles Krauthammer says
Obama is a weakling by going to
Congress and left our enemies gleeful
McDonough: Obama is leading the
international effort to bomb Assad –
who's weak now motherfucker?
Gregory: will you kill Assad like you did bin Laden?
McDonough: we'll leave that up to the Syria people
Gregory: thanks for coming McD
[ break ]
Gregory: Senator why you don't
you support bombing Syria?
Udall: Assad is despicable and my
heart is broken over his use of
Gregory: so why not bomb?
Udall: because we don't need to get
involved in a middle east civil war
Gregory: if you say so
Udall: I'm sad Obama has given
up on rallying the world
- Obama got Congress on the record
let's get Russia and China on the record too!
Gregory: if we don't bomb no
one will believe America any more
Udall: not true – we're rallying
the world on Syria
Gregory: you just said Obama
gave up on rallying the world
Udall: a few Tomahawks won't help
Gregory: perhaps not
Udall: let us take this to a public vote in the U.N.!
Gregory: thanks Mark
[ break ]
Gregory: how will you all vote ?
King: yes - although I hate Obama
Gregory: why not support bombing?
Sanchez: how does Assad's use
of chemical weapons on
children affect Americans?
Sanchez: we will get sucked
into a Syria civil war!
King: if the middle east collapses
that's in our interest – but I wish Obama
was more commander-in-chief
than community organizer
Gregory: what do you mean?
King: Obama is weak! He must bomb
without going to Congress!
McCaul: Once we launch one
cruise missile we will be entering a
civil war defending al-qaeda
on the eve of 9/11
Gregory: uh huh
McCaul: if we bomb Syria then
American kids will probably be gassed
Sanchez: cruise missiles are
like potato chips – you can't just launch just one
Gregory: good analogy
Sanchez: the UN Charter is American law!!
Gregory: sort of
Sanchez: let's go to the UN council!
Gregory: I hear a lot of opposition
and support from people who hate Obama
King: we can isolate al-qaeda and
I represent 9/11 families and the
UN is useless and Obama flinched
McCaul: If Assad falls Al-Qeada
will take over but also a few
missiles won't do any good
Gregory: I don't follow
McCaul: the international community
should just secure all those
chemical weapons in Syria
Gregory: why didn't stupid Obama think of that?!
[ break ]
Gregory: what's the latest news Andrea?
Mitchell: John Kerry in Paris announced
that all Arab leaders have condemned Assad
and that Saudi Arabia secretly supports bombing
Gregory: what did the French say?
Mitchell: they swooned after he
delivered a speech in flawless French
and chanting Allez le bombing!
Gregory: play inside baseball for me Chuckie
Todd: everyone hates Obama –
it's so awesome
Gregory: I love it
Todd: Obama is doing interviews
tomorrow where he will wave a
foam finger and chant USA USA USA
[ break ]
Gregory: Dennis McD says Iran will get nukes
Gingrich: normal people don't understand this
Greg: I love what a terrible
awful person you are –
don't ever change!
Harman: limited bombing to
promote our values is a great idea
Gregory: People don't want another long war
Axelrod: Obama doesn't war either
Gregory: maybe not
Axelrod: these weapons have
been banned for 100 years for a reason
Gregory: but we were wrong in Iraq
Axelrod: no you were wrong –
Obama was right
Audience: oh snap
Gingrich: Peggy Noonan is right –
Americans are now tired of getting
involved in un-American place like
the middle east where people fight all the time
Todd: I am as cynical as anyone but
what will happen on the fourth day of bombing?
Harman: four calling bombs three french planes
two anti-war doves and Assad up a tree
Gregory: but Bush was wrong in
Iraq and also Benghazi!
Axelrod: inaction is action too
Gingrich: people in the middle east
hate each other and engage in
endless senseless shootings which
Americans just cannot relate to
Axelrod: middle east problems have
a way of coming here whether
we like it or not
Harman: by letting Congress pretend
to vote on war we are sending the
world a message about democracy
Gregory: how can Obama not bomb?
Todd: offhand I'd say by not bombing
Todd: we will kill innocent civilians!!
Gingrich: if Obama had just bombed
without consulting Congress there
would have no negative consequences
Gregory: OMG I just love what a
liar you are – I beg you to never change
Gingrich: never Fluffy
[ break ]
Guthrie: why on earth are you
still running when everyone
hates your guts?
Weiner: let's see when I win and serve two terms
Guthrie: you sound a little crazy
Weiner: I got people from Malaysian
tv yelling at me about underpants texts
Guthrie: you knew that would happen
Weiner: it's about helping the City of New York
Guthrie: you're embarrassing the whole city
Weiner: I dunno - New York is pretty
hard to embarrass
Guthrie: you portrayed yourself as
contrite and you were still doing it!
Weiner: I was very honest about
the fact that I cannot be trusted
Guthrie: your wife said you had
changed and you were still lying to her
Weiner: I was better then
Guthrie: you were lying though
Weiner: I was down to only two
sexy texts per day
Guthrie: does your wife just
basically hate you now?
Weiner: yes but I'm all about
the middle class now
Guthrie: does she regret standing with you?
Weiner: oh you have no idea
Guthrie: do you regret running now
Weiner: well being Mayor for 8 years
will be tough but I'm ready!
Guthrie: you crazy nut
[ break ]
Gregory: gimme some more
Todd: McConnell is in danger and
Obama is gonna twist some
black caucus arms
Gregory: so basically Obama is
finished – what else you got?
Todd: less than a year after Sandy Hook
the NRA have found a way back from
the wilderness supporting guns
Todd: also Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton
are best buddies
Gregory: I love it - that's another