Dennis McDonough (White House Chief of Staff)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Il)
Greta Van Susteren
Katrina vanden Heuvel
Stephanopoulos: OMG Obama might lose a vote!
Can the Presidency survive!?!
Stephanopoulos: this is the most critical
moment of the entire Presidency and
he's gonna lose!
Karl: this will be biggest Congressional
effort since health care reform
Karl: Obama is going on tv shows from
CNN to The View to Let's Make A Deal
and bringing in trusted idiots from
the Bush administration
Stephanopoulos: what if Congress votes 'no'?
Karl: he probably won't bomb but on
the other hand he's got the military all excited
[ break ]
Stephanopoulos: Dennis will Obama
bomb if Congress votes no?
McDonough: look everyone agrees
Assad used chemical weapons so the only
question is she he face any consequences
for gassing little children
Stephanopoulos: I see
McDonough: we think Congress should
shoulder some of the blame if this goes
badly or we don't bomb and Assad gets away with it
Stephanopoulos: some Congressman want
to impeach Obama if he bombs
McDonough: yes let's impeach the
President for bombing the new Hitler –
that makes perfect sense
Stephanopoulos: if Congress votes 'no'
conservatives say Obama will be weak
and should just resign
McDonough: in World War One our boys
were gassed and call me crazy but we think
it's pretty important to keep a 100 year old
ban on such horrible things
Stephanopoulos: MoveOne says we already
know we will be in a quagmire while
Ted Cruz says our troops would be
fighting for Al-Qaeda
McDonough: Ted Cruz is a moron
Stephanopoulos: we all know that
McDonough: look this is not
Iraq or Libya it's more like
New Orleans after Katrina –
some great destruction followed
by no U.S. involvement
Stephanopoulos: will this pass?
McDonough: should Assad be given a
green light to use poison gas or not?
Stephanopoulos: thanks for coming
[ break ]
Stephanopoulos: Ted you say American
will become al-qaeda's air force
Cruz: Assad is a terrible horrible gas-using maniac
Stephanopoulos: but you don't support an attack
Cruz: yes because Americans were
not gassed so who cares?
Stephanopoulos: Obama says it's to
enforce international norms
Cruz: that's not the job of the U.S. military
Stephanopoulos: what would you do?
Cruz: tell Iraq not allow fly-overs
and force a vote in the Security Council
Stephanopoulos: that vote would fail
Cruz: then we should provoke wars
with China and Russia
Stephanopoulos: how does that hurt Assad?
Cruz: Assad is a murderous tyrant
but the rebels are tied to Al-Qaeda
Stephanopoulos: I see
Cruz: Al-Qaeda could take over
and get access to the chemical weapons
Stephanopoulos: even some Republicans
says you use cheap lines to garner headlines
Cruz: Dennis Kucinich said that thing
about Al-Qaeda first
Stephanopoulos: well I'm sold
Cruz: also I saw it on Twitter
Stephanopoulos: does the President have
power to use force without approval?
Cruz: no it would violate the Constitution
Stephanopoulos: sounds like you'd
impeach if he bombs
Cruz: who cares about Assad –
Obama doesn't even care that terrorists
killed Americans at Benghazi!
[ break ]
Stephanopoulos: Dude you are a
Republican who supports the President
Kinzinger: yes but I don't even know
who my White House liaison is!
Stephanopoulos: that is so sad
Brazile: Obama must sounds
a certain trumpet
Stephanopoulos: or vuvezuela
Van Susteren: Obama has been golfing
while Assad has been gassing kids –
clearly he doesn't care at all
Stephanopoulos: what happened to
GOP hawks who used to love
bombing the middle east?
Senor: there are two types of Republicans
- those who don't want to bomb anyone and
those who don't want to bomb anyone
as long as Obama is President
Stephanopoulos: so no bombing then
Senor: but we have to bomb Iran!
Heuvel: we need forceful diplomacy
Stephanopoulos: forceful without bombing?
vanden Heuvel: no – look Iraq poisoned
the well and there is no imminent
threat to Americans
Van Susteren: how can this be important because
Congress won't come back from vacation?
Kinzinger: Obama won't let us!
Suster: you don't need his permission
Kinzinger: this is just like appeasing
Adolf Hitler – I'm with Obama!
Brazile: good point young man
Senor: Assad will keep using chemical
weapons if we don't act
vanden Heuvel: We can act but
we don't need bomb
Senor: 100,000 people are dead!
vanden Heuvel: how does using
military might help?
Senor: by weakening the dude
doing the killing
Brazile: if we bomb they will only hate America more
Stephanopoulos: don't we have to
take a stand against chemical weapons?
Van Susteren: Obama should have bombed two years ago
Kinzinger: George H.W. Bush drew a
red line over chemical weapons years ago
vanden Heuvel: have the international
criminal court indict Assad
Senor: yeah that will work
vanden Heuvel: also America has
used chemical weapons
Stephanopoulos: yeah ok
vanden Heuvel: also Obama should
assemble a group of nations to take
out the weapons
Sentor: that's what bombing is!
vanden Heuvel: I want peaceful force
Stephanopoulos: does the resolution pass?
Van Susteren: it will pass the Senate
but not the House
Stephanopoulos: wow thanks for coming everyone