Sunday, November 24, 2013

This Week with George Stephanopoulos – November 24, 2013

Terry Moran
Thomas Erdbrink
David Wright
Susan Saulny
John Kerry (Sec. of State)
Sen. Saxby Chambliss
Christiane Amanpour
Martha Raddatz
Richard Haass
Matthew Dowd
Donna Brazile
Cokie Roberts
Bill Kristol
Mark Zuckerberg
Maya Angelou

Stephanopoulos: OMG the U.S. and Europe
made a deal with Iran on nuclear weapons

Moran: it's promise or peril depending on
whether you think Iran opening up
to daily inspections is a good thing
or the end of the world

Stephanopoulos: tough call

Moran: it's all temporary anyway

Stephanopoulos: Bibi says it's a terrible deal

Moran: Israel will lobby the U.S. Congress
for new bigger sanctions and may also bomb
Iran with Saudi Arabia which doesn't want
Iranian oil on the open market

Stephanopoulos: will this deal work?

Moran: can Iran be trusted – that's the question

Stephanopoulos: welcome John Kerry

Kerry: Hi George

Stephanopoulos: President Marco Rubio says
this deal will not stop Iran's nuclear program
while continuing sanctions clearly would

Kerry: he's an idiot

Stephanopoulos: be that as it may

Kerry: Iran's uranium will be destroyed
and their centrifuges will stalled

Stephanopoulos: but not destroyed

Kerry: true but while we do nothing
they keep building a nuke

Stephanopoulos: Republicans say 
this is a bad deal

Kerry: Under the brilliant tough Bush-Graham-Rubio
model Iran had 164 centrifuges and
now they have 19,000

Stephanopoulos: yes but Republicans
are tough and Democrats are weak

Kerry: right of course

Stephanopoulos: does Iran have
a right to enrich?

Kerry: no Iran has no right to enrich –
they have a right to get rich not to enrich!

Stephanopoulos: don't try to be funny Mr Secretary

Kerry: sorry

Stephanopoulos: can they enrich or not?

Kerry: Iran can only enrich if they prove
they have peaceful nuclear program

Stephanopoulos: I see

Kerry: they do have a right to a
have peaceful nuclear program

Stephanopoulos: Will Israel bomb Iran?

Kerry: there is no daylight between 
the U.S. and Israel

Stephanopoulos: maybe a little – after all
Israel hates this deal and Netanyahu
says it will let Iran build a bomb

Kerry: well he's wrong

Stephanopoulos: can you stop Congress
from passing increased sanctions?

Kerry: oh god they are such idiots

Stephanopoulos: we all know that

Kerry: look increased sanctions will
only drive Iran to build a bomb

Stephanopoulos: yes but at least
we will be tough

Kerry: oh cripes

Stephanopoulos: can we deal with a regime
that calls Israel a rabid dog and accuses
America of war crimes?

Kerry: look this is going to difficult –
we have to proceed without cobwebs

Stephanopoulos: I don't understand

Kerry: look the whole point of sanctions
and threats of war is to get them to
cry uncle and they now have

[ break ]

Stephanopoulos: Saxby can you support this deal?

Chambliss: no because under this
deal Iran can still enrich uranium 
and will still have centrifuges

Stephanopoulos: I see

Chambliss: the sanctions are working and
doing exactly what they designed to do –
greatly hurt ordinary Iranian people

Stephanopoulos: that's the purpose?

Chambliss: yes – now is the time
for more sanctions!

Stephanopoulos: now we need more sanctions?

Chambliss: yes –Congress will do it!

Stephanopoulos: I see

Chambliss: the sanctions as they 
now are working – so of course we 
should change them!

Stephanopoulos: that makes sense

Chambliss: you just can't trust those wily Persians

Stephanopoulos: no?

Chambliss: this will encourage Iran
to build a nuclear weapon

Stephanopoulos: thanks for coming

[ break ]

Stephanopoulos: what is the mood in Tehran?

Erdbrink: they are thrilled –
the sanctions have really hurt

Stephanopoulos: is that right?

Erdbrink: Iran's currency has collapsed

Stephanopoulos: sounds tough

Erbdrink: but being posted to
Tehran has finally gotten me on tv

Stephanopoulos: well good luck Thomas

[ break ]

Stephanopoulos: wasn't Rouhani elected
to get sanctions relief?

Amanpour: absolutely – these sanctions
have really hurt people

Stephanopoulos: so sanctions work

Amanpour: but let's be clear – sanctions never
stopped Iran building a nuclear bomb

Stephanopoulos: that proves we 
need more sanctions

Amanpour: and remember this deal is
only a very tiny lifting of the sanctions

Stephanopoulos: why are other
countries so concerned?

Amanpour: because there is a power
struggle in the middle east

Stephanopoulos: it turns out the U.S.
has been secretly negotiating with Iran

Raddatz: I love this – hidden plane flights!
Secret talks!

Stephanopoulos: talk nukes to me Martha

Raddatz: this deal doubles the time
for Iran to build a bomb

Stephanopoulos: Bill you are always wrong
about everything – give us your expertise on Iran

Kristol: this is a terrible deal – all sanctions are
ending and Iran can refresh their bomb program

Amanpour: all of that is a lie

Haass: calm down – this is a limited
deal with much to negotiate

Stephanopoulos: can Israel wait six months?

Kristol: no Bibi will probably bomb
Iran in a few weeks

Stephanopoulos: can this deal stop
Iran from building a bomb?

Haass: this is not a problem to be solved –
it's one to be managed long-term

Stephanopoulos: coming up – our stellar
panel whines about filibuster reform

[ break ]

Stephanopoulos: OMG the Senate 
moved to majority rule!

Brazile: the GOP is the one that broke
the Senate – it's not functioning

Roberts: yes the Senate is not functioning –
but whose fault it that? Harry Reid is the Senate
majority leader – why doesn't Harry Reid do
something about it?!?

Stephanopoulos: he just did!

Roberts: this will just make everything worse!

Stephanopoulos: that's crazy

Dowd: this just reflects the terrible
bitterness in America

Kristol: Harry Reid broke his word
because just the Republicans had a few filibusters

Roberts: well more than a few

Kristol: it just a little cloture between friends

Roberts: there are 200 nominations waiting

Kristol: only the Democrats are to
blame for everything that is bad

Roberts: filibuster reform just reflects
the hatred and dysfunction in America

Dowd: Cokie is right – we are all retreating
into our little tribes of hate and majority
rule is the worst hate of all

Stephanopoulos: majority rule proves Obama
is terrible and unpopular and dishonest

Dowd: Obama was going to change to the
tone in Washington and yet he can't make
Republicans like him proving he is terrible

Roberts: both sides are equally to blame

Kristol: no one knows this but Republicans
are secretly very popular

Stephanopoulos: Obama has a
Second Term Slump!!

Stephanopoulos: the JFK assassination
anniversary is getting a lot of attention

Dowd: it was a time of hope until
Obama ruined it all

Roberts: Matt is right about everything –
it was time of hope when America had
never lost a war and we still had jobs and
Americans weren't a bunch of tweeting
facebooking reality show watching losers

Stephanopoulos: was JFK a conservative 
or a liberal?

Kristol: JFK would be Republican today

[ panel laughs ]

Stephanopoulos: it's funny because people
tune into my tv show to be lied to and misinformed

Panel: ha ha ha ha

[ break ]

Zuckerberg: it's sad that kids who grew
up in America but are undocumented
don't have civil rights

Wright: but they're breaking the law

Zuckerberg: some came as kids and
most came just to work

Wright: you just want to hire foreign nerds
but what about the fruit pickers

Zuckerberg: the sons of fruit pickers may
create a future Facebook

Wright: you went to Washington to lobby for reform

Zuckerberg: I poked those senators

Wright: what about privacy?

Zuckerberg: we have a great privacy track record

Wright: of course 

Zuckerberg: you should be clear about
what you're doing – the government
totally blew it by not being transparent 
about national security

Wright: what about the Obamacare website?

Zuckerberg: just keep working on getting it right
we've had failures too

[ break ]

Saulny: you wrote a book about your mother

Angelou: she told me I could be great

Saulny: nice

Angelou: I think about her every morning

Saulny: your boyfriend almost killed you

Angelou: forgiveness releases you of a weight

Saulny: you were a calypso singer and dancer

Angelou: and a good one!

Stephanopoulos: and that's all the time we have

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