Attorney General Eric Holder
Ron Amen – Islamic Ctr. of America
Kassem Allie – Islamic Ctr. of America
Prof. Reza Aslan
Arsalan Iftikhar – Islamic Monthly
Clifford Sloan – State Dept.
Danielle Pletka – AEI
Carol Rosenberg – Miami Herald
Todd: OMG France is at
war with radical Islam!
Todd: one of the gunmen
appears to pledge to ISIS
Todd: now there is one million
person rally in Paris
Neely: Christians, Muslims, Jews and
miscellaneous are here to show their support
Neely: the challenge is crack down
on terrorism without overdoing it
Todd: but overdoing it is what we do
Neely: it's a test for France
and Europe and the West
Todd: Richard what went wrong?
Engel: these were not lone wolves
but trained terrorists
Engel: they were known militants
but police can't surveil every
radical 24 hours a day
Engel: where you surprised by this attack?
Expert: oh no not all
Engel: they trained in Yemen like
real soldiers and came back with
a mission – to shoot cartoonists
[ break ]
Todd: Welcome Mr. Attorney General
Holder: good morning Todd
Todd: is the U.S. at war with radical islam?
Holder: we're at war with terrorists
Todd: islamic terrorists?
Holder: they pervert the religion
and commit heinous acts!
Todd: was this a failure of intelligence
or a failure of law enforcement?
Holder: that's a loaded question Chuck
Todd: oh I know ric
Holder: France is our greatest ally!
Todd: why can't we destroy
al-Qaeda in Yemen?
Holder: we smashed core al-Qaeda
but they have all these affiliates
Todd: they grow like McDonalds
Holder: more like Starbucks
Todd: that's even more horrifying
Todd: are you terrified of sleeper cells
in America and should we follow
them around 24 hours a day?
Holder: you might surprised at
how many Americans we're spying
on right now Todd
Todd: oh really?
Holder: yes but then they move and
don't leave a forwarding address
and we can't find them
Todd: try Sallie Mae – they can find anybody
Holder: no they're too ruthless to deal with
Todd: those squishy Europeans were
all concerned about their 'privacy'
and now they've been attacked
ergo prompter hoc quid pro quo
Holder: that's right - we can't protect
privacy or we'll get slammed if there
is an attack in America
Todd: are you going to arrest
Holder: I might
Todd: that would be exciting
Holder: yes it would
[ break ]
Todd: panel if this attack happened
in America it would be Obama's
fault so in a way it is his fault
Mitchell: like Boston was Obama's fault!
Todd: so true
Mitchell: the French don't have the
manpower to follow 5 million people around
Todd: well they need to get on that
Cooper: France is not welcoming
to immigrants unlike America is
Todd: Boko Haram killed thousands
this week – what in the holy hell
is going on??
Brooks: all these do gooder types
buy mosquito nets like liberal weenies
but the best way to help poor people
around the world is to donate your
charity dollars to funding an all-powerful
international police force
Todd: what's the answer to
answer to terror Rich?
Lowry: massive uncontrolled spying
Mitchell: we've got Syria and
Palestine and Boko Haram
Todd: Elvis Presley Disneyland
Mitchell: we didn't start the fire!
[ break ]
Todd: you actually met one of
the Paris terrorists!
Al-Kibsi: yes was playing football
Al-Kibsi: he knew the underwear bomber!
Todd: I met Iggy Azelea
Al-Kibsi: who is he?
Todd: when you talked to him did
he give off a vibe of like
“hey I'm a mass murderer”
Al-Kibsi: no he seemed very normal
Todd: well that's how they all seem
before they shoot up a room full of people
[ break ]
Todd: why aren't U.S. Muslims killing people?
Amen: America is more accepting of
immigrants so radicalization isn't a problem
Allie: you can be fully American
and fully Muslim!
Ayman: what about alienated young men?
Allie: we need to inoculate against them
Todd: are we at war with Islam
or just a strain of Islam?
Aslan: the whole problem is
one crazy sect – Wahhabism
Todd: wha who?
Aslan: Saudi Arabia has spent
100 billion spreading this hateful
ideology around the world
and it leads directly to the murders
of thousands of innocent people
Todd: ixnay on the audisay arabiasay
Aslan: sorry Toff
Todd: Ayaan Hirsi Ali says these terrorists
are inspired by the basic tenets of Islam –
is that true?
Iftikhar: that's collective guilt – there's
one billion 700 million peaceful muslims!
Todd: so there's a few good ones
Iftikhar: when brown muslim men
kill it's 'terrorism' and every muslim
is responsible and when Anders
Brevik kills we don't ask white
people or christians or Europeans
to rush out and condemn it
Aslan: when people ask 'when
are moderate muslims going to
condemn these attacks' I conclude
they doesn't have access to the google
Todd: I'm a card catalog man myself
Aslan: it doesn't help to blame one
billion people for the actions of a tiny few
Todd: perhaps not
[ break ]
Todd: Rich tell us all about Islam
Lowry: not all Muslims are terrorists
Todd: big of you to admit that
Lowry: but in America if you insult
someone no one will show up at
your door with a gun
Todd:Americans prefer to do
their shooting while out driving
Brooks: we're a car culture
Todd: David Brooks you say
the real problem is liberals
on college campuses
Brooks: right – I have studied the
issue of international terrorism and
have concluded that the real problem
is campus speech codes
Todd: that's so 1987
Brooks: I know all about Islam and
discrimination and radicalization and
have found the core issue is no one
wants me as their commencement speaker
Todd: you're so wise
Brooks: we here at Meet
The Press are the adult table
Todd: now here's a clip of South Park
Todd: do Muslims need to learn
to respect even abhorrent speech
like everyone else does?
Aslan: you know if France it's
illegal to deny the Holocaust
Todd: ok but don't Muslims need to
tolerate being satirized which they
obviously don't understand?
Aslan: look a muslim police officer died
defending the right to insult his religion
– how's that for tolerating?
[ break ]
Todd: OMG Florida was ordered to
allow marriage equality so now 70% of
Americans can be forced to get gay married!
Todd: 19 states now allow legal
marijuana and gay weddings
Audience: partay partay
Todd: the anti-gay states love guns
Audience: can I marry my gun?
Todd: some states are gay
pot-loving minimum wagers
Audience: got to pay for
the pot somehow
Todd: while others hate
abortion and gays
Audience: what about a gay fetus?
Todd: Vermont and Alaska and
New Mexico let you get high and
get shot and get an abortion
Audience: there's your
weekend right there
Todd: when Obama became President
there were 242 guys in Gitmo and
now there are 147 left
Todd: Gitmo is so horrible that anyone
there now really hates America so if
we let them out they will attack us
Sloan: for anyone to be transferred from
Gitmo six different agencies all have to
agree the person is not a threat
Todd: that's tougher than a
Sloan: 90% of the guys in Gitmo
are perfectly fine and not as
crazy as Mel Gibson
Pletka: if you're not willing to keep
people locked up you have to kill them
Todd: Yemen is too dangerous
to let people go there
Rosenberg: it's scary
Todd: what about people who we
know are bad but we can't prove it?
Sloan: well when it's down to
just a few guys why keep a
massive base in Cuba?
Todd: is Gitmo a recruiting tool for terrorists?
Pletka: no not at all because the
Iraq war is a much better recruiting tool
Todd: good point
Sloan: Gitmo will be closed within two years
Todd: even with a Republican Congress?
Sloan: don't underestimate
Rosenberg: most of the men at
Gitmo are prisoners of war which
will never ever ever end
Todd: did these detainees
get due process?
Sloan: holding people for 15 years
without charges is a bit of problem
[ break ]
Todd: OMG Jeb Bush is running for President
Mitchell: it's on!
Todd: but then Romney jumped in
Lowry: dear god we need some
fresh faces in the GOP not these
fucking doddering old losers
Mitchell: I hear Romney isn't running
– he just hates Jeb Bush
Brooks: I'm a Calvin Coolidge man myself
Todd: of course you are
Brooks: people hate Hillary too you know
Todd: there's a rise in populism across
the world and here we're going to
nominate a Bush and a Clinton
Cooper: a French person said
to me we beheaded our king
what did you do with yours?
Todd: buried him in a pink
cadillac and put him on a stamp
Mitchell: this is going to be
a serious-person election
Todd: Chris Christie made a total
fool of himself at a Cowboys game
Lowry: he needs to practice his bro hugs in the mirror
Todd: omg Christie and Scott
Walker are in a twitter war!
Lowry: Scott Walker can tap his big
national base of rich donors named Koch
Todd: I'm an owner of the Green Pay Packers!
Brooks: so am I
Todd: but you root for the Redskins
Brooks: I'm not a phony!
Todd: and that's another
episode of Meet The Press