Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
Rep. Peter King (R-NY)
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN)
Sen. Any Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gregory: OMG nerdprom is so funny
but first we might go to war with Syria
and somehow we managed to get
John McCain as a guest
Gregory: Senator did Syria really
use chemical weapons?
McCain: who knows – he probably would someday
McCain: Obama gave Assad a green
light to commit mass executions
Gregory: that sounds like something
Obama would do
McCain: Obama just loves murder
Gregory: so what should we do?
McCain: use missiles to create a
no-fly zone and supply the rebels with guns
Gregory: I like it
McCain: also Russia is flooding
Syria with weapons so we should do also
Gregory: we must not allow a Syria-weapons gap
McCain: Fluffy right now it's an unfair
fight and a stalemate
fight and a stalemate
Gregory: so if we equalize the fight
it won't be a stalemate anymore?
McCain: where's my pudding?
Gregory: didn't we invade Iraq and find they
didn't have any weapons of mass destruction?
McCain: this is totally different –
we're pretty sure he does and if he
doesn't Assad is a bad guy
Gregory: I stand corrected – so you
think the U.S. should use force?
McCain: sure why not – we can't let chemical
weapons fall into the wrong hands
Gregory: should the U.S. declare war?
McCain: no Americans are tired of war
– we should just go in operationally
Gregory: that sounds like an invasion
McCain: oh no - U.S. boots on the ground
would be the worst possible thing we could do
– it would turn people against America
Gregory: I see
McCain: on the other hand if we don't
attack the Syrian people will turn against us
Gregory: the Senate fixed airport delays
– is that the right approach?
McCain: no the sequester cuts are
crippling America's defenses!
Gregory: Biden says you might have
won in 2008 if the Republicans hadn't
crashed the economy
McCain: well that's nice but don't forget
I ran a terrible campaign
Gregory: true – thanks for coming John
[ break ]
Gregory: Keith should we declare war on Syria?
Ellison: there is a terrible humanitarian
crisis there and we need to do more
Gregory: Peter should we invade Syria?
King: Obama puts America's prestige on the line!
Gregory: that's true
King: but I don't trust those rebels –
some of them are terrorists
Gregory: like the IRA?
King: ha good one Fluffy
Gregory: please criticize the FBI for me
King: the FBI did not visit Tameralan's mosque
or his friends or neighbors or consult the
FBI crystal ball which can tell who will be a terrorist
Gregory: the FBI dropped the crystal ball!
Ellison: of course you want to blame
the FBI – it's a better story
Gregory: Peter you want to spy on
King: damn right – even the liberal
Tom Friedman hates muslims – it's all the rage
Gregory: I'm convinced
King: the FBI never even reported
Tameralan to the Boston Police!
Gregory: Keith you're a muslim
Ellison: I'm an American!
Gregory: well make up your mind
Ellison: going after a whole community
is wrong and doesn't help security
Gregory: how is political correctness hurting security?
King: the police never spied on
Tameralan's mosque because they
are afraid of being called anti-Islam
Gregory: that's a strong charge Peter
King: the threat to American is coming from muslims
Ellison: the ricin attack didn't come from a muslim
King: that wasn't terrorism that was a
harmless prank like when the IRA bombed civilians
Ellison: muslims love this country!
Gregory: what questions do you have Peter?
King: how can we blame the community
and also how does this affect New York City?
Gregory: thanks for coming guys
King: I'm keeping my eye on you Keith
[ break ]
Gregory: hi panel – how was nerdprom?
Klobuchar: Obama skillfully made fun
of himself and Mitch McConnell
Gregory: George W. Bush was
very good at everything
Todd: Obama took potshots at the media
because he hates Buzzfeed and Politico
Gregory: John McCain thinks Obama
supports mass murder
Klobuchar: McCain talks tough
but chickened out when you asked
him about boots on the ground
Murphy: you know I've heard that it's
easier to start a war than end one
Castro: we were fooled over WMD once before
Hughes: no one is for boots on the ground
but al-qaeda is taking over Syria and the
whole world wants us to attack
Todd: the White House regrets drawing that
red line because now there are no good choices
Klobuchar: Assad is more dangerous
than Qaddafi who was kind of an idiot
Murphy: the rebels might not be good guys
Gregory: what will define Obama's legacy?
Castro: a lot of issues – but I believe
Congress is up to the task
Gregory: you must be joking
Gregory: Karen I love Bush but
his second term was kind of a mess
Hughes: Obama is a failure because
all the big spending and debt
Todd: Obama has one year to get anything
done and since he failed on guns he must
pass immigration reform or Maureen Dowd
will write another stupid column
Gregory: I've heard Obama is a loser
– is that true Amy?
Klobuchar: Obama can bring people together
over the debt and even Republicans
favor immigration reform
[ break ]
Gregory: greetings Prime Minister -
you supported Bush's invasion of Iraq
which turned out to be not so brilliant
Blair: after 9/11 I thought it was
important to do whatever Bush wanted
Gregory: Bush told you not to
support him if it would hurt you politically
Blair: yes it turns out Bush was
somewhat shrewd in that regard
Blair: but at the time I thought invading
Iraq was the right thing to do
Gregory: may I ask why?
Gregory: the Bush library link Iraq and
terrorism which we know is false
Blair: yes but by invading Iraq brought
out the violent ethnic tribal wackos
who are arguably like terrorists in that
sort of extreme kind of way as one sees in
Africa and Asia all those non-anglo places
Gregory: what about Syria?
Blair: well you know old chap I see this as a
clash of civilizations and you see all these
foreigners who don't believe in freedom like we do
Gregory: Britain has homegrown terrorism
Blair: we must cast out this ideology –
and like fascism or communism or
kardashianism we will fight it for a long time
Gregory: what was it like to sit through
the dedication of the Bush 'library'?
Blair: you can disagree with George W. Bush
but he has great character and integrity
Gregory: no doubt
[ break ]
Gregory: panel what is the Bush legacy?
Murphy: he made the tough decision
to respond to terrorism
Hughes: he cut taxes, gave out prescription drugs,
had tougher standards on education and made
the brave and tough decision to respond
to massive terror attacks
Klobuchar: he helped rebuild a bridge in my state
Gregory: Bush was actually a fiscal
conservative wasn't he?
Todd: yes and it turns out people love
Gregory: I asked Barbara Bush if Jeb Bush
should run for President and she
“no we've had enough Bushes”
Hughes: oh any mother will say that about her son
Hughes: yes – she also said George W. Bush
would never beat Ann Richards
Gregory: what a sweet mother
Murphy: don't cross her Fluffy
Gregory: she scares me
Murphy: she terrifies us all
Gregory: and that's another episode
of Meet The Press