Sunday, March 02, 2014

This Week with George Stephanopoulos – March 2, 2014

Alexander Marquardt
Martha Raddatz
Terry Moran
John Kerry (U.S. Sec. of State)
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)
Van Jones
Cokie Roberts
Rich Lowry

Stephanopoulos: OMG Russia
invaded Ukraine! it's another cold war!

Audience: ooh

Stephanopoulos: Russia has
taken over Crimean navy bases

Audience: oh noe not crimea

Marquardt: Russia has demanded
Ukraine surrender Navy bases

Stephanopoulos: it's so fucking
on right now

Marquardt: the UN Security Council
is meeting in an emergency session
but Putin says he is defending
Russians in Ukraine

Stephanopoulos: wow

Marquardt: pro-Russia activists
are beating people up

Stephanopoulos: this is clearly
a challenge to America

Moran: Putin hosted the Olympics to
show off a new open Russia then
he invaded Crimea

Stephanopoulos: so that's a change then

Moran: in 2008 he invaded Georgia
to defend Russians there and
now he's doing it again

Stephanopoulos: it's a pattern then

Moran: Ukraine is divided –
some want to be part of Europe
and some want to be a Russian satellite

Obama: there will be costs to military intervention

McCain: Obama has been naive with regard to Putin

Moran: to be fair George Bush said
he looked into Putin's soul and found
a good man and then Putin invaded Georgia

McCain: grrrrrr

Stephanopoulos: Secretary Kerry –
is this a disaster?

Kerry: we hope not

Stephanopoulos: that's it?

Kerry: this is an act of aggression
against another country!

Stephanopoulos: we can't have that

Kerry: it's a 19th century act

Stephanopoulos: so what's penalty?

Kerry: Obama told Putin we don't
want war but he shouldn't invade

Stephanopoulos: so how did that go?

Kerry: if Putin is really concerned
about the safety of Russian speakers
in Ukraine then he can file a complaint
with the appropriate authorities

Stephanopoulos: would the US
impose sanctions?

Kerry: absolutely

Stephanopoulos: what else?

Kerry: we will call on Congress
to lay down with us

Stephanopoulos: excellent

Kerry: also NATO will weigh in heavily

Stephanopoulos: what about economic
sanctions on Russia?

Kerry: damn right – we are
deadly serious about this

Stephanopoulos: you sound mad

Kerry: right – you can't just invade
another country in the 21st century

Stephanopoulos: but the invasion
has already happened

Kerry: we think Putin should
roll that back

Stephanopoulos: will the US use
military force to defend Ukraine
like George Bush pretended to?

Kerry: we are prepared to work
with Russia – they should be allowed
to keep their naval bases in Crimea

Stephanopoulos: do you have any
indication that Putin is backing down
under America's manly masculinity?

Kerry: Stephy this is not Russia vs the USA

Stephanopoulos: it's not?

Kerry: no it's about the brave
Ukrainians dodging sniper bullets

Stephanopoulos: good luck with that

Kerry: does Putin really want
to be globally isolated just
because he lost his buddy?

Stephanopoulos: would the US skip
the G8 summit in Sochi this summer?

Kerry: you bet

Stephanopoulos: okay

Kerry: look we've worked with
Russia on other things but
this is too much

Stephanopoulos: thanks

[ break ]

Stephanopoulos: Martha what's
really being considered?

Raddatz: Putin is good at judo and chess
he knew the west would do nothing
if he invaded Crimea

Stephanopoulos: amazing

Raddatz: he already got his Olympics
so he got what he wanted

[ break ]

Stephanopoulos: what will Congress do?

Kinzinger: we must be strong!

Stephanopoulos: I see

Kinzinger: we can respond militarily
but we should put Georgia in NATO
so we can threaten Russia with war
and mean it

Stephanopoulos: I like it

Reporter: Corporate America
told Arizona to stop hating gays

Stephanopoulos: wow

Reporter: then a Texas judge
struck down bans on marriage

Stephanopoulos: Cokie it seems like
the culture is changing on the gays

Roberts: businesses were
freaking out over the hate

Lowry: this was a great law –
it just protected religious freedom
like Ted Kennedy wanted

Jones: it was an anti-gay law Richie

Stephanopoulos: I see

Jones: the idea you would say
'we don't serve your kind' is
offensive and outdated

Stephanopoulos: even for the Irish?

Lowry: making someone serve
a gay person coffee is not a burden
but baking a gay person a cake is

Jones: he's an idiot

Lowry: if you refuse to serve
a gay person coffee you're
an idiot but if you refuse to
serve them toast you're a genius

Kinzinger: the NFL threatened to
pull the SuperBowl –
the free market worked!

Stephanopoulos: what about live
and let live – tolerance for intolerance?

Jones: because if your businesses
is open to everyone it should be open to all

Lowry: this is not like Jim Crow
because you always find a gay florist

Stephanopoulos: and that's the last word

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