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    Blaming Bush's "Lies" for Syria Fiasco; Obama's Debacle Actually an "Amazing" Success

    Blaming Bush's "Lies" for Syria Fiasco; Obama's Debacle Actually an "Amazing" Success

    Vol. 26, No. 18

    Published: 9/16/2013 8:52 AM ET

    Let’s Blame Bush’s “Lies” for Obama’s
    Syria Fiasco

    Host Al Hunt: “Does the ghost of George W. Bush’s Iraq War resolution hang over this Syria debate?”
    Bloomberg columnist Margaret Carlson
    : “It surely does. You would hope that Bush’s lies would keep him awake at 3:00 in the morning, but what they really do is haunt the country....Part of the resistance to doing anything in Syria, punishing this awful behavior, is what happened in Iraq when we were lied to about mushroom clouds and aluminum tubes and mobile weapons labs that didn’t exist. Here we have concrete evidence, and people just can’t fathom getting mired in another Iraq.”
    — Exchange on Bloomberg’s Political Capital, September 6.

    “Diane, there are two things that you hear a lot in this part of the world [the Middle East]. First, you recognize the catastrophic calamity to American credibility that the claims about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction were. People don’t believe this President or this administration when they talk about this attack on August 21, and they want to see and hear real evidence, not the claims of the Secretary of State or even the President.”
    — ABC News chief foreign correspondent Terry Moran during live coverage following Obama’s speech, September 10.

    “I don’t want to re-litigate Iraq, but the blunt fact is that some of the questions that were asked — Congressman [Juan] Vargas [D-CA] asked both [Secretary of State John] Kerry and [Defense Secretary Chuck] Hagel yesterday, ‘Are you lying? Because we were lied to about weapons of mass destruction.’ There is such a credibility gap between the White House and Congress, the leftover, the hangover from the Iraq War.”
    — Anchor Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, September 5.

    Demands Rumsfeld “Take Responsibility” for Obama’s Woes

    “Looming over this debate time and time again has been the specter of Iraq. Most recently, the U.K. Parliament, many members, cited the failure of intelligence leading up to Iraq as the reason that they won’t take action now in Syria, because they don’t trust U.S. intelligence. Do you personally take any responsibility for that? Or feel any responsibility for that?”
    — Co-host
    Savannah Guthrie to former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on NBC’s Today, September 4.

    Obama’s Syria Debacle Actually an “Amazing” Success

    “It is an amazing thing what’s happened, and I do believe very strongly that it is because finally diplomacy was enacted with the threat, the credible threat, of force behind it. And having talked to many, many people today, they believe that President Obama during the G20 made it very clear to President Putin that this time he was serious and there were going to be military consequences as limited and targeted as he describes. But nonetheless, the threat of force worked.”
    — CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on AC360 Later, September 10.

    “I think it’s fair to say that the people at the White House are feeling a lot better tonight about where they are, than where they were two days ago when they faced an almost certain humiliation of having Congress turn down the President’s request to use force. They have managed to finesse that, and have even managed to get Bashar al-Assad to say that he does have chemical weapons. He said before he didn’t even have them.”
    Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer during live CBS News coverage in advance of President Obama’s speech to the nation on
    Syria, September 10.

    Relax: We’ll Bomb from a “Cautious Anti-War Perspective”

    “Barack Obama, as you know better than I do, was one of the leading Democratic politicians against the Iraq War. So if he says that this is different, that the evidence is there, that no one’s disputing that chemicals were used, and that they have the evidence linking it to the Assad regime, does that persuade you since he has always come at this from a very cautious anti-war perspective?”
    — Andrea Mitchell interviewing anti-war Democratic Representative Barbara Lee on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, August 30.

    On Syria, Chuck Sees Many More “Rational and Principled” Democrats

    “To me — and I’m as cynical as anybody when it comes to political motivation — and I think about half of the Republican opposition here is a political opposition, but I think a good 50 percent of it is not. I think about 75 percent of the opposition of the Democratic Party is rational and principled, and maybe about 25 percent of it is politics. I don’t think it’s as political as you think on this.”
    — NBC News Chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd on Meet the Press, September 8.

    GOP Must “Hate” Obama More than They Love War

    “How much of the Republican resistance to this action is rooted in their hatred for this President?...How much of the problem in the Republican caucus with this action is just distaste for the President?”
    — Co-host Krystal Ball on MSNBC’s The Cycle, September 4.

    “Let me finish with this: I believe that this debate over Syria is offering a road map to the Republican nomination for President next time. The candidate who wishes to be the nominee will be the one who positions himself as directly as possible against President Obama. Why? You know. It’s for the simple new definition of the Republican Party: it’s the anti-Obama party. The more you hate Obama, the more you are deeply entrenched in the deepest bunker of the GOP.”
    — Chris Matthews wrapping up MSNBC’s Hardball, September 4.

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    Last edited by kathyet2; 09-18-2013 at 02:09 PM.

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