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'This Week' Transcript: Denis McDonough, Sen. Ted Cruz and Gregory Hicks
ABC News ^ | Sept 8, 2013 | This Week

Posted on 09/08/2013 8:40:10 AM PDT by Innovative

CRUZ: I think a military attack is a mistake.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Why?

CRUZ: For two reasons. One because I think the administration is proceeding with the wrong objective, an two, because they have no viable plan for success. They are beginning from the wrong objective because this attack is not based on defending U.S. national security.

It is not based on defending Americans or our allies, rather it is explicitly framed by President Obama, by Secretary Kerry, as a defense of what they call international norms. And I don't think that's the job of our military to be defending amorphous international norms.

But just because Assad is a murderous tyrant doesn't mean his opponents are any better. In June, the intelligence showed that the nine major al Qaeda -- of the nine major rebels forces in Syria, at least seven appear to have significant ties to al-Qaeda.

And the problem with this strike is one of two things is possible, either the strike is really significant, it weakens Assad and the result is the rebels are able to succeed, and if what happened there is al-Qaeda taking over, or al Nusra taking over, and extremist terrorists getting access to those chemical weapons, that hurts U.S. national security.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cruz; denismcdonough; gregoryhicks; israel; memebuilding; obama; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; russia; syria; tedcruz; texas; unitedkingdom; waronterror

1 posted on 09/08/2013 8:40:11 AM PDT by Innovative
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To: Innovative

I continue to take great pride in being given the privilege of voting for Ted Cruz!!!!


2 posted on 09/08/2013 8:49:10 AM PDT by ontap (***)
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To: Innovative

5:46 Minutes
Sen. Ted Cruz Makes the Case Against Attacking Syria on This Week with George Stephanopoulos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnsS0ozbFbI


3 posted on 09/08/2013 8:49:31 AM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: Innovative

I guess to Obama, international norms includes killing millions and millions of unborn souls in the womb, or buggering some other same-sex person up the keester, and molesting, raping and killing children along with a black free-for-all open season on whitey, for “Trayvon” of course.

Cruz is more than right. Amorphous is a perfect descriptor for our boy president. The grown ups left the White House on January 21, 2009.


4 posted on 09/08/2013 8:56:49 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Innovative

Good show....Senator Ted Cruz!!! You da man!!! You took Georgie Boy, the Obama whimp, apoligist to the woodshed. Obama and his Obamabots lie, lie, lie,....Impeach Obama!!! ABC...fire low life Georgie Boy!!!


5 posted on 09/08/2013 8:58:31 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: Innovative

I think it’s still an open question as to whether Assad or his agents acting explicitly on his behalf actually ordered the gas attacks. But, no matter who lauched the gas attacks, the bottom line is that there is no imminent threat to US security, and armed US intervention would almost certainly make things worse. And if it is just about certain that US intervention would increase tensions and could lead to a wider war, why would we accept the US government’s narrative on the gas attacks in the first place.
The argument, that the US must enforce some sort of international norm by lobbing a few missiles on Syria, as exposed by Cruz, is delusional. The US government has some other deeper and I’m afraid more nefarious motive, which probably is the old strategy of starting a war when domestic events are not going well (0-care, scandals).


6 posted on 09/08/2013 9:18:29 AM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX
good show

Stephanopolous does a real good job as an interviewer and a moderator. He's tough but fair.

The interview with the State Department department head in Libya during Benghazi is a classic. For me, it was one of those impressive times, like with John Dean during Watergate, someone comes forward and tells the truth and gives their interpretations without covering for anyone.

I didn't think it was Cruz's best moment as he didn't push back on the assumption that Assad did the chemical attack. It might have just been good debating technique to not go there. He did a good job explaining how attacking Syria would help terrorists. Cruz still looks good, but be has to be careful to not let ambition color his obvious skills to succeed. He can't hold back to fit in. JMHO

7 posted on 09/08/2013 9:30:06 AM PDT by grania
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To: Whenifhow

Very Impressive. I see him to be way smarter than Rand Paul


8 posted on 09/08/2013 11:32:42 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (The Presidency is broken.)
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To: Gaffer
The grown ups left the White House on January 21, 2009.

Some of those "grown ups" were aching to take out Iran and Syria, and Obama seems to be following their "Axis of Evil" lists as if they were hit lists. Not a lot of difference between the Neocons of Bush's administration and Obama's people.
9 posted on 09/08/2013 12:36:30 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: ontap

In hope I am afforded the privilege as well.


10 posted on 09/08/2013 12:54:15 PM PDT by ballplayer
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

Love the way Mr.Cruz is specific in his answers,cites facts,not usual politician Bilge.


11 posted on 09/08/2013 12:55:47 PM PDT by ballplayer
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To: af_vet_rr

There is a massive difference. They did not hate this country.


12 posted on 09/08/2013 1:09:23 PM PDT by Gaffer
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I would be for taking out either one of them if I thought their replacements would be any better. Sadly by the time numb nuts got on board that ship had sailed. First in Iran when the greens were protesting in the streets and then in Syria when all the terrorist have taken over the movement. Fearless leader suffers from being to slow (stupid) to see farther than a foot and a half in front of his arrogant ass!!!
13 posted on 09/08/2013 1:46:55 PM PDT by ontap (***)
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To: Gaffer
There is a massive difference. They did not hate this country.

Neocons are not big fans of this country if they want to get us into needless and semi-imperialistic wars.
14 posted on 09/08/2013 2:26:04 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: ontap
I would be for taking out either one of them if I thought their replacements would be any better. Sadly by the time numb nuts got on board that ship had sailed. First in Iran when the greens were protesting in the streets and then in Syria when all the terrorist have taken over the movement. Fearless leader suffers from being to slow (stupid) to see farther than a foot and a half in front of his arrogant ass!!!

We should not get involved in civil wars, Middle Eastern or otherwise, unless we or our allies have been attacked, or are about to be attacked.

We are not the world's policemen, and the sooner we realize that, the better off we are.
15 posted on 09/08/2013 2:27:46 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Mike Darancette
Very Impressive. I see him to be way smarter than Rand Paul

Probably the Harvard lawyer's 140 vs the Dr's 115. Rand does possess intelligence, but Cruz is demonstrably a genius.

16 posted on 09/08/2013 2:36:23 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: af_vet_rr

We have been under attack by Iran and Syria since the taking of the hostages in the seventies. If we could support a contingency that had the same morays as us I would be alright with it. Sadly thanks to the Kenyan that is no longer an option so I agree with you. We should however not be dissuaded from taking preventive strikes if we feel an attack is eminent!!!


17 posted on 09/08/2013 4:46:34 PM PDT by ontap (***)
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To: ontap
We should however not be dissuaded from taking preventive strikes if we feel an attack is eminent!!!

We have more to fear from Al Qaeda getting their hands on Assads WMDs than we do from Assad using them against us.
18 posted on 09/08/2013 7:55:16 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: af_vet_rr

Granted, but I still don’t equate them with the evil that is this administration.


19 posted on 09/09/2013 3:32:06 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: af_vet_rr

I never said anything about Assad attacking us.


20 posted on 09/09/2013 6:32:28 AM PDT by ontap (***)
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To: ontap
I never said anything about Assad attacking us.

I'm just saying that Al Qaeda is more of a threat to us than Assad, but you wouldn't know it going by how Obama acts, especially now that Kerry is drawing even more lines in the sand.
21 posted on 09/09/2013 7:21:41 AM PDT by af_vet_rr
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