July 20, 2014 – Political satirist Culture of Truth bases The Bobblespeak Translations on Meet the Press and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Using show transcripts, he creates the 'most ridiculous moment' for Virtually Speaking Sundays. Excerpted from July 20 Virtually Speaking Sundays.
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It was busy day for war hawks on the Sunday talk shows.
John Kerry hit the circuit to discuss covert U.S. intelligence on the Malaysian plane shot down over Ukraine – namely that a leading rebel bragged about the shooting on social media.
George Stephanopoulos asked him about John McCain's statement that President Obama isn't forceful enough, and that the world is in greater turmoil than at any time in his lifetime, which, since he was born in 1936, means John McCain apparently believes things are worse under the black guy who beat him that at the height of the Second World War.
David Gregory demanded that Kerry called Putin names, saying “But call Vladimir Putin what he is. What is the threat that he and Russia present to the United States and to The West?”
Kerry replied “It's not a question of the threat that they present to the West, David.”
Gregory responded “But I detect in your words, Mr. Secretary, some reluctance to make this a one-on-one battle.”
Lindsay Graham was his usual calm self, saying about the deaths in Gaza, in WWII “more German soldiers got killed than American soldiers,” and saying John Kerry “gave the most ridiculous and delusional summary of American foreign policy I could imagine.”
He also said “The world is adrift. And President Obama has become the king of indecision. His policies are failing across the globe, and they will come here soon.”
With all these disasters all around the world, Gregory asked Graham what Obama should do? Graham's first answer? “Call Putin the thug that he is.”
In the unlikely event that calling Putin a thug doesn't solve all the worlds problems, he also wants to arm the Ukrainian government against their rebels, but arm the Syrian rebels against their government, warning “Syria has become a safe-haven for terrorists to attack our nation.”
Of course he also called Obama weak.
On immigration, Graham said Republicans will never work with Obama until he changes the law Republicans enacted in 2008, adding, “I blame Obama for this moment.”
But the most absurd moments came during the battle-craving panel, balanced by Amy Walter, hawk Andrea Mitchell, Conservative Ron Fournier, and new panelist Jason Riley, author of a book titled “How Liberals Make it Harder For Blacks to Succeed.”
Ron Fournier started off the panel by bravely calling Putin a “thug” and complaining that President Obama “has not really has not tried to impose his will and his vision on the global community.”
Walter chimed in that the public has lost trust in the President “when the website crashed, and he's not getting it back.”
Jason Riley punched his Beltway card by complaining that America should have bombed Syria, saying “We set a red line. Assad ignored it. There were no consequences. Putin was taking note. He not only took note, he took Crimea.”
Andrea Mitchell of course immediately agreed, complaining about ineffective American leadership, and that the President did not express appropriate moral outrage over the Malaysian bombing. Then she bashed the Germans and Dutch for also failing to live up to her standards in opposing Russia.
When Gregory asked “what does real western opposition look like, Andrea?” She cried out “Weak. It looks really weak!”
Gregory then compared Putin to Hitler, and Fournier, wisely said “the way you handle a bully is you draw a line, you say what you're going to do, and when they cross a line, you do it. And the West has not done that. President Obama has not done that.”
Chuck Todd noted Rand Paul is leading in some GOP polls, which made Ron Fournier very angry. He said “President Obama right now is channeling the American public and looking weak. Rand Paul is channeling the American public. Even a big part of the Republican sentiment. But now we're going to see the Cheney wing of the party make him look weak. That is going to happen!”
The panel concluded with immigration. Andrea Mitchell whined that “the bottom line is the president has to show more engagement.” Ron Fournier haughtily declared “We have both parties from the far right and from the far left pushing for extreme options. And we have a president of United States who was asleep at a switch,” while Riley stated “the compassionate thing to do is to prevent these countries from sending the kids,” and suggested the President is enjoying this problem, saying “I think he wants the issue.”
So the Beltway media is finally unified – they want America to be more involved in fighting in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Ukraine, (but not Benghazi); they want more, and faster deportations, and even though the President and Rand Paul are both “channeling the American people,” we are assured the Dick Cheney wing will rise again. That is going to happen!
And that's the most ridiculous thing that happened this Sunday.