April 17, 2014

Transcript: Newt Gingrich on CBS’ Face the Nation | Bob Schieffer | May 22, 2011

(Source: CBS’ Face the Nation)

BOB SCHIEFFER: Today on FACE THE NATION, Newt Gingrich is with us live after a week in
which he announces for President and his own party goes nuts.
SARAH PALIN: That we all have a right to ask Speaker Gingrich what in the heck did you mean
that Paul Ryan’s budget plan is radical?
RUSH LIMBAUGH: The attack on Paul Ryan, the support for an individual mandate in– in
health care? I– I– folks don’t ask me to explain this.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Headlines in conservative newspapers were no kinder. Gingrich to the
House GOP: Drop Dead, noted the Wall Street Journal, nor was it any smoother when Gingrich
got to Iowa.
MAN: You’re an embarrassment to our–
NEWT GINGRICH (Republican Presidential Candidate/Former House Speaker): Well–
MAN: –party.

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DICK Cheney and State Sponsored Torture

VP DICK Cheney appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation this morning.  This interview wasn’t substantively different from any of the others he’s done in the past month:

Cheney also urged the Obama administration to continue the Bush administration’s interrogation policies.

“I would hope [Obama] would avoid doing what others have done in the past, which is letting the campaign rhetoric guide his judgment in this absolutely crucial area,” Cheney said. “We were very careful, we did everything by the book, and in fact we produced very significant results.”

So many problems with that statement, DICK.  There are a great many smart people, including former members of the Bush Administration who warned you and David Addington about getting too carried away with agressive interrogation techniques.  Chief among their concerns was something we patriots like to call the U.S. Constitution.  There’s also this other little concern known as the Geneva Convention.  You can argue all you want that our foes in the war on terror are not lawful combatants, but the rest of the world needs to somewhat agree, or, it looks like selective application of an international human rights treaty.  And, what about the old bromide that we’re not going to stoop to their level.  There’s so much more than campaign rhetoric behind the criticisms of the Bush Administration’s endorsement of torture.

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Video: Obama’s National Security Team, Face the Nation, Woodward, Zakaria, Mayer, Dyson | November 30

The following 16 minute video is well worth watching – insightful talk with Bob Woodward, Fareed Zakaria, Jane Mayer and Michael Eric Dyson regarding President-elect Barack Obama’s announcement tomorrow unveiling his national security team.  One interesting comment from Woodward:

SCHIEFFER: …the president, if all goes as expected, at 10:50 Eastern time tomorrow will
announce his new national security team, to be headed by Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of
state.

Mr. WOODWARD: She never goes away, she and her husband. It’s an amazing national security team that Obama appears to have selected. It’s kind of like “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.”

You’ve got too cool, which might be–or at least appropriately cool, General Jones as the national security adviser; Gates is kind of just right, in the middle; and Hillary Clinton, hot. This is going to be a whole new center of gravity for the news media, for the whole world. My assessment without having any knowledge, really, is that the economists and the economic team around Obama convinced him that the economic crisis is so deep and going to require to much time, go ahead and give Hillary and Bill the world.

Yikes.  I’m not sure that’s what I voted for, Bob.

Transcript: Third and Final Presidential Debate | Barack Obama – John McCain | Hofstra University | October 15, 2008

(Source: CNN)

Schieffer: Good evening. And welcome to the third and last presidential debate of 2008, sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. I’m Bob Schieffer of CBS News.

The rules tonight are simple. The subject is domestic policy. I will divide the next hour-and-a-half into nine-minute segments. [Read more...]