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KILMEADE KONDENSED: 9/4/2013
By Mary C. Rydzeski
BRIAN’S QUOTE OF THE DAY
Brian on Military Action in Syria: “Here’s how I stand on this: In terms of military action, I wanted it about six months ago, a year and a half ago, two years ago. Now, we are flat out saying after much dithering confusion and embarrassing indecision, this President has decided to kick it to Congress as he goes to Sweden and then Russia for a G20 Summit. Alright, they were previously scheduled, but he knew that last week… he did not even beg or tell Congressional leaders to come back early to debate this.”
COL. ALLEN WEST weighed in on the potential effects of taking military action against Assad. West said he thinks there will be bigger ramifications in acting than in not acting. “I don’t trust this President with strategic-level decision-making when it comes to matters of warfare,” West exclaimed. He went on to say he does not see a sound strategy coming from the White House. “Just shooting some missiles and then saying ‘we responded, we feel good about ourselves,’ that’s not going to help us.”
REP. MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN) talked to Brian about the possible U.S. military strikes in Syria. Blackburn said if Congress were to vote today, she would be a “tentative no” at this point. “What we’re seeing with the President is a lack of leadership [and] a lack of understanding what leadership is,” Blackburn explained, “Any Commander-In-Chief has to be able to articulate and define the problem and then define the mission so that people understand this.”
“This is foolishness on an extravagant scale!” Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff, KARL ROVE, weighed in on the President’s remarks today where he claimed that it is not his credibility that’s on the line, it’s the credibility of Congress. “Blame everybody else… This is not what America needs in this dangerous moment,” Rove exclaimed.
E.B. HALL, a British broadcaster who has spent considerable time on the ground in Syria, talked about his experience in Syria. Hall explained that he always reported from the rebel’s side: “From the beginning when I started reporting there, we were never reporting from the government perspective. We were going behind regime lines. They held the border with Turkey and we would smuggle ourselves in, up to our necks in water, 2AM, past the guards… to get in there.”
WILLIAM COHEN, former Congressman and Secretary of Defense, also weighed in on Obama’s remarks today saying that his credibility is not on the line. “I think the President’s credibility is on the line, but also the world community,” said Cohen. He also said he doesn’t understand the logic behind the President implying he will go ahead with the strike regardless of what Congress votes for. “I don’t understand the logic of that, but perhaps there’s a game plan there that I just am not aware of.”
FOX News Chief Congressional Correspondent, MIKE EMANUEL, gave Brian the latest update as to where the Congressional vote is headed. Emanuel said there is some “heavy lifting ahead.” “The bottom line is the American public so far is not supporting military strikes in Syria. And so lot of rank-and-file members who are still home in their districts are likely getting an earful from their constituents saying, ‘no to Syria, we’ve got other things to worry about at this point,’” Emanuel explained.
America’s Newsroom co-hosts BILL HEMMER AND MARTHA MACCALLUM talked to Brian about what life is like for the duo off the camera! “Oh baby, wouldn’t you like to know!” Hemmer said. “We talk about everything, MacCallum explained, “Yesterday we hung out with Bill’s parents. His mom and dad visited. They’re great!” MacCallum jokingly explained that she was shocked at how nice Hemmer’s parents are “because [he’s] so rude!”