All-Star Panel's Resolutions
Panelists look ahead to 2012
- Duration 6:57
- Date Dec 30, 2011
Panelists look ahead to 2012
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And we're back with our panel and the famous Friday lightning round and the undisputed winner this week is they're wrong and all its Saber rattling.
Which includes threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz which would.
Which -- cut off oil supply and probably start a war as well as test firing missiles before we Begin the discussion let's hear whatever respected analyst Anthony courts court -- says.
We're talking about a major consistent set of buildups.
In terms of missile and naval and Revolutionary Guards capability over more than half a decade.
And it's tailored to threaten.
The oil traffic in the gulf there's no quick easy answer.
There is no good way out.
All we can do is find the best of bad options.
And show the determination.
To deal with Iran in the way -- months.
Not a very good outlook.
But let's remember.
Run -- actions are not to deter military attack.
Iranian actions -- to deter sanctions we are at the last step of sanctions after all these years.
With the Europe if it does it -- early next year imposing a boycott on a running on -- America imposing.
Sanctions on the Central Bank in Iran which is essentially shut down the who will bring Iran to its knees that's what Iran is worried about this is the final step and I think your audience know.
That if they -- to do the bluff and to act on it would be a catastrophe.
So I think it's rattling -- the sabres.
But it's up to us and the Europeans to actually impose real sanctions finally.
Yeah it's a bluff but it has to be called.
-- Sure that's because look there's a simple again I don't know -- has -- so worked up about there's no easy answer but they're no good.
Now policy making up for President Obama but.
Another present would say look if they shut that because the straight of Hormuz we have the military power we have the naval power in particular that we can just.
Open it again.
And I don't think it would be that hard for the US so.
But what I mean -- -- and one thing they can do two things that they can try to.
I get the Europeans had in the US not to tighten the sanctions early one to -- the going to hurt them.
But they can also despite threatening drive up the price of oil which helps them as well.
Okay let's move on a serious -- -- save time for one New Year's resolutions by the way Syria where the Arab League has sent observers.
And the Syrian government chuck just keeps on killing protesters anyway.
It lets you really clear what's happening here this is a -- -- In fact it's -- a massacre for a long time now and is going on right in front of the entire international community.
And I want to just remind everybody of what this government said about Libya.
And how we weren't gonna stand by and let the dictator who's lost his legitimacy massacre his people on well that's what's happening right now.
This helps the regime because it provides respite and cover that the exact opposite affect the demonstrators around him and force.
And I think it's accelerating the pace of the revolution.
-- -- I think that's true what Charles said yeah it has a minority huge huge crowds of a bigger than ever turned out protest crowds.
In Syria but my question is.
-- President Obama.
I'm it is a massacre there they -- they threatened.
And and I tried to assault the American ambassador there Robert Ford who left for a while and now he's back there and I think effectively muzzled.
I'm afraid President Obama still thinks he can get.
Arms talks with the Iranians who and he doesn't want to irritate them by the volume of interfering in Syria which is.
Allied with Iran.
OK another topic senate races.
Big election year.
The Republicans are just under the fifty mark in the senate.
Home which senate races will you be following gentlemen Charles.
Massachusetts where Elizabeth Warren the Democrat is now ahead by about six or seven points.
Excellent candidate Scott Brown.
He's feeling the heat index -- that is -- fact that he complained about the mice in the press which of course is true but it isn't a good idea.
To actually -- on that it's partly.
You mean it doesn't help your campaign to complain about for -- so it could help it can occasionally helps.
For a day or two then interfaith respect that shut.
-- this is a great year because so many -- the tight senate races are also taking place in states that are swing states for the presidential election.
But the one I really like is the trifecta which is Wisconsin which has a senate seat up for grabs.
It's a swing state arguably in the presidential race and you might have Scott Walker.
On the ballot again in a recall election is going to be all politics all the time Wisconsin.
Tammy ball won't probably be the Democrat you've got Tommy Thompson and mark Newman.
Content into the Republican nominee as trivial while.
Fred you know -- the things I'm struck by is that in important swing states like Florida and Ohio Republicans are probably gonna wind up with the best possible candidates they could have Connie Mack of Florida and Josh -- in Ohio running against incumbent.
A Democrat I -- delivered Virginia it's a -- follow the senate race there and -- George Allen who was defeated six years ago.
Is running again but this time against Tim Kaine who was a popular governor but he's got one big drawback now he's tied extremely closely -- Barack Obama.
And obamacare that's a -- in Virginia.
Now we're down to the moment.
Where we listened to and Krauthammer can hardly contain himself.
Where where we left -- -- New Year's resolutions.
Clearly Charles has been thinking about this for a whole year and are we have about a minute left take your best shot.
Well last year on -- -- New Year's Eve I pledged to be kinder and gentler.
Look like him enough to actually -- one of them -- That's it and that's it and and to be concise and which are apparently have done it can get shot.
I have 21 I'm gonna be kinder gentler than Charles that's my first resolution my second is actually resolution for my kids this year you're doing that issues.
I've actually went and everybody can buy into that -- as a conservative.
I favor cutting spending.
-- -- -- -- -- -- I -- I intend to be frugal this year in a way I've never been.
And I hope.
The rest of my family agrees humane severe going to be even tighter than people already say you -- I'm not -- -- -- that and spending and reduce his dad yeah did you ever had there are fifteen already here and and mind as to count my blessings.