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Good morning I'm John -- -- -- here with Doug -- -- -- -- -- -- We are going to be joined our second half of the show by Martin -- our senior producer but to start to show -- we ought to begin with the latest news which is.
This morning UN inspectors were given permission by the Syrian government.
To leave their hotel Damascus go to the site of the alleged chemical attack last week.
And on the way there they came under sniper fire.
One of their vehicles was disabled.
Don't know if there any injuries of the UN inspectors they've gone back to the hotel to get a new vehicle and go back.
This thing is a burgeoning big big story here international.
He is done and I think we need to senator and current tax.
A year ago or so and you can.
At the appropriate Tarver Clinton somebody the president through a so called line red line line in this.
About what we would tolerate what we wouldn't dollars.
A year later we have what we believed to be our government believes to be a chemical attack.
It's taken the United States for five days now to debate what if anything we're gonna do.
-- going to be doing unilateral move laterally what are we gonna do it with the UN I take -- more her sniper fire.
To be eight -- -- he insults.
Not only to the Olympics the United States.
-- basically daring us to do something.
I assume we will do something at the very least a cruise missile attacks but John this points out the -- the weakness.
Lack of resolve I daresay of our government idol look -- won't do that context and only ask you question a year ago last week August 20.
Just -- the Republicans were convening in Tampa for their convention.
The president at a press conference where he drew that red line here it is right now.
We cannot have a situation -- chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people.
We have been very clear to the Assad regime but also to.
On the ground.
A red line for us is.
We start saying.
A whole bunch chemical weapons moving around -- being -- -- that would change my calculus.
So here we are a year later and the Red Line has been violated it's quite obvious you watch the news their home videos taken by.
Syrian people smuggled out the it's clear that chemical weapons of -- news whether they can prove it.
Different conservative the government of Syria is claiming -- That it's the rebels -- right.
Well -- I think it's a specious claim but the Russian government.
Is supporting that claim another.
Very credible source picks.
Period does that mean the of the president -- -- -- like a kid in the back of the room from that -- -- that is correct.
Is that factoring in here.
Well is the anger of the Russian government at Obama factored in to this attack in this response and Putin's comment today.
Or the Russian government that any attack on Syria without UN approval which of course they would have to give.
Is an illegitimate use of force well.
It is an attempt by the Russians to ratchet up the pressure on Obama.
To reduce the nature of the response and to make it clear.
That this is a problematic undertaking.
Even though from our point of view.
It's axiomatic that attack at an attack their response should've happened already right that's that's phony get to president drew this red line.
In that campaign of the year ago.
He's been attacked politically here at home for allowing may be an earlier attack earlier in the summer with no response.
Is he now about to do these cruise missile attacks that are being leaked out from destroyers in the mad.
Really just to.
Restore his credibility for having warned it and then has to do it.
I think he's in a position where he doesn't know what to do it.
He knows we need to do something.
He's worried about acting unilaterally.
I think you'd like to cover of the UN supporting his efforts in some way.
Even if it be.
The Security Council voting five to one afforded to in favor of action so that it.
There would be a veto but there'd be at least a show of support from western nations but I think that.
Basically the administration from.
What I can tell from a distance John.
His -- -- they're just not they don't know what to do they don't know what to do right and then comes the issue if if we do cruise missile attacks.
What is the Syrian and possibly Iranian response to it if any response but.
There's that they can do a lot of things they can do lots of things.
The sad thing is we don't really have an opposition in Syria to support.
The opposition and Syria is heavily dependent on an integrated with al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda related groups so we sit here John having waited to get involved.
Having not responded to the provocative actions of -- Bashar Assad.
And having not responded yet to the crews -- absurd to be.
Terrible chemical weapons.
We will literally in a weakened position.
The Syrians or the government is strengthened and the Russians are emboldened I look let's look at the political ramifications here for a minute we had a poll yesterday that.
That we saw we news on the air Reuters -- -- -- 25%.
Of the American people favor an attack on Syria for three quarters don't.
If Obama does -- there -- any political cost here home to him.
I think in the short run the country would rally around notwithstanding the -- the problem is that if we find ourselves mired.
A war oral low grade shooting effort where we're.
Involved in what appears to be a purpose less endeavor and in Syria from our point of the American people will say what's going on.
-- -- up.
Libya remains a tinderbox.
Lebanon -- blowing up.
You don't -- what's this administration done and candidly John there's not a good answer to that question as far as I can you know.
And and you know what's gonna happen we fire a cruise missiles and there the next thing in a -- Syrian TV it's a bunch of Syrian.
Allegedly killed by US cruise missiles were attacks that missed.
And are how terrible were involved -- all that its presence felt.
What this is to this is going to be the big story this way you predict we do attack.
Yes I predict we will attacked I predict it'll be a discreet.
Cruise missile attack on government.
Resource is likely another foreign ministry of the life.
But military HQ here a place like -- that's that and the British will do with us our hopes up and the French hope so yeah.
-- let's talk about each of for a second that continues to deteriorate.
We've seen we've we talked about last week the Coptic churches being wiped out by the Muslim Brotherhood.
-- -- being let out of jail.
The Muslim Brotherhood being shut down.
Wall the president and Kerry and they're new agent check on McCain is trying to resuscitate the Muslim Brotherhood.
They don't have a clue what to do need to do you know they don't that they have no idea.
The problem with restoring a democratic government.
Is that that would not have any legitimacy the problem with not restoring a democratic government.
It is that it leaves out the 50% of the population voted for the Muslim Muslim Brotherhood.
And the problem with going back to military rule which is what may be.
Fifty plus 1% of the population -- and -- and Egypt is your back where you were with Mubarak.
And the challenge we face is we have been on so many different sides in so many different ways.
Nobody knows where we are.
I don't know where we are and I we don't know where we ought to big right.
But you and -- off the air in the last week have discussed that where American foreign policy in the short run ought to be is.
Of all the players on the stage and -- of the Egyptian military is the best friend the United States as -- at the moment it is our last best hope -- bottom line.
Am not a fan of military rule it -- all sorts of charm and Harman Democrat small BBD but.
In this case where it's your part of the problem -- your part of the solution there's no middle ground.
I think you have to.
Try to pressure general CC.
Two restore a legitimate democratic.
Government as soon as possible but also to do something they have a government.
To try to build up local institutions.
To try to build up local government to try to strengthen the ports and to create a infrastructure that can support democracy.
Rather than have what are effectively club besides read every few months what -- than that to keep pressuring.
The military would mean United States on this vexing question of do we honor our agreement and give them the aid that's built into the actually records.
We're gonna have to keep giving them the -- I don't see how we do anything but if we follow what McCain.
And Lindsey Graham have said they wanna do what Elliott Abrams -- -- pages of the Wall Street Journal op Ed pay its.
It is live by influenced by by influenza and I -- BB key actors as far as I'm concerned.
Are the saudis.
The I guess is that Qatar is I mean we we we can't be in a position we we look to be prophetic and right now we look weak.
That really did.
That's -- -- military rules just jump from the scandal.
To another scandal which is.
In the last week since we were last -- here on foxnews.com.
A federal court the federal intelligence court.
Ruled that the -- -- speaking of you don't like military rule the NSA which is basically a military institution.
Has deceived this federal intelligence court about what they're really doing here in the united state -- this is.
Almost a lawless outfit.
I mean you I don't know if you heard the report this morning John.
That they've now been caught spying.
On their lovers wound that was yesterday it was a lot of today was the UAW my capsule so there's the UN.
There's collecting 75% of America's.
But finally the UN doesn't offend me the way -- spying on you and me and fans I understand that but the big point that I'm making.
What is this an -- where they go what -- their limits.
What are there and prerogatives and the answer is whenever they appear to want to do it really is Big Brother.
And and what we also learned yesterday I think was senator -- -- Finally a sitting member of congress said what we've all said on the air which is.
Members of congress don't know what their own and -- say that they have oversight on if the NSA is deceiving the federal court.
They're DC being members of congress almost certainly so which means are represented is that we voted for.
Through through them goes our power to -- some thing.
That powers -- -- here.
And that is a beginning of a militaristic police state.
That we don't control correct big trouble -- we'll continue this with Morton Hanson and -- -- -- After a short break.
A -- political insiders is back.
Joining dug in May now is our senior producer.
And friend more business -- on here once before -- -- brought.
And we consider ourselves -- specially blessed to have a -- -- person he rarely if ever consents to go on camera but I think the most appropriate question as you've been away.
For week -- -- heard the discussion of what's going on internationally and particularly the possibility of government shutdown.
What what's your perspective Maarten on what you're seeing in Washington internationally domestically how do you see.
-- and if I -- the analogy to it a juggler with us.
One hand and that six sharp knives in the -- it seems like there's an awful lot going on.
And a lot of after yesterday's show particularly when we're talking about the shut down there and and certain other issues relating to domestically with that.
People are very frustrated.
With what they're seeing happen and almost one -- more.
Straight line -- clear picture of the way.
The president is being treated by the the GOP there's people on -- -- if you were talking about impeachment and that he's broken the law and we were discussing yesterday and they are you were discussing it in the air about the political.
Ramifications of try something that.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- While you may feel like things have happened or not.
There's what's effective in the world of politics which is a really complex -- for -- -- letters.
And you may have very good point Martin -- I'd like you to weigh in on this if you would.
But when we played yesterday that Tom Coburn SoundBite and if we have it we do about -- I I would ask after I make my comment they would play it.
-- -- for them to try to provide a little context.
What I was taken.
By when I heard the sound bite on television yesterday.
-- audience was when he he would raise the issue of impeachment and he raised it in a very tentative.
Halting and hesitant way through audience -- -- and then you mentioned Morton after the broadcast.
That our audience.
Reacted to us saying it's not politically expedient by saying they want and impeach -- -- and so I think.
What's happening in this country is we're getting so totally polarized.
That the legitimacy of the government.
-- his administration.
Is being question I don't question his legitimacy is the elected president I think -- have been.
John scandals serious scandals that are deserving as you've said I think with increasing force power and I -- -- the come commitment.
Increasing reasons why.
They should be select committees but.
As I think you said on air.
You can't just go.
From I don't like the guy and -- are scandals to let's impeach -- right while the Republicans are so frustrated they couldn't get Clinton.
But they did impeach him.
And that rebounded to their deficit which is what we talked about an idea right now another back and they can't beat them they couldn't beat him last year with Romney they can't resign and run again so they're frustrated so they hear this impeachment -- -- -- -- -- without anybody saying to them.
Listen you have to do -- -- perform -- high crime or misdemeanor in order to be they already think he has.
You had a high crime.
-- -- -- -- energy use that language didn't react you know what there hasn't been a high crime or misdemeanor -- -- -- that that that there may be the case but the process of actually.
Doing all that is you know if the it can be problematic because it can be spun around on you can't politically in that.
And then that's just -- that's just at what happens when a Republican president if we ever see another one.
He gets to be unpopular there was some talk of impeaching George don't know bush because he had the house for six of the eight years but.
There's going to come a time when this is gonna flip around and we look like a banana republic if every time we have a pop.
President we don't like.
We just say let's impeach -- -- not just defeat him.
On the issues as anybody ever try to do or how about this public try to work to get bipartisan compromise it's not so we move forward as.
May -- -- iron out on that point -- many 323 has weighed in with us.
It's good to know that Obama has his priorities in order he uses the situation room.
To plan his next moves in the never ending battle to sell Obama care.
And as the White House finally announced Sunday that Syria probably use chemical weapons on his people.
Obama was playing golf for five hours I feel so much better now do you.
Well that shows the frustration people have overall I -- -- -- big -- is right about what.
The level of energy that's gone into planning to sell Obama care.
Has exceeded what appears to be the level of energy and high level attention.
That goes into figuring out what our next moves are in the Middle East announced itself I would say big Vinny is right about that.
Look the president is entitled to have some degree of recreation that being said he's -- taken more time more favored president.
In recent memory.
On that -- five hours for around a golf that's ridiculously -- golf cart and not anybody can believe in waiting on the -- -- -- that I didn't George which -- But the women ministers who are on the Bill Miller -- golf -- paid bill and Kansas is there anyone in Washington in charge now.
That's the woman and I mean that's I think that's really the defense -- -- it's like whoa -- you know what it what's going on there and you -- -- with the approval ratings but 57% Paul what ever wall once every member of congress -- including heroes put the -- one -- can -- The number one the -- Rasmussen poll -- speaking as more and as the polls.
This is the speaker of the house is ratings nationally 30% favorable 53 unfair rules the lowest he's been.
Since right after the August 11.
Discussions of the debt ceiling.
30% that's the base base base Republican I'm surprised you got thirty -- you guys is very it's -- core Republicans but bottom line.
-- -- -- Near -- sees as if not more unpopular.
Mitch McConnell more unpopular congress more unpopular still bottom line the American people -- already -- The know they like anybody know well should I think not that here's the question George friends who I know watches and great.
How does Edwards -- play into those Snowden is another manifestation of the US Russia relationship.
Russia is really tweaking the United States correct yeah.
I I'm -- I I.
It almost played out.
Well it did put -- -- -- was working on the screen player trying to sell it as we speak he goes there and there's that period of what are we gonna do on the Russian side of things and then they give him the passport and what one year of.
-- -- asylum asylum originally it was supposed to be but he can't.
-- attacking our American partners said president who exactly then came the slouching in the back of the classroom comment.
He gives them asylum and now come all these -- was only has his -- dark.
-- I think this -- maybe today.
-- -- journal.
Op Ed page but it's certainly a very fair question.
Do any of us believe that the Russian and Chinese governments.
Who have had in the Palin knows the answer.
Some degree of oversight over mr.
snow in the last few months haven't fully downloaded his computers -- -- When you have to live I've tried to meeting with some security experts and they joke about going to certain countries and if you leave your laptop in your hotel room.
You're guaranteed that it's not secure there's no way it was reported when he was in Hong -- have four laptops with them and that the Chinese didn't download every why wouldn't you know there for the NSA uploaded and I and I saw a guy on fox show CIA guy and he was on -- -- And he.
There who -- the -- was at Dulles airport.
In the transit -- there you don't think the CIA would be out there interviewing him with devices that would suck everything out of his lack of course they want.
There and food and will do anything but it makes me wonder about that you know with the with the the hard drives that were -- recently went his way and that reporters.
Partner came back through Heathrow where we prevent that looks dramatically in the government's acting look here they are -- destroy hard drives well.
You know there's a backup file for everything now I mean I just wonder what what them.
It's a red Herring kind of moment the net in that right is that some backup flop but the fact that the Russians now have.
-- gonna -- everything on the NSA that snowed they had in those laptops that's a pretty big deal that and I I mean I think it's very easy to think.
Back you know I'm 42 you think back to the Cold War and if you read anything about our relationship with -- the Korean War which is really a war we fought against the Chinese.
-- those attitudes towards each other while less violent thankfully our.
Still literally are still very much -- -- -- -- A year ago we expected outside to fall he didn't.
We expected the Russian influence in the Middle East to be reduced its been increased.
And the winners in this -- battle are clearly the Russians and the Chinese were the losers.
And we've we looking into that where waste and up today is where we started you've got a US government that doesn't have a foreign policy.
We can't balance our budget we can't even get a budget.
Out of balance -- in -- we can't agree to fund our government to pay our bills.
You've got a Republican Party that's even more unpopular than the Democrats and the Democrats are pretty unpopular.
And -- US does anyone popular will should be -- Well what what before you wrap up which -- about to do what.
To Doug's point there's going to be a lot for you guys to talk about come fall and summer and and hard when we created this show the point of that was that the three pat -- and -- we're gonna try to take.
Politics and explain it to our audience from our own protective.
And what we end up explaining is how everybody who's doing politics doesn't wrong well they're doing it wrong -- -- failing and most importantly.
For it -- least and and and analytical point of view the American people see it our way right they agree with us.
-- Four Martin hadn't.
In absentia Packard -- and doctor temperature mr.
Doug Schoen thank you I'm jobless really a we will not be on on Labor Day.
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