Tags: Sunday Shows August 24 2014
PBS’s Gwen Ifill: ‘There’s a New Civil-Rights Movement’ Beginning in Ferguson
On NBC’s Meet the Press, guest Gwen Ifill of PBS called the unrest and violence that erupted in Ferguson, Mo., the beginning of a “new civil-rights movement.”
“There’s a new civil-rights movement which has sprung up,” Ifill said. “These young people in the streets, these young people who created a social-media movement around Michael Brown, they’re not saying pass a law, they’re saying enforce the current ones.”
But some people have called for new laws, and later in the program, Reverend Al Sharpton said, “Our demonstrations must lead to legislation.” Sharpton went on to say that, “We must turn this moment into a movement,” and bristled at the notion that he has been identified as a surrogate for the White House. “It is not a surrogate, it is a customary traditional role,” he said. “I’m not a studio activist or someone in the ivory tower. I’ve been in this.” Sharpton has visited Ferguson, Mo., but was appearing in the studio after leading a march aon Staten Island, N.Y., on Saturday.
Rand Paul on Ferguson and How Democrats Would Respond to a Paul Campaign in 2016
Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) sat down with NBC’s Meet the Press while on a humanitarian mission to Guatemala to work as an eye surgeon to help the blind and near-blind see again. Paul talked about the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and how Democrats could respond to his candidacy for president in 2016.
Paul said there’s a very good chance the death of Michael Brown and its violent aftermath had nothing to do with race, but people perceive it to be a racial issue because of the rate at which African Americans are arrested in the town. He also spoke out against the growing militarization of police forces across the country, including in Fargo, N.D. And he added that he thinks the public is moving towards his way of thinking.
“I think that’s what scares Democrats the most, is that in a general election, were I to run, there’s going to be a lot of independents and even some Democrats who say, ‘You know what, we are tired of war. We’re worried Hillary Clinton will get us involved in another Middle Eastern war because she’s so gung ho,’” Paul said. “If you want to see a transformational election in our country, let the Democrats put forward a war hawk like Hillary Clinton and you’ll see a transformation like you’ve never seen.”
Mo. Dem. Rep.: ‘There’s Going to Be a Problem in the Streets’ if Justice Isn’t Served in Ferguson
Representative William Lacy Clay Jr. (D., Mo.), whose district includes the city of Ferguson, warned that tensions in the area may reignite if a transparent and thorough investigation doesn’t take place of the death of Michael Brown, who was shot by a police officer earlier this month. With demonstrations have gotten more peaceful in recent days, Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer asked Clay if he thought Brown’s funeral on Monday might prompt some protesters to return to the violence seen earlier.
“I’m more concerned if we do not get to the truth and get to what actually happened and bring justice to this situation, then there’s going to be a problem in the streets,” Clay said. He promised Brown’s parents that he would work to bring federal resources to investigate the case as well.
Ayotte: ‘Perception of Disconnect’ When Obama Golfed after Foley Remarks
Senator Kelly Ayotte (R., N.H.) doesn’t fault President Obama for going on vacation to Martha’s Vineyard, but questioned his decision to go golfing minutes after his comments on the beheading of American journalist James Foley.
“I certainly don’t begrudge the president taking time for vacation, but I think there was a perception of disconnect when he gave the speech” and then went on his golf outing, she said on Face the Nation.
“What I want from him is a strategy to defeat ISIS,” Ayotte continued. “He needs to lead this because the containment aspect of it is not going to defeat them, and we’re going to have to defeat them because of the threat they present to us.”
Susan Page: Obama Talks Tough, but ‘Allergic to Military Action’
Although President Obama offered forceful condemnation of the Islamic State following its recent beheading of American journalist James Foley, USA Today’s Susan Page was hesitant to expect action on the part of the administration.
“We’ve seen in the past President Obama, at times, has talked pretty tough but he’s been allergic to military action,” she said on Face the Nation. Foley’s death could serve as “a turning point,” she said, but it was difficult to know the president’s plans.
Page also took issue with the president’s decision to hit the golf course so soon after his comments about Foley’s death, saying “the White House could have showed a little more sensitivity” and calling the optics “a little jarring.”
“I thought, possibly, it would have been wise of the president to do something else in the period right after making that statement,” she added.
Former Deputy CIA Chief: Islamic State ‘Most Complex Terrorism Problem I Have Ever Seen’
Former CIA deputy director Michael Morell called the Islamic State’s rapidly growing strength and control of territory in Iraq and Syria “the most complex terrorism problem that I have ever seen.”
He said “there are no magic bullets” for dealing with the situation, but offered a potential strategy on Face the Nation. First, the United States must work towards taking the controlled territories in Iraq and Syria, which will require a political solution with the former’s government; doing so in Syria will likely be notably more difficult. Second, the Islamic State’s leaders must be taken off of the battlefield, by either capturing or killing them, he said.
Morell served as deputy director of the agency from 2010 to 2013 and served as acting director on two occasions in the Obama administration.
Ingraham: Obama ‘Always Been Loath’ to Engage In Foreign Policy
President Obama’s hesitancy to engage with foreign affairs ultimately leaves the American public unsure about the strategy and the security of the nation, argued radio host Laura Ingraham on Fox News Sunday.
“We know Obama is quite adept and fairly engaged in domestic policy,” she said, citing his eagerness and willingness to weigh in on various issues on the home front. “On this foreign policy, he has always been loath to really engage, I would say, rhetorically, strategically, the leadership question.”
Furthermore, the administration has sent a mixed message on how it will confront the threat of the Islamic State by promising no troops on the ground while also stating the problem will require long-term engagement. Coupled with the gruesome images of the group’s practices, as well as the recent execution of American journalist James Foley, Americans are “very confused” about what the administration’s strategy and plans are moving forward, Ingraham said.
McCain: Kindest Word I Can Use for Obama’s Foreign Policy Is ‘Feckless’
While some of the problems facing the country are outside of President Obama’s control, he has failed to adequately address global threats such as the Islamic State and Russia, allowing them to grow into even larger threats, says Senator John McCain (R., Ariz.).
“This is not like the earthquake in San Francisco — all of this could be avoided,” he said on Fox News Sunday, referring to Sunday morning’s 6.0 earthquake in California.
McCain remained optimistic that stronger language about next steps against the Islamic State from members of the Obama administration, such as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry, would serve as a precursor to taking out the terrorist group, but said the administration’s track record suggests otherwise.
“This is an administration which — the kindest word I can use is feckless, where they have not outlined a role the United States has to play, and that’s a leadership role,” he said. “The president has to understand that America must lead, and when America hasn’t, a lot of bad things happen.”
Rogers: Islamic State ‘One Plane Ticket Away’ from U.S., Obama Administration Is Not Configured to Disrupt Islamic State Terrorism
On NBC’s Meet the Press, House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers (R., Mich.) warned that the Islamic State is “one plane ticket away from U.S. shores.” “We’re just not configured, we the United States intelligence services and Department of Defense and administrative policy, is not configured in a way to continue a tempo that allows disruption,” Rogers said. “The reason ISIS is so successful is there was nothing deterring them for years.”
Rogers said the U.S. might be safe if it can maintain its defensive posture, but noted that the Islamic State gets new recruits every day. He said the Obama administration’s efforts during the last year have caused a problem and said the U.S. has missed dozens of opportunities to eliminate terrorists from the battlefield. He went on to say he thinks the United States has the capability to defeat the Islamic State, but now needs to employ the political will and policy that would do so.
McCaul: ISIS Presents the Greatest Threat We’ve Seen Since 9/11
On ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, House Homeland Security Committee chairman Michael McCaul (R., Texas) said he thinks the beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State represents a turning point that will open the American people’s eyes to the group’s true nature.
“Well, I do think they present the greatest threat we’ve seen since 9/11,” McCaul said. “This has been festering for the last year and now it’s culminating with the killing and beheading of an American journalist.”
McCaul warned that the Islamic State would love nothing more than to hit the U.S. homeland, and called for more American air strikes in the region. “We need to expand these air strikes so that we can ultimately defeat and eliminate ISIS,” he said, “because I would far prefer to eliminate them over here than have to deal with them in the United States.”
Graham on Islamic State: ‘Assume the Worst’
The United States needs to take the threat of the Islamic State more seriously than the “JV team” characterization President Obama gave the group in an interview earlier this year, according to Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.). He warned of a potential attack within American borders, especially in light of recent intelligence that Americans citizens are working with the group.
“Do they have the capability to hit the homeland? I would say yes — it’s about time now to assume the worst about these guys rather than underestimating them,” Graham said on CNN’s State of the Union. “They’re in competition with the other jihadist groups, and the gold medal will be awarded to the group that can hit America.”
A successful hit on American soil would increase the Islamic State’s status and attract more recruits to the terrorist organization, he explained.