Bob Schieffer Announces His Support For Attacking Syria
Polls show the American public overwhelmingly opposed to war in Syria.
Despite this, CBS Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer on Sunday formally announced his support for the President's planned attack (video follows with transcript and commentary):
BOB SCHIEFFER: Put aside how we got from here to there. Put aside that this may have been poorly handled. But here we are. The President of the United States drew a line in the sand, a red line. At this point, that may be the only good reason left for Congress to give him the authority he now asked for to respond to Syria's use of chemical weapons.
When the President of the United States says something, the rest of the world, our friends and our enemies, pay attention. If we do not follow through, what impact will that have on North Korea or Iran the next time we warn them of dire consequences if they press on with their nuclear weapons programs? More important, how will it be viewed by our strong allies like Japan? We have treaties that promise we will retaliate if they are attacked by nuclear powers. Will they now question our resolve?
I don't like anything about where we are, but in a dangerous world when the United States takes a stand, and then goes back on its word, we're left in an even more dangerous place
So let me get this straight: the President of the United States said something foolish about a year ago, and as a result our nation has to go to war? This despite overwhelming majorities of U.S. citizens being opposed?
Would Schieffer feel this way if there were an "R" next to Obama's name?
As NewsBusters reported Saturday, the President is doing a full-court press Monday going on six different evening newscasts to pitch his war to the American people.
It appears on Sunday Schieffer wanted to give him some assistance with the sale.