'This Week' Transcript: President Barack Obama

AMASH: I don't agree. And increasingly they're views are the fringe views within the Republican Party. The Republican Party believes we shouldn't have gone to war. I think most Republicans believe we're in the right spot now in the sense that at least there's a process where we can get the chemical weapons out there.

We haven't achieved success yet, but at least we're avoiding the bombing. And people back home do not want us to get involved in a war over there.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And Congresswoman I think this is one of the places where the majority of Democrats in the House agree with the majority of Republicans?

EDWARDS: That's true but not all. I mean I think one of the, you know, questions I have coming from the left is that we were highly critical of George Bush because we didn't think he negotiated enough. And so now there's a big criticism of the president because he negotiated like, a lot, right up until the 11th hour. And I think we have to take some stock in that.

I mean what really is clear to me is that the reason that the Russians are at the table is because of the threat of force. And I think it's unavoidable to come to that, not to come to that conclusion.

GIGOT: And to be at the center of this table George, I don't think that we are better off than we were two weeks ago. Because the president has made himself hostage to Vladimir Putin and to Bashar al-Assad.

We're asked to believe now that the man who denied he had chemical weapons until last week. The man that John Kerry called a thug and a murderer, has fallen off his tank on the road to the Damascus suburbs and is going to change is suddenly a changed man.

He's going to come clean. And Vladimir Putin, the man who has protected him for two years, is going to turn around and say; yeah sure, everything's on the table.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So how do you see this playing out? He's supposed to come up with Assad, if he endorses this agreement, supposed to come up with a full catalog of his chemical weapons in a week.

GIGOT: Right. There are a thousand ways to cheat on this. He could just like on the declaration. Then once he makes the declaration, by the way, already Russia and the United States don't agree on the weapons that Syria has. So we're going to fight about that for a while. Then we're going to fight over the U.N. resolution.

I think you can hide the weapons. And all the while, Assad is buying time so that he can escalate against the opposition.

ROBERTS: And the sanction in the proposal is to go back to the United Nations to the Security Council where of course Russia can veto it.

STEPHANOPOULOS: The president says he reserves the right to use force.

EDWARDS: The one thing that's not going to change, the force posture that is there currently isn't going to change. And the president has not said, you know what, now all hands are off. He said you know there's still a possibility of a threat of force if over this period of time until mid-2014, the weapons aren't identified, that they aren't removed, that they aren't destroyed. I think it's--

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