Sunday Sound: Heard on ‘This Week’

By Rhaina Cohen

Jan 13, 2013 1:45pm
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Below are some of the notable comments made Sunday on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” Guests included Armed Services Committee member Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I.; Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee; Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass; ABC News Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz; Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, honorary chairs of No Labels; Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman; Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan; Bloomberg View columnist Al Hunt; “PBS NewsHour” co-anchor and senior correspondent Judy Woodruff; and David Walker, former U.S. comptroller general and founder and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative.

 

FOREIGN POLICY PANEL

1. Corker says he’d wait on making a decision about Afghanistan troop withdrawal
CORKER: I would wait, and I don’t know of any reason why we would make that decision today.  It seems that we’d want to see what the state of Afghanistan is.  We’d want to see what’s happening in the electoral process.

2. Haass doubts Afghanistan will be ‘self-sustaining’ once U.S. troops leave
HAASS: The idea that we’re going to be able to leave behind a self-sustaining, capable Afghanistan able to — or a government that’s able to keep control of its territory, we are not going to be able to do it.

3. Haass calls Hagel anti-Semitism accusations ‘preposterous’
HAASS: Where I think people are going over the line is with ad hominem attacks — questioning for example whether he’s an anti-Semite.  I’ve known Chuck Hagel for more 20 years.  For what it’s worth, I think that’s preposterous.

4. Corker wants to look deeper into the ‘one-liners’ that have been said about Hagel
CORKER: One of the reasons I want to spend time with Chuck Hagel is I think…there’s been a lot of one-liners, if you will, that have been looked at, and I want to dig in and find out whether that really is Chuck Hagel’s view of the world, or whether we’re taking these things out of context.  But certainly I have concerns as we move forward.

5. Reed defends Hagel, citing his ‘ability to speak truth to power’
REED: I also understand that Chuck has the wherewithal and the ability to speak truth to power.  He’s demonstrated that throughout his entire career.

POWERHOUSE ROUNDTABLE

6. Walker says GOP needs to ‘wake up and get real’ on debt ceiling debate
WALKER:  Look, the Republicans need to wake up and get real.  We’re the only country on earth that has a debt ceiling limit.  Ultimately as part of a grand bargain we ought to get rid of it….But in the interim, if the Republicans want to use leverage, they ought to use it on the sequester and the continuing resolution.

7.Krugman likens debt ceiling to ‘hostage taking’
KRUGMAN:  We should not allow this to become thought of as a legitimate or normal budget  strategy.  This is hostage taking.  This is saying walk into a room saying I’ve got a bomb give me what I want or I’ll blow up this room…You can negotiate on the sequester, you can negotiate on taxes, but not on someone who is threatening to blow up the world economy if he doesn’t get his way.

8. Noonan tells Republican party to take ‘daring and surprising’ positions
NOONAN: The Republicans are in a bad position right now…this is a wonderful time to be daring and surprising.  Go to the populist right on economic issues, on things issues like breaking up the banks and the carried interest loopholes.  Go for immigration, don’t wait for the president.

9. Woodruff suggests Obama ‘take a line from Mitt Romney’ to increase cabinet diversity
WOODRUFF: Maybe they ought to take a line from Mitt Romney, binders full of women.  They need to get moving.

10. Krugman says White House lacks ‘serious representation’ of progressive economists
KRUGMAN:  I think it’s frightening that at no point in this administration have there been any serious representation of what you might call the progressive economist wing which is a pretty big part of Obama’s support.

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