I WISH THEY WERE HOLDING HANDS.
Alright. I’m getting weary of the media, no matter the bias. I watched the whole GOP debate on Tuesday night, which deeply frightened me for our country. Wednesday morning I see no media actually reporting on the debate. I tried to find explicit articles about specific points of the debate, but couldn’t. I did however find lots of soundbites and commentary on who won the debate, and who attacked who, and how entertaining it is.
I know a lot of people probably didn’t watch the debate and just waited to watch or read about it on the Facebook headlines. And this is what makes me nervous. I’m weary of leftist and right media.
My semester of gradschool is over for the holiday so I decided to spend my entire Wednesday re-watching the entire debate again and decided to transcribe it in an easy-read way for anyone who wants to hear the GOP candidate’s ACTUAL stance on foreign policy. I’m also going to add anecdotes in italics of my own commentary mixed throughout. I absolutely have a left bias. There were three commentators, Wolf Blitzer, Dana Bash, and Hugh Hewitt. I’m only going to use MODERATORS for the sake of simplicity. I tried my best to make headers, but there was so much overlap chronologically between issues discussed.
Here’s the Washington Post’s transcription I used and the YouTube playlist I used to re-watch on Wednesday. There are links to clarify things that I thought would be handy because I had to look them up myself.
OK, here we go:
PAUL: Let’s not close the internet or ban religions. Let’s stop arming ISIS allies. Only Arab Nations should have boots on the ground
KASICH: I have a daughter. We need to unify our country.
CHRISTIE: Obama and Hillary sucks.
FIORINA: I’m angry and I started out as a secretary.
( This is like a rocket scientist saying that he started his career by being a life guard in 10th grade at the Scranton Country Club)
BUSH: I love war. Obama and Hillary sucks.
RUBIO: America was great once, I know, my grandpa told me about it.
CRUZ: We’re at war. Don’t let in refugees who are terrorists. Being politically correct is dumb.
CARSON: Let’s all pray silently for San Bernardino (5 second silence). Let’s kill ISIS.
TRUMP: Wall. Build up military. Iran deal was stupid, I said that first. Also everyone fucking loves me.
HOW TO KEEP ISIS OUT
MODERATOR: Trump, what do you wanna do to keep ISIS out?
TRUMP: Wall. If refugees are here they have to go back.
MODERATOR: Bush, why don’t you agree with Trump?
Bush: (looks so nervous having to be the first person thrown to the Trump Fire Pit): We need to destroy ISIS. We can’t ban all Muslims bc then we can’t have a coalition w/ Muslim countries. The Kurds are our best allies. Do you really want circus boy Trump? He’s a chaos candidate.
TRUMP: Bush sucks. Let’s make America great again.
BUSH: Trump, you’re dumb. We need to engage with the Muslim world to defeat ISIS.
RUBIO: ISIS is growing, we need to get rid of them.
CRUZ: Everyone understands what Trump has proposed, and I am not going to speak against Trump because I’m scared of him. I introduced legislation that would suspend America from taking in refugees for three years from any country that ISIS and al Qaida are in (basically every country). Obama and Hilary suck. (Cruz is questioned again about disagreeing Trumps ideas, which he never answers). Radical Islam isn’t a religion, it’s a political and theocratic ideology that wants to kill us.
FIORINA: We need solutions, not lawyers arguing over laws. We need to do something here and there. Caliphate. We need to do two things- bring back the Patriot Act and ask the private sector to help because the government can’t figure out this new, gosh darn, technology thing.
CHRISTIE: Fuck Bush and Clinton. Restore Patriot Act.
KASICH: Let’s do the Gulf War again. Saudis organized a lot of Arab nations. We need to teach local police forces how to spy on their citizens using the Patriot Act.
Wolf Blitzer: Hey Cruz, you signed the Freedom Act which isn’t a Republican.
CRUZ: Yeah, but it ended the fed govt from collecting the bulk collection of phone metadata for millions. It strengthened the spy tools we have, before we could only spy on a small amount of Americans and mostly land lines. Now we can spy on virtually everyone, regardless of communication vessel.
RUBIO: Cruz, you’re dumb. I didn’t sign Freedom Act because bc we need more tools. The Metadata Program we lost was a “valuable tool that we no longer have at our disposal”.
CRUZ: That’s not true and Rubio knows it. Mark Levin. Rubio’s super PAC is running ads they know are lies that is Alinsky like. The old program covered 20-30% of civilians, new one covers 100%.
RUBIO: You just gave out confidential information, bro. Nothing under the freedom act is new. (Cruz looks at moderators like, wtf is this dude talking about and nervously chuckles to himself) The freedom Act took away a good tool that let NSA spy quickly. The next terrorist attack, America’s gonna be like, oh shit I wish we didn’t have the Freedom Act bc we could’ve found the terrorist before they did something.
PAUL: Oh, Marco, you get it all wrong. We’re less safe bc were distracted. Rubio opposed security at every point. The Gang of 8 bill would of liberalized immigration. Rubio sucks, he likes liberals and has love for Schumer.
Rubio: Oh yeah, well your amendment sucked only 10 ppl signed it bc it would ban everyone from coming to US.
Paul: Naw, it would halt immigration from high risk countries. Every terror attack since 9/11, the terrorist came here legally. I want background checks.
CHRISTIE: “Listen, I want to talk to the audience at home for a second. If your eyes are glazing over like mine, this is what it’s like to be on the floor of the United States Senate.” (Christie does look high af) In NJ I used the Patriot Act and it worked.
CARSON: No more PC talk. We’re at war, I told congress, “go ahead, declare the war”. We’re in danger. The Muslim Brotherhood said in the Explanatory Memorandum that was discovered in the Holy Land Foundation Trial that we can attack America when they use PC talk.
Moderator: Carson, which person was right before, Rubio or Paul?
CARSON: Idk, let them answer and fight over it. (What a great way to not answer the question or have an opinion)
BUSH: Some Muslims want peace. Destroy ISIS.
SURVEILLANCE AND INTERNET
Moderator: Silicon Valley hasn’t been helping the NSA by turning over user’s records. Should they?
FIORINA: The US sucks at technology because they are using wrong algorithms. The kids today are smart at technology. DHS says we can’t look at terrorist facebook page- well wtf, I look at my kids facebook pages, isn’t this the same thing? We don’t have to force the kids to making them work with the NSA but we should ask them nicely. (I feel like she’s saying to her kids, “Kids, can you come and help me set up the DVD player?”)
TRUMP: ISIS is better at the internet. Let’s filter and close parts of the internet.
KASICH: That’s dumb. Lets just give local authorities the tools to spy. (what a fucking scary idea)
CARPET BOMBING ISIS
CRUZ: Hell Yeah! Let’s use overwhelming force, like in the Gulf War. We need to spy on ppl. Doesn’t everyone wanna spy on everyone else’s phones and emails? (no) I don’t know how I would carpet bomb ISIS without killing everyone in the city, but let’s do it anyways. I wanna fuck up ISIS so bad.
RUBIO: We need ground force to kill ISIS from Suni Arabs. Our Air Force sucks. Every war has a propaganda proponent and ISIS is winning at propaganda. Cruz votes for less money for military stuff and iron dome (He probably said this to make Cruz look anti-Israel)
CRUZ: I told Texas that I wouldn’t hold citizens w/o due process so I couldn’t sign the Defense Authorization Act. Rubio loves Obama and Hillary.
RUBIO: If some is an American citizen and love ISIS then we’ll treat them as a member of an army attacking this country. (This type of talk makes me nervous, basically saying that anyone who is seen as a terrorist can be shot in the face by US army) Our navy and air force sucks.
TRUMP: ISIS doesn’t care if we kill them, but they care if we kill their families, so lets kill their families.
BUSH: That’s really stupid.
TRUMP: Bush sucks.
MODERATOR: Carson, you cool with killing kids?
(Audience boos at this question.}
CARSON: I look in kids eyes and they don’t like me, but then I cut open their heads and fix their brains, and then they like me. Better to look at the big picture.
Moderator: So you’re okay with killing kids? That is what war involves.
CARSON: I’m not ruthless, but I’m tough. I’ll do what I gotta do to protect America.
HAS AMERICA FUELED THE GROWTH OF ISIS?
Rand: We armed allies of ISIS who were against Asad, that was stupid. Gaddafi in Libya was stupid. Also, Trump is stupid for thinking of closing the internet. Also, if we kill kids we won’t be part of the Geneva Convention.
TRUMP: Wait, I think I just want to infiltrate the internet and close Syria’s internet.
PAUL: A Regime change is dumb and never works. We have ppl coming now to foreign relation committees like, ‘Hey, ya’ll should arm Al-Qaida’. This is stupid. If we tackle Asad shit’s gonna get even more kray-kray.
KASICH: We need boots on the ground with allies. Gulf War.
RUBIO: We can’t have a coalition bc the Arab countries think Obama sucks. Arab countries wanna kill ISIS a lot too. BC Obama lead from behind meant there were no other troops on the ground when the Asad rebel attacks started.
(You can hear someone say “That’s factually incorrect” on stage).
FIORINA: I’m tough and strong. I’ll get ISIS. Bring back warrior class. Quotes Margaret Thachter.
CHRISTIE: I’ll meet with the King of Jordan because he’s my bro.
CARSON: Let’s kill the caliphate bc that gives ISIS legitimacy. We need to take their OIL because ISIS is rich (happy to hear OIL brought up). ISIS is rich and they give money all over the world.
CRUZ: Obama and Hillary suck. Gaddafi, Mubarak, and Asad are bad, but at least they helped fight ISIS.
RUBIO: Revolt against Gaddafi was started by the people, I sided with Obama then because shit was gonna get crazy no matter what. Gaddafi cooperates because he thought we were gonna Saddam Hussein him. We need to work with Jordan and Saudi Arabia, but not Asad because he’s anti-American and pro-Hezbollah.
CRUZ: No such thing as moderate rebels. Netanyahu is against Asad too and he doesn’t’ want to see Syria controlled by ISIS.
KASICH: Asad is aligned with Iran and Russia. Make sure they don’t make a Shia Cresent all long Middle East. Let’s fuck up Asad cuz that’ll fuck up Russia and Iran.
TRUMP: (Protesters start booing him) We did a disservice to humanity. Should’ve saved our money. Middle East is a mess.
FIORINA: Obama and Hillary suck.
TRUMP: We have nothing from the Middle East pursuits. We need to take the oil (As soon as he says “oil” the buzzer goes off), not bomb it, just take it and distribute it. It wasn’t so fashionable to say “take the oil before” but I’ve been saying that for three years, and now they are saying it.
Oh, and Ben Carson is a really nice guy.
CARSON: The Middle East has been fucked, how can we fix that with little bombs?
BUSH: We need strategy for stable Middle East. We’re unsafe. Obama sucks.
PAUL: We did good when we killed Saddam Hussain. Both sides of a war has evil. Regime change just brings chaos and rise to radicals.
CRUZ INTERRUPTS: We should be defeating our enemies, we should have regime change in Iran because Iran has declared war on us.
TRUMP: Asad is a bad guy. We’re backing up ppl who we don’t even know who they are (rebels). One thing at a time. We need to get rid of ISIS first, than Asad.
CHRISTIE: Obama sucks and fucked up shit with Iran deal bc it helped ISIS. Iran causes ISIS.
PAUL: Regime changes are stupid, it was dumb in 2013 when we gave al Qaida arms and now we’re fighting against our own arms. We need realistic foreign policy, its dumb to think of a Utopian world that we spread peace and freedom
KASICH: US shouldn’t be part of civil wars. “There’s a difference between Iraq, where you have Sunni, Shia, and Kurds together after the first World War by the Western powers. It doesn’t work. It needs to break up into three parts”. “We need to punch the Russians in the nose” and Russia is threatening our Eastern European allies.
FIORINA: We should walk away from Russia like Regan did at Reykjavik. Putin sucks, we can’t talk to him until we have a new deal with Iran and air space and allies, and we’ll cut off the money flow and will rebuild things under his nose and do military exercises in the Balkans. ISIS is because of Obama and Hilary.
CHRISTIE: I’ll shoot down the Russian plane in a no fly zone. I’ll talk to Putin all the time. Obama is a “feckless weakling”.
PAUL: Russia was invited by Syria and Iraq to fly through that zone. Shooting down a Russian plane will start WWW.
BUSH: “I know what I don’t know”. Need bigger military.
TRUMP: Bush sucks. I was talked about a lot in the first debate so CNN has good ratings. (Protersters start yelling)
BUSH: Trump won’t be president by insulting his way and ratings don’t matter.
KASICH: We’ll be great when we can all work together and strengthen our economy
CARSON: Because I don’t talk a lot means I’ll be a good president.
RUBIO: My path to citizenship is work visa for 10 years and then you can apply. I know this isn’t very Republican of me.
CRUZ: I’m not like Rubio. Gang of 8 Bill gave Obama ability to take in refugees without doing background checks. We need more boarder control.
RUBIO: 2013 refugee had a different meaning than today. Cruz supports immigration.
CRUZ: Rubio is just trying to confuse everything. I was against Rubio’s legalization. I’m fighting to secure the border, Rubio isn’t.
TRUMP: Walls work, just look at Israel!
BUSH: Obama sucks.
CARSON: Syrians don’t want to come to USA anyways, they want to go back to Syria. We need to give their allies weapons, but we’re afraid the Kurds will them. And when we give weapons to Saudi Arabia to distribute to allies, only 10% of the weapons get out of Saudi Arabia. Refugees that come to America will definitely be terrorists, so we can’t take any.
PAUL: Rubio was wrong about Gang of 8, it had no provisions for extra safety for refugees. Why hasn’t Rubio tried to strengthen border control?
RUBIO: We probably shouldn’t take refugees bc they might be terrorists.
PAUL: Gov’t shouldn’t be giving out charity like food stamps and housing, and charity would be helping out the refuges. My church holds donation drives.
CHRISTIE: Naw, no refugees, too dangerous. Obama sucks. Women can be terrorists.
KASICH: I kept Ohio safe, except that one time when the government placed Central Americans in Ohio and I didn’t know about it.
FIORINA: We need China’s help to tackle Kim Jong-Un. I’ve done business with China so I can do it. We got to push back against their cyber fuckery and not let them control the trade route in the South China Sea. We need help from Australia, Japan, and the Philippines.
CARSON: China has more influence on N. Korea. N. Korea is fucked financially because they built their military but let their ppl starve, so we can capitalize on that. We can do that with Putin too. We need to get rid of old energy laws. We have the energy, we just need to lead in energy. Economic power > Military Power. If we don’t get the military right, nothing else matters. (I love the contradiction in the last two sentences here).
BUSH: Fuck Obama and Hillary. 23 million American cyber files are in the hands of China right now. We need to give reliability relief to private sector. We need to retaliate against China and then they’ll respect us.
TRUMP: I don’t know what that is. Nuclear is bad.
RUBIO: You idiot. The triad is the ability of US using airplanes, nuclear subs, and from the ground to shoot nuclear weapons. All three of the triad needs to be modernized because they all suck now.
MODERATOR: ASKS ABOUT CRUZ’ OPINION OF TRUMP.
TRUMP: “I’ve gotten to know Cruz over the past 3-4 days, he has a wonderful temper, don’t worry about it” THEN: TRUMP TO CRUZ: You better not attack me (like a dad threatening his son)
CRUZ: I have daughters. We gotta kill ISIS and Iran.
TRUMP: I won’t run as an independent, promise.
CLOSING REMARKS- WHY U BE PRESIDENT?
CHRISTIE: I was in NJ when 9/11 happened.
FIORINA: I put more security in our company when 9/11 happened.
BUSH: Hilary sucks. My detail plans will keep us safe. I don’t make false promises.
RUBIO: This is the most important election of the generation. It’s the election that will “usher in the best era of our country”.
CRUZ: Obama sucks. Regan was good. Fuck terrorist. Big military.
CARSON: I’m happy I was born in the USA. I hate PC language.
TRUMP: Shout out to the veterans. Nothing works. We are losers now. I’ll make us win. “We’ll have a great, great country, greater than before”