Best Quotes from the Sunday Shows – 6.22.14

In a pre-recorded interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Norah O’Donnell sat down with President Barack Obama to discuss the threat of ISIS on the United States: “But I think it’s important for us to recognize that ISIS is just one of a number of organizations that we have to stay focused on al-Qaeda in Yemen is still very active and we’re staying focused on that. In North Africa, you’re seeing organizations including Boko Haram that kidnapped all those young women that is extreme and violent. And this is going to be a global challenge and one that the United States is going to have to address but we’re not going to be able to address it alone. And as I said yesterday, what we can’t do is think that we’re just going to play whack-a-mole and send US troops occupying various countries wherever these organizations pop up. We’re going to have to have a more focused, more targeted strategy and we’re going to have to partner and train local law enforcement and military to do their jobs as well.”

On whether ISIS is more dangerous than al Qaeda, Sen. Marco Rubio told O’Donnell: “Well certainly, potentially more dangerous today than al Qaeda. They are an extremely radical group with increasing capabilities and a very clear design. They want to establish an Islamic caliphate in sections of both Syria and Iraq and other places, potentially Jordan is next at some point. And then they want to launch attacks in the exterior, external operations, including targeting our homeland. This is an extremely serious national security risk for the country if they were to establish that safe haven of operation.”

Former Vice President Dick Cheney on ABC’s “This Week:” “Now, I don’t intend any disrespect for the president, but I fundamentally disagree with him. I think he’s dead wrong in terms of the course he’s taken this nation and I think we’re in for big trouble in the years ahead because of his refusal to recognize reality and because of his continual emphasis upon getting the U.S. basically to withdraw from that part of the world.”

On the growth of ISIS, as a guest on “FOX News Sunday,” California Congressman Kevin McCarthy said in his first interview since winning the House Majority Leader position vacated by Eric Cantor: “I think the key part is lay out what we want to do for the entire region, to stop the momentum of this growth, we cannot allow them to continue to grow. By not acting, now, they have half a billion dollars. They’re growing each and every day…By our lack of action has allowed them to grow. So, build an overall strategy that moves that momentum backwards.”

On what he would do given the situation in Iraq, Sen. Rand Paul told CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union:” “I think we have to understand first how got here and then we have to decide as a country where we are going…I think there’s chaos in the Middle East, and I think the chaos is because we have created a vacuum. Before the Iraq war, I think there was somewhat of a standoff between Sunni and Shiite, had been for maybe 1,000 years off and on…But now we have a chaotic situation. We have a vacuum. And I think one of the reasons why ISIS has been emboldened is because we have been arming their allies. We have been allied with ISIS in Syria. They have had a safe haven because we have been arming the rebels to keep Assad away from them.”