UPDATED: Glenn on Syria: It doesn’t make any sense

UPDATE: During a speech today, Secretary of State John Kerry said there is now additional evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria. NBC’s Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd said on Twitter that the Kerry speech appeared to indicate “we’re in the ‘drumbeat’ stage” towards war - it's no longer a question of "if" but rather "when" and "how hard." Get the full story via TheBlaze.

The United Nations is now on the ground in Syria to investigate the Syrian regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons. The team plans to visit the site in the suburbs of Damascus where an alleged chemical weapon attack occurred last week, reportedly killing hundreds.

This morning, a U.N. spokesman said a vehicle belonging to a team investigating the Syrian regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons has been “deliberately shot at multiple times” by unidentified snipers in Damascus.

According to TheBlaze:

Martin Nesirky, who is spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, says the Monday shooting occurred in the buffer zone area between rebel- and government-controlled territory.

He says the team will return to the area after replacing the vehicle.

If chemical weapons were in fact used against the Syrian people, President Obama’s “red line” would have been reached and U.S. military action could follow. This morning on radio, however, Glenn explained why the reported situation doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

“Well looks likes we’re about ready to go to war with Syria. Who in their right mind thinks this is a good idea,” Glenn asked. “It's a nightmare… It's a very disturbing scenario. And it doesn't make any sense. Can we just use our brain for half a second here? Somebody help me out on how this whole Syrian thing makes sense at all.”

It was just about a year ago that President Obama declared the movement or use of chemical weapons in Syria would be “red line” that could lead to U.S. military action. It is now reported that Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against the Syrian rebels, resulting in the death of about 100 civilians.

“For Assad to use a chemical weapon on 100 people. Does it make sense to anybody? How could that possibly be? Why would he do that? The United States says, ‘We have a line in the sand.’ And it is him using chemical weapons,” Glenn explained. “Well, he wants to survive. Remember that. He wants to survive.”

One of the complicating factors in Syria is the alliance between the Syrian regime and Russia and Iran. Glenn believes that while Iran would be open to going to war immediately, Russia is wiser.

“But unless you believe Russia wants war, it makes no sense. I don't think the Russians want war. Unless the Russians look at this as a war game; unless the Russians believe now we are at our weakest, and I don't think we're at our weakest,” Glenn said. “I think we're damn close to it but I think we can be a little weaker. Give us another year we'll be weaker. So, why rush into something? So the Russians would say, immediately, to Assad, ‘Don't do anything with chemical weapons. Don't.’ The Russians would not be for it. The Iranians may be. Maybe.”

Furthermore, it is important to remember that Assad is a dictator, and the primary goal of any dictator is to remain in power. Using chemical weapons against the Syrian people would jeopardize that power in a way no other action would, given the past remarks of President Obama and other allied forces.

“Assad is a survivor. Look, he's a dictator. He's a bad guy. But most bad guys have some sort of survival instinct, unless he's gone crazy,” Glenn said. “Most of them just want to be left alone. They like their power. [Assad] just likes his power and he just wants to be left alone. So there's no reason to gas. After you killed 100,000, why would you gas 100?”

“And as soon as the U.N. weapons’ inspectors came, what happens? Snipers from the rebels are taking out and pinning the U.N. trucks down – wouldn't let the U.N. trucks go to the site,” he continued. “If they are the ones that are going to prove that chemical weapons were used, why wouldn't you want the U.N. there? You would look at the U.N. as your savior.”

Glenn believes there are two possible explanations for the Syrian rebels’ attack on the U.N. weapons’ inspectors.

1. They don’t consider the U.N. to be the savior

“That tells you something,” Glenn said. “That tells you that they don't look at anything from the West as anything other than an enemy to them. So that doesn't seem real good, does it?”

2. They believe the U.N. is pro-Assad

“Well, not if he was using chemical weapons,” Glenn explained. “The United States has already said –and the United States seems eager to have chemical weapons used. So what is this all mean?”

Glenn spoke to TheBlaze’s senior Washington correspondent, Sara Carter, to learn what her sources on the ground in Syria are saying:

As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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