Have you heard the amazing story of America's early war against Islamic radicals?

Glenn Beck’s new book, “Miracles and Massacres,” is about helping people connect with the true, untold history of America. In Chapter Four, Glenn tells the story of the First Barbary War, America’s first overseas military operation and first encounter with Islamic jihadists, the lessons of which echo to this very day.

You've heard the Marines' Hymn all your life. You know the tune and you probably know the lyrics by heart: “From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli...”

You know that Marines are called “leathernecks” and you’ve seen the long, curved sword their officers wear --- a sword with a hilt that looks distinctly Ottoman in its design.

But if you're like a lot of people, you might not know where any of these things come from. And that’s a shame -- because it’s one of the greatest stories ever told.

When we gained our independence, the young United States lost something as well. As British colonists, our merchant ships had enjoyed the protection of the empire's powerful Navy --- protection that included safe passage from the ruthless Barbary Pirates. But after the revolution, that shield was gone, and we were on our own.

The Barbary Pirates would attack and board our defensless ships, stealing cargo and taking the crews hostage until we paid their ransoms. These were acts of war, of course, but wars are expensive and the country was sick of fighting. Almost no one in power wanted another conflict, especially one so far from our shores.

Fortunately, there was another option on the table.

The pirates promised that if we paid enough money in tribute they would leave our ships alone. This wasn't diplomacy, it was extortion. Tony Soprano would have been proud because no matter what we paid, the attacks continued, and the next year – surprise, surprise – the price always went up.

When Thomas Jefferson became president he’d had finally had enough. After decades of tribute, the payment in 1801 had amounted to a full 20 percent of America’s annual budget. (for perspective, 20 percent of our 2013 federal budget would be $760 billion dollars...)

And so Jefferson sent our troops to the shores of Tripoli.

What happened next is one of the most thrilling war stories of all time. U.S. soldiers held as slaves in dirty prisons, beaten and tortured daily. A nighttime mission to burn a captured ship. Bloody fights with Islamic radicals in the desert. It’s an adventure that Britain's Admiral Lord Nelson called, quote, “the most bold and daring act of the age.”

The full story is in the book and it’s well worth your time to read – but it’s important to know that the Barbary Wars changed America forever: our Marine Corp became permanent … our Navy became a force to be reckoned with … and we learned lessons that stayed with us for decades to come. Lessons about finishing what we started; about the price we're willing to pay for both war and peace; and lessons about the hazards of trying to appease the corrupt, the radical, or the evil.

Sadly...it seems that some of those lessons are now being forgotten.

 

Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu is now warning that his nation is preparing for war with China after Beijing flew a record number of warplanes over Taiwanese territory. Wu reached out to another country for help, but it wasn't the United States.

In a video, Wu urged Australia to help prepare for a possible invasion, but gave the U.S. no mention.

"The defense of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that. And if China is going to launch a war against Taiwan, we will fight until the end. And that is our commitment. And, of course, during this period of time, we would like to exchange with other countries for security cooperation," Wu said on ABC News In-depth's China Tonight program. "We would like to engage in security or intelligence exchanges with other like-minded partners, Australia included, so that Taiwan is better prepared to deal with the war situation. And so far, our relations with Australia is very good. And that is what we appreciate it for."

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn, Pat Gray, and Stu Burguiere discussed whether or not America would do anything during such a conflict — because it sure seems like President Joe Biden is more focused on working with China to fight climate change. Plus, why did China just cut off all cryptocurrency?

Watch the video clip below to catch the conversation:

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On "Glenn TV" tonight, Glenn Beck heads to the chalkboard to reveal how the fundamental transformation of America has already begun by turning the Declaration of Independence upside down.

If Donald Trump was a dictator, then what do we call President Biden? In Biden's first nine months in office, he has already issued 64 executive orders – that's more than Trump, Obama, W. Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Reagan each issued in their entire first years in office.

You never hear the Left talk about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights any more, unless it's to "reimagine" the Constitution or slap a "harmful content" warning on our founding documents. Seriously. The National Archives said while its website label wasn't targeting the Constitution specifically, "some of the materials presented here may reflect outdated, biased, offensive, and possibly violent views and opinions." The Left finds basic, guaranteed rights so offensive they now spend all of their time on workarounds to deal with America's annoying founding documents.

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below to see Glenn outline the aggressive unconstitutional abuses "King Biden" is jamming down our throats and teaches Americans how we can defend against presidential tyranny.

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn explained why he wouldn't be surprised to see our supply chain collapse and empty shelves in America in the near future. Shortages are already wrecking our economy, China (where many of our goods are still made) is facing an energy shortage, and the Biden administration sure seems to be doing everything it can to make things worse.

Glenn noted a serious warning from American CEO Mike Beckham: "There's a major storm brewing in the supply chain," Beckham wrote on Twitter.

Thanks to China's centrally planned system, electricity shortages are causing huge delays in product manufacturing. In fact, some items are facing a 33 percent cut in production. "It could dramatically impact every [American's] life next year. But almost no one knows about it yet," Beckham warned.

Glenn went on to explain exactly what this means for you — and what you can do to prepare.

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn break it down:


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Every decision made by President Joe Biden has ended in "disaster," Bill O'Reilly told Glenn Beck.

O'Reilly joined the radio program to explain why he thinks there's only one "mechanism" Americans can use stop the Biden administration's mess.

"Give me one thing that [Biden] has done, just one, that's improved this nation. Everything that he has been involved with is a disaster. Everything from the COVID mandates, to the energy policies, to the economic policies, to the inflation, to Afghanistan, to the collapsing southern border, to the social woke business, to the denial of due process. Right across-the-board, there isn't anything this man has done, or stood for, that's improved America," O'Reilly said.

"But there is no mechanism to do anything about it until a year from this November: the midterm elections. That's the only mechanism that we have, under the Constitution. We elected this guy and he's there for four years. You neutralize him next November [2022], with the Republicans taking back the House and Senate, then he's done. [He] can't do anymore damage because you've got him in a hole. And he's not going to be proactive with executive orders. He's just going to stay there in his jammies for two more years. OK? So that's the only mechanism."

O'Reilly also tore into the corporate media for using its power to defend Gen. Mark Milley after news of his China calls broke. Is there any deterrence in American society anymore to keep our leaders and media in check?

"What does this say to the United States of America when you have two of the most powerful information agencies in the world — NBC, Comcast, and AT&T, CNN — actively deceiving you?" O'Reilly said. "They know what they're doing. And yet there is absolutely no way for anyone to hold them accountable other than not watching them, which has, of course, happened. You know they have no audience. But just the corruption level of the information flow to the American people is at an all-time high. We have never had a worse media in the history of this republic."

Watch the clip below to hear O'Reilly break it all down:

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