Is the United States already allies with people way worse than Iran?

Investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald, best known for sharing the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden, joined Glenn on radio this morning for a full hour. While discussing current events, Glenn asked Greenwald what his take was on the Obama administration's negotiations with Iran.

While many have been critical of the negotiation, Greenwald said that the United States has a long history of allying with countries that have oppressive regimes, most notably Saudi Arabia, and that Iran has "more enlightened" government compared to others in the region.

"Our closest allies in the world are the most oppressive regimes on the planet, right? We sit down with Saudi Arabia. Obama just announced we were lifting our freeze of transferring to arms to the regime in Egypt. In Qatar and the United Emirates, Bahrain, the most oppressive regimes are the ones with whom we work most closely. So the idea we are sitting down with the table is a oppressive regime has been the staple of American foreign policy for decades," Greenwald said.

"But it shouldn't be," Glenn said.

"But doing that with Iran, compared to those other regimes, actually they are a more enlightened, more progressuve regime, certainly than Saudi Arabia, certainly than the gulf states. Women are an important part of their government, they are more educated, there's more secular rights there. Iran is a horribly repress I have regime, but compared to some of our best allies - I'd rather live in Iran," he said.

"Secondly, of course, we have higher expectations for political rights when it comes to states in the United States than we do foreign countries. Foreign countries have the right to create their own set of political principles and we shouldn't go around demanding that political rights we want here at home are the same ones that have to happen in Iran as well. I don't think that's our place."

Glenn argued that America no longer stands for anything, and our alliance with Saudi Arabi violates our founding pricnipels as much as our potential alliance with Iran.

"It's not our place," Glenn said, "but that's what's gotten us into this trouble around the world. Nobody knows what our principles are, because we get into bed with Saudi Arabia, so what the hell do we stand for?"

Greenwald then went into the background of a lot of the anti-American attitude in Iran.

"And people make a big deal of the death to America chanting, which happens in Iran. That is a disturbing thing, right? You are an American and you're hearing death to America. Now, most people understand that rhetoric and actions are not the same. Iran cannot actually impose death on America and hasn't actually tried. They're rationale actors."

"There's a background to that, as you said. Iran had a democratically elected government. The CIA overthrew that government in the 1950s and imposed this had heinous dictator called the Shah of Iran, who oppressed people in Iran violently and brutally for decades. And everyone knew it was the United States that supported him, just like we support the Saudi monarchs. If you are an Iranian citizen, or American citizen, and if you had some brutal dictator being propped up by a foreign power, of course you would be hostile to that foreign power. So I think it's not a question of ever blaming ourselves, but I think rational adults think about their own actions and how it affects the rest of the world."

Ultimately, Greenwald believes that despite the region being filled with religious extremists, there are enough "rationale actors" to sit down and negotiate. After all, the alternative could mean endless war in the Middle East.

"That region, like most regions, is filled with lots of extremists. The irony is now in Iraq and in Syria we actually are fighting as allies with Iran against ISIS. Just as was true in Afghanistan when Taliban became the principle concern of the United States in the wake of 9/11. Iran hated the Taliban and gave us all kinds of assistance, because they understood Afghanistan and also feared the Taliban, because they fear Sunni extremism because that's been one of their enemy as far as long time as we. If you look at the region, yes, it's true, there's lots of religious rhetoric that's disturbing that comes from Iranian Mullahs. But if you look at their actions in the world, I do think there's a basis of rationality to be able to sit down. What is the alternative? I mean, the United States cannot possibly afford to fight a war with a country three times the size of Iraq."

While Glenn didn't fully support Greenwald's opinion on Iran, they did both agree on the dangers of endless war.

"It becomes the policy of the country, it destroys financial security, it means that we essentially are a country that goes around trying to rule the world," Greenwald said.

"Restoring Hope" has been a labor of love for Glenn and his team and tonight is the night! "Restoring the Covenant" was supposed to take place in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Gettysburg and Washington D.C. but thanks to COVID-19, that plan had to be scrapped. "Restoring Hope" is what was left after having to scrap nearly two years of planning. The Herald Journal in Idaho detailed what the event was supposed to be and what it turned into. Check out the article below to get all the details.

Glenn Beck discusses patriotic, religious program filmed at Idaho ranch

On July 2, commentator Glenn Beck and his partners will issue a challenge from Beck's corner of Franklin County to anyone who will listen: "Learn the truth, commit to the truth, then act on the truth."

Over the last few weeks, he has brought about 1,000 people to his ranch to record different portions of the program that accompanies the challenge. On June 19, about 400 members of the Millennial Choir and Orchestra met at West Side High School before boarding WSSD buses to travel to a still spring-green section of Beck's ranch to record their portion of the program.

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The current riots and movement to erase America's history are exactly in line with the New York Times' "1619 Project," which argues that America was rotten at its beginning, and that slavery and systemic racism are the roots of everything from capitalism to our lack of universal health care.

On this week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck exposed the true intent of the "1619 Project" and its creator, who justifies remaking America into a Marxist society. This clever lie is disguised as history, and it has already infiltrated our schools.

"The '1619 Project' desperately wants to pass itself off as legitimate history, but it totally kneecaps itself by ignoring so much of the American story. There's no mention of any black Americans who succeeded in spite of slavery, due to the free market capitalist system. In the 1619 Project's effort to take down America, black success stories are not allowed. Because they don't fit with the narrative. The role of white Americans in abolishing slavery doesn't fit the narrative either," Glenn said.

"The agenda is not ultimately about history," he added. "It's just yet another vehicle in the fleet now driven by elites in America toward socialism."

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Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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