Buck Brief: Obama vs. ISIS

Filling in for Glenn on Tuesday, Buck Sexton introduced his trademarked "Buck Brief," a short monologue related to national security he performs on his regular afternoon show on TheBlaze Radio. After some cool, digital sound effects and a voice saying, "This is a secure space. All outside comms are down. Prepare to receive the Buck Brief," Buck dove into President Obama's policies dealing with ISIS and other global threats.

Listen or read the full transcript below.

BUCK: Well, it took years. And the casualties in the Syrian civil war have reached well over 250,000. But finally, the United States and Turkey are intervening or planning to intervene in a substantial fashion in that conflict, trying to do something that will have a real effect on the ground. Turkey and the U.S. have agreed in general terms to put together what they're calling a safe zone in northern Syria. Now, this it must be said, is distinct from a no-fly zone, which has been talked about for years as a method of protecting certain areas of Syria. Of course, it hearkens back to the days of the no-fly zone in Iraq, during which the Shia South and the Kurdish North were protected from Saddam's Air Force by the U.S. no-fly zone, by Saddam's helicopters, by whatever else he could put up in the sky.

There's been talk about this for some time. Now, let's keep in mind, there are already efforts that have been underway for years to do something about this conflict that has given rise to not only the Islamic State, but has also seen the usage of chemical weapons. It is believed at least dozens of times, chemical weapons deployed on the battlefield. The creation of mass casualty weapons, deployed as mass casualty weapons, like barrel bombs, which is essentially a giant IED dropped by Assad's helicopters from the sky over civilian-populated areas. Just a large -- large tub of gasoline with shrapnel attached to it, and it just blows up and tries to wound, kill and maim as many people as possible.

That's the conflict as it's been going on now. As I said, grinding on the rise of the Islamic State. Also, other Islamic groups, most notably Jabhat al-Nusra, which is really just al-Qaeda in Syria. We don't call it that. I don't really know why. But it is the al-Qaeda in Syria branch. And then there are other groups like Alra-hasham (phonetic). And these hard-lined Islamist and jihadist groups that are not technically a part of that, but have sort of taken a piece of Syria as their own territory. It is a giant mess. The efforts for the U.S. to do something so far and with coalition allies, has been to call it lackluster would be generous. The airstrikes in Syria have been minimal. There's an unwillingness for this administration to have any real casualties on their side of the battlefield. On ISIS, because they're so afraid of hitting civilians in the process. And that's unfortunately not a method for really hitting an enemy. If you're so concerned with this, you're not going to have any impact. And that's what we've seen so far.

Now, the creation of this safe zone, which will take some time in coordination with Turkey, which, of course, shares the border with Syria could be a good development. It seems to be a welcome development particularly for the rebel forces. The so-called modern Syrian forces. Whatever that means. Your guess is as good as mine. The modern Syrian forces on the ground in this conflict. Who have been, of course, pushed back and have become one of the least effective of all the fighting forces on the ground in Syria. The ones that the US wants to win have been allowed to take a beating and are not in a position to take the fight to the enemy and hold territory.

It was publicized just a few weeks ago that the Pentagon has managed to train a total of 60 fighters for the Syrian conflict. Sixty fighters is what we've pulled together. That is certainly not enough to make any real difference. And it shows you just how slow and plotting the administration's response to this grinding humanitarian and security catastrophe in Syria. Remember, the Islamic State based out of Raqaa still holding a lot of territory, is growing as a state, is becoming increasingly sophisticated, increasingly well armed, and is able to go on offense on multiple fronts at once with coordination and tactical precision. That's the enemy that our allies on the ground face.

Now, finally we're saying, there's going to be a safe zone in northern Syria. Well, that's going to require some doing on our part and from the Turks. And, of course, the Turks have their own problems. Not just with the civil war that is right across their border to the south and the prospect that if they become too enmeshed in all this, they may find themselves targeted by the Islamic State. That's a very real concern. That all of a sudden you could have a series of suicide bombings in Ankara or Istanbul that the Islamic State is claiming credit for. But beyond that, of course, they have their own problems with the Kurds. The Kurds who have been a useful force against the Islamic State are a political risk for Turkey.

Turkey has always had this problem with its Kurdish minority based largely down in the southeast of the country, along the Syrian and Iraqi borders. They're worried that if the Kurds are allowed to be the ones that establish their own de facto safe zone in these areas, groups that are tied to or part of the PKK, which is an insurgent group that has been fighting against the Turks for a very long time, might also stir up trouble on Turkish soil. They'll have to figure out a way to both push back against Kurdish forces, while also creating a safe space in the midst of this massive conflagration that is Syria, that of course has spilled across the border into Iraq and has now spawned a terrorist state, not just a state sponsor of terror, but a full-blown terrorist state with ISIS. That is setting up franchises well outside the Iraq/Syria corridor in places as far flung as Libya, Afghanistan, the Sinai Peninsula, even Boko Haram has pledged its fealty (phonetic) in Nigeria. And, of course, is calling for attacks from all over the world against the West. Against America. Against Europe. With lone wolves given free reign to figure out how best to strike at the Christian and Zionist invaders as the jihadists refer to them.

So this is the reality now of what they're trying to deal with in northern Syria. And, of course, many of us look at this and say, well, this certainly feels like too little too late. Why would this be sufficient to do anything in this conflict that will actually change any trajectory. That will start -- as the stated goal of the administration is to -- to degrade and destroy ISIS. Why do we think that's the case? What evidence do we have that this will be sufficient?

Keep in mind that they're going for a safe zone. Not a no-fly zone. Because once again, the administration thinks, well, if we call it something else and take a half measure, then I can't be blamed as much if this goes wrong. Because at least we're not what that silly Bush administration was. That's really one of the main motivations that they have on a lot of foreign policy issues when it comes to dealing in the Middle East, it's certainly one of the more prominent theories they operate from. Don't be Bush. That's what Obama thinks about whenever he's looking at this on a map, whenever he's briefed by chairman of the JCS, or whoever -- head of the CIA. Head of the various national intelligence agencies. He's got to be sitting there thinking, well, I can't be Bush. I can't be dragged into a quagmire. And so what's the minimum?

What we find out though is that minimum -- and this from a president, by the way, who said never again. Who made it a point to set up some sort of an international response mechanism to ethnic cleansing and to genocide. That half measures and minimalist approaches have allowed for slaughter of Christians in the Middle East. The near extinction of Christian communities in parts of Iraq. An ancient Christian community, by the way. Well, we've as a country been told that it's just a matter of time before they -- the administration gets its act together and takes real action here. Decides that it's going to do something meaningful.

Well, here we have it. It might be a few years too late. But a safe zone. A safe zone that, give it some time, will turn into a no-fly zone. But that will be on the next president's watch. Once again, you see, this president just wants to get out of office without being Bush, without making those same mistakes, without taking us down those same paths. You can decide for yourself what you think the wisdom of all that is. But that's the reality of his policy in Syria.

And that's the Buck Brief for today.

Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Left's latest move — canceling six Dr. Seuss books due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity. And now, school districts are jumping on board after President Joe Biden seems to have dropped Dr. Seuss from the White House's annual "Read Across America Day" proclamation.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn argued that deleting books is the perfect example of fascism, and asked when we as a country will finally realize it.

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?"

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Former Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard and Glenn Beck don't agree much on policy, but they're in lockstep on principles.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Tulsi spoke with Glenn about one of her last acts in Congress, introducing the "Protect Women's Sports Act," which she says would "strengthen, clarify, and uphold the intent of Title IX to provide a level playing field for girls and women in sports." But since then, the Biden administration has gone in the opposite direction, and has supported allowing biological men to compete in women's sports.

Watch the video clip below to hear why Tulsi took a stand for female athletes:


Watch the full interview with Tulsi Gabbard here.

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Later this week, former President Trump will attend CPAC and give his first major policy appearance since leaving office. Sources close to the President reveal he will focus on "the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement."

The future of the GOP is a question that demands real discussion before elections in 2022 and 2024. Right now, I can see three possible answers for how you act:

  1. Those in power and senior positions will ignore the reasons behind Donald Trump winning in 2016. They will be vindicated in their minds because they outlasted him, as they view DC as a job for life. These leaders will go back to business as usual and seek forgiveness from the left, hoping for unity and acceptance in the future.
  2. The second outcome is another section of the party that is understandably very angry over the left's Presidents treatment. They still support and believe in Trump. They think it's time to take off the gloves and treat Biden/the left exactly how they treated Trump.
  3. The few policy positions offered in public will be centered solely around opposing the left. They will also make the case how the left suck, are dangerous, and how you need them in power. The next four years are merely a countdown for Trump to run again and right the wrong of 2020.
  4. The third outcome is very similar to the second, but with one key difference. While they appreciate everything Trump accomplished while in office, they feel it's time to unite behind another candidate.
Question

Which of these three positions will work best for the American people? Which helps built a political base for elections in both 2022 and 2024?

If you seek to help save America, it is critical to do some soul searching. Whether you love or hate him, Donald Trump got 75 million votes and made advancements in key demographics. What did he do well that you can develop further? In what areas was he poor, and how can you improve?

I want to raise six principled points everyone on the right should be forced to consider in the run-up to 2024.

1 - Understanding American Exceptionalism

FACT: America is an exceptional nation. If you read enough of world history, you will find ample evidence that America acted in ways that made it unique and significantly different from other countries in the past and modern times. These reasons must be understood and promoted through the culture and body politic.

One of those reasons is the layout of your Declaration of Independence. If you look around politics today, you will see people on all political sides telling you what they hate, why the other side is the enemy, and how they must be defeated.

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson also made that case against the English when he listed 27 grievances against the King. So how is the layout key? It took Jefferson 357 words to get to those grievances. Your Declaration is your mission statement: it tells everyone in the world what America aspires to be. It states the belief that all were created equal, all had certain rights that come directly from God, and that it is the government's job to protect rights -- not give people rights.

The left is successfully painting everyone on the right to be a terrorist who enjoyed the Capitol Hill riots. If you ever want to win another election, it will be critical to explain what you stand for to the American people.

After all, ask yourself which makes you the most passionate to vote - removing someone from office or voting for a vision and change you believe in?

2 - The Constitution

Is there a better place to start this vision than the Constitution? Yes, it is mostly ignored today by those in power and is only referenced by politicians and media when it fits a narrative.

The Constitution is a beautiful and complex document but is primarily based on a straightforward principle. The government should be extremely limited in its power, but it should be as close to the people as possible where there is a clear need for government. Who can argue with this principle?

Who wants someone they have never met, dictating how they live their life?

This is why the Constitution grants the President no real power, and gives Congress 18 clauses of power, listed under Article 1, Section 8. Any and every power not mentioned there belongs at the state level.

3 - Finances

The power structure in DC has changed many times over the last twenty years, with both parties having the opportunity to rule the different federal branches. There have been two periods where one party controlled all the power in DC:

  • 2008-2010: Obama / Dem
  • 2016-2018: Trump / GOP

Despite these changes, your government continually grows, you continue to spend money you don't have, and in ten out of the last thirteen years, you have added over $1,000,000,000,000 to your national debt, which now sits just under $28 trillion. Does this seem sustainable to you? Of course not, but sadly your finances only get worse.

America has revenue of over $3.2 trillion every year, yet DC has not passed a budget since 2008. Can you imagine any business running that way? Do you think Apple, Amazon, or Disney have a budget? It is time to get America on a path to financial sustainability, work towards a balanced budget, and explain to the American people how you will achieve it.

4 - Taxes

Do you remember discussing taxes during the Tea Party?

We used to make the simple moral case to the American people: any money you earn is yours, you should use it to plan your life, and the government has no right to take it from you. This was so successful around 2012 that Herman Cain ran for President with one primary policy: the 9-9-9 plan.

If America is to return to prosperity after Covid, lower taxes and a simpler tax code must be a central theme.

5 - Cutting Government

Look at the size of the US government in 2021. Are you happy? Can you name the numerous departments? Is it now the freedom-loving Americans' position that agencies like Education, Energy, EPA, and Commerce are constitutional bodies of government and are well-run?

How about the IRS, which targeted Tea-Party groups under President Obama? Do they deserve support, or is it time to start sharing a vision of the departments that should be abolished?

This principle used to be a big part of the Conservative platform. It played a massive role in 2012 when Rick Perry ran for President. His campaign was destroyed in 45 short seconds when he could not remember the three agencies he would abolish.

Maybe it's time to refresh this debate but change the parameters. How about we discuss the agencies that should be kept?

6 - Bill of Rights

Today, the Bill of Rights is under constant attack. The far-left/woke mob hates free speech, and they seek to cancel anyone with an opposing view. However, the attacks on the Bill of Rights don't always come from the left.

America has a second amendment that guarantees you the right to bear arms. The last time the GOP held both houses of Congress and the Presidency, they banned bump stocks - but who really NEEDS a bump stock?

As the years have passed, some have admitted they are open to red flag laws. Is this still the case?

While the second amendment may be under attack, it is clear the fourth amendment is dead. Regardless of which party holds power in DC, the NSA is given continuous ability to spy on Americans. The simple, principled case from Rand Paul of "get a warrant" always falls on deaf ears.

The Bill of Rights should be a unifying document for most Americans, as the principles are self-evident and a significant part of any freedom platform going forward.

Conclusion

America will face significant challenges over the coming years. As the government continues to grow, the far left get more hostile, and central planners seek a great reset. If you share my concern, then now is the time to forget our tribes and ignore the debate on who should be President in 2024.

It's time to work hard to build a platform by raising a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels. We must share a clear vision to the American people of a bright future where they are free, prosperous, and can pursue their happiness.

When the platform is built and successful, people can identify the best candidate to run in 2024.

"First, you win the argument, and then you win the election." — Margaret Thatcher

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is under fire for questioning President Joe Biden's nominee for an assistant health secretary position, Dr. Rachel Levine, about her alleged support for giving children puberty blockers and sex-change surgeries.

During a confirmation hearing Thursday, Paul pointedly asked Levine, who is a transgender woman, about her support for allowing children to change their sex, and whether she believes children are capable of making such life-altering decisions.

Levine evaded the question, answering instead with a vague statement about the complexities of transgender medicine, which she would again reiterate for Paul's subsequent questions.

Watch a video clip of the confirmation hearing here.

Predictably, Paul has been labeled "transphobic" and accused of trying to derail Levine with "transphobic misinformation" by the leftist media.

On the Glenn Beck Radio Program Friday, Paul said his questioning Levine had nothing to do with who she is or the fact that she is a transgender adult, but was about the question of gender changes for children.

"The interesting thing is, none of it was directed towards her personally or who she is. It was directed towards the question of whether children can consent. And this is an intellectual question. It's not an inflammatory question. It's a question of serious consequences," he explained. "Most people would argue that children can't really make an informed consent. You know, we have laws against a man having sex with a 12-year-old, even if the 12-year-old says 'yes', because we don't think a 12-year-old is capable of consenting. They just aren't old enough to make the decision."

Paul went on to add, "I guess the danger is, you have to have some chutzpah. You have to have some guts, some courage to stand up because it is a culture out there where ... everybody is saying I made transphobic comments yesterday. All I did was ask whether a minor could consent to this kind of dramatic surgery. Nothing I ever said was hateful. I said nothing hateful about these people. I said nothing hateful about adults who choose to do this. But the culture is out there is so strong that so many in office are afraid to speak out. And it's getting worse.

"There's a handful of us that will speak out in the Senate. There's a handful in the House, and we just have to grow our ranks. But we have to resist or it just will roll over us. And we'll live in this terrible cancel culture world where nobody speaks out, and everybody is afraid to say anything."

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