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.

The Senate Judiciary Committee was set to vote on subpoenas to compel Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify on alleged censorship and bias across their platforms. But that all changed when Republican committee members "expressed reservation about the maneuver," Politico reports.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who chairs Judiciary's Subcommittee on the Constitution, was definitely not one of the committee members with cold feet. On the radio program Tuesday, he told Glenn Beck that he's fighting "vociferously" to ensure Dorsey and others testify before the November 3rd election.

"Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg are both going to testify. They're are going to testify in person. They're going to testify before Election Day. That's what I think should happen," Cruz said. "That's what I'm fighting vociferously to happen. Right now, the companies are negotiating with the chairman's office to discuss terms to come voluntarily. I don't give a damn whether they come voluntarily or under subpoena. They need to testify in person and answer questions for the American people about why they are trying to steal this election, to suppress the free speech, and to censor the press."

The subpoenas would require Big Tech leaders to testify on the alleged "suppression and/or censorship" of two consecutive blockbuster stories from the New York Post. The first story was about emails that allegedly came from Hunter Biden's computer which are currently being investigated by the FBI, and the second was based on additional emails that allegedly showed communist China directly offering millions of dollars to then-Vice President Joe Biden.

"Big Tech stepped in, and they've done something they've never done before," Cruz explained. "We know that Big Tech has been censoring individual conservatives, trying to suppress conservative speech. But the step they took here is, they blocked if any individual user tried to share either of the New York Post stories, [they] were blocked ... Sharing a news story, from a major media outlet is part of democracy, part of free speech. And not only that, they blocked the New York Post itself. Right now, today, the New York Post is not being allowed to post its own damn stories on corruption. This is ridiculous. It's a threshold that's never been crossed before, of Silicon Valley oligarchs declaring the authority to determine what the press is allowed to report, and who is allowed to see it."

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If we learned nothing from the media over the past 4 years it's that colluding with a foreign entity to either win an election or for personal gain is absolutely grotesque. Well, that depends on whether you have a (D) or (R) before your name anyway. President Trump was impeached on rumor and innuendo yet Joe Biden has all but skated on his corruption up to this point.

Below is a timeline that shows the level of corruption and the lengths the Biden's went to in order to build that family's wealth and influence internationally.

2009

In 2009, Joe Biden was the brand-new Vice President and John Kerry was a U.S. Senator. Just five months after Joe was sworn in, his son Hunter, and Kerry's stepson, Christopher Heinz, formed an international private equity firm called Rosemont Capital. It had several different branches, including one called Rosemont Seneca Partners.

2010

Just nine months after Rosemont Seneca opened its doors, Hunter Biden went to China for meetings with executives from China's biggest banks, and its sovereign wealth and social security funds. That's unheard-of access for a brand-new firm. Was it just coincidence that at the same time Hunter was meeting these Chinese bigwigs, his dad was meeting with China's then-president Hu Jintao in Washington DC at a nuclear security summit?

2011

In May 2011, Joe Biden met with Chinese officials for the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue conference in Washington. Just two weeks later, Hunter Biden went to Taiwan for meetings with the same Chinese financial giants he'd met in China in 2010, plus some new ones.

2013

By December 2013, Joe Biden was enjoying his second term as VP, and John Kerry was now Secretary of State. That's when Joe traveled to Beijing on an extended official trip and Hunter traveled with him on Air Force Two.

During their stay, Vice President Biden met with President Xi and Hunter was mostly out of sight. We don't know exactly what he was up to, but the deal finalized between Rosemont Seneca and the Bank of China just ten days after the Bidens' trip pretty much gives it away. The most powerful financial institution in China formed a joint venture with tiny Rosemont Seneca to create a giant new investment firm called Bohai Harvest RST – the "RS" stands for Rosemont Seneca.

The firm is often called "BHR" for short.

Hunter Biden was a member of the Board. Remember, the Bank of China is government-owned, which means its business is completely intertwined with the goals of the Chinese Communist Party. BHR also got the freedom to operate in the newly created Shanghai Free-Trade Zone where, over the next six years, it would use $2.5 billion of Chinese government money to invest in China, as well as in other countries, including the U.S.

During their Beijing trip, Hunter also introduced Jonathan Li to his dad. Li is Hunter's business partner – he's CEO and Director of BHR.

Hunter arranged for Joe to meet Li in the lobby of the hotel where they stayed during their Beijing trip.

2014

In 2014, one of BHR's first major investments was in the China General Nuclear Power Corporation.

CGN is a Chinese government-owned nuclear power company that sold off a stake of the company to outside investors. Problem is, CGN was under FBI investigation for paying informants in the U.S. to steal nuclear secrets.

In 2016, the FBI arrested the ringleader of this nuclear espionage, a man named Allen Ho.

When they arrested Ho, he was using a random code generator to access funds being provided to him from – where else? – the Bank of China.

Yet while this FBI probe was going on, the son of the Vice President owned a stake in the company being investigated. And even after arrests were made, Rosemont Seneca did not alter its relationship with BHR, nor did it divest from CGN, even though it was stealing U.S. nuclear secrets.

2015

In 2015, BHR partnered with the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) to buy an American company called Henniges for $600 million.

AVIC is a gigantic military contractor in China – think Lockheed Martin – that makes fighter jets, bombers and drones. BHR bought 49% of Henniges and AVIC bought 51%.

Henniges is a precision parts manufacturer specializing in anti-vibration technology. The stuff they make is known as "dual use" by the U.S. State Department, which means the technology can also have a military application.

Because of that, the deal had to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) since it could have national security implications. The thing is, the American side of BHR – meaning Hunter Biden and his pals – had to know there were serious national security implications with AVIC.

The year before they formed a partnership with AVIC, the Wall Street Journal reported how AVIC stole technology related to the U.S. Air Force's F-35 stealth fighter and used it in its own stealth fighter for the Chinese.

How the Committee on Foreign Investment approved that deal remains a mystery. CFIUS does not publicly disclose any information regarding its decisions. Their findings are not publicly announced.

Interesting that China accounted for the largest share – with 74 transactions – approved by CFIUS during Obama's second term (2013-2015).

Under the umbrella of Rosemont Capital was a real estate company called Rosemont Realty. In 2015, a Chinese company called Gemini Investments bought a 75% stake in Rosemont Realty. The company was renamed Gemini Rosemont

Gemini brought $3 billion to the partnership with Rosemont, with the aim of buying "Class A institutional-quality commercial office properties in U.S. markets."

Red flag (literally) – Gemini Investments is a subsidiary of the China Ocean Shipping Company, a.k.a., "COSCO."

COSCO is a Chinese government-owned company. Its headquarters in Beijing is actually next to the headquarters of the Bank of China. COSCO is well-known for its close military ties. It's essentially a branch of the Chinese Navy.

2017

In 2017, BHR invested in Face++. That's the facial recognition phone app built by a Chinese company that is incorporated in a separate app built by the Chinese government. Police in the Xinjiang [Sin-jong] region of China use that app to keep tabs on citizens, and track and detain Uiguhr [Wee-ger] Muslims.

The app allows police easy access to data about Chinese Muslims including things like religious activity, blood type, and even the amount of electricity they use.

2018

In March 2018, a spokesman (Chris Bastardi) for Christopher Heinz (John Kerry's stepson) emailed The Hill to say that Heinz had "no operating role" in Rosemont Seneca, and that he was not involved in any of Rosemont's deals in China (which contradicts Schweizer's report in his book Secret Empires).

Chris Heinz was involved in Rosemont Capital. Rosemont Seneca was established under the same GP as Rosemont Capital, but Chris Heinz had no operating role in it. Chris and his family have no financial interest or investment in Bohai Harvest RST, he has never traveled to China, and he has never met with the firm's Chinese management team or investors.

2019

In October 2019, Hunter Biden's lawyer, George Mesires, said Hunter did not conduct any business on that 2013 trip to Beijing with his Dad.

Mesires said the timing of BHR's business license getting approved was purely coincidental because the paperwork had been submitted months before the Bidens' China trip.

According to Hunter's lawyer, the approval " was not related in any way, shape or form to Hunter's visit."

Hunter Biden finally stepped down from the BHR board last October (2019), but he DID NOT give up his 10% stake in the company.

When Bevan Cooney — the former "junior" business partner to Hunter Biden and Devon Archer — went to jail in 2019, investigative reporter and New York Times bestselling author Peter Schweizer thought he'd never gain access to the damning emails Cooney had promised. That all changed three weeks ago when Schweizer was given complete access to Cooney's gmail account.

Schweizer joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to describe just some of the business deals revealed within these emails — like Hunter working with an alleged Russian criminal and with Chinese communists to secure their assets, or to secure one-on-one time with his dad, then-Vice President Joe Biden. And all of this new information is completely separate from the emails allegedly discovered on Hunter Biden's laptop recently reported by the New York Post.

"So, I want to make this clear. This [Cooney's emails] has nothing to do with what's on the laptop … It didn't come from [Rudy] Giuliani. It didn't come from anybody else, right?" Glenn asked Schweizer.

"That's absolutely correct," Schweizer confirmed.

He briefly explained how Cooney, a former Los Angeles nightclub owner, is currently serving a prison sentence for his involvement in a fraudulent business bond scheme with Biden and Archer. From prison, Cooney gave Schweizer written permission to access his Gmail account.

"This is really important," he noted. "We're not looking at printouts. Not looking at PDFs. We're actually in his Gmail accounts themselves, sifting through these emails. And there's a shocking amount of information about deals involving China, involving Russia, involving all sorts of things they were trying to pull off."

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The king of "No Spin" and bestselling author of "Killing Crazy Horse," Bill O'Reilly joined Glenn Beck on this week's podcast to talk about the latest developments in Joe Biden's Ukraine and China corruption scandal. Now that some of the details are finally coming out in the open, does the average Democrat care? Maybe, but the Left doesn't seem to.

O'Reilly argued there's more hatred for President Donald Trump now than in 2016, and that some people hate President Trump so much that they'd rather vote for the "senile, corrupt" Joe Biden.

"Hunter got tens of millions of dollars from Ukraine, from Russia, from China because his father was vice president. I have no doubt in my mind," O'Reilly said. "But the hatred for Donald Trump overrides that in the minds of millions of viewers. They're saying, 'You know, we'd rather have the senile corrupt guy than Trump.'"

Asked by Glenn if any other Republican running for president would be met with the same level of vitriol, O'Reilly answered, "The Left is the Left. They don't like America. The want to redo the Constitution. They want to take some of our freedoms, like the Second Amendment and the First Amendment, and change them. And they want to destroy capitalism and replace it with a big centralized government in Washington that controls the economy … but I'm talking about the folks. I have liberal friends and I say to them, 'Do you not understand that when you vote for Biden, you're voting against your own self interest?'"

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