Obama downplays importance of fighting ISIS

In a recent interview with NPR, President Obama responded to criticism he'd received for failing to adequately explain his strategy to defeat the Islamic State. Instead of offering a better explanation in the interview, he continued to underestimate the growing jihadist movement.

"This is not an organization that can destroy the United States," Obama told NPR.

Filling in for Glenn on radio Monday, Buck Sexton reacted to the president's comments.

"He doesn't seem to understand that our great concern is really about the global jihad and radical Islam," Buck said. "It's even broader in scope than just the Islamic State."

He continued.

"We're not saying that the only threat is ISIS, and we're not saying that ISIS alone could take us out," Buck said. "We're saying that this global jihad is a very real problem. One that the administration still seems absolutely set on downplaying at every turn."

Listen to the segment or read the transcript below.

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.

BUCK: Obama is not done yet. He's still got a whole bunch of things that he's planning to accomplish/inflict on the American people depending on which side you find yourself on.

He has said repeatedly, he has indicated many times that he will go after guns at some capacity through executive orders in his last year. He's in Hawaii for now. I'm sure the carbon footprint of all the various and sundry jets and the helicopter and the everything that has to go out to Hawaii for him, it's very small. It's very small. He's keeping that carbon footprint small. Because the planet is going to melt unless we all start riding bicycles everywhere. But Obama still has things he wants to do and plans on doing. Including closing Gitmo, which we can get into in just a minute.

But in case you were wondering, he still is able to throw some help to Hillary in the process too.

But first he wants -- let's talk about what Obama has got going on himself before we talk about how he's helping Hillary. He gave an interview described by the media as a wide-ranging interview. I'm sure the tone was professorial. "We're going to do a lot of stuff. It's going to be great. We're going to have gun control. It's going to be amazing."

But he spoke on a whole range of things on an NPR interview. And for one, he hit all the topics you can imagine. For one of them, he went into his strategy, such as it is, for defeating the Islamic State. He conceded -- he conceded that he had received, quote, legitimate criticism for failing to adequately explain his strategy.

Oh, I get it. This is, by the way -- in the Obama playbook, this is one of the go-tos. I mean, this is a favorite -- this is a favorite play. This is sort of the handoff. Right up the middle, you know, you can expect this one. This is standard Obama 101. When people think he's doing a bad job at something, it's because they don't understand enough what he's doing.

Oh, okay. Well, I'm glad we've established that. It's not that he's failing. It's not that the plan to degrade and destroy ISIS is now clearly not what is happening.

It's that he hasn't explained to us enough of what he's doing. If we only knew more. If we were more knowledgeable, we would be more knowledgeable about how awesome Obama is. Don't you see?

That's what this is meant to tell us. That we have had in just recent weeks alone, a major at least ISIS inspired, if not ISIS directed terrorist attack in the US, in Paris, that these things happen and that the president then turns around and looks at us and says, "Don't worry. I got this whole thing under control."

He says ISIS is not an existential threat. He think that this is clever. This is in-depth analysis. He also said this in the interview. He doesn't seem to understand that our great concern is really about the global jihad and radical Islam. It's even broader in scope than just the Islamic State. The Islamic State, however, is the most direct and obvious manifestation of that ideological religious, political totalitarian movement.

We're not saying that the only threat is ISIS. And we're not saying that ISIS alone could take us out. We're saying that this global jihad is a very real problem. One that the administration still seems absolutely set on downplaying at every turn.

Featured Image: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the media during his year end news conference in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House December 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. Later today, Obama will travel to San Bernardino, California to meet with families of the 14 victims of the recent mass shooting, before departing to Hawaii for Christmas vacation, returning January 3, 2016. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Glenn Beck joined Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Thursday night to discuss Visa Inc.'s "horrifying" new plans to flag firearm sales by separately categorizing purchases at gun shops, a move that Glenn aptly described as "the next step in banning guns."

In what's been hailed as a major victory for gun control activists, Visa agreed to adopt the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) new set of standards by creating a special merchant category code for gun and ammunition sales.

In his appearance on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Glenn shared a letter written by Robert B. Thomson III, a senior vice president at Visa, showing that the credit card company initially pushed back on the ISO's new rules.

“We believe that asking payment networks to serve as a moral authority by deciding which legal goods can or cannot be purchased sets a dangerous precedent,” Thomson wrote in the letter to pro-gun-control lawmakers, including Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Just days later, however, Visa had agreed to comply with the ISO's plan to establish a new merchant category code for gun stores. So why did Visa suddenly flip?

As Glenn explained, it all comes down to pressure from America's largest union-owned bank, the Amalgamated Bank, one of the only unionized banks in the United States and a proud proponent of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing.

"This is the next step in banning guns," Glenn asserted.

"It's horrifying!" Tucker responded after several seconds of stunned silence.

"I'm so grateful you did the reporting on this," he told Glenn. "I'm not sure why it falls to you since we have a couple of very large daily newspapers in this country you'd think would want to report this, yet none of them did. So, Glenn Beck did."


On a recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn broke down the details of this latest attack on the Second Amendment and revealed how this is a step toward something even worse than federal gun registration. Watch the video clip below for more details. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.


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Glenn Beck: Here's why Stacey Abrams' fetal heartbeat remarks are hilarious but TERRIFYING

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Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has a new pro-abortion conspiracy theory: "There is no such thing as a [fetal] heartbeat at six weeks ... it is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have a right to take control of a woman’s body."

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere agreed Abrams' latest "misinformation" is not just ridiculous but could be dangerous if people are actually willing to believe her.

"If you want to defend abortion, go ahead and defend it. Defend what you're actually doing. Stop denying what is reality," Stu said. "If this is such a great defensible policy, then just come out and defend it, but they never can ... you notice how they can't go to the actual thing they say is so important. They keep defending these other things that aren't true."

Glenn said the pro-choice movement was successful for a long time because most people want the decision to be up to the woman and her doctor and that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. But when leftists began "celebrating" their abortions or calling for "abortion on demand" at any point in the pregnancy, that's when they start to lose support.

"Because they've celebrated abortion and are losing regular people, you can't put that genie back in the bottle. So, what do they have to do now? They have to take the insane step of discrediting medical machines and technology," Glenn said.

"This is after two years, by the way, of them claiming the biggest scandal in the world was people suggesting the voting machines were hacked — after they previously said that voting machines were hacked in elections they [Democrats] lost," Stu pointed out.

"Honestly, gang, think this through because this is where life gets very scary. This is where you go to authoritarian rule and you can kill millions of people because you're truly now discrediting things that everyone knows is true," Glenn warned.

"So, if you disagree ... you can say that is an evil magic box that has made up sounds in it to convince people. If they will buy that, you're at the Salem witch trials. 'If she doesn't float, she wasn't a witch.' That's what you're looking at right now — and what's frightening is, [Abrams] can say this with a straight face and no one discredits her," he continued.

"You don't think that they can convince those people that you are a terrorist because of the way you vote? [...] You don't think they can convince half the country that you should be eliminated, liquidated, put into a camp, whatever authoritarians love to do? ... We are headed towards dangerous, dangerous times. We better wake up and stand together because this is frightening — it's hilarious — but because people are taking it seriously, it is terrifying," Glenn added.

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A big question Glenn Beck has always had about “The Amazing Do-Over” is: How do you get the most powerful and wealthy nation that has ever existed to accept, “You will own nothing … and be happy”? A foundational principle of this country from its very inception has been land ownership. We worked hard, were fiscally responsible, and stayed away from high debt, but the progressive era began to erode all of that.

The Clinton Global Initiative recently gathered the ruling class to tell the plebes how to run their finances and called anyone who dared challenge their ideas “climate change deniers.” Glenn argues we are dangerously far down the “Road to Serfdom” and exposes the progressive playbook to keep us in line. It’s a 600-year-old medieval model that’s been the plan all along.

We’re already feeling economic pain, and yet they’re playing “Game of Thrones” with our lives. Turning us into serfs is their ultimate goal. How do they finish the complete restructuring of the American financial system and our way of life?

On Wednesday night's "Glenn TV," Glenn connects it all on the chalkboard and details the solution to fighting back against the ruling elites.

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These days, it seems like everything is about politics, and comedy has been one of the biggest targets. Many comedians are walking on eggshells, but stand-up comedian and "Saturday Night Live" alum Jim Breuer isn't one of them.

Breuer joined Glenn on the latest episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast" to talk about why he’d rather be funny than fearful and what inspired his hilarious comedy special, “Somebody Had to Say It," which has garnered almost 1.5 million views as of this writing.

Breuer made it clear that he does not consider himself to be political. "I'm not. I'm 100% not [political]," he told Glenn, before explaining how people started calling him political when he dared to ask questions about a certain shot that we're not allowed to mention, let alone question.

"When did medicine become political?" Breuer asked.

"What kind of price have you paid for being called political?" Glenn asked Breuer.

"To be dead honest with you, once COVID really kicked in, and ... once you realize we're not going to be here, that we're on borrowed time, and I do have God in my life ... you come to terms with reality on a deeper level. And when COVID kicked in, I said, 'You know what? All bets are off.' I already knew I wasn't in control. But now, not only am I not in control from the natural order of life, but now the puppet masters ... are in control," Breuer answered.

"It made me realize I don't have time to worry about what people think of me. I know where I'm at in life. I know where I'm at spiritually. I know where I'm at with my family," he added.

"That's tremendous power," Glenn said. "But it spooks the hell out of people."

"But it shouldn't!" Breuer exclaimed. "I'm excited that other people get this ... but they're stuck. We ain't got time for stuck. To me, this is the time of, 'You gotta rise.' For years and years and years, you allow fear to control your life. Fear of dying. Fear I might get sick ... everything's based out of fear. It's time for the fearless."

Breuer also revealed his secret for dealing with tough times, and he’s seen his share. But he also said he's seen miracles, including the incredible (and hilariously told) story of how he found faith, how God saved his marriage, and why one family friend was convinced his wife belonged to a cult.



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