Obama's Final Betrayal

Substituting for Glenn, John Cardillo interviewed conservative journalist Tiffany Gabbay on The Glenn Beck Program Monday. As someone of Iraqi-Jewish descent, Gabbay shared unique insights on the United States' poor relationship with Israel during the past eight years.

According to Gabbay, the Obama administration left an unsettled and agitated Israel for President-elect Trump to have to deal with.

Listen to the segment or read the transcript below.

JOHN: Good morning. And welcome to the Glenn Beck Program. I'm John Cardillo, standing in for the vacationing Glenn Beck, taking a well-deserved vacation.

And you must be wondering, well, who is this John Cardillo guy? Well, real quick, just a quick intro on me so you know who you're going to be listening to, for the next three hours and tomorrow morning, I actually got my start in media with Glenn. But I'm not a media guy. I wasn't a radio guy. I wasn't a TV guy. I was a New York City cop. And I started a business that grew.

And so I saw the world through two very unique lenses. One through the lens of a street cop in the South Bronx and the NYPD, the other through an executive, a private equity guy that founded a company. I was an entrepreneur. Company that grew rapidly. And we were tracking bad guys in large online communities.

And I wound up spending a good part of my life in the legislative arena. Testifying to 15, 20 state legislatures. The US Congress, US Senate, and subcommittees on pedophiles and terror fundraising online and all these bad guys and interesting topics.

And I came away with a very unique skill set that was of interest and value to people like Glenn Beck and the others on-air. And they started using me as a guest, as a guy who was coming on as a subject matter expert. And it turned out I really enjoyed it. And it was my calling. And I decided to go on-air. Give it a shot for myself.

Got my start with Glenn about three, three and a half years ago. We were doing political analysis. I loved it, and it just went from there.

And luckily -- luckily, it turned into a career for me. And I owe a lot to Glenn. And interestingly, one of the things you'll learn about me -- if you don't already know me -- I know many of you know me from Glenn Beck's show, from my radio show. I host the Morning Show down in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, where I'm based. But many of you know that I was an ardent Trump supporter from the beginning. And Glenn obviously was not. And he's still very skeptical.

But isn't that the great thing about America? Isn't that the great thing about America? That a media giant like Glenn Beck, who can be so anti a candidate, and a guy like me who can be so pro a candidate, stands in for his show. Because, see, we can be friends and disagree on an issue. And that's one of the things that's very disappointing to me. I'm watching -- this whole past year, this campaign season, people who were otherwise very good friends, having these fallings out and not speaking to each other and harassing each other. And being very vitriolic and angry with one another on Facebook and Twitter over a political candidate.

I mean, I've lost friends, colleagues in this industry, who were on the Never Trump side. And I was pro-Trump. And we don't speak. We don't -- we unfollowed each other. We blocked each other over this.

And I will say: I was never really the catalyst for that. Maybe it goes back to being a street cop in my 20s. I'm pretty thick-skinned. I don't care who you support. If you're a good American and you live your life well, I don't care who you -- well, we can disagree. I think you're misguided on issues. But I'm not going to personally dislike you.

And that's why I've always had such respect for Glenn, in that he can have a guy like me come in and guest host for him, knowing that we differ on this issue.

But being the giant in the industry that he is and being the guy that he is, want his audience to hear that opposing viewpoint. Want to educate his audience -- let his audience hear both sides. It's just a shame that more people in media aren't doing the same thing. And I think we should, not just those of us in media, but those of us in general. In general. One of my best friends is a hard-core liberal Obama-supporting Democrat. The guy is like family to me. I even call him baby Obama because he's mixed race and graduated Harvard Law School.

But our families have done holidays together for the last 30-something years. We don't let politics get away of this nonsense, of our friendship. We don't let nonsense get in the way of friendship.

And so it really bothers me when people treat their friends poorly. And I had such a great Christmas, and it's been such a great holiday season for me. And Tiffany Gabbay is in the studio with me. Tiffany had a great Hanukkah. Tiffany got her start on TheBlaze as well.

And say hi Tiffany.

TIFFANY: Hi, John. Thank you for having me on the show.

JOHN: It's a pleasure. And the reason I wanted you to be here, because you really have become one of my go-to experts on Israel. And I had a great Christmas, and you had a great Hanukkah. And we had a great holiday season. And we're going to have a great new year.

We haven't treated Israel very well. You know, going back to what I was talking about -- friends disagreeing, but ultimately backing each other up.

It's okay for the United States and Israel to disagree. But I find, what we just did to Israel at the United Nations is reprehensible. We were a very bad friend to Israel, who is one of our greatest allies in history.

But more importantly, an irreplaceable strategic partner in what is now the most volatile region in the world, historically speaking. I would argue that the Middle East in a nuclear age is the most historically volatile region in the world. So explain a little bit.

You've been studying this. And you've been studying it for me. Explain a little bit, a couple of points, what this resolution was, what it means, and things that we can do to mitigate the fallout of this.

TIFFANY: Of course. Well, let's make no mistake. The -- under the Obama administration, the US has not been a friend to Israel for the past eight years. And this was Obama's final back-stabbing for Israel. He wanted to basically set a fire ablaze and leave it for President-elect Trump to have to deal with, when he -- you know, when he takes office.

Essentially, the Security Council Resolution 2334 condemns Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. It considers them occupy territory -- and it talks about the 1967 borders, which we'll get into a little bit later because there are no such thing as 1967 borders. But basically what this resolution does is deem the western wall, one of Judaism's most sacred places, occupied Palestinian territory.

JOHN: Let me ask you a question about that. Because that's really important. There have been since 2008, allegations of a subconscious anti-Semitism that permeates the Obama administration. You're one of the most rational people I know. You have family in Israel. You're a Jewish woman. You're a Zionist. But you've also been very rational. I've watched you do hits on other shows. Where you've been so opinion-driven that you let the obvious fall away.

Now, with all that in mind -- and I mean that, I'm not just playing that up because we're friends and you're a colleague. Do you feel that that subconscious anti-Semitism has permeated the Obama administration? Because I do. I personally do.

I think there's always been this detest of Israel. Maybe it's come through Barack Obama's academic career. I think Samantha Power at the UN has been our worst UN ambassador. She has worked against the interest of the United States for as many years as she's been there. And John Kerry to me is kind of this moronic do-nothing figurehead caught in between power and Obama, who are ideologically identical.

So they needed a Secretary of State that wouldn't get in their way. And I think all three of them couldn't care less about the Jewish state and truly want to either be loved by the Middle Eastern Muslim nations. Or they just -- they desire to be loved by the globalist community, that European globalist mentality community that they think is cool and invites them to the really ritzy dinner parties. Am I on to something, or is this crazy conspiracy Cardillo theory?

TIFFANY: Definitely not conspiracy theory.

In fact, I think one of the things people get confused about is when they think about anti-Semitism, they think about it the way the anti-defamation league would characterize it. If you see a little green frog meme on Twitter, for example, or someone uses the term "Jew," you have particularly liberals screaming about anti-Semitism. But people do not realize that being anti-Israel is the new incarnation of anti-Semitism. And that is Barack Obama.

Whether it's because he feels sympathetic for the Islamic world and he believes that they are truly colonized and oppressed people and, you know, he looks at Israel as the little Satan and as a colonizer and subjugator of, the quote, indigenous Palestinians, which, of course, that's not true. I think that he's definitely motivated by that ideology. And, of course, there's also the cocktail party cred at the end of the day. It's fashionable and cool to vilify Israel because they're new, exotic people that the left can align itself with and act like champions of. And those are Muslims.

TIFFANY: Right. And here's what gets me though: When I -- it's always the people who purport to be the most educated, the most cultured, who have this mentality.

Because when I go and talk to my friends, the New York City cops, the firefighters -- and I've become pretty well-known media guy in the first responder community. I speak to other cops and fire firefighters and medics and military personnel from around the country. And often, I'll be on IM with those deployed around the world. We're just chatting. They listen to my show. Or they follow me on Twitter. Or they're friends of mine. They get it. They get it. It's common sense. They'll send things to me like, "Well, isn't Israel like our only friend in that neighborhood? Aren't these the guys who are holding down the fort, we share intelligence -- I mean, Jordan has been an ally to an extent. But Israel is a go-to solid ally, you know, in the vein of the UK.

But, look, we haven't treated the UK very well. Poland has been another staunch ally. Their Special Forces -- the GROM, Polish Special Forces were into not just the First Gulf War, rather this war, but also the First Gulf War in the first waves, alongside our Seals and our Delta guys. We've treated Poland like dirt. Like dirt. We've pulled their missile defenses. We've pulled money for their defense.

It seems like under the Obama administration, the nations who have been there, who have put their people on the front lines, to shed blood with ours, have been treated the worst. And the people drawing that blood have been treated the best.

And it doesn't take a Harvard Law degree to figure that out. Yet, those with the Harvard -- I'm not condemning everybody who went to Harvard Law. Some great people. But those in that cocktail party set, that liberal intelligentsia, do they not get it, or do they just not care?

TIFFANY: Well, they don't get it. And people make the fatal mistake of thinking that college-educated equals smart. It just means they're indoctrinated into the same school of thought.

You know, and with regard to Obama, this has been, you know, his cause from the beginning, when he went on his world apology tour. It was about cutting America's role down to size. It was about distancing ourselves from our allies. Israel. The only democracy in the Middle East. The UK. And befriending these despot I can third world regimes, like Cuba, for instance, because they're going to do so much for us.

JOHN: Right.

TIFFANY: But if you look at Obama's background, he was raised and indoctrinated through his mother, through Frank Marshall Davis, through dreams of his father into this far left-wing ideology. So it absolutely makes sense that someone with this worldview would want to align with the left entities and to bring America down to size.

JOHN: You know, and I just want to add something that has nothing to do with the Middle East. I don't know if Americans know this, but one of the things I demanded -- and I wrote the White House. I emailed the White House, and I've asked this of Donald Trump's administration as well. I had Katrina Pierson on my show, and I demanded of her.

Joanne Chesimard, aka, Assata Shakur, who murdered state trooper Warner Foerster back in the '70s, she's number four on the FBI's most wanted terrorist list. She lives openly in Cuba. Our intelligence people know exactly -- they know her address. She shops at open air markets. We have photos of her.

She lives openly in Cuba. Okay? Her name, Assata Shakur, is the name she assumed when she became a radical. Bill Ayers, Obama's best friend, named his son Zayd, Z-A-Y-D, after Zayd Shakur, her coconspirator in the murder of Trooper Foerster. Obama never demanded her return. Worse, and a lot of people don't know this, democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters, in 1998, while a sitting US congresswoman wrote a letter to Fidel Castro, calling this cop killer, this terrorist a freedom fighter, and begging Fidel Castro not to extradite her to the US.

Now, she was convicted. She broke out of prison, She is not facing trial here. She's going back to jail.

This is today's Democratic Party. But even worse Tiffany, John Kerry is about to draft another resolution that makes things even worst for Israel.

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This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.