Glenn on the US Conflict With North Korea: 'Neither Side Can Back Down'

What’s happening with North Korea, and how should the U.S. respond? Glenn Beck talked about the latest missile test from Kim Jong Un on Wednesday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program,” saying, “This is far more grave than anything I have seen in my lifetime.”

North Korea appears to be prioritizing testing their missile technology over testing nuclear weapons. Glenn wondered if the reason is because their nuclear weapons are ready to go. Because North Korea is technologically inferior and works underground, we would have to place people physically in the country to spy and find out what’s happening.

Russia and China immediately responded to the tests yesterday to tell the U.S. and South Korea to stop testing in exchange for North Korea supposedly stopping their nuclear program. But since North Korea already has nuclear weapons, shuttering the program would be a meaningless gesture.

“Neither side can back down, and the world is now preparing for what comes next,” Glenn said.

President Donald Trump tweeted early Wednesday morning about trade between China and North Korea growing, saying, “So much for China working with us --- but we had to give it a try!”

“If you read between the lines, this tweet looks like a justification,” Glenn said. The tweet appeared to indicate to the world that the U.S. has exhausted diplomatic measures and needs to use military force to respond to North Korea.

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GLENN: All right. So North Korea appears to be prioritizing testing their missile technology over the actual nuclear tests.

We're wondering if that is because they've got the nukes all ready to go. We're not sure. This is the question that President Trump is now facing --

PAT: How can we be so unsure? With the technology we have --

GLENN: Zero.

PAT: Supposedly we can see a license plate from space and read what's in somebody's pocket from there.

GLENN: This is all underground --

PAT: We can't figure out --

GLENN: This is all underground. And they're so technologically inferior to us, that it's like -- you have to go on the ground, to be able to find it. We don't have the human assets anymore. We don't spy that way anymore. We do everything digitally. So everything being underground and no human assets on the ground, I mean, how do we --

PAT: Maybe that's the problem. Why don't we -- we should maybe have some human assets on the ground. Right?

GLENN: Yeah. I would think so.

PAT: The United States of America --

JEFFY: Other than Dennis Rodman.

PAT: Yeah, other than Dennis Rodman.

GLENN: So what has been the world's response? This is where it gets really dicey.

Russia and China immediately responded to the test yesterday with a call for South Korea and the US to halt all military exercises in return for North Korea's abandonment of their nuclear program.

Two problems with this: North Korea doesn't have a program anymore. They have nuclear weapons, and they're not going to give the weapons up to anyone.

Two, Russia and China see the writing on the wall now. They know what is about to happen. And they are now positioning themselves to portray United States as the aggressive warmonger that refused any diplomatic solution. They are setting up a diplomatic trap. And we know it.

So what's going to happen? Well, neither side can back down. And the world is now preparing for what comes next.

So what actually does come next? This was the case in the 1950s. This is what got us here, beginning in the 1950s. And China holds the key. The only thing that will make Kim Jong-un back down is heavy economic sanctions and a full-on oil embargo. If China says no trade, it's over for him. And only China can do it.

Unfortunately, the president just tweeted this at 4:00 a.m. this morning: Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40 percent in the first quarter of this year. So much for China working with us. But we had to give it a try.

STU: Well, because he had tweeted the opposite just a couple weeks ago. Where he was saying they tried and it worked.

GLENN: Yep. And at the dinner, he said that we've made a lot of progress.

STU: Yeah, yeah.

GLENN: So let's assume there's some strategy here. What does saying something like that politically accomplish? If you read between the lines, this tweet looks like a justification. This tweet looks like the president telling the world, the United States has exhausted all non-military options. That the key to a peaceful solution ran through China. And China refused to play ball. He's setting them up to be the fall guy, while they are setting us up to be the fall guy.

All signs now point to a military resolution. South Korea and the United States responded to the ICBM test with a military exercise last night, firing surface-to-surface missiles into the ocean. It was a message to Kim Jong-un that a preemptive strike is now looming. If China decides to cooperate, the war can be stopped. If North Korea backs down, the war can be stopped. If the United States agrees to halt military cooperation with South Korea, the war can be stopped. But are any of these realistic?

PAT: No.

GLENN: It is beginning to look like war with North Korea is becoming more and more of a real option. And we are entering now the endgame stage with North Korea.

So you know, this is far more grave than anything I have seen in my lifetime. This is -- this is the possibility of being millions dead and a good possibility.

This is -- if it -- if it begins, thousands will be dead within hours. And if it drags on, millions will be dead. There is no winner in this, and it could drag the entire world into a third world war. And with Russia and China standing on the side of North Korea, that's disturbing.

STU: Yeah, because really the only thing, you know, that pops into mind, in recent -- relatively recent history is the Cold War, where that was really the thought all the time, where you could have millions and millions dead.

GLENN: And that stopped us.

STU: Yeah. I mean, I don't know what you do here, to be honest. Because, yeah, you can put more sanctions on them.

GLENN: Without China and Russia, it won't happen.

STU: At least they won't have roads and electricity anyway in the country. So I don't know -- they're already all starving. So...

GLENN: And the people -- the people blame us. I mean, the people have been raised, since the 1950s, that all of their problems are being caused by the United States. That their starvation is because of the United States. Their lack of medical care, if they even understand that, because they're so far in the Dark Ages on that, is caused by the United States. That the point of all suffering for their people is the United States of America.

And it is why Kim Jong-un has -- has distanced himself from his father, Kim Jong-il, and gone to his grandfather. Got the same haircut. Does the same stuff. Speaks the same way. Has the same photos taken. Does the same rituals. Everything. To image himself as his grandfather and not his father. Because his grandfather was the great hope of South Korea -- or, North Korea. And Kim Jong-un is trying to image himself as the new great hope that's going to take them through the next wave of hell and remain victorious on the other side like his grandfather.

It's -- it's -- now that they have nuclear weapons and an ICBM and we know they're not afraid to use it.

POLL: Should Universities allow pro-Hamas protests?

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Just one day after Hamas’s surprise attack on Israel, which left over 1,400 people Israelis dead, 34 different student groups from Harvard University wrote a joint statement pinning the blame of Hamas' terrorist attack on Israel. In the following days after publishing this callous statement, these students staged a walkout and rallied in support of the Palestinians. As Glenn has discussed, this is not an isolated event, and campuses across the country have hosted similar rallies where antisemitic jargon like "we don't want no Jew state" and "globalize the intifada" is freely spewed.

Should Universities allow pro-Hamas protests?

While the Universities have not officially backed any of these rallies or student groups that organized them, they haven't stopped them either, which raises the question: should they? On one hand, these are American students in American Universities, who are protected by the First Amendment. On the other hand, history tells us how dangerous antisemitism is if left unchecked; and what of the rights of Jewish students to be safe on the campuses they pay to attend? Let us know what you think in the poll below:

Should Universities allow pro-Hamas protests? 

Would you feel safe if your child attended a University that allowed pro-Hamas protests?

 Should Universities allow pro-Israel protests?

Is pro-Hamas rhetoric protected by the First Amendment?

POLL: What do YOU think Israel should do about Gaza?

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Should Israel take over Gaza after defeating Hamas? This contentious historical question has resurfaced amid Israel's retaliatory airstrikes in Gaza following Hamas' terror attacks, which resulted in the greatest death of Jews since the Holocaust. Biden and the global elites have warned Israel against occupation of the Palestinian territory. When asked on 60 Minutes if he would support the Israeli occupation of Gaza, Biden said, “I think it would be a big mistake.” Today Glenn responded to Biden’s answer: “I don't think it's a mistake to occupy."

This has been a long-standing, polarizing issue that is now more relevant than ever, and we want to hear YOUR thoughts. Let us know in the poll below:

Would you support an Israeli occupation of Gaza?

Do you think the Israeli airstrikes in Gaza are justified?

Do you think a two-state solution is still possible?

Funding IRAN?! Here are the TOP 5 reasons Joe Biden should be IMPEACHED

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On September 12th, the House announced an official impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden with allegations of abuse of power, obstruction, and corruption. Naturally, the media quickly jumped to the President’s aid claiming that “there is no evidence to support these claims” and that the whole affair is a witch hunt.

If you’ve been listening to Glenn, you know that this is simply not the case. Biden has been committing impeachment-worthy deeds before he even stepped foot into the Oval Office—there’s no shortage of evidence to justify this inquiry. Here are 5 scathing reasons why Biden should be impeached:

He was responsible for the Afghanistan withdrawal disaster.

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The Biden administration began with the US's disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. Under his watch, Biden left thousands of US citizens and allies stranded in the Taliban's hostile regime. Countless Afghan allies have been murdered by the Taliban due to the Biden administration's negligence.

He was involved with Hunter Biden's illicit foreign business dealings.

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There is clear evidence that Joe Biden was more than aware of his son Hunter's foreign business dealings. From suspicious money laundering through the Biden family's accounts to Joe's involvement with important business meetings within Hunter's company, there is mounting evidence to warrant an impeachment inquiry.

He lied about his involvement with Hunter's business dealings.

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Not only did Biden involve himself with his son's less-than-legal foreign business ventures, but he lied to the American people about it too, claiming he had NO KNOWLEDGE of what was going on.

He failed to protect the Southern border, and actively made it worse.

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Biden singlehandedly turned the Southern border into the worst illegal immigration crisis in US history. He reversed many policies set in place by the Trump administration, resulting in 2.3 million illegal immigrants flooding into the US under his watch, a historic high.


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Biden reversed the Trump-era policy that halted all funds going into Iran. The Wall Street Journal revealed the smoking-gun evidence proving that Iran trained AND funded Hamas before its gruesome terror attacks against Israel. Moreover, shortly before the attacks, the Biden administration unfroze $6 BILLION dollars of Iran's assets as a part of a prisoner swap. On top of this, Biden resumed $200 million worth of "humanitarian aid" to Gaza that Trump had ended—because the money was being used to buy weapons for Hamas.

Top 5 economic milestones that show HOW BAD Bidenomics has made the economy

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From groceries to house prices, everything seems to get more expensive, and you can thank Biden for that. Glenn recently exposed the truth about 'Bidenomics' and the havoc it has wrought on the American economy. Here are five economic milestones during the Biden administration that expose the glaring track record of "Bidenomics:"

In July 2022, the inflation rate hit 9.1 percent, a 40-year record high.

In June 2022, gas hit an all time record high of $5 a gallon for the national average.

61 percent of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck as of this September.

Interest rates reached a 15-year high at 5.25 percent and are still increasing.

Americans have $1 trillion in collective credit card debt, in part due to food/staple pieces being very high.