Glenn Beck: Extreme Measures


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GLENN: Vince Flynn has a new book out called Extreme Measures. We were just talking a little bit about -- can we share what you were just sharing with me?

FLYNN: Sure.

GLENN: We were just talking about, it's a great book. It involves terrorists but, you know, I just said to Vince a second ago that I think that when I first started reading it, I thought, you know, Vince, this is not where -- and then I started to see how congress in your book is one of the main enemies. And boy, oh, boy, it's got a fantastic ending. I look at it and I think this really could be a scenario, this could be absolutely happening in our country in the next six months.

FLYNN: We can't talk about how the terrorists hit but it is the scenario. It's not a nuke going off, it's not a chemical, it's nothing like that. But this is the scenario when I showed it to some people in Washington. They looked at it and they said, oh, my God, there's nothing, almost nothing we can do to stop this. And they have to --

GLENN: That's not good. Then why are you giving them the idea? Now there's somebody that's like --

FLYNN: Now they have got to look. They have got to look at some ways that they could possibly do this and we can talk bit off the air, but I know what's going to happen at some of these soft targets. I know that there's going to --

GLENN: I don't think I want to know.

FLYNN: There's going to be some precautions put into place to protect this and --

GLENN: Oh, because of the book? Are you costing me the taxpayer more money?

FLYNN: No, no, I just --

GLENN: You damn fiction writers.

FLYNN: I think we've got to -- if we don't put this in front of them and let them look at it, I do think the terrorists, they sit around and they try to dream this stuff up. And so -- and I don't buy into the fact that they're reading, you know, my books or Brad's or Clancy's or anything else.

GLENN: Yeah, yeah.

FLYNN: They are not doing that. But the people at the FBI and the CIA and the Secret Service, those people --

GLENN: That's because you know what? That's because you and people like you sit around and come -- this is your job.

FLYNN: Yes.

GLENN: Just like it's their job, it's your job to come up with scenarios. Hang around for just a few more minutes because I want to talk to you about a couple of other things. Vince Flynn, knew book. Is it out today?

FLYNN: Yep, today.

GLENN: New book out called Extreme Measures. It is really, it is so unbelievably timely and it is -- it says everything you want to say about the weasels in Washington with a great ending. Pick it up, Vince Flynn, Extreme Measures, bookstores today.

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GLENN: 888-727-BECK, 888-727-BECK is the phone number. Don't forget that the tickets went on sale yesterday for the Christmas Sweater if you are an Insider. Some of the cities are already sold out for Insider tickets. This is all presale. They go on sale for the general public next week. This is the most elaborate thing that we have ever been involved in and it is -- you are going to love it.

FLYNN: I got to read it.

GLENN: What did you say?

FLYNN: I got to read the Christmas Sweater.

GLENN: This is Vince Flynn, by the way, if you just joined us. He is got a new book out called Extreme Measures. I hesitated to send it to you. I sent it to a couple of people whose opinion I trusted and then you.

FLYNN: Who you don't trust.

GLENN: No, I hesitated to send it to you because, you know, you are a number one New York Times best selling author like 400 times in a row, but I hesitated because I was afraid that you would look at it and go, Glenn, there's not a single Al-Qaeda member in this; where's Mitch Rapp, behind the Christmas tree.

FLYNN: And you are making me sound like Larry King. Thank you. I know your real reason why you were hesitant to send it to me. Because we have a history of teasing each other.

GLENN: No.

FLYNN: And so that's how tough men show affection for each other. If they like each other, they tease each other. And so you were afraid that, of course, I was going to make fun of you for writing a girly man story.

GLENN: I'm just saying.

FLYNN: The Christmas Sweater. So I get it. And I'm literally going, oh, this is a pretty gay title, the Christmas Sweater. I'm thinking...

GLENN: This is why I didn't send it. This is why I didn't send it.

FLYNN: So I start reading it. I'm going, this is pretty darn good.

GLENN: What an endorsement.

FLYNN: No. And so then the more I read it, the more I'm thinking, this is gold. This is going to sell like hot cakes. This is exactly what everybody wants at Christmas. It's a perfect book. And I'm being -- now, you are waiting for me to take a shot at you. And I'm going to.

GLENN: Here it comes.

FLYNN: It was really good.

GLENN: Well, thank you.

FLYNN: You have this ability, a lot of writers -- we were just talking about this with Governor Palin off the air. A lot of people screw up because they do this with their critics, do this, do that. You write like you speak on the air. You are a good natural storyteller and you don't let some editor and some other clown get in there and trip you up. And we were talking about how she's now back on message after they had --

GLENN: I'm going to talk to her. She's on -- when is she on with us, about a half an hour from now? She is going to be on with us and I'm going to talk to her about that because they are now saying that she's more accessible, this is CBS news is reporting, than anyone else in the campaign, she's more accessible. But you know what it is? It's because she's doing it. I think she has -- I think she has broken free of the machinery that there -- the machinery in a campaign for the United States, you know, President of the United States has got to be absolutely ungodly.

FLYNN: Oh, people -- I don't think the average person even begins to comprehend the thousands of people that are involved at the core of the campaign, the scheduling.

GLENN: I could never, I could never do it. Because it's just, you are sitting there just like, shut up, shut up. Look, I didn't get here -- if I were Sarah Palin, I didn't get to, you know, be a governor with the highest approval rating in the entire country, 80% of the constituents in Alaska and a few beavers love her. 80%. She took on big oil, she took on her own party. You would say, "Look, did you want me or did you want somebody else? Because it's me that you're getting."

FLYNN: What I think she's saying to them, you know, we tried it your way and it's not working so well.

GLENN: Not working, yeah.

FLYNN: So can we try it my way.

GLENN: And I feel bad for her because she looks like a deer in the headlights. She has when she -- you know, that Katie Couric thing, looked like a deer in the headlights and you are like, oh, jeez. And you could just hear the voices in her head say, "Whatever you do, say this." How do you function like that.

FLYNN: You lose your rhythm, you lose your rhythm, you lose your game. It's like a pitching coach. At some point you put them on the mound and say, listen, throw the heat, you don't say do this with this leg and do this with that leg. No, you've got to turn them loose.

GLENN: What do you think about Bobby Jindal?

FLYNN: Bobby's an interesting selection. Part of me thought he was going to pick them and then I thought, no way, he is not going to. I thought the one big deal-breaker could have been if he could have gotten Colin Powell to get on the ticket and obviously I think he tried but it just didn't work.

GLENN: Colin Powell, what do you think of that?

FLYNN: I don't know.

GLENN: Come on.

FLYNN: I think it is race.

GLENN: Man up.

FLYNN: As much as he wants --

GLENN: What are you, the author of the Christmas Sweater? Man up!

FLYNN: As much as he would like to say his decision has nothing to do with race.

GLENN: Has everything to do with it.

FLYNN: Logic flies -- he is going to -- here is a guy whose entire background is the military, okay?

GLENN: Yeah.

FLYNN: And obviously military and national security are important issues to him and so he's going to vote for a guy who has absolutely no experience in that arena and vote against a guy who's got a ton of experience in that arena. It doesn't make any sense.

GLENN: He's supposedly a middle-of-the-road conservative and he's going to vote for a guy who -- would you go as far as saying that Obama's Marxist?

FLYNN: Not yet because we haven't given him the opportunity, but I'm fearful that he is going to lead us in a direction where he thinks -- the Democrats do something interesting. They take a baseline and they say that if you don't increase spending, it's a cut.

GLENN: Yeah.

FLYNN: And then they say things like, you know, we've got to spread the wealth around. What do you think we're already doing? The top 1% pay nearly 40% of all income taxes. The top 10% pay 80% of all income taxes. We are spreading it around. And I am so sick and tired of the Republicans never standing up and saying that.

GLENN: Why is that?

FLYNN: I can't -- the one that always got me was when Bush won versus Clinton. President Clinton says, "The rich don't pay their fair share." And I'm thinking, why aren't you standing up and putting that number out there and saying, you know what, this country was founded on hard work. It wasn't founded on people sitting back and making excuses to get handouts from the government. Now, we have to have things in place where we will give money to those who can't, people who are handicapped, people who are elderly. We've got to do that.

GLENN: Yeah. Look, if you lose your job, we're there for you, man.

FLYNN: Yeah.

GLENN: But if you are one of the people -- and this is what's driving me crazy. 40% of the American people that you run into today, 40% of them are not paying any income tax whatsoever. 40%. Now, you tell me if that number isn't around 30% of the people that you run into that are in lower paying jobs that just, they suck at their job. They don't do it right. They don't care. They don't even look at you. You might as well be dead. I mean, there's a reason they're in the low paying jobs. Because they don't care. They want it for free. They feel like they deserve it. Whatever it is. You know what? If you're busting your butt and you're somebody out there and you are doing everything you can, when you've done everything you can, that's when I think you deserve a hand up, not a handout. A hand up.

FLYNN: You know what? We have let -- this has been going on for a long time, by the way. There's a great guy in the twin cities called Joe Soucheray who has a radio show called Garage Logic and he calls it the great conspiracy and the euphoriants, the liberals, this is what they do. It's been going on for a long time. You go back in the late Seventies, early Eighties when they say, oh, we're not going to keep score at the little league games anymore. This is all the same line of thinking.

GLENN: I got a -- I have got a great story that I'm going to do tomorrow. I just found it. It's in -- oh, shoot, where is it? It is in the, I think it was in The Wall Street Journal today. Yeah, here it is, the trophy kids. This is fantastic.

FLYNN: I haven't seen it yet.

GLENN: This is fantastic, and it talks about -- we're going to talk about it on the radio program tomorrow, but it talks about how the trophy kids are now coming in to work and they are having to have employment coaches at work because they don't understand it at all. They are, why aren't you praising me, why don't I win.

FLYNN: They have parent orientation at some of these companies now like a college.

GLENN: Oh, you just -- that's fantastic.

FLYNN: Helicopter parents. It's nuts.

GLENN: I know. All right. The name of the book is Extreme Measures. It's in bookstores everywhere starting today. It is absolutely fantastic. Think the best one that you have written so far? Would you agree with that or do you have favorites?

FLYNN: I'm the wrong person to ask.

GLENN: Wrong person to ask? It is Extreme Measures by Vince Flynn. Get it in bookstores everywhere, a great, great read.

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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In a phone call with his constituents, Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb) unleashed a torrent of criticisms about President Donald Trump, saying he "flirted with white supremacists," "kisses dictators' butts," and "spends like a drunken sailor."

On the radio program Friday, Glenn said he was disappointed in Sen. Sasse for apparently forgetting all of President Trump's accomplishments. Because, in reality, Trump has accomplished a lot more than many presidents before him.

Then, for anyone who may have forgotten President Trump's achievements — or who simply hate the man so much they've ignored them — Glenn listed just some of the many things this president has achieved during his three and a half years in the White House.

Watch the video below to hear Glenn's message for all the Trump-haters who have forgotten Trump's accomplishments, or you can read Glenn's list HERE:

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