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.

For the first time in the history of "The Glenn Beck Program," former President Donald Trump joined Glenn to give his take on America's direction under President Joe Biden compared to his own administration. He explained why Biden's horrific Afghanistan withdrawal was "not even a little bit" like his plan, and why he thinks it was "the most embarrassing event in the history of our country."

Plus, the former president gave his opinion on China's potential takeover of Bagram Air Base, the Pakistani Prime Minister, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Glenn asked President Trump how similar the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan was to his administration's plan.

"Not even a little bit," Trump answered. "We had a great plan, but it was a very tenuous plan. It was based on many conditions. For instance, you can't kill American soldiers. ... You have to understand, I did want to get out. But I wanted to get out with dignity, and I wanted to take our equipment out. And I didn't want soldiers killed. ... What [Biden] did was just indefensible. He took the military out first and he left all the people. And then we became beggars to get the people out. I had a plan to get them out very quickly. But first, the Americans would go out."

Trump told Glenn that his plan included maintaining Bagram Air Base and explained why he would not have left "a single nail" behind in Afghanistan for the Taliban to seize.

"We were going to keep Bagram open," he explained. "We were never going to close that because, frankly, Bagram is more about China than it is about Afghanistan. It was practically on the other border of China. And now we've lost that. And you know who is taking it over? China is taking it over. We spend $10 billion to build that base. It's got the longest, most powerful runways in the world. And China has now got its representatives there and it looks like they'll take it over. Glenn, it's not believable what's happened. You know, they have Apache helicopters. These are really expensive weapons, and they have 28 of them. And they're brand-new. The latest model."

Glenn mentioned recent reports that Gen. Milley, America's top military officer, made "secret phone calls" to his counterpart in China while President Trump was in office.

"I learned early on that he was a dope," Trump said of Gen. Milley. "He made a statement to me — and I guarantee that's what happened to Biden — because I said, 'We're getting out of Afghanistan. We have to do it.' And I said, 'I want every nail. I want every screw. I want every bolt. I want every plane. I want every tank. I want it all out, down to the nails, screws, bolts ... I want every single thing. And he said, 'Sir, it's cheaper to leave it than it is to bring it.'

"The airplane might have cost $40 million, $50 million ... millions and millions of dollars. So, you think it's cheaper to leave it than to have 200 pilots fly over and fly all the equipment out? ... I said, you've got to be nuts. I mean, give me a tank of gas and a pilot and I just picked up a $40 million-dollar airplane. It was amazing. So, I learned early that this guy is a dope. But what he did, is he hurt our country ... and he shouldn't have been allowed to do it. And bad things should happen to him."

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In a shocking but underreported conversation ahead of the G7 Speakers' meeting in London last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted that the administration knows China is committing "genocide" against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, but thinks working with the regime on climate change is more important.

On the radio program, an outraged Glenn Beck dissected Pelosi's speech and broke down how — along with the Biden administration's abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan, and the Democrat decision to follow measures of medical "equity" — the far left is revealing how little they really care about human life.

Glenn played a video clip of Pelosi making the following statement:

We've always felt connected to China, but with their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province there, with their violation of the cultural, linguistic, religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China, as well – they're just getting worse in terms of suppression, and freedom of speech. So, human rights, security, economically [sic].

Having said all of that ... we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is the leading emitter in the world, the U.S. too and developed world too, but we must work together.

"We have Nancy Pelosi admitting the United States of America knows that they're not only committing [genocide], they're continuing to commit it. Which means, we've known for a while," Glenn noted. "And what does she say? She goes on to say, yes, they're committing genocide against the Uyghurs, but having said that, I'm quoting, 'the overriding issue,' is working together on climate change.

"Would we have worked with Hitler on climate change? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the bomb? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the Autobahn? Would we have worked with Hitler on his socialized medicine? Would we have worked with Hitler on any of his national, socialist ideas?" he asked.

"The answer is no. No. When you're committing genocide, no! She said 'we have to work together on climate,' because climate is the 'overriding issue.' The overriding issue? There is no way to describe this mindset. That, yes, they are killing an entire group of people because of their ethnicity or religion. They are systematically rounding them up, using them for slave labor, and killing them, using their organs and selling them on the open market. They are nothing more than cattle. For us to recognize it and do nothing about it is bad enough. But to say, 'we recognize it, but we have bigger things to talk to them about,' is a horror show."

Glenn went on to urge Americans to "stand up together in love, peace, and harmony," or risk watching our nation become the worst plague on human life yet.

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The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 marked the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and economic collapse was felt throughout the world. But now China's own version of Lehman Brothers, Evergrande, is teetering closer and closer to that edge, too. On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck gave the latest update and predicted how it will affect Asian markets and what it could mean for America's economy.

Glenn explained why he believes a major collapse that is happening now in China will have a cascading effect into a "controlled collapse," a managed decline that will dramatically change America's economy and the way we all live.

"You will not recognize your lifestyle. Hear me," Glenn warned. "And that's not a right-left thing. That's a right-wrong thing. We're on the wrong track. I'm telling you now, there's new information and you are not going to recognize the American lifestyle. ... It could happen tomorrow. It could happen in five years from now, but it will happen. We are headed for a very different country. One where you don't have the rights that you have. And you certainly don't have the economic privileges that Americans are used to."

"The same thing that happened in 2008 is now happening in China," Glenn continued. "This time, it's going to take everything down. When it collapses, it will take everything down."

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Justin Haskins, editorial director of the Heartland Institute, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to expose a shocking conversation between two Great Reset proponents — Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank (Europe's equivalent to the Fed).

The way Schwab and Lagarde discuss the role central banks should play in establishing societal norms, determining your way of life, and defending against potential crisis is proof that the Great Reset is upon us, Justin explained. And the scariest part is that they're not even trying to hide it. The entire, unbelievable conversation has been published on the WEF website, which you can read here.

Glenn read an excerpt from the conversation:

Christine Lagarde: At the ECB, we have now wrapped up and concluded our strategy review, which was the first one in 17 years. And I was blessed to have an entire Governing Council unanimously agree that the fight against climate change should be one of the considerations that we take when we determine monetary policy. So at least the European Central Bank is of the view that climate change is an important component in order to decide on monetary policy. ...

Can we arrive at that trade-off between fighting climate change, preserving biodiversity and yet securing enough growth to respond to legitimate demands of the population? And my first answer, Klaus, to be firm, is that to have a way of life, we need life. And in the medium term, we do have major threats on the horizon that could cause the death of hundreds of thousands of people. So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. ...

So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. How can we come together to make sure that we secure the first priority, which is life, and also protect the way of life that people have? And make sure that the cost of it is not so high for some people, that they just cannot tolerate it. I think that the trade-off that we reach will probably require some redistribution, because it is clear that the most exposed people, the less privileged people are those that are going to need some help.

"Do you understand, America, what that means?" Glenn exclaimed. "You have elites, that you never elected, that are having these meetings ... deciding what is a legitimate need for you. And telling you that your needs are going to go away in your lifetime. You may not see a time where you get wants again. Just your needs are going to be addressed. Am I reading this wrong?"

"This is absolutely what is being said here," Justin agreed. "She's very clear that we need to make sure that way of life is second to life. We have to save all these people, hundreds of thousands of people are going to die from this supposedly existential threat of climate change. And their wants, and their desires, and their quality of living, all of that has to come second."

"This is a central bank saying this. This is not an elected official, who is accountable directly to the people. This is a central bank saying, we're going to print money. We're going to use monetary policy, to impose these ideas, to rework society in order to accomplish our goals," Justin added, addressing Lagarde's call for "some redistribution."

Will Great Reset elites — not elected by the U.S. — soon be dictating to the rest of the world? Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn and Justin break it down:

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