Glenn Beck: The Rembrandt Affair



The Rembrandt Affair


Daniel Silva

GLENN: Daniel Silva is here. Daniel is a good friend of mine. Daniel is an author of I mean, how many number one best sellers do you have to have before it just grows weary and old, Daniel? This is book number

SILVA: Are you talking about yourself or me?

GLENN: No, you are way ahead.

SILVA: Because

GLENN: Yeah. This is the tenth in the series, is it not? 13th or 10?

SILVA: It is my 13th novel but it's the tenth in the Gabriel Allon series. And it straddles several different worlds. It blends Gabriel's character in a way that I've never done before.

GLENN: And Gabriel, he is one of the top guys, or I'm trying to remember. I'm sorry, Daniel. I haven't read this one yet and don't yell at me like what's her face did? What was her name from The Blind Side?

PAT: What's her face Tuohy. Leigh Anne Tuohy.

SILVA: Did she rip into you?

GLENN: Last week – but did you see The Blind Side?

SILVA: I did. I loved it.

GLENN: I hadn't read the book

SILVA: You didn't read the book, Glenn?

GLENN: No, I didn't.

SILVA: Was there some kind of problem that you couldn't read the book?

GLENN: Oh, my eyes, I didn't think you'd bring up my eyes, and I if you happen to be listening and you're a liberal blogger and you think I might just use this for a ratings ploy

PAT: Find out in 15 minutes. Just stay with us another 15 minutes.

GLENN: I'll tell you about it in 15 minutes.

PAT: Completely, completely blind.

GLENN: Thank you for your heartfelt, heartfelt concern, Daniel. I appreciate it.

Okay. So

SILVA: Maybe you couldn't read the book because you're writing about five or six books yourself.

GLENN: So The Rembrandt, The Rembrandt Affair.

SILVA: And you are now a number one best selling thriller author as well.

GLENN: Well, I just want you to know I'm also----because I know you're going to bring this up. Root magazine, the African American magazine from Washington Post

I'm number two on the blackest white folks they know.

(Music playing)

SILVA: So what's next? Are you going to be on the Olympic figure skating?

GLENN: I could be.

SILVA: Blades of glory.

GLENN: I could be. So tell me about the book.

SILVA: It is number 10 for Gabriel Allon. For those of you who don't know him, he is an Israeli intelligence officer, an assassin who has a wonderful cover job. He is one of the world's finest art restorers. And as this novel opens, he is retained to track down a long, lost Rembrandt portrait that has been stolen in the ancient city of Glastonbury and as he undertakes the investigation to try to find this painting, he discovers that it has a very dangerous past associated with it. It is a legacy of evil and greed that stretches from the darkest days of World War II to one of the gravest threats facing the world today. And that is Iran.

GLENN: This is an Iranian story.

SILVA: It starts as a quest for a missing masterpiece that evolves halfway through into an intelligence thriller involving Iran's nuclear efforts.

GLENN: What do you think is going to happen with Iran?

SILVA: I think that if we stay on the present course

GLENN: Well, if we stay on the present course, we're going to have them over for cake. I mean, if we have them no, no, I take that back. If we stay on the present course, we may nuke Iran I mean, sorry, we may nuke Israel.

SILVA: If we stay on the present course regarding the Iran nuclear program, I think that it is fair to say that within an unknown period, perhaps 12 months, perhaps two years as Leon Panetta, the director of central intelligence suggested the other day, perhaps longer, we are going to be staring down the barrel of a nuclear armed Iran.

GLENN: Any doubt in your mind that Ahmadinejad means what he says and says what he means?

SILVA: I think that in moments of candor let me back up. I believe that we should take people at their word.

GLENN: Yes.

SILVA: When you talk about genocide.

GLENN: Vaporizing people?

SILVA: Talk about wiping a country off the face of the Earth. That said in moments of candor, what Israeli strategists and officials worry more about is the ability of a nuclear armed Iran to spread its influence, its dangerous influence across an already unstable Middle East. I mean, if Iran has a nuclear weapon, it will emerge as the regional superpower. They are promiscuous supporters of terrorism to begin with. How will Iran behave? I mean, they have carried out acts of terrorism around the world. How will Iran behave if they think that they are untouchable nuclear armed

GLENN: I think they already think that they are untouchable. I think they are in bed with Putin and the Russians. Do you remember the story when Barack Obama went over and made this arms deal? Remember? With Russia?

SILVA: I do.

GLENN: Do you remember that he was with Putin for an hour in a one on one meeting?

SILVA: I do.

GLENN: Do you remember what the press was told and then never had a followup question? What they were told they spoke about for an hour?

SILVA: I do not recall that.

GLENN: Yeah, nobody seems to remember this because it wasn't made into a big deal. Putin's people just said that they had an hour long meeting, where the president was schooled in the truth about the Cold War.

SILVA: And that has been part of Putin's act the last several years. I mean, he wants to turn back the hands of time a little bit and restore Russian pride, restore Russian influence. Vladimir Putin has seen the unipolar world where we were the dominant superpower of the world and he didn't like it. He wants his empire back, he wants to have Russia have the, you know, the prominent player in that part of the world, and I'm told that he can be a real crashing bore in a situation like that.

GLENN: Do you believe that there's a possibility that for the first time an American administration is on the wrong side of history? We seem to be playing footsie with all of the dictators in the world, we seem to have people all around this president that happen to agree that the Jews are the bad guys, you know, that maybe Pooty Poot poot, you look into his eyes and he's a good guy and we seem to be isolating ourself from our allies and be standing with all the really bad guys.

SILVA: Let's pull it apart a little bit. I think it's fair to say that when they came into office, many of their positions were based on what the Bush administration did, we're going to do the opposite. And when it comes to Russia, they said early and often that they wanted to hit that reset button and put U.S. relations with Russia back on a more friendly footing. I was dubious to that policy because they became soured for a reason. This spice candle that unfolded this summer

GLENN: Something's wrong. Something's wrong. Say it. Something's wrong.

SILVA: Something's wrong there. What is wrong there is that I hope that we held these spies long enough

GLENN: Nope.

SILVA: To get enough information out of them.

GLENN: Nope.

SILVA: They got out of here in a hurry.

GLENN: Something's wrong. Something's wrong. They made that deal and the guy we made the deal for first of all, since when do we start making deals to release spies that are all Russian citizens? We're releasing spies on their supposedly on our side that are Russian citizens. And one of them was released in, wherever it was, Austria or wherever, he was seen on the streets, you know, over in Europe I think before we officially said the deal was even announced.

SILVA: Inside the CIA that we made a trade to get valuable assets out of Russian prison, I think that there was a great deal of relief and pride in that. I think if I were one of the FBI agents that busted my butt for how many years shadowing these, this Russian network around and we finally bring down the curtain on them and I guess it was eleven days? Eleven days later, they are winging their way back to Russia, I think it all unfolded too quickly. And I hope we got all the information we needed from them. And I hope they were as benign as they were made out to be. I am quite confident there are other illegal Russian agents in this country and some of them might actually be pretty good.

GLENN: The name of the book is The Rembrandt Affair. Daniel Silva is one of the authors that when his book comes out, I read. I don't have to read the flap, I don't have to read the back. I read. I love his books. And Gabriel is one of the good guys that you see as a real person, and he does and feels and thinks many of the things that you do. And so when he pulls the trigger, you are kind of like, oh, that kind of felt good, Gabriel. Daniel Silva, the name of the book is The Rembrandt Affair, soon to be number one. It will probably be number one

SILVA: If you'll move out of the way.

GLENN: In bookstores everywhere. Daniel Silva's new book, The Rembrandt Affair.

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First comes the "crisis," then comes the expansion. The federal government is seizing on the January 6 Capitol riot to take carte blanche to do whatever it wants and weaponize the event to further empower the new overlords of our country — the intelligence community.

On Glenn TV Wednesday, Glenn Beck reveals what's happening with the U.S. Capitol Police and argues they've morphed into a new arm of the intelligence apparatus, boosted by a massive increase in funding and surveillance equipment and new offices OUTSIDE the Capitol building. The Biden administration has also hidden basic details regarding January 6. Why did officials refuse to release the name of the officer who killed Ashli Babbitt? Where are the 14,000-plus hours of CCTV footage? As any intelligence organization knows, it's best to operate outside the realms of oversight.

Glenn exposes the hidden hand of government that could be used to punish and destroy innocent Americans who are only guilty of holding the "wrong" political view.

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The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

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Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

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