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.

[NOTE: Transcript may have been edited to enhance readability - audio archive includes full segment as it was originally aired]

This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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The former ambassador to Russia under the Obama Administration, Michael McFaul, came up with "7 Pillars of Color Revolution," a list of seven steps needed to incite the type of revolution used to upend Eastern European countries like Ukraine and Georgia in the past two decades. On his TV special this week, Glenn Beck broke down the seven steps and showed how they're happening right now in America.

Here are McFaul's seven steps:

1. Semi-autocratic regime (not fully autocratic) – provides opportunity to call incumbent leader "fascist"

2. Appearance of unpopular president or incumbent leader

3. United and organized opposition – Antifa, BLM

4. Effective system to convince the public (well before the election) of voter fraud

5. Compliant media to push voter fraud narrative

6. Political opposition organization able to mobilize "thousands to millions in the streets"

7. Division among military and police


Glenn explained each "pillar," offering examples and evidence of how the Obama administration laid out the plan for an Eastern European style revolution in order to completely upend the American system.

Last month, McFaul made a obvious attempt to downplay his "color revolutions" plan with the following tweet:

Two weeks later, he appeared to celebrate step seven of his plan in this now-deleted tweet:



As Glenn explains in this clip, the Obama administration's "7 Pillars of Color Revolution" are all playing out – just weeks before President Donald Trump takes on Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the November election.

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Modern eugenics: Will Christians fight this deadly movement?

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Last month, without much fanfare, a new research paper disclosed that 94 percent of Belgian physicians support the killing of new-born babies after birth if they are diagnosed with a disability.

A shocking revelation indeed that did not receive the attention it demanded. Consider this along with parents who believe that if their unborn babies are pre-diagnosed with a disability, they would choose to abort their child. Upwards of 70 percent of mothers whose children are given a prenatal disability diagnosis, such as Down Syndrome, abort to avoid the possibility of being burdened with caring for a disabled child.

This disdain for the disabled hits close to home for me. In 1997, my family received a letter from Michael Schiavo, the husband of my sister, Terri Schiavo, informing us that he intended to petition a court to withdraw Terri's feeding tube.

For those who do not remember, in 1990, at the age of 26, Terri experienced a still-unexplained collapse while at home with Michael, who subsequently became her legal guardian. Terri required only love and care, food and water via feeding tube since she had difficulty swallowing as a result of her brain injury. Nonetheless, Michael's petition was successful, and Terri's life was intentionally ended in 2005 by depriving her of food and water, causing her to die from dehydration and starvation. It took almost two excruciating weeks.

Prior to my sister's predicament, the biases that existed towards persons with disabilities had been invisible to me. Since then, I have come to learn the dark history of deadly discrimination towards persons with disabilities.

Indeed, some 20 years prior to Germany's T4 eugenics movement, where upwards of 200,000 German citizens were targeted and killed because of their physical or mental disability, the United States was experiencing its own eugenics movement.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas documented some of this history in his concurring opinion in Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc., Justice Thomas describes how eugenics became part of the academic curriculum being taught in upwards of 400 American universities and colleges.

It was not solely race that was the target of the U.S. eugenics movement. Eugenicists also targeted the institutionalized due to incurable illness, the physically and cognitively disabled, the elderly, and those with medical dependency.

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade, which wiped out pro-life laws in nearly every state and opened the floodgates to abortion throughout the entirety of pregnancy. Since then, 60 million children have been killed. Abortion as we know it today has become a vehicle for a modern-day eugenics program.

Since the Catholic Church was established, the Truth of Christ was the greatest shield against these types of attacks on the human person and the best weapon in the fight for equality and justice. Tragically, however, for several decades, the Church has been infiltrated by modernist clergy, creating disorder and confusion among the laity, perverting the teachings of the Church and pushing a reckless supposed “social justice" agenda.

My family witnessed this firsthand during Terri's case. Church teaching is clear: it is our moral obligation to provide care for the cognitively disabled like Terri. However, Bishop Robert Lynch, who was the bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, during Terri's case, offered no support and was derelict in his duties during the fight for Terri's life.

Bishop Lynch had an obligation to use his position to protect Terri from the people trying to kill her and to uphold Church teaching. Indeed, it was not only the silence of Bishop Lynch but that of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which also remained silent despite my family's pleas for help, that contributed to Terri being needlessly starved and dehydrated to death.

My family's experience, sadly, has turned out to be more of the rule than the exception. Consider what happened to Michael Hickson. Hickson was a 36-year-old, brain-injured person admitted to a Texas hospital after contracting COVID-19. Incredibly—and against the wishes of Michael's wife—the hospital decided not to treat Michael because they arbitrarily decided that his “quality of life" was “unacceptably low" due to his pre-existing disability. Michael died within a week once the decision not to treat him was imposed upon him despite the efforts of his wife to obtain basic care for her husband.

During my sister's case and our advocacy work with patients and their families, it would have been helpful to have a unified voice coming from our clergy consistently supporting the lives of our medically vulnerable. We desperately need to see faithful Catholic pastoral witness that confounds the expectations of the elite by pointing to Jesus Christ and the moral law.

A Church that appears more concerned with baptizing the latest social and political movements is a Church that may appear to be “relevant," but one that may also find itself swallowed up by the preoccupations of our time.

As Catholics, we know all too well the reluctance of priests to preach on issues of abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and other pro-life issues. We have heard that the Church cannot risk becoming too political.

At the same time, some within the Church are now openly supporting Black Lives Matter, an organization that openly declares itself hostile to the family, to moral norms as taught by the Church, and whose founders embrace the deadly ideology of Marxism.

For example, Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, knelt in prayer with a cardboard sign asserting his support for this ideology.

Recently, during an online liturgy of the mass, Fr. Kenneth Boller at The Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York, led the congregation with what appears to sound like questions affirming the BLM agenda. Moreover, while reading these questions, pictures of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, assumed victims of racial injustice, were placed on the altar of St. Francis Xavier Church, a place typically reserved for Saints of the Catholic Church.

Contrast these two stories with what happened in the Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana, where Rev. Theodore Rothrock of St. Elizabeth Seton Church fell victim to the ire of Bishop Timothy Doherty. Fr. Rothrock used strong language in his weekly church bulletin criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement and its organizers. Consequently, Bishop Doherty suspended Fr. Rothrock from public ministry.

In 1972, Pope Pius VI said, “The smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God." It seems that too many of our clergy today are enjoying the smell.

I encourage all who are concerned about the human right to life and about Christ-centered reforms in our culture and our Church to raise your voices for pastoral leadership in every area of our shared lives as Christian people.

Bobby Schindler is a Senior Fellow with Americans United for Life, Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, and President of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network.