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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Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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During a lecture at the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center, a New York City-based psychiatrist told students and faculty that she fantasizes about "unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way," among several other shockingly race-hating statements.

In April, Dr. Aruna Khilanani — a New York-based forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst — delivered the talk called "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" virtually as part of the Yale School of Medicine's "Child Study Center Grand Rounds," a lecture program for "trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, and social work, faculty, clinicians, and scientists."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck shared several quotes from an audio recording of the lecture provided by Bari Weiss, a former opinion writer and editor for the New York Times.

Here are a few of Khilanani's statements from the audio:

  • "This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil."
  • "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f***ing favor."
  • "White people are out of their minds. And they have been for a long time."
  • "White people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath."
  • "We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain't gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It's like banging your head against a brick wall. It's just like sort of not a good idea."

"We must take a stand. We must speak out, because this is evil," Glenn said in response to Khilanani's shocking lecture. "I don't care who you voted for, you know this is evil."

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The prices of our houses and food are already rising fast, but they will skyrocket to record highs if we don't fix the problem soon. So what's causing the inflation?

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck said he doesn't believe it's the fault of our loggers, farmers, or truckers — many of them are really struggling. But the big corporations that control these industries are making record profits, all while the Biden administration is making some very odd decisions that could make the crises even worse.

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The crisis at the border continues to worsen, with the U.S. Border Patrol recently releasing some shocking statistics that illuminate just how bad the situation has become. But Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) is doing everything he can to prevent any additional unlawful crossings into the Lone Star State.

Abbott joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to describe recent action he has taken to ensure that those who do cross into Texas illegally know they came to the "wrong state."

After noting that both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris "have completely abandoned post as it concerns the Texas border," Abbott explained how "Texas is stepping up" to combat the flood of dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers and drugs he says are pouring into border communities.

"Beginning in March, I deployed a thousand Texas Department of Public Safety officers to the border. I deployed the National Guard to the border. And they made well over a thousand arrests of some of these criminals we talked about. They've apprehended more than 33,000 illegal immigrants coming across the border." Abbott said. "But because of the way the Biden administration has abandoned the border, we are now elevating our game. What I did yesterday, in response to more than a dozen counties along the border ... I granted their request for a disaster declaration," he added.

Abbott went on to describe how his disaster declaration gives Texas the authority to toughen penalties for lawbreakers, including criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking.

"We're going to begin arresting everybody coming across the border and charging them with criminal trespass and putting them in jail. They are coming in here, thinking they'll get the Biden free-ride, and go wherever they want to go. Not in the state of Texas. We'll start arresting them right and left, and putting them behind bars, and saying they came in to the wrong state."

Asked by Glenn if he is prepared for the inevitable "media onslaught", Abbott simply answered, "We're prepared to see a reduction in the number of people coming across the border — because Texas is enforcing the law, period."

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