Glenn Beck: Iraqi PM endorses Obama plan?


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GLENN: So the Der Spiegel story, you know, that has Barack Obama saying that the troops should be removed in about 16 months after the election, here's the actual quote from Der Spiegel. Why would you hazard -- would you hazard a prediction as to when most of the U.S. troops would finally leave Iraq? Maliki says, as soon as possible as far as we're concerned. U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama talks about 16 months. That we think would be the right time frame for a withdrawal, the possibility of slight -- with the possibility of slight changes.

Wow, there's the story the headlines have been all weekend that Iraq agrees with Obama. Now the question is, is that true or not. First of all, the blog, Hot Air, is reporting that Der Spiegel has changed the translation from the original posting of the quote. You wouldn't want to -- the original quote that was posted, then changed. You wouldn't want to post the original posting. Maliki said as soon as possible, as far as we're concerned. This is the original quote: U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama is right when he talks about 16 months, assuming that positive developments continue. This is about the same time period that corresponds with our wishes. No word on why the translation has been changed in Der Spiegel. You know, I assume it's just because the German language was altered to assist Obama's campaign but if the qualifications are in there, this isn't Barack Obama's plan. He's for a pullout regardless of how things are going. Positive developments can continue or not, either way we're leaving. That's the plan. Not to mention Maliki later in the interview said this: So far as the Americans have had trouble agreeing to a concrete timetable for withdrawal because they fear it would be tantamount to an admission of defeat but that's not the case. If we come to an agreement, it is not evidence of a defeat but of a victory, of a severe blow that we have inflicted on Al-Qaeda and the militias. Again if you take Maliki at his word, that isn't Obama's plan. Obama's position is essentially, it's not that we've won, is that this war should never have been fought, it's a disaster, we have to escape as soon as possible. In fact, three days after meeting with Bush, this statement was released, three days ago. Quote: The prime minister and the President agreed that the bills would be based on continued improving conditions on the ground and not an arbitrary date for withdrawal. But even saying that Obama's plan is a withdrawal 16 months from his election is completely wrong. That's his new position. His original plan was to withdraw troops in 14 months, and that was 18 months ago. You might remember Obama being against the surge, but you should also remember that he actually proposed legislation to stop it. The Iraq war de-escalation act of 2007. This is something he sponsored. He called for all troops to be gone by March 31st, 2008. It would have literally guaranteed defeat. He called the surge a reckless escalation. So if you think that Obama is right now, it's only because he was so incredibly wrong then. But don't let my words confuse you. Let's use the actual words from Obama himself. This is what he said on January 10th, 2007.

SENATOR OBAMA: I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse.

GLENN: Okay. Then he said this on January 5th, one year later.

SENATOR OBAMA: And I said at the time when I opposed the surge that given how wonderful our troops perform, if we place 30,000 more troops in there, then we would see an improvement in the security situation and we would see a reduction in the violence.

GLENN: Okay. That's not what he said. By the way, this is from a piece that is now circulating on YouTube that is just fantastic piece of all of the quotes that he gave again. So now he says -- he said all along that the surge would make things better. But let me play January 10th, 2007. It's Cut 1, one more time. Listen to it again.

SENATOR OBAMA: I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse.

GLENN: Okay. Cut 3, this is what he said on October 22nd, 2006.

SENATOR OBAMA: Given the deteriorating situation, it is clear at this point that we cannot, through putting in more troops or maintaining the presence that we have, expect that somehow the situation is going to improve.

GLENN: Okay. This is what he said in July 18th, 2007.

SENATOR OBAMA: My assessment is that the surge has not worked and we will not see a different report eight weeks from now.

GLENN: Okay. That is before the -- that was, what, four days before the troop -- four days after the troops all arrived? He immediately said it's not working. This is what he said November 11th, 2007.

SENATOR OBAMA: Finally, in 2006-2007 we started to see that even after an election George Bush continued to want to pursue a course that didn't withdraw troops from Iraq but actually doubled up and initiated the search. To not see improvements but could actually worsen the potential situation.

GLENN: Okay. So that is November 11th, 2007. I think he's clear, one, two, three, four, five, five clips that we have, five clips where it is very, very clear the surge is not going to work. There's no way you can't put 20,000 troops in there, you can't double down. It's only going to make things worse. Here's now what he said three clips. The first one is from February 21st of this year, then April 8th of this year and then two days before July 4th, July 2nd of this year. My, would anyone like some syrup to go with these waffles.

SENATOR OBAMA: I think it is indisputable that we've seen violence reduced in Iraq. I also think the surge has reduced violence and provided breathing room, extraordinary work that our troops have done. They have performed brilliantly throughout the process and obviously I'm very pleased to see the reductions in violence that occurred over the last several months. There's no doubt that because of their heroism and their outstanding work, we had the opportunity to salvage the situation.

GLENN: This is amazing, just amazing to me. We're going to put all of this in the free newsletter at GlennBeck.com. If you want to have these clips. How is it this guy can now say he was right? I actually heard one of his surrogates on Chris Wallace's program yesterday where they were actually saying that Barack Obama has been right on Iraq the whole time. This is absolutely incredible. There is no shame. There is no shame. There is no one calling for Barack Obama to answer for the War is Lost banner behind him. There is no one calling for him to admit that he made a mistake on the surge. Do you remember George Bush? He had to admit that everything was going well and then it fell apart because he made an error, a mistake, he looked at the situation improperly and the Iraq situation fell apart. He was right on going in. He was right on how rapidly things would turn around. He was wrong about sectarian violence. And everybody said, can't you admit that you made a mistake, can't you admit you made a mistake, why won't you admit you made a mistake. I can't vote for a man who won't admit he's made a mistake. I was on the air saying it's a mistake, George. Just admit it. Can't vote for a man who can't admit he made a mistake. Where is anyone in the media demanding that Barack Obama admits this mistake? This is a huge mistake. Now what he's going to do is he's using Afghanistan to change the view of Iraq. Iraq is clean right now. So Iraq's not a problem. So he looks bad. So what they have to do is now focus on Afghanistan and make that into a nightmare, just like they did with Iraq. We've got to make Afghanistan into a quagmire, into a nightmare. And so what they're going to do is he's now going to focus on how bad things are in Afghanistan. You watch. The media is going to follow him and they're going to start doing all the stories on how bad things are in Afghanistan and the reason is going to be that we spent so much time in Iraq that we allowed Afghanistan to get away from us. I actually heard a question on television over the weekend from a reporter, why are we losing in Afghanistan. Wouldn't you say that we're now losing, we're losing in Afghanistan? We're now having that. And at the same time Barack Obama says George Bush gets us into another war, a war we can't fight, at the same time without any questions he says, I'm going to fly warplanes in and I'll bomb Pakistan, without any questions. Without anybody on the left. You want to talk about another war, there's your third war. You can't fly warplanes into Pakistan unless you want to declare war on Pakistan. You will destabilize it. How is it that I'm considered the hate monger, the war mongering, the fearmonger, all of this stuff when I've been saying, ringing the bell for years, the trouble is Iran. You've got to watch Iran. You've got to squeeze them, put pressure on them and liberate their people through their people. Help the people help themselves. Somebody do what Ronald Reagan did with Perestroika, with the solidarity movement. Somebody help the people in Iran help themselves. The same thing in Pakistan. Instead Barack Obama wants to take a hammer. And nobody in the media is willing to say anything. The conservatives are saying, you don't want to start a war with Pakistan. The conservatives have been the ones saying, you don't want a war with Iran. The liberals are saying, you don't want a war with Iran but, Pakistan, so what, they have nukes.

Do you realize that because of our policy right now on nukes with India that there's a no confidence vote in parliament in India. Don't ask me why I know this. A no confidence vote in India. It looks like because of what we've done now with the nukes, with the Bush administration that somehow or another the situation in India has been destabilized. We need these countries to stay together, not destabilize them. But nobody in the mainstream media will ask that. They will just call John McCain old.

Glenn Beck joined Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Thursday night to discuss Visa Inc.'s "horrifying" new plans to flag firearm sales by separately categorizing purchases at gun shops, a move that Glenn aptly described as "the next step in banning guns."

In what's been hailed as a major victory for gun control activists, Visa agreed to adopt the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) new set of standards by creating a special merchant category code for gun and ammunition sales.

In his appearance on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Glenn shared a letter written by Robert B. Thomson III, a senior vice president at Visa, showing that the credit card company initially pushed back on the ISO's new rules.

“We believe that asking payment networks to serve as a moral authority by deciding which legal goods can or cannot be purchased sets a dangerous precedent,” Thomson wrote in the letter to pro-gun-control lawmakers, including Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Just days later, however, Visa had agreed to comply with the ISO's plan to establish a new merchant category code for gun stores. So why did Visa suddenly flip?

As Glenn explained, it all comes down to pressure from America's largest union-owned bank, the Amalgamated Bank, one of the only unionized banks in the United States and a proud proponent of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing.

"This is the next step in banning guns," Glenn asserted.

"It's horrifying!" Tucker responded after several seconds of stunned silence.

"I'm so grateful you did the reporting on this," he told Glenn. "I'm not sure why it falls to you since we have a couple of very large daily newspapers in this country you'd think would want to report this, yet none of them did. So, Glenn Beck did."


On a recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn broke down the details of this latest attack on the Second Amendment and revealed how this is a step toward something even worse than federal gun registration. Watch the video clip below for more details. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.


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Glenn Beck: Here's why Stacey Abrams' fetal heartbeat remarks are hilarious but TERRIFYING

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Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has a new pro-abortion conspiracy theory: "There is no such thing as a [fetal] heartbeat at six weeks ... it is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have a right to take control of a woman’s body."

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere agreed Abrams' latest "misinformation" is not just ridiculous but could be dangerous if people are actually willing to believe her.

"If you want to defend abortion, go ahead and defend it. Defend what you're actually doing. Stop denying what is reality," Stu said. "If this is such a great defensible policy, then just come out and defend it, but they never can ... you notice how they can't go to the actual thing they say is so important. They keep defending these other things that aren't true."

Glenn said the pro-choice movement was successful for a long time because most people want the decision to be up to the woman and her doctor and that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. But when leftists began "celebrating" their abortions or calling for "abortion on demand" at any point in the pregnancy, that's when they start to lose support.

"Because they've celebrated abortion and are losing regular people, you can't put that genie back in the bottle. So, what do they have to do now? They have to take the insane step of discrediting medical machines and technology," Glenn said.

"This is after two years, by the way, of them claiming the biggest scandal in the world was people suggesting the voting machines were hacked — after they previously said that voting machines were hacked in elections they [Democrats] lost," Stu pointed out.

"Honestly, gang, think this through because this is where life gets very scary. This is where you go to authoritarian rule and you can kill millions of people because you're truly now discrediting things that everyone knows is true," Glenn warned.

"So, if you disagree ... you can say that is an evil magic box that has made up sounds in it to convince people. If they will buy that, you're at the Salem witch trials. 'If she doesn't float, she wasn't a witch.' That's what you're looking at right now — and what's frightening is, [Abrams] can say this with a straight face and no one discredits her," he continued.

"You don't think that they can convince those people that you are a terrorist because of the way you vote? [...] You don't think they can convince half the country that you should be eliminated, liquidated, put into a camp, whatever authoritarians love to do? ... We are headed towards dangerous, dangerous times. We better wake up and stand together because this is frightening — it's hilarious — but because people are taking it seriously, it is terrifying," Glenn added.

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A big question Glenn Beck has always had about “The Amazing Do-Over” is: How do you get the most powerful and wealthy nation that has ever existed to accept, “You will own nothing … and be happy”? A foundational principle of this country from its very inception has been land ownership. We worked hard, were fiscally responsible, and stayed away from high debt, but the progressive era began to erode all of that.

The Clinton Global Initiative recently gathered the ruling class to tell the plebes how to run their finances and called anyone who dared challenge their ideas “climate change deniers.” Glenn argues we are dangerously far down the “Road to Serfdom” and exposes the progressive playbook to keep us in line. It’s a 600-year-old medieval model that’s been the plan all along.

We’re already feeling economic pain, and yet they’re playing “Game of Thrones” with our lives. Turning us into serfs is their ultimate goal. How do they finish the complete restructuring of the American financial system and our way of life?

On Wednesday night's "Glenn TV," Glenn connects it all on the chalkboard and details the solution to fighting back against the ruling elites.

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These days, it seems like everything is about politics, and comedy has been one of the biggest targets. Many comedians are walking on eggshells, but stand-up comedian and "Saturday Night Live" alum Jim Breuer isn't one of them.

Breuer joined Glenn on the latest episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast" to talk about why he’d rather be funny than fearful and what inspired his hilarious comedy special, “Somebody Had to Say It," which has garnered almost 1.5 million views as of this writing.

Breuer made it clear that he does not consider himself to be political. "I'm not. I'm 100% not [political]," he told Glenn, before explaining how people started calling him political when he dared to ask questions about a certain shot that we're not allowed to mention, let alone question.

"When did medicine become political?" Breuer asked.

"What kind of price have you paid for being called political?" Glenn asked Breuer.

"To be dead honest with you, once COVID really kicked in, and ... once you realize we're not going to be here, that we're on borrowed time, and I do have God in my life ... you come to terms with reality on a deeper level. And when COVID kicked in, I said, 'You know what? All bets are off.' I already knew I wasn't in control. But now, not only am I not in control from the natural order of life, but now the puppet masters ... are in control," Breuer answered.

"It made me realize I don't have time to worry about what people think of me. I know where I'm at in life. I know where I'm at spiritually. I know where I'm at with my family," he added.

"That's tremendous power," Glenn said. "But it spooks the hell out of people."

"But it shouldn't!" Breuer exclaimed. "I'm excited that other people get this ... but they're stuck. We ain't got time for stuck. To me, this is the time of, 'You gotta rise.' For years and years and years, you allow fear to control your life. Fear of dying. Fear I might get sick ... everything's based out of fear. It's time for the fearless."

Breuer also revealed his secret for dealing with tough times, and he’s seen his share. But he also said he's seen miracles, including the incredible (and hilariously told) story of how he found faith, how God saved his marriage, and why one family friend was convinced his wife belonged to a cult.



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