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.

On Thursday's radio program, Grace Smith and her father, Andy, joined Glenn Beck on the phone and provided a first-hand account of Grace's refusal to wear a mask at school.

Smith, 16, began a maskless protest after her school district in Laramie, Wyoming, decided to implement a mask mandate. As a result, Grace received three suspensions, was issued two $500-citations, and was eventually arrested.

"How long were you in jail?" Glenn asked.

Grace said was taken to jail but was never booked nor was she was placed in a jail cell.

Glenn commended Grace's father, Andy, for raising such a "great citizen" and asked if it was Grace's idea to protest. Andy said it was Grace's idea, explaining that they took the position of arguing on the grounds of civil rights rather than the efficacy of wearing a mask.

Grace has since withdrawn from public school and started a home school program. She also told Glenn that she will continue to fight the school district, legally.

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It seems the Left wants a civil war and some on the Right want a national divorce. The country is split right now unlike anything Glenn Beck has ever witnessed. There are two sides: Those who want to fundamentally change this country and those who believe in KEEPING the experiment of liberty that the Founding Founders intended.

The ideological gap seems impossible to cross, but Glenn explains why he won't secede. David Reaboi, Claremont Institute senior fellow and author of "National Divorce Is Expensive, but It's Worth Every Penny," tells Glenn why a national breakup is not an impossibility just because it will be difficult.

What can we do to fight back … peacefully? How can the states that still believe in the Constitution create pockets of freedom in the shadow of tyranny? On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn answers that and provides a road map to preserving what the Left is trying to destroy.

Finally, James Simpson, author of "Who Was Karl Marx? The Men, the Motives and the Menace Behind Today's Rampaging American Left," provides solutions on the issues the "red states" must unite around before Left and Right America officially call it quits.

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An Afghan interpreter who helped save then-Sen. Joe Biden's life in 2008 was among those stranded in Afghanistan after Biden's troop withdrawal. He has now escaped the country with his family, but not with President Biden's help.

Thanks to private organizations, including The Nazarene Fund, the interpreter and his family have now been rescued.

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A shocking new report by The Daily Wire reveals that the furious father whose arrest at a school board meeting likely sparked the call for the FBI to investigate anti-CRT parents like domestic terrorists was furious for good reasons: The Loudoun County School Board allegedly tried to cover up his daughter's rape.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss the incident and explain why he joined 60 lawmakers in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding answers for why the FBI is targeting parents.

"We want to know ... what kind of coordination took place between the White House, activist groups and teachers unions, and the Department of Justice," Stewart told Glenn. "Because we have evidence that there was [coordination] and, in fact, that the White House are the ones who initiated this. They asked for these activist groups to write this inflammatory letter to the Department of Justice saying they were 'intimidated' and that they 'felt threatened', giving the Department of Justice Attorney General Garland, the excuse to say, 'Okay, well, we have to respond'."

Stewart went on to say he believes the federal government would only involve the FBI in such an issue if its purpose is to silence and intimidate parents concerned about the "poison" being taught to their kids in school. So, what can he and the other representatives who disagree with the Biden administration's overreach of power do to stop it?

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