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 the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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What is actually in Texas' new GOP-led voting bill? Nearly every Texas House Democrat fled the state to block its passage, calling it racist and oppressive, and President Joe Biden backed them as well.

But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to set the record straight and call out the lies: All of these claims are "completely false." He also explained his promise to "arrest" the Texas House Democrats when they return to the Lone Star State.

"What is in the bill is completely different than what they're saying, what Kamala Harris is saying, what President Biden is saying. What's in the bill actually increases the number of hours that people have to vote in the state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have at least 12 days of early voting, and we are adding hours to those days. And on top of that, we are giving people time off from work to be able to vote. Bottom line, we're making it easier to vote in the state of Texas," Gov Abbott explained.

"In comparison, Delaware — the state that President Biden votes in — has exactly zero hours of early voting," he added. "That said, there is one thing that we're doing in the state of Texas, and that is we're making sure we tighten the reins on mail-in ballots that can lead to voter fraud. And it's not me saying that. It's a federal judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in Corpus Christi, Texas, who wrote in a legal opinion that voter fraud occurs, quote, in abundance as it concerns mail-in ballots. We know. Texans know. There is fraud in mail-in ballots in the state of Texas. It must be fixed. That's one thing we're trying to do. That being said, all these claims that we're denying people the right to vote and yada, yada, yada, are completely false."

Abbott went on to discuss the much-debated voter ID laws in Texas and to explain why Democrats insist on calling basic voter ID requirements "racist."

"When Democrats do not have truth on their side, they resort to one single word and that is 'racism' ... Texas implemented voter ID almost a decade ago, and when we went through that fight, what word did they use? Racism," he said. "Guess what? After Texas imposed voter ID requirements in the state of Texas, there have been more people voting and more people of color who went to vote. Voting didn't get harder. It got easier and more abundant in the state of Texas. And so, once again, Democrats have absolutely no legal standing, other than to say, 'racism.'"

Glenn asked Gov. Abbott to explain his pledge to "arrest" the Democratic lawmakers that fled once they return to Texas.

"Let me explain how this works. So, whenever there is a break of quorum, which is what is happening now — meaning there is not a sufficient number of people who are showing up to the Texas House of Representatives for the Texas House to engage in business. Whenever there's a quorum break like that, the House issues what's called a 'call on the House.' And when that happens, the sergeant-at-arms is authorized to work with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to — you can call it arrest, apprehend, whatever you want to call it — any of the members who are not in the Texas House of Representatives and bring them to the Texas House where they will be 'cabined' with no ability to leave the Texas House chamber, without a permission slip from the speaker."

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Our Fourth Amendment, which protects our right to privacy, has never been in more danger. Journalist Lara Logan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain how the digital world has given leaders — both in government and corporations — the ability to not only spy on Americans, but to track their patterns of behavior, too.

Lara explained why, even if you think you have nothing to hide, you should be very concerned. Because these digital "human terrain maps" could be used to manipulate you in any way those in control see fit.

"The purpose of your privacy is much more than just being out of public view," Lara said. "There is really nothing that's more central to our democracy than the right to privacy. I mean, all of the rights in the Constitution have a real purpose, and a real value, and if we allow people to take them away from us, we voluntarily are surrendering that. We are lambs to the slaughter.

"They're not just looking at what you have to hide. They're looking to manipulate you into doing what they want. These are control systems. That's what they are," Lara explained. "What they do with the information is they create a 'human terrain map' for every single person on the planet, anyone within a digital signature or within their reach. They are creating a human terrain map that can be used against you, by anyone."

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