Glenn Beck: Stephanopoulos grills Obama

Barack Obama on The Troop Surge in Iraq

GLENN: Give me the surge comments where he said, you know, look, there's other things that have gone on. You know, we have to talk about how the surge and, you know, other things besides the surge.

STU: Okay, here you go.

GLENN: Here it is.

VOICE: How do you escape the logic? You said we succeeded with the surge beyond our wildest dreams? How do you escape the logic that means John McCain was right about the surge?

OBAMA: It's interesting to me why people are so focused on what's happened the last year and a half and not on the previous five.

VOICE: Do you think you made the right decision about the surge

GLENN: Stop for a second. Stop for a second. I just want to point out everybody is focused on what's currently going on instead of the past five. What difference does the past five make? This guy you know, I hate to bring it into Christian terms again but this is where I'm headed towards the end of the hour. This guy doesn't understand that the fundamental concept of redemption. This guy doesn't understand that it doesn't matter where you have been. It matters where you are. Where are you today. Have you learned from the mistakes of the past? Have you looked and said, jeez, my judgment was off here; I can correct it. I mean, that is like saying in World War II, how many mistakes did we make in World War II? Do you know how close we came to losing World War II over and over and over again? We made colossal errors. You change your tactics to win. Again his judgment, his judgment stops, is frozen in time, unless it's politically expedient for him to change it. But then he continues to tie it back to the past. How is this important? Continue to listen.

OBAMA: Here's why. My whole premise has always been that it was a distraction for us to go into Iraq.

GLENN: Got it.

OBAMA: Once we were there, we had to make the best of a bad situation.

GLENN: Bingo.

OBAMA: And what I have said is that at the time that we made the decision to go in with the surge that it did not address the underlying problem, which is the willingness of the Iraqis to overcome their political differences and reconcile and to provide

VOICE: 15 out of 18 political benchmarks have been met.

GLENN: Stop, stop. That's important. 15 out of the 18 political benchmarks have been met. The other side of the argument was these people won't do it because they don't trust America of being tough. They've got to make look, you got somebody living down the street who's got a gun to your head, says you help them out, I will shoot you in the head because you know they're leaving. As soon as they leave, I shut you and your family. You shut your mouth. As soon as we got serious, that's when the Iraqi people had enough confidence in us that they would fight next to us. Before then, they didn't trust us, nor should they have. That's why 15 out of the 19 now have been met politically speaking. Obama just ignores it. All right. Play the rest of it.

OBAMA: To overcome their political differences and reconcile and

VOICE: 15 out of 18 political benchmarks have been met.

OBAMA: And to provide the kind of strategy that would allow us to move forward. That wasn't part of the package in the surge. So if the question is has the surge done much better than we expected in combination with these other factors in reducing malice, the answer is yes, and I've said this repeatedly.

GLENN: Okay. Here's the thing. He wants, he wants to take credit for getting out. Do you have the second clip of Barack Obama where he talks about, you know, we can get out now, why didn't we get out before? Go ahead, play this.

VOICE: Phrases we've heard from Governor Palin and others at the convention, Republican convention was that in Iraq victory is in sight. Do you believe that?

OBAMA: You know, they have yet to define "Victory." Or it's a very slippery definition. My view is, number one

GLENN: We shouldn't have been there.

OBAMA: It was a poorly conceived mission. So to talk about victory

GLENN: Stop, stop. So to talk about victory, there is no such thing as victory with him. There is no such thing. You will never be victorious in Iraq, ever. Even if we win, they stabilize, we leave, we should leave with our tail between our legs because there is no such thing as victory because it was ill conceived from the beginning. Next.

OBAMA: I think well, look. I think that we I think George Bush, with the help of John McCain and Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney made a big strategic blunder. There are enormous costs to that blunder. It's the equivalent of them driving the car off the ditch. I think it's possible for us to get the car back on the road, but

VOICE: That's not going to be better.

OBAMA: Well, that doesn't signify that we are better off than had we not gone. And so I do think that there has been enormous reductions in violence because of the extraordinary service of our troops, and there is no doubt that the improvements in terms of violence has to do with the surge and the Sunni awakening, the Shia militia standing down.

GLENN: He goes on to talk about how that these things that are happening now, the things that are happening now that we can actually get out, he suggested a long time ago. But his judgment is the judgment of a doctor that says, oh, you got cancer? You know what, get out of the hospital and just take your vitamins. And John McCain, being the other doctor, then says, okay, okay, you can take your vitamins and you'll leave the hospital, but you have to have chemotherapy first. Barack Obama is the doctor who said, "I said the whole time you should get out of the hospital and take your vitamins." Yes! But the patient is alive and able to walk out of the hospital because he had the chemotherapy first! All that Barack Obama wants to talk about is the cancer and then walking out of the hospital and having your vitamins, "This is what I said the whole time." He's completely dismissing the whole chemotherapy part. This is not a doctor whose judgment I would trust. But this is only one piece of his judgment. We'll put the whole buzz he will together here in just a second.

Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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