Glenn Beck: Time for President Obama to Get His Priorities in Order



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I've always told you I lead with my mistakes and that is what I have to lead with today.

I have said that I feared the president was playing politics with the war in Afghanistan. I couldn't think of another reason he'd take 86 days now to make a decision on giving our troops some help — especially considering the recommendation by General Stanley McChrystal to send 40,000 more troops within the next year or else the conflict "will likely result in failure."

So I figured he was just playing politics. I'm sorry, but I was wrong about that. I believe the president or, at the very least, the extreme far left in his party are playing the redistribution of wealth game instead.

How? Well, first of all, the president wanted to make absolutely certain he was making the right decision. So, after weeks of waiting, deliberating and pondering, the president has finally decided that he will... make his decision on December 1st. After Thanksgiving.

I'm sure the troops in the field appreciate being blown off once again. Enjoy your turkey.

The president is expected to announce plans that he will, "settle on a middle-ground option that would deploy an eventual 32,000 to 35,000 U.S. forces to Afghanistan."

That's less than the 40,000 the General wanted and it would take two and a half years for full deployment. That's more like a "drip" than a surge. Now, I've been told there are some reports that say the full two years are needed for logistic reasons. Well, if that's true, then why would McCrystal request 40,000 within the year?

But that may not even be the worst part. Democratic lawmakers are now calling for — well, let's have you guess. Democrats — thinking of a way to raise money to pay for the extra troops — what brilliant solution do you think they arrived at?

If you said, a "war tax" on the wealthy, then you're a winner!

Congressman David Obey tells CBSNews.com that the cost of additional troops could "destroy the other things we are trying to do."

I don't know what a bigger priority is than making sure that those you are asking to fight and die, are given every imaginable resource to keep them alive and well.

On Monday, I told you that they are going to tax you every way they can:

In the health care bill, there's a surtax on "Cadillac plans" along with at least three pages of additional taxes and fees that total $572 billion. Cap-and-trade is just one big energy tax; it will end up costing each family more than $1,800 a year by 2020. And, how about the ultimate tax: the devaluing of the dollar.

Now, on top of all of that, a 5 percent war surtax.

They have to tax you — squeeze you of every penny — for two reasons:

First, because they have spent us into oblivion. It's great you are suddenly concerned with making sure we find a way to pay for the war, Dave. No really, I'm touched. But where were your concerns over the last six years as the debt as more than doubled? No amount of surtaxes would help. You could take 100 percent of profits from all Fortune 500 companies each year and 145 years later you'd finally be done paying our debt. And that doesn't include interest!

So please, spare me the phony "oh, how are we going to pay for this?" concern on the war. You clearly do not care about paying for things. I've seen the debt clock.

I've showed you the numbers. This is just another excuse for you to help bring about that redistributive change. The final chapters — if we don't wake up, America — are being written of the economy and of our country. We cannot sustain this.

And when our framework is destroyed from the reckless spending, what will the old be replaced with? A Venezuelan-style utopia wonderland. Oh, it will be great. And we're getting closer to it. Progressivism has finally reached our troops as they are now being used as a tool for the redistribution of wealth, in the form of a war tax on the rich.

Does the bagger at the grocery store not enjoy the same security and freedom I do? Are farmers exempt from their "patriotic duty," as Joe Biden called paying taxes? Did only the rich die on Sept. 11?

If there is one thing in the universe that should qualify as a "shared sacrifice," it's war.

As someone who believes in a strong military, you are not sharing sacrifice already if you are an uber-liberal. ROTC not allowed in schools, kicking them out of San Francisco. Shared sacrifice? Shave your armpits and sign up for a tour of duty! Some of us have family in the military — you've never even heard of shared sacrifice. Your shared sacrifice is not getting part of the $300 million in bribe money in the health care bill.

But Washington only seems concerned with sharing the wealth, not shared sacrifice. The right thing to do is sell war bonds and get everyone involved. But that doesn't fit with their agenda.

And they don't want to sacrifice any part of their domestic agenda. God forbid we take budget money away from "any other initiative" or "investments we need to make in our own economy" to pay for additional troop support in Afghanistan.

Where are our priorities? How can the president sit around and twiddle his intellectual thumbs while he plays professor and takes a semester to make a decision on our troops in the field?

Oh Glenn, he can't rush this decision!

Really? I don't accept that excuse.

Not from the guy who rushed through the stimulus because of an imminent financial crisis. Not from the guy who tried to jam cap-and-trade down our throats because global warming is coming. Not from the guy who is ramming health care through, because there is a crisis of coverage.

Well, guess what: I don't see Americans dying in the streets as they are waiting in line at our hospitals. But do you know where I do see them dying? In Afghanistan.

I saw the four American soldiers who died in a bombing in Kabul this week. I saw the 59 soldiers who died last month — the deadliest month for U.S. troops in the entire eight-year war. I saw the 51 who died in August and 45 this past July.

But what I don't see are the media flashing the pictures of our fallen heroes every day. Why not? Where is the outrage? Four Americans died in Kabul this week. It's Tuesday. Nobody died because they didn't have health care. Nobody.

You fought so hard to make sure the press was allowed to take pictures of the caskets coming back home — well, where the hell are you, media? You only cover the caskets when it shows President Obama saluting in what was definitely not a photo op.

How can the media sit by and pretend they don't notice that the generals in the field are saying one thing and the president is either saying nothing or something different? How can the press sit idly by as this administration basically admits they care more about the redistribution of wealth than helping our soldiers?

Either we fight this thing to win or we get our men and women the hell out of there. I will continue the fight to give them every bit of help they deserve. If there is one thing we can all agree on, it's our troops deserve the very best. And they deserve, just as I said to President Bush, to be unleashed with the full force of the American military behind them or to be sent home. It's one or the other. There is no grey area.

But apparently that's a little too much for our brilliant Harvard president to grasp. He's got to think that one through. And the decision is reportedly "middle ground." You know what happens when you don't choose one side of the road or the other and you stand in the middle, right? You get run over. I've seen presidents try to micromanage wars before. It does not end well.

Mr. President, send them in guns a-blazing or send them home. It's that simple. You'll never please everyone, so stop trying. Do what is right. Don't just take it from me. Listen to this call I got on radio today:

(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP)

CALLER: Oh, Glenn, I am so angry, I could just spit. If I had time to sit at the White House every day and yell at the president, I would. I have three sons who serve in the military. My husband is still on active duty. One of my sons is on the border of Afghanistan. This Friday will be the fifth anniversary of losing my brother in a contracted flight on a mountain in Afghanistan. If anybody understands why we need 40,000 troops in Afghanistan, it's me. My older brother, who is buried just two spaces away from a younger brother at West Point (inaudible). I have more ponies in this race than most people do. I faxed a (inaudible) one day to tell him, please, would you send the troops. I mean, Stan McChrystal took two months to write this report and the president just dithers around. When people like me who have already lost family members. My dad served on active duty for 25 years. I've already sacrificed and will continue to sacrifice… If you are not going to let them win, bring them home.

(END AUDIO CLIP)

Barack Obama was imaged as Abe Lincoln.

Abe Lincoln was bold: the Emancipation Proclamation; the Civil War. He made the tough decisions. Lincoln was despised by the American people at the beginning of the Civil War. He couldn't get commanders to fight to win. He went through commanders until he finally found Grant.

Barack Obama is the exact opposite: He's the great deliberator, not the great decider. Our troops need a leader. They need to know America has their back. The need hope. And right now they aren't getting that, as evidenced in the news that troop morale is reaching new lows. And it doesn't help when the commander in chief is more worried about finding out what caused the actions of the Fort Hood dirtbag, rather than just calling him a terrorist. I don't care what made that idiot decide to shoot people. It's his fault he did that. Nobody else.

And it also doesn't help that our soldiers see Washington using them as yet another way to tax the rich and give to the poor.

So let me make it very clear on where I stand on this issue: Unless the president of the United States allows his military commanders on the ground to make the decisions or he fires those military commanders and replace with other commanders and give them everything they ask for, then I believe it's time to bring the troops home.

We are putting our troops into a meat grinder for no reason.

Let me go a step further: I have family in the military. I have promised my sisters, their mothers, that the government would never do anything that would put them in harms way without a very good reason and without backing them all the way. I can no longer make that promise.

As a dad and as an uncle, if this is the way our military is going to be treated, when your tour of duty comes up, I couldn't make those promises and encourage you to re-enlist.

I will wait for a commander in chief to get his priorities in order. The people we ask to fight and die are always the first priority.

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Hey Joe, THIS is how you handle terrorists

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If you haven't seen the new Apple TV+ drama Tehran, it's definitely worth your time. It tells the story of an Israeli spy who sneaks into Iran to set up an attack on Iran's nuclear program. Now that the new Bond movie is delayed, this show has a little bit of everything to hold you over: international spies, hackers, double agents.

But I digress...

No matter how Hollywood tries to invent these stories — and this one is definitely good — they always fall short of what happens in real life. What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated as he was traveling to his private villa just a few miles east of Tehran. The operation involved a team of over 60 people. Around 50 logistical support agents backed up a dozen gunmen. They knew everything. His schedule, his private address, his classified movements, the route...

Fakhrizadeh was traveling in the middle of three armored vehicles. When they approached the ambush site, the hit team cut off all the electricity in the surrounding area. A car bomb was then remotely detonated, taking out the rear vehicle in the convoy. 12 gunmen proceeded to open fire on the other two cars. Iran's top nuclear scientist was dead, and NONE of the hit squad were wounded or arrested.

Now you can already guess where the blame is being directed this morning. Almost immediately, the fingers began to point at both Israel and the United States. The mainstream media is trying to paint this as an effort by Trump to sabotage a Biden effort to restart the Iran Nuclear Deal. Remember that "masterful" stroke of Middle East foreign policy? You know, the deal that included $150 BILLION — in cash — that Obama and Biden knew would be used to kill Americans and destabilize the entire region. Remember that?

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it.

They claimed their way was the only path to peace. What did they get from it? Iran spread out all the way to the literal doorstep of Israel. The elite Iraqi troops of the Republican Guard were staging in Syria, plotting that ultimate attack to take back Jerusalem. The entire region was set to explode... but then Trump scuttled the deal. What did it lead to? Historic peace agreements between the Arab world and Israel.

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it. He reimposed sanctions and launched a campaign to kill terrorists rather than give them money.

John Brennan took to Twitter this weekend to call the assassination a criminal act.

It echoes what they said when the top terrorist in the world — Qassem Soleimani — was assassinated in Iraq. Coincidentally, the Iranian government published artwork over the weekend depicting Soleimani and the, now dead, nuclear scientist standing side by side.

You see, now matter how people like Brennan and Biden might try and say otherwise, this is exactly the type of person Iran's "Robert Openheimer" was: a terrorist in the same category as Soleimani (but obviously with a lot more dangerous capability).

Iran has been protecting this man for two decades. They called him merely "an academic," but denied the UN IAEA inspectors to ever question him.

The rhetoric Iran fed the global community was that their nuclear program didn't have anything to do with weapons, and that this nuclear scientist was involved in research to improve their energy programs. But in 2007, the CIA said this was a cover story. In 2008, the United States froze his assets, and the IAEA made it public that this scientist was leading Iran's nuclear weapons project.

Iran called it "Projects 110 and 111." Fakhrizadeh was tasked with finding out how to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and make it durable enough so that it could survive re-entry into the atmosphere on top of an ICBM.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists.

Obama and Biden's nuclear deal didn't stop ANY of this. Israel revealed in 2018 that Projects 110 and 111 continued. Fakhrizadeh was specifically called out as still being the main man in charge.

Biden thinks his policy of accommodation will somehow bring us the peace that Neville Chamberlain once thought was possible with Hitler. When has this borne fruit with any maniacal tyrant or terrorist... ever?!

And that's exactly what Iran and their thugs are. They're terrorists! They're not a legitimate regime. Long before ISIS, the terrorists in Iran stole a country, planning to spread their caliphate all over the world. Members of Al Qaeda, despite being Sunni, enjoy free sanctuary under their protection. They want to burn Israel to the ground. They chant "death to America"... It's actually a holiday there.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists. Biden wants peace with Iran, and he'll probably roll out a red carpet and offer them a few hundred billion more dollars. We know this doesn't work. To quote Reagan, "there's one way to have peace and you can have it in this second... surrender."

That's how you deal with terrorists, and — whether we were involved or not — another one was just taken out.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

Watch the full interview with Douglas Murray below:



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New York City shut down its schools over the coronavirus with barely any notice. But even before that, Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently wasn't in the mood to be asked about it, and he made that very clear to reporters.

Asked on Wednesday whether parents could expect schools to be closed as soon as Thursday, Cuomo mocked reporters for their "obnoxious and offensive" questions and accused them of not paying attention. Watch the testy exchange for yourself here.

On Thursday's radio program, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere had plenty to say about Stu's least favorite governor and the decision to close schools. But Glenn also offered his own theory on why coronavirus restrictions have become so political: Americans refuse to be forced into submission.

Watch the video below to catch the conversation:

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