Glenn Beck: Dead Heat




Dead Heat


by Joel C. Rosenberg

GLENN: From Radio City in Midtown Manhattan, this is the third most listened to show in all of America. Hello, you sick twisted freak. Welcome to the program. Glad you're here. All this week on television we have been featuring Joel Rosenberg's book ""Dead Heat"." If you don't know who Joel Rosenberg is, he is an amazing man, great writer. He started really his life as a political advisor and as he described it, he kind of sucked at it. Well, I mean, I don't want to put words in your mouth. Joel, are you on the phone with us yet?

ROSENBERG: Glenn, you captured it. I was a failed political consultant.

GLENN: Your failure was -- I mean, you were working for Benjamin Netanyahu and everything else.

ROSENBERG: It wasn't all my fault. I helped Steve Forbes lose two presidential campaigns on the comeback campaign of former Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Eight years later he hasn't quite come back but he is leading in the polls now and he has asked me to help him.

GLENN: Right. So you were failing at a very high level.

ROSENBERG: Well, you can do --

GLENN: So at one point Joel is also somebody who studies the scriptures and everything else and at one point he is looking at the events of the day, and if I'm not mistaken, you were on an airplane when this kind of clicked. Tell the story.

ROSENBERG: Well, yes. I'm an evangelical Christian from a Jewish background. Mother's gentile, father's orthodox Jewish, escaped out of Russia. So I was interested in Bible prophecy about Jews and about the rebirth of Israel, all these things that was parallel to my interest in geopolitics and working for these various political leaders.

So I'm working at that time in the fall of 2000, literally September 11th, 2000, one year before the attacks on the World Trade Center. I'm in a plane with former Israel deputy prime minister Natan Sharansky. Sharansky, I'm helping him do a media tour throughout the United States talking about the Middle East peace process. We're sitting on a plane and I'm asking him some questions and he starts telling me a story about when he was the -- a cabinet minister for then prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu calls him into his office and said, Sharansky, I need you to go to Moscow to meet with then KGB chief Vladimir Putin and take this dossier and explain to the Russians how worried we as Israelis are getting about the possibility of a Russian/Iranian military alliance, particularly a nuclear alliance.

And so we were talking about this and I thought, first of all, this is fascinating to be talking and get an inside picture of an Israel leader, a Russian leader and this diplomacy but then suddenly something clicked in the back of my mind and I thought, this sounds very much like a Bible prophecy. Ezekiel 38 and 39, what Bible scholars call the war of Gog and Magog predicts one day in something called the last days a Russian/Iranian military alliance that will attack Israel with a group of other countries.

Now, Russia and Iran have never had an alliance like this in 2500 years since Ezekiel wrote the prophecy. So nobody had really paid that much attention to that particular prophecy. Now I'm on this plane and I'm hearing an inside story of how the Israelis are getting deeply worried about a Russian/Iranian alliance and literally for the first time in my life, the hair stood up on the back of my head. I thought, I mean, I can't say that I know for sure this is going to happen in my lifetime but I'm getting an inside picture in this. I wonder if someday I could write a novel, a political thriller, a Tom Clancy-esque novel about what would happen if this prophecy did play out in our lifetime. That's what set this into motion.

GLENN: Okay. Now, let me just give you, just so you know, I set this up here with Joel. So you understand who this guy is and what he has said in the past. First page of that first thriller was the last jihad, and the first page you're in the cockpit of a hijacked jet coming in on a kamikaze attack into an American city. Fortunately for Joel, unfortunately that nobody paid attention to that, that was nine months before September 11th. As jihad unfolds, an American President finds himself at war with Saddam Hussein over terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. But that was published five months before the actual war with Iraq began.

In the second novel, The Last Days, it opens up with an attack on a U.S. diplomatic convoy headed into gauze. The death of Yasser Arafat and radical Islam terrorists trying to seize the West Bank and Gaza. Two weeks before this was published and believe me I've got a book coming out at Christmas and it's due next week. So it's not like you see things coming and you are like, oh, yeah, let me just write it down real quick. Two weeks before this was published, so months after it was written, a U.S. diplomatic convoy was attacked in Gaza. 13 months later Yasser Arafat was dead. Then Hamas seized control of Gaza. In the next book, "A Dictator Rises to Power in Russia," Putin, an Iranian leader vows to annihilate Israel. Russia and Iran form an unprecedented military alliance. On the very day the novel came out, Iran elected a new president who vowed to accelerate his country's nuclear program. Four months later he vowed to wipe Israel off the map, and Russia agreed to sell all the billion dollars worth of high-tech programs and now we see that they actually have an alliance.

This goes on and on and on in your books. "Dead Heat" again is fiction but you describe in "Dead Heat" why -- a possibility of why the United States does not play a role in the end of days. That's one of the biggest questions for Americans to answer. If you believe in the end of days, if you believe there's a possibility that this is coming, why doesn't America play a role? A lot of people will tell you because, oh, we're so Christian that we're all taken up and there's nobody here to man the tank. You have another possibility.

ROSENBERG: Well, "Dead Heat" is the fifth and final political thriller in this series that, as you said, Glenn, began with the last jihad. Let me just say based on what you've described, the first line of "Dead Heat" in the author's note is, I pray to God nothing in this novel ever comes true. I don't want people to think that I'm predicting the events of "Dead Heat" or I saw it in a vision in the middle of the night. I'm making this up. But I'm basing it on Bible prophecy, and in this case as you are alluding to, I'm basing it on the lack of biblical prophecy about the United States.

I personally believe based on what the scriptures say that we are, in fact, living in the last days before the Messiah comes back again, Jesus Christ. How soon that's going to happen, I have no idea. The Bible says don't even try to guess. But the Bible does give this list of things to watch for. What it doesn't say anywhere in the Old Testament or New is any indication of a country like the United States being a factor.

Now, this raises a big question because, you know, if I'm right that we are living in the last days and you and I, Glenn, are living in the wealthiest, most powerful country on the face of the planet in the history of mankind, the question is, well, what happens to us? How come we're not a factor when so many other countries are specifically mentioned as being major players in the last times, including Israel and Iraq, two countries that didn't even exist for 2,000 years?

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.