Stu Blog: Glenn's wacky ideas on Egypt *Updated

**Don't miss the updates at the bottom**

Glenn is saying wacky-crazy-nutty things about Egypt lately--eh?  Like--it might not turn out particularly well.  And that bad people might try to take control of a chaotic movement.  And, that Islamic extremists want a caliphate!  A caliphate!!!??  Is that even a real word??

These wild points have angered a few noted conservatives.  Glenn most famously (infamously to some) outlined his commentary on Egypt in these three bullet points, so that lazy right and left wing commentators wouldn't have to actually commit multiple minutes to understand what he was saying.

  • Groups from the hardcore socialist left,  and extreme Islam will work together because of the common enemy of Israel.
  • Groups from the hardcore socialist left,  and extreme Islam will work together because of the common enemy of capitalism.
  • Groups from the hardcore socialist left, and extreme Islam will work together to overturn relative stability, because in the status quo, they are both ostracized from power and the mainstream in most of the world.

Since most of those attacking Glenn don't even commit the time for these three points, let me boil it down further.  Sometimes, disparate groups work together towards similarly held short term goals, regardless of how different their long term goals are.

Let me give you an example.

Bill Kristol recycled years of attacks from some of the least creative liberal hacks in America in his recent hit piece on Glenn.  But, that doesn't mean that Bill Kristol has the same vision of America that Media Matters has.  It just means that both don't like Glenn and will do whatever they have to in order to take a shot at him.

By the way, this isn't new.  Kristol's invisible magazine has been calling Glenn a dangerous crazy Bircher maniac for close to a year. There's not a ton of nuance with all of this--old school beltway republicans don't like Glenn.  They never have.  Yes, they've occasionally try to kiss his ass when they want stuff, but there's not a lot of love going in either direction.  Far from something worth hiding, it's something we're happy to trumpet, and it's also most of the reason Glenn doesn't bore America into a blue-suit-red-tie-induced coma.

It's fairly clear- when your priority is the party instead of principle- you aren't going to be in love with Glenn.   How that is a news story in 2011 is beyond me.

More importantly, as it relates to Egypt, what part of this is so crazy?  That Islamic extremists want a caliphate?  Someone should tell Hamas how crazy that idea is.  Glenn's point (which he buried in bullet point three) is that groups out of power usually try to further chaos.  Why?  Because it gives them at least the possibility of a gain in power, where the status quo does not.   What is wrong with acknowledging and taking seriously someones stated intent?

Forgive Glenn for expressing a bit of skepticism when looking at a situation where Code Pink protesters and the Muslim Brotherhood are teaming up.  Perhaps, these protests will be successful.  Perhaps, neither Code Pink nor the Muslim Brotherhood nor someone worse will win out.  Perhaps, a beautiful new free market paradise will be born with commercials for the Shake Weight lighting up Egyptian TV for generations to come.  But seriously, who is the one embracing  ideas that seem crazy?

*UPDATE: Democrat Diane Feinstein worries about Islamic extremists "taking over" Egypt.

**UPDATE 2: Donald Rumsfeld tells Rush "Radical Islamists intend to 'create a caliphate'

***UPDATE 3: Former commander of CENTCOM John Abizaid, 2005:

General Abizaid was dire, too. "They will try to re-establish a caliphate throughout the entire Muslim world," he told the House Armed Services Committee in September, adding that the caliphate's goals would include the destruction of Israel. "Just as we had the opportunity to learn what the Nazis were going to do, from Hitler's word in 'Mein Kampf,"'Abizaid said, "we need to learn what these people intend to do from their own words."

****UPDATE 4:  You just have to love this.  Where did this crazy idea of a caliphate in Egypt come from?  Hmmmmm...

The term "caliphate" has been used internally by policy hawks in the Pentagon since the planning stages for the war in Iraq, but the administration's public use of the word has increased this summer and fall, around the time that American forces obtained a letter from Ayman al-Zawahiri, the No. 2 leader in Al Qaeda, to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia. The 6,000-word letter, dated early in July, called for the establishment of a militant Islamic caliphate across Iraq before Al Qaeda's moving on to Syria, Lebanon and Egypt and then a battle against Israel.

*****UPDATE 5: Here is the translation of the letter from Ayman al-Zawahiri referenced in update 4.  Just for fun I have linked to the translation given on the website of Bill Kristol's magazine.

It has always been my belief that the victory of Islam will never take place until a Muslim state is established in the manner of the Prophet in the heart of the Islamic world, specifically in the Levant, Egypt, and the neighboring states of the Peninsula and Iraq; however, the center would be in the Levant and Egypt.

As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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