‘That would never happen HERE!’ It's a saying most Americans have uttered before. But we’re now living in a different world, Glenn says, and scenarios that once seemed impossible firmly are on the table. To prove it, Glenn goes back to October 1969 with a story about President Nixon, the Soviet Union, and nuclear war that proves ANYTHING can happen…
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GLENN: Welcome to the Glenn Beck Program.
Pray for the people in Russia, as well as the people in Ukraine.
There is a big anti-war effort going on in Russia.
And it is getting ugly.
You can -- you can see the things that have been leaked out on the internet. On the number of arrests, that are happening now, from people. If you disagree with the war, you can't say anything.
And they will pick you up. That woman that was on television, the national broadcast for the evening news, in Russia.
The Russian anchor was giving the news. And this other news woman walked behind her with a sign, that said, stop listening to the lies. They're lying to you.
No war with Russia.
And -- and she can't be found today. So pray for those who are standing up, and speaking the truth.
Because I think that will be a lot of people, all around the world.
STU: Let me ask another question.
STU: This is going to show my cowardice of life a little bit here. Is it worth it? Is what she did, was that a good decision?
GLENN: Yeah. I think it was.
STU: I think I'm supposed to say that it was. And when I watch it, I say, you know what, that's really brave and a good decision. However, when I think about it, I'm like, pragmatically for a moment, maybe a million people in Russia saw that. It's probably a high number. I don't know.
A million people saw it. How many minds did she change? I don't know. Maybe a few. A few thousand, maybe.
GLENN: I don't think about changing minds. I think about giving people the feeling, oh, my gosh, I'm not alone. And there are people in very high places that know.
GLENN: Can you imagine if that happened on ABC News, when they were talking about The Great Reset?
GLENN: And somebody -- and somebody that worked in the newsroom, walked behind and said, don't listen to them. About covid.
Don't listen to them, they're lying to you.
That would make a huge impact. At least -- at least at the very least, on the psyche.
STU: It would make -- if you believed in it already, it would make you feel good about it, I think.
It may change a few minds too. Like, maybe you have a few people looking into something.
There's a story. Because of the New York Times.
One of these mainstream sources, talked about a father/son duo.
One father living in Russia, son living in Ukraine.
And the son, the war starts. And he is like, hey. I haven't heard from my dad. Bombs are falling all around me. My dad hasn't called me to see if I'm okay.
He calls. His dad is like, hey. You know what's going on here? I'm in Ukraine. Bombs are falling.
He's like, no, no, no. That's not happening. His dad in Russia, didn't believe his own son. Believed the state media, who was telling him, that's not happening. They're just going to de-Nazify the region.
So it's pretty powerful. Maybe it did change some minds. But on the other hand, she also gave up -- maybe she sacrificed probably her life.
Let's be honest about it. Whatever life she might have ahead of hers, is either close to destroyed or destroyed.
GLENN: So this is one reason why I want you to start thinking differently about the world.
Let me give you an example. About a month ago, it was insane to think about, that we were going to actually think that maybe somebody would drop a nuke. Anywhere in the world. Right?
That's nuts. We all know, that's nuts.
But you have to know, who you're playing against. And right now, the world is a little nuts.
Let me take you back to October 1969. Six American B-52 bombers, each loaded with a nuclear bomb flew over Alaska, toward the Russian border. Most people don't know this.
President Nixon ordered the mission. He had been in office, less than nine months. Seven years after barely avoiding a nuclear war, with a Cuban Missile Crisis.
He decides to order missiles, on B52s, to start flying toward Moscow.
So we -- we didn't start the Cuban Missile Crisis. But this one, we did.
So remember, Nixon was the vice president under Eisenhower. And the Cold War was at full tilt in the 1950s.
And we kept each other in check, by what was called MAD. Mutually Assured Destruction. You could destroy each other. So why would anybody do it?
However, all of this theory depended on a country's ability to strike back within minutes of being fired upon, otherwise, your missiles would be crippled, and you couldn't retaliate. That's where the nuclear football comes in. It's the black Satchel, carried by the military aid, wherever the president goes. And it has the launch options. The code. Communication. So we can have a nuclear response, instantaneously. Well, one of the reasons Nixon won in 1968, is because he said, I'm going to end the Vietnam War. But after he took was, negotiations with the communist, north Vietnamese stalled.
And he needed something that would start the peace talks again.
So Henry Kissinger and President Nixon hatched an idea. Very risky plan. They will make the Soviet Union think that Nixon was on the verge of using nuclear weapons, to end the war in Vietnam. And that hopefully would cause the Soviets to say, North Vietnam, you have to go back to the table.
Nixon told his chief of staff. Quote, I want the north Vietnamese, that I reached the point, that I might do anything to stop the war.
We'll just slip the word to them, that for God's sake, you know Nixon is obsessed about communism. We can't restrain him when he's angry.
And he has his hand on the nuclear button, end quote.
So during the last two weeks of 1969, the U.S. Air Force and Navy mobilized nuclear-armed planes and submarines around the world.
They wanted enough activity to make the Soviets notice, but not enough to spark a crisis. The nuclear angle made everything really kind of tricky. So after a few days of U.S. readiness exercises, the Soviet ambassador requested a meeting with President Nixon. And Nixon put on his best poker face. And he told -- the -- the ambassador, that he was serious about this.
The ambassador reported back to the Kremlin, that the Vietnamese Crisis was, quote, taking such an emotional coloration, that Nixon is unable to control himself, end quote.
So you've got planes with nukes, flying towards Russia.
The ambassador tells the Russians, the Soviets, don't pressure the Vietnamese.
He raised the steaks, ordered nuclear-armed flights. Six B-52 bombers over Alaska. They reported the flights for three days. On the third day of flyovers, the Soviet ambassador sent an urgent message to Moscow saying he wasn't so sure that Nixon wouldn't pull the trigger.
But the Russians thought differently. They thought, he's not going to do it.
This is a bluff. He won't do it.
Nixon was looking at this as a winnable bluff. A winnable chess match. But there's a couple things to look at and learn from history.
We said, we were going to send planes to Poland.
Then for some strange reason, we said no.
Every time we say there's a red line in the sand, and we don't do it, they learn something about us.
But there's something else that we should learn from.
There is zero margin of error, when it comes to nuclear weapons.
In the last few days of the Nixon presidency, he was depressed, and he was drunk, a lot of the time. And there was concern, at the time, that his irrational thinking, at the time, he might just do a nuclear launch.
Does anybody have the same concerns about Putin? If the Ukrainian war drags on?
Does anybody have that? Nixon's Defense Secretary said, if Nixon gave any nuclear launch order. Military commanders had to check with the Defense Secretary or Kissinger before proceeding.
You heard that one before?
The Defense Secretary wasn't actually allowed to change the protocol like that. But the Nixon White House never had many qualms about bending the rules. Especially on this one.
It was the morning of August 9th, 1974.
Nixon signed his one sentence resignation order. At 10:00 a.m. in the morning, he walked out of the White House for the last time. He departed on marine one.
He was still president for another two hours. But the nuclear football remained at the White House.
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I buy it as a hedge against insanity. People always say, oh, gold is a hedge against inflation. Well, that would be -- that would be now. But no matter what anybody says, when the world resets, it does reset to a barter. And then it resets to gold. Every single time. That's why China is doing it now.
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STU: Yeah. We were talked about buying gold a little bit this hour, with Dave Ramsey this hour.
And he mentioned the ten-year number, that it was not a great return on gold over ten years.
STU: Something like that. Yeah.
Which is less. It was obviously up. But less than the stock market. And that's true, if you measure from exactly ten years ago, when there was a little bit of a bubble, and then it came back down for a few years.
GLENN: Well, he specifically talked about, you know, back before the crash. And around the crash. You were talking about gold. And I was telling people, don't that do. Because that was crazy.
STU: Yeah. Gold is way, way up from those periods. In fact, when we first started talking about it, it was up six or seven X, just looking at the chart, eyeballing it. Where the S&P 500 is only up four X from there.
It obviously depends on when you measure these things. But, I mean, gold is at an all-time high.
And we're at, what? $2,000, and it's been rising.
It's been a really good investment from the period, we've been talking about.
And you have never come out and said, like, oh, what you need to do is take all your money and buy gold bras. You're talking about it, as part of your strategy, and it's worked out very well for the people.
GLENN: It's a hedge against insanity.
And gold and silver are something -- Dave Ramsey was just on. He was talking about a barter community. Well, you might barter in blue jeans and bullets.
But you would also barter in something like silver. You know, I've been saying for a long time.
You have to think like a German Jew. Look, things went on. You know, the economy tanked. But things went on in Germany.
And even after the fascists took over, there is light at the end of the tunnel. We survive all of this. That will be the shocking thing. Most people survive. You just have to get from point A to point B. And when they were taking everything away, from the people who disagreed with the Third Reich, they would barter in diamonds and art and silver and gold. Until it was finally taken from their teeth in the end.
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GLENN: Welcome to the Glenn Beck Program.
STU: Have you followed this Hong Kong situation at all? What is going on with covid in Hong Kong?
STU: Very bizarre. It's very unique to the world, I think. They went for zero covid. They went down that strategy. You know, plenty of places have attempted that. It's obviously not very successful in most of them, especially since Omicron hit.
But they went down this road.
And oddly, didn't vaccinate their old people.
So like, a decent amount of their population is vaccinated. But not people who are like 80 and older. For whatever reason, they didn't -- only about a third of people --
GLENN: For whatever reason.
Let's guess what that reason is.
STU: What is their --
GLENN: Well, they just changed their one-child policy. To say three children. Why?
Because they don't have the population, at the lower end, to keep funding the upper end.
STU: Interesting. I didn't really think of the -- I --
GLENN: Yeah. That's -- that's a country that doesn't believe in the individual. Get rid of them. Just let them die.
STU: We've hit that point, where Hong Kong is no longer separate. That is a big cause for what we're seeing, I think with Russia and Ukraine. A signal to the world, what the United States is going to do in these situations. But they didn't vaccinate their old people. So they had no covid, no natural immunity, because covid never really hit there.
Until like last month. And now, it's taken over, to the point where they have for you broken records, for when it comes to rate. Obviously, not raw numbers. But when it comes to rate the most covid deaths, are now at the highest daily covid deaths of the pandemic.
And it is --it -- including like beating Italy from like March 2020.
STU: It's past all of them. From when it comes to rates. It's passed like all of the European countries.
Throughout this entire thing.
GLENN: So is that because they -- they stayed inside, so they didn't get any natural immunity?
STU: No natural immunity. And the zero covid thing, held until this. You know, they had basically -- so no one got natural immunity. So it's all hitting at the same time. They have something like a 5 percent mortality rate. For these -- in this group. It's 80 years old. When you're 80 years old, obviously that's the real danger point. But there's no protection. No natural immunity. And almost no vaccine immunity. Only about a third of the population, above 80 years old was vaccinated. And in that group, about half of that, was sort of mediocre Chinese vaccines that may or may not do anything.
GLENN: Oh, how dare you. How dare you.
STU: I know. It's racist probably for me to say, that many of these vaccines suck.
STU: But still, so they are still in this real, real problem right now.
And you wonder, if the Chinese government is just like, oh. Okay.
Well, if they encouraged that over the last couple of years, that would be fascinating. Because they're still going for zero covid too. And now that's going to affect the supply chain all over again. Because China is shutting down.
GLENN: By the way, I believe the first national stamp to show somebody flipping somebody off, comes from Ukraine. They have a soldier on an island, flipping off a Russian boat. God bless Ukraine.