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Glenn Beck admits liberals
were right about invading Iraq

Salon, by Elias Isquith

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Posted By:viola, 6/18/2014 12:53:06 PM

Speaking on his radio show on Tuesday, conservative commentator Glenn Beck delivered a rare admission, saying that the latest disorder in Iraq is yet more proof that liberals who opposed the invasion in 2003 were right all along. “[Liberals] said we couldn’t force freedom on people,” Beck, who initially supported the Iraq War, reminded his listeners. “Let me lead with my mistakes. You were right. Liberals, you were right; we shouldn’t have.” Beck went on to note that “most people on the left” thought waging war on Iraq was a bad idea “from the beginning.”

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Drive, 6/18/2014 12:57:36 PM     (No. 9890855)

Oh please, Glenn. We didn´t go to Iraq to free the people. We went there because Sadaam was the biggest sponsor of terrorism and had used WMD´s on his own people and was a threat to the entire Middle East and Israel. It was a perfect place for the jihadist to go after Afghanistan

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 6/18/2014 12:59:09 PM     (No. 9890859)

I disagree. Beck is looking for attention.

What I would say is that we have a hard time intervening in defense of our company, when it is likely that a Leftist administration that follows is bent on defeat at all costs.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 6/18/2014 12:59:52 PM     (No. 9890861)

Sorry "country"

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Coy860, 6/18/2014 1:03:20 PM     (No. 9890866)

After years of listening, I can no longer listen to Beck.
I don´t know if he is coming or going.
When the flit hits the shan, he will turn tail and run with his family..he will not stand and fight for right. He´ll leave that for American Patriots.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bkt23, 6/18/2014 1:03:24 PM     (No. 9890867)

It´s funny how Bill, Hillary, Kerry, Kennedy, Reid, Pelosi and countless other high-profile leftists were railing about how Hussein was such a huge threat to the region before 9/11.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: msjena, 6/18/2014 1:09:24 PM     (No. 9890875)

Beck is wrong. There were many reasons to invade Iraq and Saddam was given ample opportunity to avoid it by either coming completely clean with weapons inspections or by stepping down. If Saddam were still in power, he would be building a nuclear arsenal just like Iran is--only he would probably be farther along. He gassed his own people and tried to assassinate GHW Bush. The war was won and Iraq was a US ally at the end of W Bush´s term. It has taken Obama six years to unravel those accomplishments, thanks, in part, to weak-kneed "conservative" like Beck.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: LadyVet, 6/18/2014 1:12:07 PM     (No. 9890881)

The next president that we have that even thinks of defending the country had better be prepared to WIN and get things settled before he leaves office. No listening to the Colin Powells wringing their hands over the "highway of death."

The mistake was not finishing the job the first time. When the Iraqi people rose up against Saddam Hussein, we should have helped them. The job would have been easy at that point and the Iraqi people would have done it themselves.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: GW_Rider, 6/18/2014 1:14:00 PM     (No. 9890883)

The mistake wasn´t invading Iraq. The mistake was not winning the war.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: msjena, 6/18/2014 1:15:10 PM     (No. 9890884)

#8, we did win the war. But Obama lost the peace.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: belwhatter, 6/18/2014 1:26:04 PM     (No. 9890904)

Glenn disappoints - he is supposed to be a history buff too. Obama dropped the ball in Iran in 2009 when the people rose up against the mullahs, he turned a deaf ear to their pleas. He was unschooled in foreign policy and we the people have been ill served by his appointed political flunkies.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: TexasHillCountry, 6/18/2014 1:28:04 PM     (No. 9890907)

This is Vietnam redux. The military wins it and the leftoids give the prize away to the enemies of human life, well-being, and freedom.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: schnapps, 6/18/2014 1:28:33 PM     (No. 9890908)

Reason #1 Saddam
Reason #2 Uday
Reason #3 Qusay

Saddam had missiles that could reach Israel (dis-allowed by the truce of 1991), possessed yellowcake and other WMD. He was also paying $25,000 to the family of every Palestinian suicide bomber.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 6/18/2014 1:29:32 PM     (No. 9890912)

Beck thinks the only reason that we invaded Iraq was to force freedom on Iraqis ??
Maybe his tin foil hat is getting too tight.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 6/18/2014 1:39:46 PM     (No. 9890928)

Beck is correct in that we were duped into thinking we were just going in to dethrone a psychopathic tyrant - one who was flaunting the terms of the Gulf War ceasefire. Instead, we found that we were there for "Nation Building".

When Bush announced that the military action was to be called "Operation Iraqi Freedom " I first felt a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach: Compassionate Conservatism was going global.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: excalgalcg, 6/18/2014 2:16:05 PM     (No. 9890991)

I used to hear Glenn Beck on the radio in San Francisco when I lived near there and he was nuts then. He still is.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Edgelady, 6/18/2014 2:38:25 PM     (No. 9891028)

Beck is a mercurial character. He was one of the first to warn about Obama, placing together on one of his boards all the various characters and their political leanings -- I think he was part of the reason Van Jones was kicked out so quickly. (That was when I first started watching him on TV.) He was effective and did his homework. He loves his country, no doubt about that and I share his concern that we may be forever damaged. Only recently have I caught some of his radio show, which for the brief time I hear sounds pretty silly and lacking substance. He did say he was tired of politics. He didn´t know what was up or down any more. He´s a very emotional person (remember the hemorrhoids episode in the hospital??) and it appears it is his emotions that drive him. All that said, no - I think he´s wrong on this point.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Jerseyden, 6/18/2014 2:39:04 PM     (No. 9891030)

The only reason the libs were against Iraq was because Bush was in the wh. The dems fully support the Obama conflict in Afganistan. The dems are always hipocrits when it comes to national security

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Reply 18 - Posted by: nigella, 6/18/2014 2:40:52 PM     (No. 9891035)

Beck is an attention seeking you know what.... Nuts if you ask me...

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 6/18/2014 3:08:51 PM     (No. 9891082)

he´s not totally wrong.
Had Bush ´41 done properly, meaning ignoring the blatherskites in the UN, then probably the issue would never have arisen. But the urge to "New World Order" took precedence.
Going into Iraq to hang Saddam and sons wasn´t necessarily a bad idea either. "Nation building" was as idiotic an idea as I´ve ever heard. And putting an utterly inept Paul Bremer in charge of anything whatever was stupid. I´ve heard him termed the most incompetent proconsul in all history, and am prepared to agree to it.
Whoever takes charge in Iraq is going to end up looking like someone on a continuum between Saddam and Khomeini. The notion that a western-style participatory democracy could be imposed by force on a culture that had neither any history nor any sympathy, nor any visible desire for such a thing, is astonishingly stupid. But W believed it. Proving some things about him, unfortunately.
Knock Beck all you want. He´s earning a living doing what he does. But on record, he´s right a whole lot more than most of his detractors are.
Should have landed, hanged Saddam as a useful object lesson to others, pumped all the oil out of the place, and left.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: mickturn, 6/18/2014 3:11:00 PM     (No. 9891089)

I nicknamed Beck Mr. Ping for ping pong ball. He pings off every issue so fast he has no clue where he is...then while lost he comes up with stuff like this.

Glen, Chill, Think (I know it´s hard) and be rational. Pinging isn´t thinking, it´s reaction. Don´t make me call you less of a man than a liberal....

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Reply 21 - Posted by: tusker, 6/18/2014 3:48:14 PM     (No. 9891132)

Glenn Beck suffers from "memory interupptus" and raking in way too much money playing all kinds of cartoon characters.

Islam is a war with the U.S.

Bow-Boy is at war with the U.S.

The U.S. is being invaded by foreign nationals.

The U.S. is a lamb being slaughtered.

America is helpless to call a spade a spade while Glenn Beck, and his hair festooned mouth, goes to the bank.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: doctorfixit, 6/18/2014 5:32:35 PM     (No. 9891240)

Glenn Beck is correct. We did not need to invade. It´s not at all clear that things were any better once Saddam was out of the picture. I still haven´t seen any evidence that Saddam was planning any military activity against the US homeland. Revenge for Saddam´s invasion of Kuwait, that´s all it was, and if Powell had finished the job in ´91 there would have been no need to go back.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: chumley, 6/18/2014 8:13:13 PM     (No. 9891351)

I cant stand to listen to him any more. He reminds me of an excited, hyperventilating liberal screeching about Haliburton.
We lost that war, as well as every war since 1945. If the enemy still has the will or ability to fight, you lost.
No liberal believes you can force freedom on people. They are too much into forcing freedom away from people.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Democracy First, 6/18/2014 9:26:59 PM     (No. 9891412)

Should have invaded Saudi Arabia. Theyre the ones who nurture and export jihadists thru their extremist wahhabi/salafi "religious" schools. Bin Laden and 18 of the 9/11 animals were saudis. Not afghans or Pakis or iraqis. The Saudis are funding the ISIS terrorists who have dismembered Syria and who are chomping on Iraq, and no thanks to Øbunghole, either. ValJar is probably plotting w the Saudis even now. When the criminal trials begin, I want ValJar in the docket first.

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