Glenn Beck Calls for Obama’s Impeachment for Suggesting We Use a Similar Strategy As Reagan

beck_cryingRepublicans are weak when it comes to many things.  Facts, science, reality, logic and common sense being some of them.  However, history continues to be one of the areas conservatives seem to struggle with most.

Glenn Beck proved this once again by publicly calling for the impeachment of President Obama after he endorsed arming certain Syrian rebels to combat Assad’s regime.

To be fair, he’s called for the removal of Republicans Lindsay Graham and John McCain as well.  But his list shouldn’t stop there — people like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio have also made comments where they’ve endorsed arming specific parts of the Syrian rebellion instead of using our military.

In a masterful display of his ignorance, Beck apparently lumps all parts of the Syrian rebellion into the “Islamic radicals” category.  See, people like Beck seem unable to understand that being Muslim doesn’t equate to being a terrorist, therefore he simply puts them all into the same group.

What Obama has said he supports is arming specific parts of the Syrian rebellion — those not affiliated with al Qaeda — to help remove the corrupt and immoral Assad regime that currently controls Syria.

This is similar to a “proxy war.”  Instead of the United States sending troops into Syria to fight Assad’s forces, they arm “third parties” to do it for them.  If this all sounds familiar, it should.

It’s something similar to what President Reagan did in the 1980’s in Afghanistan to fight off the Soviet invasion.  The “freedom fighters” were armed with resources we arranged for them to fight the Soviets who were looking to take over the country.

The difference is, Obama supports arming specific groups of rebels in an attempt to avoid arming terrorists.  Reagan handed out weapons of war to basically any group of “freedom fighters” that opposed the Soviets.

Those “freedom fighters,” as most of us know, spawned the very same people and groups which then went on to attack us on September 11, 2001.

But despite that fact, Glenn Beck worships at the alter of Ronald Reagan.

So there’s a key difference between what Reagan did and what Obama supports.  Reagan more or less, without prejudice, armed all “freedom fighters.”  President Obama supports arming specific groups which are known to have no affiliation with terrorist organizations.

Am I saying Reagan should have known what those “freedom fighters” would eventually turn into?  No.  But he damn sure should have known that arming what equated to a bunch of war tribes in Afghanistan, then letting them run wild with these weapons as soon as the Soviets left, might cause issues later on.

So while Beck sits there and publicly calls for the impeachment of President Obama, his hypocrisy is on full display as someone who openly believes Ronald Reagan was one of the greatest presidents to have ever lived.

A president who armed some of the very people who would end up carrying out the worst terrorist attack within the United States in our history.

So let’s break down that “Beck logic” (oxymoron alert), shall we?  President Obama is a traitor and should be impeached for, as Beck calls it, “arming terrorists” (when he’s not doing that) — yet Ronald Reagan is a “hero” when he actually did arm terrorists.

When Beck used the line, “We did not get into bed with Hitler to defeat Japan,” he’s right — we didn’t do that during WWII.

But “conservative hero” Ronald Reagan did do something similar to that in the 80’s.  And while Beck now ignorantly calls for the impeachment of President Obama (a president who isn’t arming terrorists) he still worships at the alter of Ronald Reagan.

A president who actually did arm terrorists.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • xnerd

    Glen Beck makes me physically ill.
    Having said that these proxy wars happen when they know public opinion would not allow boots on the ground/

    Instead of worrying about asshats like Beck, why dont we all start worrying about a system that will promote the loss of human life, to continue to feed the arms manufacturers.

    I suspect that there is no person in political power that would dare go up against these people.

    • gemma liar

      im not violent,,,but AM in excellent shape– at 6’2 210…..and my non violent liberal ass would LUV to –in a ring– fight beck,,,Hannity,,,rush Limbaugh and ( she is so gross) michelle malkin. I just want to hammer broken glass up her rectum with a cacatus so she WILl have a REAL reason to be so pissed off at life ( well; her NON existent “breasts” DO give her SOME right 2 angst),,, but especially beck and hannity

  • James Worcester

    Look Familiar?…

  • j walker

    Don’t forget our covert (and ultimately exposed) arming of the Nicaraguan Contras. Of course they never turned on us and committed acts of terrorism on US soil, but they did commit countless atrocities against their own. But that was “OK” because they were fighting the new socialist (not even true communist) government of the Sandinistas.

  • Pipercat

    It’s not similar to a proxy war, it is a proxy war!

  • sfwmson

    he is inconsequential.

  • republicans are retarded

    i have the solution. we should drop glen beck, Limbaugh, bahckman, gohmert, and all the other neocons, into Syria as a make shift bomb of retard. this will allow them to infiltrate the Syrian army and spread their stupid until all are infected.

    • gemma liar

      don’t forget michelle ( I HATE LIFE ‘CAUSE IM FLAT) malkin,,,maybe she would get some quotidian weenie ( sex) and stop spewing such internally-expelled hatred

  • Sarah

    “In a masterful display of his ignorance, Beck apparently lumps all parts of the Syrian rebellion into the “Islamic radicals” category. ” I guess that makes this author equally ignorant by “lumping” all Republicans together: Republicans are weak when it comes to many things. Facts, science, reality, logic and common sense being some of them. However, history continues to be one of the areas conservatives seem to struggle with most.” Good god, stop perpetuating the dual party “I’m right therefore they are all wrong” divisiveness.

    • GL

      It would help if more Republicans who actually understand these things would step forward, rather than letting their party be represented by idiots and loudmouths. Otherwise, you’re going to get pigeonholed. It’s a bit like how someone shortly after WWII might consider all Germans to be Nazis, even though there were several resistance groups — the loudest and most obnoxious are the ones who determine how you’re seen.

  • strayaway

    Although the largest Syrian rebel group is Al-Queda related, radical Islamist factions are estimated to constitute about half of rebel numbers, radical Islamist groups seem to have the most momentum and (Saudi) funding, and weapons and personnel are said to be defecting from the Obama supported rebel group to Al-Queda, it is true that President Obama is only trying to supply a non Al-Queda faction. Beck is wrong in overstating his case. President Obama had to declare that funding this Syrian group was vital to national security interests to even fund it.

    Questions that Beck never asked is why President Obama is squandering our resources supplying these rebels a month before another sequester battle and what are the chances that prolonging the Syrian civil war is to the best interests of the Syrian or American people.

  • Workin on it

    Clifton how about trying some common sense before you write your next article. Assuming Assad is defeated, there will then be another civil war between the rebels for control of the country. now lets assume the good war tribes win against the radicals what will happen then? “Am I saying Reagan should have known what those “freedom fighters” would eventually turn into? No. But he damn sure should have known that arming what equated to a bunch of war tribes in Afghanistan, then letting them run wild with these weapons as soon as the Soviets left, might cause issues later on.” are you saying your own comments wont repeat themselves in Syria. If so why not? How about finishing your history lesson with arming rebels without support afterwards might lead to the worst terrorist attack the United Sates has ever received. So in other words you support doing the same thing that led to our troubles were currently in while bashing the person who is against repeating history and arming rebels. You won the hypocrisy of the day award.

    • GL

      Arming selected groups who have no known ties to terrorists is different from throwing a weapon at anyone who’s willing to fight the Soviets. It’s like, say, offering $5 to a selection of political candidates with whom you agree rather than tossing $5 to every candidate running in every election from dog catcher to Chairman of the UN.

      • Workin on it

        That is nice in all in attempting to only give support to non radicals but whats next? when will the support stop. As history has shown, once the aid stops coming in, we lose an ally. where is the support of the rest of the world. Why are we the only ones that have to help? if the world is equally appalled by the atrocities, why are they not helping rebels or removing Assad?

  • Kraig34690

    Don’t know if it is true or not, but a conservative radio talk show host that used to be on the air in Tampa said repeatedly that Glen Beck does not believe the statements he makes on the air. For him it is just entertainment, and just a way to make money, which he certainly does. If the dominant radio format were progressive, he would be a progressive. Makes you wonder who he really is.

    • gemma liar

      and,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,the huge money he makes riding the stupidity of rightwing regressives