Glenn Beck Admits Liberals Were Right, Tells Republicans to Stop ‘Politicizing’ Iraq

I’ll be honest, since Glenn Beck left Fox News a few years ago I really haven’t followed him much at all.  Outside of a few boneheaded things he’s said since then, he’s pretty much been nothing more than an afterthought, seemingly desperate to somehow remain relevant.

I’ve always maintained Glenn Beck is one of two things:

  1. He’s a brilliant media personality who’s made millions peddling nonsense that even he doesn’t believe. -or-
  2. He’s a head case who honestly believes he’s some kind of “chosen one/messiah” type meant to lead the masses.

Either way, for the most part I think he’s a complete jackass.

However, I will give him a thin shred of credit for remarks he recently made concerning Iraq.  During a broadcast he admitted that liberals were right about Iraq when many of us said back in 2003 that we shouldn’t have gone to war.

Beck said:

From the beginning, most people on the left were against going into Iraq. I wasn’t. At the time I believed that the United States was under threat from Saddam Hussein. I really truly believed that Saddam Hussein was funding terrorists. We knew that. He was funding the terrorists in Hamas. We knew that he was giving money. We could track that. We knew he hated us. We knew that without a shadow of a doubt. It wasn’t much or a stretch to believe that he would fund a terror strike against us, especially since he would say that. So I took him at his word.

Now, in spite of the things I felt at the time when we went into war, liberals said: We shouldn’t get involved. We shouldn’t nation-build. And there was no indication the people of Iraq had the will to be free. I thought that was insulting at the time. Everybody wants to be free. They said we couldn’t force freedom on people. Let me lead with my mistakes. You are right. Liberals, you were right. We shouldn’t have.

He also said that Republicans needed to stop “politicizing’ Iraq just because President Obama is still in the White House – which is exactly what they’ve been trying to do.

So while I rarely ever agree with Beck, and I still think he’s a massive blowhard who’s made millions off blatantly lying to millions of Americans gullible enough to believe his propaganda, at least he admitted that liberals were essentially right all along about Iraq.

We can’t invade a country, topple whatever leadership they had, then just expect millions of its citizens who culturally are completely different than we are to simply rise up and embrace whatever type of government we think they should have.

But that’s exactly what the Bush administration tried to do.

Though I’m not sure with Iraq spiraling into the hands of Islamic radicals that even al Qaeda views as extreme that we should simply sit back and do nothing.

Because the unfortunate fact is that our previous actions in Iraq are the main reason why these insurgents are taking over the country.  And while I never personally saw Saddam Hussein as a threat to the United States, the extremely anti-American radicals that are currently taking over Iraq seem to be that threat Bush promised us Saddam was, but never turned out to be.

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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