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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  • Eg Kbbs

    Kind of nice to hear it finally admitted – after a decade of being called a traitor for not supporting the war.

    • strayaway

      ““I have more of a chance of hacking off my loyal listeners and audience by saying this,” he conceded, “but so be it: Not one more life. Not one more life. Not one more dollar, not one more airplane, not one more bullet, not one more Marine, not one more arm or leg or eye. Not one more.”

      For his conclusion, Beck said that Republicans need to listen to their non-interventionist instincts before “politicizing” Iraq and supporting another military action simply because of politics — i.e., because the president is a Democrat. “This has to become about the principles because in the principles we all agree,” he ended. “Enough is enough. Bring them home, period.”” -mediaiteDOTcom

      Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich were right. Bush, Cheney, Hillary, and Obama were wrong. Meanwhile, President Obama has said he wouldn’t send troops into Iraq (!) although he told the top congressional leaders Wednesday that he doesn’t think he needs Congress’ permission to act. So what’s new?

  • tariq

    The only reason that he admitted that he was wrong is because it is undeniable. Although usually logic, facts and the truth do not mean anything to these people.

  • Nancy B

    I have conservative friends who often share the Blaze links on Facebook. In recent months, I’ve been surprised how often Beck has stuck to the facts and called out the far right, and sometimes he has actually sounded like the voice of reason. He’s outraged his readers because they rationalize by calling him a sellout, rino, etc. This is NOT to imply he’s drifting left. Most of his rants are still very loony tunes and many of his articles rubbish. I think he’s in the very smart and savvy media category.

    • J.D.

      That’s the problem with the far right nuts. If you do not agree with their views, you are automatically labeled a liberal, or called some ridiculous name. I believe this is because so many of them lack the intelligence to hold a civil debate, so they instead spew insults. One retired politician who I actually like somewhat is a former Republican, who now in retirement is often labeled a liberal by the right wingers. (Alan Simpson, R Wyoming)

      • James

        Uh, I think you are confused it is the far left wingers that are spewing the insults and giving the Republicans fuel for the fire. The most common thing I hear is Liberal…if that is a ridiculous name then so be it.

      • J.D.

        Right. I think one of the most annoying things about right wing supporters is their inability to take responsibility for their own actions and the actions of their party. Very rarely do you see them refer to liberals as such, but as libtards. I have seen enough of it, and just because you casually stroll by and claim otherwise, is not going to change what I have seen. It seems to be the belief of many GOP supporters that if you ignore it, maybe it won’t actually exist. Beside, the core of my post was referencing their poor debating skills. They also spend SO much time trying to bash the left and make them look bad, that they fail to do anything constructive. I personally HATE political parties and the rift that they have driven between the people of this country. But if I had to rank them, the GOP is at the bottom just above the Tea Party.

      • Nancy B

        Libtard, freeloader, Obamanut, idiot, mouthbreather, . . . And that was just today. We’re accused of voting progressively because we want freebies (At 60, and I’ve never taken a government handout in my life), not loving our country, being traitors, being jobless, lazy, etc, etc. Our President, and Congress people get nicknames made up in an elementary school playground. Liberals do it too, and I hate that. But not nearly at the frequency that I see it on conservative forums. It’s a redirect (as you have just done to avoid responding to JD’s point) because they either don’t have enough intelligence for an honest debate, or they are too lazy to respond with facts that pertain to the subject.

  • FD Brian

    I’m speechless

  • Cat Marcuri

    What’s worse is, we really can’t do a damn thing about it, because even the NON-radical Iraqis hate us now! Look what we did to their country! Look at how awful their lives are now! Look at the damage we caused, that we did NOT fix, look at the lives we cost them, look at the number of people displaced because our leaders had no clue what the HELL they were doing! They hate us, and I cannot find it in me to blame them one damn bit! Do any of you REALLY think they want to see us again?? Somehow I think they’re more receptive to the extremists on the way than they would EVER be toward us!