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Glenn Beck: ‘Liberals, You Were Right,’ We Should Never Have Gone into Iraq - Video

by Andrew Kirell | June 17th, 2014

Glenn Beck led off his radio show on Tuesday morning with a stirring monologue about all the ways he believes the left and right can come together to “heal” America. As part of that, Beck suggested that perhaps all Americans can come together to recognize the blunder that was invading and occupying Iraq in 2003 — an act that he now regrets having supported.

After listing the Veterans Affairs Department scandal and the fight against Common Core standards as two ways in which the left and right can unite, Beck asserted that “maybe we could come together now on this nightmare in Iraq.”

He then took a contrite tone and admitted [emphasis ours]:

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.

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Jan Helfeld's picture

I did a doc to try to prevent the war 12 years ago

I did a doc to try to prevent the war 12 years ago called To Invade or Not Invade - you can see parts on you tube/janhelfeld. To bad Beck did not help to prevent the war when it counted.

Jan Helfeld

Cyril's picture

"Liberals"?! The f... where?!

"Liberals"?! The f... where?!

"Wanna-be / future Stalinists" is less abstract, more truthful, and more technically accurate, and doesn't insult the same noun root as for "liberty".

Hello! It's 2014. Why don't you at least pretend that you care about your subject in context, Glenn?

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Why pound, indeed?

Or is it y'numbah?

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It's funny that he'll say

It's funny that he'll say "The Liberals were right" before he says, "Ron Paul" was right.

Then again, I guess you get more news coverage saying the first. None of the liberal news outlets would cover Glenn Beck saying Ron Paul was right but I imagine many will this one.

And the Iraq invasion was wrong because ...

... it didn't work out.

Not because it was unconstitutional.

Not because it is immoral to invade a people who pose no threat.

Not because the Bush administration lied about Iraq being a threat.

Not because the WMD's were sold to Iraq by the US in the 1980's (to fight Iran), and that such weapons have a shelf life such that by the 2000's they would have been totally ineffective, anyway.

Not because Scott Ritter's team found no such weapons, anyway.

Not because Colin Powell lied to the world about yellow cake uranium.

Just because ... it didn't work out.

Quite a "brave" stance ya got there, Glenn. And so what lesson can you draw from this experience, Glenn? Oh, no lesson? You will cry and yell and scream the next time some government employees tell you tall tales again?

Yep. Thought so.

He's like government: trust us, we screwed it up last time

His utter incorrectitude makes him uniquely qualified to lead in the future.

"Don't worry, we already found every way we could possibly screw it up. Nobody in the private sector has this experience."

Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.

The alcoholic Beck is a wigged out pshcho. He talks in circles

And he's too stupid to realize it.

During his Ron Paul-bashing days he would start talking about how wrong Dr. Paul was but by the end of his rant, he had come around to agreeing with Ron Paul on the very subjects he had been complaining about.

Beck is like a dog constantly chasing its own tail and to dumb to know that if he catches it and bites down, it's going to hurt.

What a typical hypocrite republican IDIOT.

He sounds like Hillary and Kerry; "I was for it before I was against it"...TOO LATE BECK. He was old enough to know better than to attack other nations for the profiteers of war.

All the loss of American and Iraqi blood and treasure is on the hands of anyone who supported Bush in his illegal, immoral "war."

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
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I think you are right ...

... that he is a psycho.

He will sometimes come out and say something that is great for the masses to hear. But then, he turns around and says something that shows he has no clue what the f**k he is talking about.

He has no intellectual integrity. I tend to think he is on a search for truth but lacks the ability to break through his own sh*t.

Then again, he could be psyop. I don't rule it out. But really, who cares? At best he is an unstable clusterf**k who occassionally gets something right, which is helpful, overall. At worst, he is a psyop who is trying to lead people astray. But if that is the case, he's even dumber than I thought.

You don't wake people up just so you can turn around and lead them down the wrong road. No, you find the people who are already awake to lead them, while keeping everyone else asleep (see: Ted Cruz).

Seems more like the psycho type than the psyop type.

It's a Psyop

Here is a translation of what Glen is saying: "Don't bomb our ISIS troops." And since Glen tells evangelicals what to think, millions of Christians who were all for sending in troops again to fight the terrorists just changed their minds.


"Now, in spite of the things I felt at the time when we went into war, liberals said: We shouldn’t get involved."

Paleo-Conservatives said that. Not liberals.

Glenn who?

I have never watched or listened to him, and have no desire to start now.

"A vote for the lesser of two evils is a vote to keep things the same", Buckminster Fuller..
A choice for liberty is always a choice for liberty.

GB = Glenn Beck = George Bush = Evangelical Fraud and Deceiver

GB = Glenn Beck = George Bush = Evangelical Fraud and Deceiver of evangelicals and of those who really care about the world but are unfortunately too easily fooled and duped by GB charaders and false cheerleaders of "righteousness" but not true righteousness which is found in uncompromising commitment to truth, wherever it leads one. Glenn Beck and George Bush are/were mixed bags that, in sum, are frauds and mislead otherwise decent people into wrong thinking and wrong action. God, deliver us from people like both GBs and deliver us from being willingly deceived by "clever" (or not so clever) frauds. I pray this in JESUS Name, the sum of all truth who Himself is the TRUTH! (and the way, and the life!) Amen!

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I can't watch GB but...

...YET AGAIN he realizes Ron Paul was right all along. From what I've read in the comments, it says that GB is praising "liberals" rather than "Ron Paul" for being against this war. But even if GB isn't praising Dr Paul, I think it would be a great idea for someone w/ video skills to put together a montage of the things GB has changed his mind on and come to agree w/ Dr. Paul.

For example, first maybe a clip (with the year posted on screen) of Ron Paul giving an anti-war speech. Follow that by GB giving a pro-war rant (again post the year on screen). Then post this video (also with the year) showing how GB has come to Dr. Paul's side.

I know there are other things that GB has changed his mind on (I think government spending is one). Add that to the montage after. Heck, while at it, I remember in the 2012 Republican primary, they asked the candidates what they learned from each other and both Romney and Rick Perry praised Ron Paul. And Rush Limbaugh also praised Ron Paul's budget as the best amongst the republican candidates during the 2012 primary as well.

Beck is doing his job to stay alive.

Why anybody listens to him I have no clue. They have put him in a prison he probably can't escape from.

He's an absolute IDIOT. And a great example that money can't buy a squash you enjoy from your own garden without bodyguards.

SteveMT's picture

Interpretation: Replace the word liberals with Ron Paul.

Beck is a mass memory savant when it comes to Israel, and he has very selective amnesia when the subject is Ron Paul.

So true ...

... so true.

Hell, the ONLY reason liberals were against attacking the Iraqi people was because Bush was in office. As soon as Barry stumbled his way in (illegally), the liberals were all for war, war, war!

Only the libertarians have been consistently correct on the issue, and yet he conveniently forgets about that, even though in the past he has claimed that he himself is a libertarian.

The guy really is a nut job (or worse).

I hate to defend Beck, but he is essentially correct.

Inre: H.J.Res.114 - Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002

Of course our own Dr. Paul was one of the courageous 6 Republicans who dared vote against their own party and instead vote their conscience.

Notable Dem and (I) votes against resolution: Elijah Cummings, Bernie Sanders, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Maxine Waters.

Notable Dem votes against resolution in senate: Ted Kennedy, Ron Wyden, Russ Feingold, Barbara Boxer, Robert Byrd.

Yeah, but ...

... that all changed when Barry came to town.

Most definitely


In classic Beck fashion...

Day late, dollar short. The biggest truth about Beck is that he's a BORE! Occasionally I've scanned through to his radio show and his content is so uninteresting and boring! His show is 95% him and his co-hosts giggling and cracking lame jokes like a bunch of little frat boys about the most dull, insignificant topics. I turn Levin off because of his annoying voice, I turn Medved off because of his hypocritical statist Jews, I mean views, and I turn Beck off because he's simply a dullard who believes that by using dramatic pauses every other phrase makes him seem insightful and wise. Blah!

Notice the continuation of the false paradigm

He doesn't say "liberals and libertarians and Ron Paul in particular". No, he just uses "liberals". Not sure what his game is....but this evil phuck should not be trusted even when he pretends to awaken.

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robot999's picture



"Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex". - Frank Zappa

I don't remember many liberals pounding the peace drums.

If I remember correctly, Hillary, Kerry and the rest of the Hee Haw gang were all for the war.

Democrats: The War and WMD


robot999's picture

Everlasting Burning HELL

Even though I don't believe in an everlasting burning hell, if I did, i'm sure this SOB would be there!!!
Good riddance, Sen. Byrd.

"Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex". - Frank Zappa

Notice how the nut-job Beck

Notice how the nut-job Beck frames his opposition as "liberals" while he admits another error. Beck, you're an AUTHORITARIAN, FASCIST loser ... time and time again. The bulk of your opposition actually believes in strict adherence to the rule of constitutional law and are far from the current meaning of the term, "liberal".


I loathe GB...I can't watch the video, but I just love how even during an "admission of ignorance" he STILL has to give credence to the group-think, labels "Left vs. Right" phony paradigm. It wasn't just "LIBERALS" who opposed the war, it was average human beings who were at least moderately informed and saw the rottenness of what was taking place.....screw you GB!

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I just don't get it...

How is this old drunk still relevant? Why does anyone listen to him?
Years ago, I enjoyed Mr. Beck's TV show...hey, anyone who quotes Thomas Jefferson and is warning the public of federal tyranny on live TV can't be ALL bad, right?
But....this "coming together" crap has got to stop!! I will not be linking arms with Killery....or my hippy-dippy Obama-loving neighbors... to sing a round of Kuhm-ba-ya anytime soon!! The only folks I know personally that pay attention to Beck are the brainwashed born-again Christian-types who will do ANYTHING their preacher tells them to do...without thought, without question....you know, brainwashed. THOSE are the Beck audience? And there's enough of THOSE people around the US to keep him on the air and support his network? Perhaps the other thread is right.. this country IS hopeless.

Silence isn't always golden....sometimes it's yellow.

"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." - Patrick Henry


And not only that, he made more money than OPRAH last year...that is a sad reality, when a controlled opposition pied piper like GB can fool so many well meaning people and make SO much money in the process and in the end, is a detriment to liberty despite his rhetoric...

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