He’s right: Glenn Beck says it’s time to bring our troops home

Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck went into a lengthy, brilliant monologue on his talk show on Tuesday in which he offered a mea culpa over his support for the Iraq war and called on the United States to alter its approach to foreign policy and bring its troops home.

The conservative talk show host reflected on some areas of agreement in American politics, including the bipartisan outrage over the VA scandal, though he admitted that the United States is polarized, and suggested that “[m]aybe we could come together now on this nightmare in Iraq.”

“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,” said Beck on his show. “Let me lead with my mistakes. You are right. Liberals, you were right. We shouldn’t have.”

Beck, who sounded an awful lot like Ron Paul in the nearly 16-minute monologue, lamented the human cost, the deaths American soldiers and innocent Iraqis who were killed in the war, as well as the $2 trillion fiscal impact. But, he explained, the people of Iraq need to work the problems they face out for themselves.

“I have more of a chance of hacking off my loyal listeners and audience by saying this, 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,” said Beck. “Our days of being the world’s policemen, our days of interventionists is over. If we are directly attacked, so be it. But this must end now.”

The conservative talker called Iraq “a never-ending game of whack amole” and acknowledged that the only way to stop Islamic militants from eventually taking over the country “is [to] stay there and continue to fight this militarily in perpetuity,” before again noting that opponents of the war had it right in 2002 and 2003.

“We need to pull out and end the long nightmarish involvement in this mess. We need to do the same in Afghanistan, once and for all,” said Beck. “Finally, there are some things we can agree on. Finally, there are some things we can come together on and clean up our own house.”

Beck urged his listeners not to make the situation in Iraq about politics, noting that it will further divide the country. “This,” he emphasized, “has to become about the principles because in the principles we all agree

“Enough is enough. Bring them home, period,” Beck added.

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