Glenn Beck appeared on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News Thursday night to discuss “what’s plaguing America” and of course the answer was President Obama and all of his “failed policies.” Glenn of course was not satisfied to leave it there, he had to make this week’s events in Iraq seem to be the fault of the President as well and seemed to be saying that the idea of bringing democracy to Iraq was straight from Obama’s mouth which of course made it a bad idea.
“We don’t have the resources to deal with it anymore,” he told Hannity. “You know, we should have gone in after September 11, taken care of the bad guys, killed them, not rebuilt them. I mean, I think — I mean, I think it’s real hubris to think that we can bring democracy and peace to a region that doesn’t understand it, doesn’t want it. You know, you have to — freedom is something I really truly believe you have to earn.”
Hannity, ever eager to continue to push the completely false story given by George W. Bush when he wanted to “avenge” his father, followed that up with:
“Yes, but what are we to do, if we believe the 9/11 commission report — you saw what happened on 9/11. They were at war with us. We weren’t at war with them. To me, this is a question of, if we decide to send brave men and women into harm’s way, finish the job and win the war.”
Beck’s stance on bringing democracy to Iraq was decidedly different only a few years ago, on July 24, 2006 he appeared on CNN Headline News where he said:
“Do you remember when — here we go, something you’re not going to hear elsewhere, at least from a conservative — remember when we first went in to Iraq a few years ago? And we said it was because of weapons of mass destruction. Well, I got news for you: It wasn’t. That was just gravy. That was the reason the administration gave us, and it was real. But they gave us this explanation so the public could wrap their heads around going to war.
My radio listeners know this, because I’ve been beating this drum since before we even went into Iraq. The real reason we went into Iraq was Iran. We were going there to stop Iran by planting the seeds of democracy all around Iran. Then, we hoped, that the Iranians would stand up and topple their leaders and their evil plans. The people in Iran hate him so much, they actually prefer us.
Here’s what I do know today. I know that searching for weapons of mass destruction was a side benefit of going into Iraq. The real reason was to plant the seeds of democracy and change the face of the Middle East.”
In October of that same year Beck narrated this video singing the praises of our invasion of Iraq and pointing out all the good we had done by bringing democracy to a dark corner of the world.
Sadly, Beck is probably completely unaware of this reversal of his stance on the invasion and truly believes that he was right all along.
Watch Beck talk about the Iraq crisis on Hannity.