Glenn Beck: Liberals Were Right About Iraq
Glenn Beck opened his show on Tuesday with a monologue that contained four words no one ever thought he would say: Liberals, you were right. With the recent outbreak of sectarian violence in Iraq, where members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have taken control of the middle third of the country, there has been a very similar “drumbeat to war” to what preceded the first invasion of Iraq more than a decade ago.
Richard Clarke, while a confirmed Democrat, served under both Presidents Bush and Clinton in counter-terrorism roles. Unlike Beck, Clarke was harshly critical of the Bush Administration’s desire for war with Iraq and also their attitude towards the threat of terrorism pre-9/11. On a recent appearance on Real Time, Clarke echoed the same sentiments as Beck on Iraq, even using the same phrase in reference to American casualties in Iraq: Not one more.
Other media outlets are trotting out the same old neocons who sent us to Iraq in the first place, who all say that this recent spate of violence can only be defeated by U.S. intervention. Is there any credence to their claims? Will an ISIS-controlled Iraq export terrorism to the U.S.? Is the fact that Iran and (former) Al Qaeda will be fighting each other actually a good thing?
To the terrorism question, it is a legitimate worry. Especially after being both snubbed by Al Qaeda and flush with clash, ISIS would gain serious credibility in the extremist community if it carried out a successful attack on the U.S. Many of their members have European passports or possibly American passports, which could make it easier for them to enter the country.
Currently ISIS is seizing territory, if they do begin to set up terrorist training camps, Clarke said “we will deal with that, but let’s wait until it happens because it’s probably not gonna happen.” In a sense, Beck said the same thing but a different way.
Beck said, as have many others on the right who are not advocating for intervention in Iraq, that this is something the Iraqi people have “to work out for themselves.” Shockingly, he just may be right.