Today, the hatemonger doubled down (if that can be possible for Beck) with the most reprehensible kind of anti-Semitic Holocaust revisionism by falsely accusing liberal philanthropist George Soros, who was a 14-year-old boy in Nazi-occupied Hungary, with collaboration.
Yet Glenn Beck’s paranoid obsession with the man he calls the “puppet master,” George Soros, was revealing in another way. While George W. Bush traipsed around the country, seeking refuge mostly in the right wing echo chamber (which provides employment for Beck) in a vain book tour attempt to wipe from his name the stain of history, Glenn Beck chose as a source of his Soros sliming a talk the Hungarian-born philanthropist gave at his Open Society Institute on September 16, 2003, on foreign policy, Iraq, and America’s role going forward.
At that moment in time, the U.S. invasion of Iraq was less than six months old, by the end of September 2003 U.S. and coalition force deaths in Iraq would number 374, and four months earlier George W. Bush had declared “mission accomplished” in a triumphalist speech on the deck of the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.
It would not be until 2004 that the first accounts of “physical, psychological, and sexual abuse, including torture, rape, sodomy, and homicide of prisoners held in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq (also known as Baghdad Correctional Facility) came to public attention,” with official sanction at the highest levels of the U.S. government. In recent interviews, Bush shrugged off the torture and admitted to authorizing waterboarding with a “damn right,” secure in the knowledge he will not be prosecuted for war crimes by the Obama administration.
In response to this brazen admission, the ACLU joined other civil rights groups in calling for a special prosecutor to investigate whether the former president violated federal statutes prohibiting torture. (It’s not gonna happen; for more information, read Family of Secrets by Russ Baker. The current adminstration is sitting on a pile of dirty laundry it would just as soon keep a lid on.)
Seven years later, Bush is unrepentant about the cost of the war in blood and treasure, claiming with the certainty of the religious fanatic with a private line to God that he kept America safe. As of November 3, 2010, the number of U.S. and coalition forces killed in the line of duty in Iraq was 4,746, and the cost to the Treasury of the war has added upwards of $1 trillion to our spiraling deficit.
And yet the remarkable thing about that address by Mr. Soros back in September of 2003 (see it here) was (1) the clarity of his foresight concerning the dire consequences to the nation of the path we were on (described in raw numbers above), and (2) his inability as a private citizen to affect the ultimate outcome that we see today, or to change in any appreciable way the disastrous course Bush and Cheney had set for the country. Despite Glenn Beck’s paranoid anti-Semitic screeds about the “puppet master” George Soros, the liberal philanthropist was not pulling any strings. Quite to the contrary, he was the proverbial and prophetic “voice in the wilderness.” Here is what Mr. Soros said:
Eventually the TRUTH will out, Mr. Beck.