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Beck: "Did we deserve 9/11? No. But were we minding our business? No. Were we in bed with dictators? ... Yes"

April 15, 2010 5:46 pm ET

From the April 15 edition of Fox News' Glenn Beck:

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    • Author by soze169880 (April 15, 2010 5:47 pm ET)
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      OMG U GUYZ HE DONE STARTED A 'POLOGY TOUR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    • Author by mmfa.fan (April 15, 2010 5:48 pm ET)
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      But there's nothing to apologize for, of course...
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    • Author by MickD (April 15, 2010 5:52 pm ET)
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      Which ones? The Saudis?
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    • Author by smarshall1432997 (April 15, 2010 5:58 pm ET)
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      So, Republicans were in bed with Dictators according to Glenn Beck when 911 happened. Uh, oh. You know, this brought to vision the video of former Pres. Bush walking and holding hands with that King... Uh, oh. Oh, no. What is Beck doing today, LOL.
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    • Author by IRONY 101 (April 15, 2010 6:00 pm ET)
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      9/11...chickens coming home to roost, Glenn?
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      • Author by smarshall1432997 (April 15, 2010 6:06 pm ET)
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        I think we ALL here at Media Matters are dreaming, huh? What is going on with Beck today? Too funny indeed.
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      • Author by discode (April 15, 2010 8:34 pm ET)
           
        I wonder if Hannity is going to flip out about what Beck said and repeat it for the next 2 years.
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    • Author by wolf kotenberg (April 15, 2010 6:04 pm ET)
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      Where and what was Beck doing on that day ?
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      • Author by smarshall1432997 (April 15, 2010 6:05 pm ET)
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        Beck was interviewing Movie Stars over at Headline News back then, LOL.
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        • Author by wolf kotenberg (April 15, 2010 6:11 pm ET)
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          And i was watching my aerospace job going up in smoke and moving to the Moscow Design Bureau.
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      • Author by mata ruach (April 15, 2010 8:01 pm ET)
           
        In his car, smoking crack with an aging hooker, that's where!
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    • Author by Conchobhar (April 15, 2010 6:07 pm ET)
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      I finally get this guy, and his problems with Obama! The President thinks too much. Foreign policy should be made "off the top of my head." Of course! That's so obvious I'm ashamed it never occurred to me before!

      Shoot first, then aim;
      Fly by the seat of the pants;
      Think with the gut;
      Make decisions off the top of the head.

      Now that's the way to reclaim 'Murkin greatness.
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    • Author by TheDayV (April 15, 2010 6:29 pm ET)
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      9/11 didn't happen because America was in bed with dictators. Nor did it have anything to do with "core values and principles". It happened because radical Muslims perceived an attack on Islam and decided to kill 3000 innocent people because of that perception.
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      • Author by Sharpe (April 15, 2010 6:46 pm ET)
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        Of course, like any act of terrorism there was a crap load of crazy mixed in there:


        The fatwas written or signed by Osama Bin Laden in 1996 and 1998 both demand the end of the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia. In the fatwa issued in 1998, bin Laden and others wrote: "For more than seven years the United States has been occupying the lands of Islam in the holiest of places, the Arabian peninsula, plundering its riches, dictating to its rulers, humiliating its people, terrorizing its neighbors, and turning its bases in the peninsula into a spearhead through which to fight the neighboring Muslim peoples" (see February 22, 1998). [Nation, 2/15/1999]

        October 2002: "You are the worst civilization witnessed by the history of mankind: You are the nation who, rather than ruling by the Shariah of Allah in its Constitution and Laws, choose to invent your own laws as you will and desire. You separate religion from your policies, contradicting the pure nature which affirms Absolute Authority to the Lord and your Creator."

        So we occupy Islamic lands or i guess countries with governments that are rules by Islamic governments and because our own government is not a theocracy is basically what bin ladin;s reason was. Experts say our cold war tactics in afghanistan, iran, the persian gulf and israel involvement may or may not have something to do with the attacks. Some think osama simply wanted to elicit a tremendous US military response that would antagonize the Muslim world and create many more radical states and people.
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      • Author by cugagcmu805031 (April 15, 2010 7:07 pm ET)
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        Let's not forget that the GWB Administration paid no attention to the Presidential Daily Briefing it received months before 9/11 occurred that warned of the attack.
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    • Author by Sharpe (April 15, 2010 6:37 pm ET)
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      Notice how he says in the last 5 years but says he learned after 9.11. Obviously 9.11 was almost NINE years ago and beck just started to learn not to be a war hawk 5 years ago. Apparently he finished learning that, the day bush left office considering he never mentioned cutting defense spending before ie over 7 years after 9.11. What took so long moron? Could it possibly be that you are lying through your teeth and just pivoted because obama is president and you want to criticize him at all times. It is also telling that despite the afghanistan escalation by obama beck cannot bring himself to oppose the wars. He has yet to say we should leave both countries tomorrow like so many OBAMA SUPPORTERS have said. Imagine that many bush supporters disagreeing with bush on an administration policy. Because progressives do not follow lock-step with the dems - we have a mind of our own!!
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    • Author by phildeckard (April 15, 2010 6:42 pm ET)
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      This is the first time I've ever agreed with Glenn beck about anything... I think I'm gonna get sick...
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      • Author by christopher howard (April 15, 2010 7:11 pm ET)
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        I keep telling you guys, he's a lefty plant designed to bring down the political right from within. Actually I've never told you that, but it's a fun meme and bits like this give ammo. Why do you hate America, Beck? Is it because of the sickness in your commie-liberal soul?
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        • Author by papa bear3 (April 15, 2010 10:29 pm ET)
             
          what is scary here, if this is an intellectual awakening in progress, he could be taking a dump one of these mornings and suddenly realize what he has been saying . . .

          nah, too good to be true.

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        • Author by aBeck in 10-O-C (April 16, 2010 2:42 am ET)
             
          If my father were alive, at this point he would be saying of Beck "That guy is a bull in a china shop; what he doesn't break, he sh!ts on"
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