Glenn Beck’s Appeal to Restore Honor

On August 28, American news commentator Glenn Beck held the “Restoring Honor” rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC to a crowd of several hundreds of thousands of people in attendance. The following day Beck appeared on Fox News Sunday to talk about the event.

When asked about the rally and its message, Beck insisted that it was nothing political, but instead a matter of faith. According to Beck, it’s because of a lack of faith that America is in trouble. It is up to the American people to fix it. “Every American has a role,” he said. “Whether you’re Democrat, Republican, independent, it doesn’t matter. We all know the country’s in trouble. We may disagree on how to solve it, but we all know the country’s in trouble.”

Asked about the controversy of the rally’s date, which coincided with the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s 1963 “I have a dream speech”, Beck claimed that it was merely a coincidence, but that he has since come to regard it as divine providence in order to reclaim the civil rights movement. Racial politics, said Beck, was — and is — one of the greatest problems with the country, but race has no place in politics.

Beck’s argument is that the civil rights movement should be remembered as a cause for justice; a justice which both Democrats and Republicans have twisted into tools to meet their own ends.

When hundreds of thousands of people appear in one place for one reason, Glenn Beck said that it was a sign of people being unhappy, largely because justice and faith are absent from national politics and indeed, American society at large.

General Petraeus on Winning in Afghanistan

In his first interview since taking over as commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus talked about his strategy on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday with less than a year before the withdrawal of the first American troops is scheduled to commence.

Asked what was needed to win the war in Afghanistan, one of the things Petraeus mentioned was the need of reintegrating Taliban fighters in Afghan society. This is possible, he believes, especially with the “five dollar a day Taliban,” men fighting for the Taliban for a price, as well as with insurgents who are beginning to realize that the Taliban’s leadership appear to be leading from the rear.

According to General Petraeus, the Taliban’s leaders largely send messages and leave everyone else at the broken end of the bottle, inflicting the most civilian casualties in this war. He added that the mission is still to win over the hearts and minds of the people in order to bring an end to the conflict.

When asked what failure or success would mean to Afghanistan the general stated that while success means economic and national growth for the country, failure could affect the entire region, with civil war breaking out in Afghanistan and surrounding nations picking their sides, aiding the efforts of those prolonging the fighting and suffering.

Interestingly, Petraeus said that while Iran has no desire to see Americans gaining an easy victory in Afghanistan, they don’t like the Taliban emerging victorious either, despite the small amounts of funding and training which Tehran has offered them. The Iranians see the Taliban as too conservative in their views while a victory for them could undermine the stability of their own regime.

On the rather tricky subject of meeting with Taliban leaders in order to broker a peace agreement, Petraeus said that it was a lot like it was back in Iraq. They asked, “Were we willing to meet with people who had our blood on their hands?” The answer, said Petraeus, was yes. This may come as a somewhat disheartening response to many after the recent Time magazine article about Afghan women and their suffering under what’s left of the Taliban. But meeting with the Taliban is a reality of the war, and it may well be the price of peace.

Bloomberg’s Call for Repeal of Tiahrt

Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City has called for Congress to repeal the Tiahrt Amendment. A law passed in 2003 and made permanent in 2008 that Bloomberg claims is hampering the investigations of people such as Nidal Malik Hasan, the man who went on the shooting spree in Fort Hood, Texas.

The same Nidal Hasan was already under investigation for posting on the Internet that Muslims should rise up against America and was declared to be mostly harmless.

It seems Bloomberg’s real problem isn’t that the Tiahrt Amendment prevents the investigation of firearm related crimes. If it did, we wouldn’t know that Hasan had bought the pistol he used from a Gunshop in Keleem, Texas.

Bloomberg’s problem is that his group Mayors Against Illegal Guns have been trying to get their hands on confidential law enforcement data for their lawsuit against American firearms manufacturers. Read more “Bloomberg’s Call for Repeal of Tiahrt”