Glenn Beck started speaking out about the Islamic Caliphate in 2011 (he may have spoken of it before but that is when I really started listening to him.) He was ridiculed to the ends of the earth and back. It was a running joke in liberal, and even conservative circles, about Beck and his crazy conspiracy theory.
From Firedoglake 2/21/2011
Foremost among Beck’s critics is the NeoConservative William Kristol who said: “When Glenn Beck rants about the caliphate taking over the Middle East from Morocco to the Philippines, and lists (invents?) the connections between caliphate-promoters and the American left, he brings to mind no one so much as Robert Welch and the John Birch Society. He’s marginalizing himself, just as his predecessors did back in the early 1960s.” Richard Lowry of the National Review echoed Kristol’s criticism, to wit: “a well-deserved shot at Glenn Beck’s latest wild theorizing.” David Brooks opined on Beck’s “delusional ravings about the caliphate coming back…For the first time, you began to see a lot of really serious conservatives taking on Beck and people like that, and saying, you know, your theories are just wacky.”
From liberal blogs to The Colbert Report, the Caliphate Theory was something to laugh at and mock.
From Mediaite 2/15/2011:
After playing a clip of Beck stating that a “a global caliphate is coming,” but then later clarifying that he did not “know when” or “if it will (even) happen,” Colbert put Beck’s fears in proper (and absurd) perspective, sayin, “And the conspiracies that we know are coming but might never happen are the most dangerous. Because if they might never happen, how will we know if they stopped it.
In the Summer of 2011, John Brennan, the top anti-terrorist advisor to President Obama gave a speech on the US Middle East strategy after bin Laden took his trip to Hell. Brennan had this to say about the Caliphate Theory...
From The Daily Caller -
“I’m not talking about al-Qaida’s grandiose vision of global domination through a violent Islamic caliphate,” Brennan explained. “That vision is absurd, and we are not going to organize our counter-terrorist polices against a feckless delusion that is never going to happen.”
WHO. IS. CRAZY. NOW??
The butchering of American James Foley by members of the "religion of peace" in Syria has finally opened the eyes of some people. Well, except for the President of the United States, who interrupted his continuous golf game just long enough to make a "strongly worded statement" about Foley's murder which I'm sure had the jihadists quaking in their boots...
Today Chuck Hagel, the inept Secretary of Defense, pronounced that ISIS (or ISIL or whatever these bastards are calling themselves today) is "as sophisticated and well-funded as any group we have seen."
Hagel went on to say... "They are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it's in Iraq or anywhere else,"
I just about pulled out a handful of my hair when I read that. Where the heck have you been Chuck? Better yet, where the hell has our President and his entire administration been? THIS IS NOT JUST SOME NEW ISSUE THAT POPPED UP ON THE RADAR!!!! This has been building since we pulled everyone out of Iraq, really gained steam during the Syrian "civil war" and since June has been barreling through Iraq.
This "awakening" is a bit late for the victims of the Christian genocide in the Middle East or the Yazidis stuck on the mountains in Sinjar. It's too late for James Foley. I pray to God that it is not too late for the USA.