"Write it down in your calendars, because this is the week that America lost its superpower status," Glenn Beck said on his weekday radio program Tuesday.
Beck was speaking about the international response to the conflict in Syria, and asserted that it has been Russia, not the United States, that has emerged looking like a competent leader.
This is particularly the case after the country offered to take control of Syria's chemical weapons, thereby potentially averting an international conflict, Beck said.
“When I saw the story that Putin came out and said, ‘I just was wrestling a bear here about 10 minutes ago…and I called up Assad and I said, ‘Hey! You’re gonna give me your chemical weapons.’ And he said, ‘Okay, dude.’ After [Putin] made that statement and then the president said, ‘Okay, uh, we could do that...’ I thought to myself…we’re done as a superpower,” Beck said. “He has just put the final nail in the coffin.”
President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G-8 summit at the Lough Erne resort near Enniskillen in Northern Ireland, on June 17, 2013. (Getty Images)
Beck reminded his audience of Obama's "hot mic" comment to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, that he would have more "flexibility" after the election, and Medvedev's response that he would "transmit this message to Vladimir."
"Maybe this is one of those things that he was going to take care of, somehow or another elevate Vladimir Putin and Russia as the lone superpower in the world," Beck speculated. "Because I don't know if you noticed, but the chairs just switched at the table. Vladimir Putin and Russia is the leading superpower in the world."
Beck's co-host Stu Burguiere noted that "they dictate the terms," "they create the peace," and do everything else that "we're supposed to be doing."
Later in the show, when Beck said he was getting some push-back from listeners for his assertion, Beck's co-host Pat Gray maintained: "Putin has made this president, our president, and the secretary of state look like absolute pathetic kindergarteners."
"Morons," Beck added. "I mean, [Putin] guy was the head of the KGB. While our president was with the 'Choom Gang,' that guy was learning how to kill people with his little finger...he doesn't mess around."
"[Putin] knows what he's doing," Gray agreed. "These idiots in Washington don't have any clue as to what they're doing."
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