Glenn Beck challenged Republican presidential contender Ohio Gov. John Kasich Wednesday for saying during Tuesday night's GOP debate that he doesn't "support a civil war" in Syria, but still claiming he wants to knock Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad out of power.
According to Beck, one cannot be accomplished without the other — if the U.S. removes Assad, civil war will break out. The radio host went on to list Middle East states that were "destabilized" by toppled dictators: Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Tunisia.
"You want to arm the people who are rising up against the government, but you don't want anything to do with a civil war. John, that doesn't make any sense at all," Beck said on The Glenn Beck Radio Program. "Have we not learned our lesson?"
Beck said then-President George W. Bush's war in Afghanistan after 9/11 was a decision "almost everybody agreed with," but added that the Iraq war was "split." He compared that to today's climate, which he said is not in support of engaging in civil war with any other country.
Beck went on to say the support for acting in Syria is really only for actions against the Islamic State, but he said that the U.S. government is using the terror group as a "pawn." Beck recently explained his belief that — instead of defeating the Islamic State — the U.S. is using them to take Assad out of power.
These claims are not new for Beck. The radio host made similar statements in 2014 when President Barack Obama pushed to arm the Syrian rebels: "Make no mistake, we are not at war with ISIS. We are a nation at war, or preparing to go to war, with Assad, period."
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