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Monday, June 21, 2010
Jess Levin (202) 772-8162
Fox News host claims "private individuals" "could probably take care of things in Afghanistan better"
Washington, DC - Glenn Beck recently declared that "I think you have private individuals that could probably take care of things in Afghanistan better" than the U.S. military. Today, Media Matters for America issued the following statement in response:
"The only conclusion one can draw from Glenn Beck's comments is that he thinks the war in Afghanistan would be better off in the hands of CEOs than Gen. McChrystal," said Eric Burns, President of Media Matters. "We shouldn't trust private contractors like Blackwater to tell special operations experts how to run the war."
Burns added: "This criticism is especially interesting coming from Beck, considering he's never served in the military."
On the June 19 edition of Fox Business Network's Freedom Watch, Beck said:
ANDREW NAPOLITANO: Do you accept Jefferson's maxim that I always say at the beginning of every freedom watch, that "that government is best which governs the least."
NAPOLITANO: Why do you believe that?
BECK: Because I have not seen the government do anything except cause problems, with an exception of maybe defense, but I'd like to give it a whirl, on, you know, defense that wasn't solely run by the government. I think you have private individuals that could probably take care of things in Afghanistan better.
NAPOLITANO: You know, there's a weird phrase in the Constitution that lets the Congress issue, quote, "letters of mark and reprisal." That basically means, hire a private army to get this done, and they can get it done faster, easier, and far more efficiently.
BECK: We wouldn't be in Afghanistan today if it wasn't for that. I also think that the Founders were exactly right. They knew that people, all people, go bad with power, and you've got to limit that.