The Taliban may be disputing that their number-two, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, was captured by US and Pakistani intelligence earlier this month, but that hasn’t stopped Glenn Beck from passing judgment on how the US should handle the situation.
“Shoot him in the head,” the radio and TV personality declared on Fox & Friends Tuesday.
“We’ve just captured the second most wanted guy in Al Qaeda,” Beck said, evidently referring to the Taliban leader. “The first thing out of my mind — shoot him in the head. Shoot him in the head before it goes into a court and we’re doing all this nonsense back and forth. He’s a bad guy. Shoot him in the head.”
“You would shoot him before they even try to get information?” co-host Gretchen Carlson asked.
“If I were in charge, we’d be interrogating him,” Beck replied. “And we’d interrogate him, and interrogate him, and interrogate him and then we’d shoot him in the head. … Shoot him in the head before we all of a sudden release him into, what? Primary schools in New York City? What are we going to do with this guy?”
Like many other Fox News personalities, Beck has been harshly critical of the Obama administration’s approach to prosecuting terrorists.
But his loud style, on display Tuesday morning on Fox & Friends, is now making him the subject of a number of biographies.
Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank is writing Tears of a Clown, a biography-slash-primer on Beck, reports Michael Calderone at Politico. In a profile last month, Milbank wrote that “in terms of the political culture, [Beck is] more parasite than host. Yet, by any measure, he’s had a huge impact on the body politic.”
Milbank described Beck as “the first true demagogue of the information age.”
Calderone notes that Milbank isn’t the only one writing a book on Beck this year. Salon writer Alexander Zaitchik has Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance.
“Beck, a perverse and high-impact media spectacle, has emerged as a leader in a conservative protest movement that raises troubling questions about the health of American democracy,” the book’s publisher states.
This video is from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Feb. 16, 2010.