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Glenn Beck: 'Liberals, you were right' on the war in Iraq

No, you’re not dreaming.
Glenn Beck
Glenn Beck in 2013.

No, you’re not dreaming.

Conservative radio pundit Glenn Beck—the man who famously said “The most used phrase in my administration if I were to be president would be ‘What the hell you mean we’re out of missiles?'" — is siding with liberals on the war in Iraq.

"Now, in spite of the things I felt at the time when we went into war, liberals said: We shouldn’t get involved. We shouldn’t nation-build. And there was no indication the people of Iraq had the will to be free. I thought that was insulting at the time. Everybody wants to be free. They said we couldn’t force freedom on people. Let me lead with my mistakes," Beck said on his radio program, according to a transcript on his site. "You are right. Liberals, you were right. We shouldn’t have."

Beck’s reversal comes as sectarian violence in Iraq has surged. President Obama has deployed a few hundred American troops back into Iraq to defend the U.S. embassy as he weighs options for further action, including sending air missiles and launching drone strikes to fend off militant forces, which are heading for Baghdad.

"Not one more life. Not one more life. Not one more dollar, not one more airplane, not one more bullet, not one more Marine, not one more arm or leg or eye. Not one more," Beck said. "This must end now. Now can't we come together on that?"

He pressed for the two parties to unite around this cause and abandon partisan fighting.

"But if we do to the liberals what they did to us and George W. Bush and make it just about politics, we will be divided more. This cannot become about the president. It cannot become about the Democrats. This has to become about the principles because in the principles we all agree. Enough is enough. Bring them home, period," he said.