Beck, Beckel and Che 5

We enjoyed a lot of what Glenn Beck did in his regular hour on Fox. We found his weeping mawkish, and we switched off when he went on about “God”, which was mostly, and much too fully, on Fridays. He became too much the preacher. But he’s a natural entertainer, and he was right, and informative, and even fascinating a lot of the time.

He has been replaced by “The Five”. The five are made up, usually, by a (varying) couple of beautiful intelligent women and a couple of well-informed and/or amusing guys – and a lugubrious lefty named Bob Beckel whose inclusion puts us off watching.

At this point we request our outside-America readers not to stop reading. We’re coming on to a point of international interest.   

We’ll let Humberto Fontova take over. In an article titled A History Lesson for the Racist Bob Beckel, he writes:

“I still have my Che Guevara poster. Che Guevara was a freedom fighter.” –  Bob Beckel on FoxNews’ “The Five” Sept. 5th.

If Bob Beckel’s “freedom-fighter” had been allowed his fondest bit of “freedom-fighting” Bob Beckel’s incinerated remains would fit in a gin bottle today. “America is the great enemy of mankind! Against those hyenas there is no option but extermination!…If the missiles [on Cuba] had remained, we would have fired them against the very heart of the U.S., including New York City.”

For the record: Ernesto “Che” Guevara was second in command, chief executioner, and chief KGB liaison for a regime that jailed more political prisoners per capita than did Stalin’s during the Great Terror and murdered more people (out of a population of 6.4 million) in its first three years in power than Hitler’s murdered (out of a population of 70 million) in its first six. Many, perhaps most, of those murdered and jailed by the regime Che Guevara co-founded were Batista opponents.

The Stalinist regime Che Guevara imposed on Cuba also stole the savings and property of 6.4 million citizens, made refugees of 20 percent of the population from a nation formerly deluged with immigrants and whose citizens had achieved a higher standard of living than those residing in half of Europe. Many opponents of the regime Che Guevara co-founded qualify as the longest-suffering political prisoners in modern history, having suffered prison camps, forced labor and torture chambers for a period three times as long in Che Guevara’s Gulag as Alexander Solzhenitsyn suffered in Stalin’s Gulag. Most of these had been Batista opponents.

“Don’t put him in a list of fascists. The fascists (Batista) were the ones he was trying to get rid of.” – Bob Beckel on Fox News’ “The Five” Sept. 5th. …

For the record: … The Castro regime – with firing squads, forced-labor camps, torture and drownings at sea – has caused an estimated 102,000 Cuban deaths. … Nazi repression caused 172,260 French civilian deaths during the occupation. France was nation of 42 million in 1940. Cuba was a nation of 6.5 million in 1960. My calculator reveals that Beckel’s freedom-fighter caused an enormously higher percentage of deaths among the people he “freed” than the Nazis caused among the French they enslaved and tortured with the SS and Gestapo.

Beckel tells the “Fox Five” that the CIA killed many more people than Che and implies that in the 50’s the agency was Che’s enemy.

Yes. Bob Beckel, still stuck in his adolescent leftism which involves being forever against the establishment of his own country (“courageously”, such safe and privileged members of America’s progressive elite believe) clings to the opinion that the Castro Brothers were GOOD and the US government was BAD.

And actually, annoyingly, he’s only completely wrong in one of those judgments. The Castro Brothers and Che Guevara were as far from good as any savage tyrants could be, so he’s wrong there. But some parts of the US government were bad, not for reasons Beckel might like to intone, but, to the contrary, because they sided with the Castro Brothers – as Humberto Fontova goes on to explain:

In fact during the late 1950’s the Castro brothers and Che Guevara had no better friends – and Fulgencio Batista few worse enemies – than the CIA.

Me and my staff were all Fidelistas,” [said] Robert Reynolds, the CIA’s “Caribbean Desk’s specialist on the Cuban Revolution” from 1957-1960.

Everyone in the CIA and everyone at State was pro-Castro, except (Republican) ambassador Earl Smith,” [said] CIA operative in Santiago Cuba, Robert Weicha.

And those brilliant minds, paid to gather accurate information, insisted that Castro and his cohorts had nothing to do with Communism:

 “Don’t worry. We’ve infiltrated Castro’s guerrilla group in the Sierra Mountains. The Castro brothers and Ernesto“Che” Guevara have no affiliations with any Communists whatsoever,” [said] crackerjack Havana CIA station chief Jim Noel 1958.

Next, Bob brought out this old canard of the Left:

“Listen … when the CIA was complicit in the assassination of Allende [the Commie despot who was ruining Chile – JB], that was killing a head of state.”

Ground control to Major Bob: … The leftist [claim] that [Allende] was assassinated by the CIA was spun and spread only by the hardest of hard-left wackos. Not even Allende’s own family believed it. An investigation including an autopsy by Chilean authorities just last month confirmed that Salvador Allende committed suicide. Surely you read the New York Times, Bob?

Bob could brush that aside. His main business was to go on praising Castro’s revolution and regime for as long as breath was in him or until the alloted hour on Fox came to a close. He said:

The idea of picking Che Guevara and calling him a mass-murderer is crazy.”

Yet Guevara himself confessed to being just that – with great pride, as Fontova reminds us:

“Certainly we execute!” boasted Che Guevara while addressing the hallowed halls of the U.N. General Assembly Dec. 9, 1964. “And we will continue executing as long as it is necessary!” According to the Black Book of Communism, those firing-squad executions (murders, actually; execution implies a judicial process) had reached 14,000 by the end of the ’60s, the equivalent, given the relative populations, of almost a million executions in the U.S. “I don’t need proof to execute a man,” snapped Che to a judicial toady in 1959. “I only need proof that it’s necessary to execute him.”

The Left cannot hear that. Will not read it. To the Left, the savage Che Guevara is forever a hero. Why? Well, because, among other lies –

“(Che) did help Fidel Castro get rid one of the biggest thugs and murdering bastards there ever was, and that was Batista in Cuba.”

Now watch Fontova stride into the ring with his red muleta, and ready himself to administer, with one fatal thrust of his puntillo, the estocade – the coup de grace.

(And while he advances we must whisper that we are not admirers of Fulgencio Batista nor of labor unions, but  that is not important at this moment of suspense.)

Here he comes – watch, listen:

Batista was a mulatto grandson of slaves born on the dirt floor of a palm roofed shack in the Cuban countryside. As President (via honest elections 1940-44, bloodless coup 1952-58) he always enjoyed the support of Cuba’s labor unions. And under Batista, according to a study by the International Labor Organization, the Cuban workforce was more highly unionized than the U.S. work force, with Cuba’s Industrial laborers earning the 8th highest wages in the world.

Fontova the Toreador is leaning over the horns, his dagger is in place – now for the downward thrust:

So here’s Bob Beckel bashing a black politician of lowly origin who enjoyed overwhelming unionized labor support – while hailing the lily-white rich-boys, Fidel and Che, who outlawed labor unions and sent such as Richard Trumka and Jimmy Hoffa to the firing squad or prison. … Using liberals’ own standards Beckel sure sounds like an elitist – and a racist to boot.

Later the Toreador, in relaxed mood, tells us this:

No doubt Beckel picked up the leftist proverb about Batista as “one of the biggest murdering bastards there ever was” from a meme hatched in 1957 by a Fidelista Cuban magazine publisher named Miguel Angel Quevedo. The meme asserts that Batista’s police and army “murdered 20,000 Cubans” and is still parroted by the MSM/Academia axis.

For the record: Ten years after he hatched and spread the lie, Quevedo (from exile, he scooted out just ahead of a Fidelista firing squad) confessed to the lie and greatly regretted how the lie helped the propaganda campaign to put Fidel and Che in power. The regret for the calamity he helped bring upon Cuba was such that, right after signing the letter, Miguel Angel Quevedo put a gun to his head and blew his brains out.


Here’s Humberto Fontova and Nick Gillespie, the editor of Reason, with Glen Beck on Fox in the good old days before Beckel and the others replaced him, talking about Che Guevara.

And here’s an extract from Glenn Beck’s article, Exposing the Real Che Guevara:

“When you saw the beaming look on Che’s face as the victims were tied to the stake and blasted apart by the firing squad,” said a former Cuban political prisoner, to this writer, “you saw there was something seriously, seriously wrong with Che Guevara.” As commander of this prison/execution yard, Che often shattered the skull of the condemned man by firing the coup de grace himself. When other duties tore him away from his beloved execution yard, he consoled himself by viewing the slaughter. Che’s second-story office in Havana’s La Cabana prison had a section of wall torn out so he could watch his darling firing-squads at work.

  • Liz

    At least this T-shirt craze helps to easily identify some of the ignorant fools among us.  Whoever parades around wearing this stuff is broadcasting that to the world. I’m glad someone is telling the truth about it.

    • George

      Liz , sometime I wonder if we as human beings are actually at the top of the animal kingdom.  Sure we can invent, build, design ,  etc. but no other animal species on earth kills just for the sake of killing out of pure desire.  A shark kills for survival  as a food source to live. A lion or bear for the same reason. It’s a survival instinct just like humans kill cows for beef or chickens for dinner . None of these “lower”  animal species kill out of pure hatred or pure desire .   The number one thing that fuels hatred, sexism, racism, a preponderance for murder, torture, intolerance . chaos and mahem is RELIGION .    Currently the most violent and dangerous religious dogma on earth is Islam and the sooner that people wake the f*** up and realize this , the better off we will be in countering this global madness that is taking over the world.   If people don’t stand up and fight back—-we’re doomed. It’s going to come to a breaking point and people will eventually say enough is enough  and these Muslim  jihadists are pushing people around the world into a “corner”  and they are about to awaken a  “sleeping giant” . People are only going to take so much   and that’s when the s*** is going to hit the fan. It’s just a matter of time . The handwriting is on the wall and they are playing with fire.  The world is not just going to just roll over and let these ancient and barbaric savages take over the world .   They call this their HOLY WAR . I say we are at the early phase of  World War III at  this moment.  It’s going to get worse before it gets better.  We are living in dangerous times and people had better wake up and smell the coffee. 

  • Hochuli’s Biceps

    Beckel is simply the worst kind of loudmouthed Leftist hack. That he would laud Guevara as some kind of “freedom fighter” anymore (when my guess is that the vast majority of the populace doesn’t even know who the hell Guevara was) strikes me as merely an attempt to rile the conservative FOX audience by playing the belligerent contrarian. Remember, this is also the guy who tried to establish an equivalency between the phrase “sons-of-bitches” and the word “socialist,” claiming them as equally demeaning insults. No serious person could possibly think that; whether he actually believes Guevara was truly a “freedom fighter” I find difficult to determine. 

    • George

      You’re right Hochuli’s Biceps  .      I was at a coffee shop talking to a frequent customer I see there often and we got to talking about Obama, Well,  it’s obvious how I feel about Obama and I expressed my opinions about Obama.  He then said to me that I sound like I watch FOX TV .  I said —      ”  Really ?    Well, guess what ? — You sound you listen to NPR and watch ABC , CBS, MSNBC , NBC , and BBC.   He has no problem with socialism and people like Castro . He probably has a photo of Che Guevara on his wall at home.
                           Well , it didn’t end there.  He said  ” Give Obama a chance  , he’s only been in office a year and a half ” . This was back then .     I said —” Yeah , let’s give this socialist  hack  a chance to screw up the country several times more so than it already is ” .  He then said — ” Obama inherited this all from Bush ” .     I then said — ” Get off it  already. Every president inherits from the previous president but Obama has multiplied our debt and the unemployment rate has skyrocketed  since his tenure as president.  ”   I  then asked him what kind of work he did and he said that he was unemployed and looking for a job,  yet this guy had a brand new laptop, a fancy cell phone with all the bells & whistles and he was talking about upgrading to a more expensive touch screen hi-tech model. Where is he getting the money if he’s unemployed and spends each day on the net job searching ?  The government is supporting him. He would love to see our great nation turn out like Cuba with everything socialized. 
                                I see liberals praising people like Che Guevara and acting as if that murderous scoundrel was some kind of righteous [freedom fighter] . He was a murderous psychopath and a human monster.  Liberals  are too stupid to understand this.  I can’t repeat on this blog what my Cuban friends have to say about that looney scumbag. Hey Hochuli’s Bicep , are you a personal trainer ? If so , I need to work on my abs so I can get a “six pack ”  Ha ha . I agree with your statement — ” no serious person could think like that “.  

  • George

    I attended a secular humanist seminar many years ago and I was talking about Cuba and what a hell-hole it is .   This liberal woman sitting at the table with me and a friend and a few others asked  me —   “What’s wrong with Cuba ?”     She then went on to state that she had visited Cuba twice and found  absolutely nothing wrong with the government or that  island nation  that exists 90 miles off the coast of Florida. I knew then and there what I was dealing with .  She was as left-wing as they come and the mindset is simply mind-boggling.   To avoid getting upset and getting in an argument , I simply got up and sat at another table in amazement of her mentality.  I have heard of liberals praising Che Guevara .     My Cuban friends who immigrated here [legally] have told me horror stories about what goes on in that small island nation.  I listened to Beck a few times and I wanted to hear his political views but then as usual the pro-God rhetoric kicks in.     Sometimes I don’t even bother to listen to the radio or watch the political TV programs  .  There is so much propaganda being spread around it’s astonishing.  We simply have to take it one day at a time.