- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Speaking on his morning radio program, Glenn Beck suggested the United States is no longer a superpower due to its handling of the Syria crisis.

“Write it down in your calendars, because this is the week that America lost its superpower status,” the host said Tuesday.

Speaking about the international response to the conflict in Syria, Mr. Beck asserted that Russia has come out looking like the leader.

“When I saw the story that Putin came out and said, ‘I just was wrestling a bear here about 10 minutes ago … and I called up Assad and I said, ‘Hey! You’re gonna give me your chemical weapons.’ And he said, ‘Okay, dude.’ After [Putin] made that statement and then the president said, ‘Okay, uh, we could do that…’ I thought to myself … we’re done as a superpower,” Beck said. “He has just put the final nail in the coffin.”

Mr. Beck recalled President Obama’s hot mic gaffe when he told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he would have more “flexibility” after the election.

“Maybe this is one of those things that he was going to take care of, somehow or another elevate Vladimir Putin and Russia as the lone superpower in the world,” the host mused. “Because I don’t know if you noticed, but the chairs just switched at the table. Vladimir Putin and Russia is the leading superpower in the world.”

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Co-host Stu Burguiere added that Russia dictated the terms and created peace when that’s precisely what America should be doing in this situation.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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