During his antiwar diatribe, Tucker Carlson highlighted his one-track mind with regard to the Middle East. At one point, Carlson asked “Why are we continuing to ignore the decline of our own country in favor of jumping into another quagmire from which there is no obvious exit?” Then he asked “If we’re still in Afghanistan 19 sad years later, what makes us think there’s a quick way out of Iran?”
Of course, we aren’t in Iran. That doesn’t matter to Carlson. The great military strategist figured that out earlier in his monologue, saying “It is no exaggeration to say that by the next time this show airs, we could be engaged in a conflict, a real conflict with Iran.”
Wow. Saying that it isn’t an exaggeration that the US might be at war with Iran by Monday morning is foolish. It’s nothing except an exaggeration. How does Carlson get away saying stupid things like this? Talk to Fox management about that. I haven’t figured that one out. At times, he can be a thoughtful commentator. Far too often, though, he’s sounded like a CODEPINK antiwar lunatic. This is one of those times.
Let’s deconstruct Carlson’s arguments. It won’t take long since they’re such flimsy arguments. We aren’t ignoring the decline of our own country. Democrats are. They haven’t provided a serious solution to our nation’s problems since retaking the majority in the House. President Trump and Senate Republicans have put forth lots of proposals that would fix things like the opioid epidemic and illegal immigration.
When Carlson gets into his rants, he ignores the Trump administration’s already lengthy list of accomplishments, too. When he rants, he’s talking about what happened during the Obama and Bush administrations. Apparently, he hasn’t noticed that things have changed since President Trump got to Washington.
Next, insinuating that we’re on the verge of war is either dishonesty or stupidity. I don’t think Carlson is stupid so that leaves us with the likelihood that he’s utterly dishonest. Later, Carlson ripped into Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, who put out a statement saying that “This is very simple: Gen. Soleimani is dead because he was an evil bastard who killed Americans.” Carlson then admitted that Sen. Sasse’s “statement is essentially true.” Rather than fleshing that out, Carlson pivoted to strawman arguments that Mexican drug cartels and the Chinese have killed lots of Americans with drugs, then flippantly saying “not that anybody in power cares” about those deaths.
Then Carlson mentioned that Sen. Sasse is a former consultant, whatever that means. Carlson is a former CNN personality. Does that mean he’s ill-suited for Fox? I think he’s far better suited to be one of CNN’s clowns than to be one of FNC’s hosts.
I wasn’t a big fan of Bill O’Reilly. Still, I’d welcome him back to FNC over this one-trick (antiwar) pony any day of the week. It’s time for FNC to cut its losses and put in someone who actually thinks things through before ranting.
Finally, Carlson said that there are lots of bad guys out there, then asking if we should kill all of them while we’re at it. That’s oversimplification on steroids. Gen. Soleimani wasn’t just a bad guy. He’s the mastermind behind destabilizing an entire region of the world while spreading terrorism and launching Iran’s nuclear weapons program. He supplied Shi’ite militias in Iraq with IEDs and other weapons that were used to kill Americans.
Whatever you think of the Iraq War, it’s disgusting to think, as Carlson apparently does, that these soldiers were expendable because they followed a president’s orders. Personally, it’s one thing to question the wisdom of going to war. It’s quite another to say that it’s ok to kill US soldiers in the line of duty.