Though Fox News host Tucker Carlson spent over a decade as a colleague of former FNC commentator turned National Security Adviser John Bolton, the two rarely ever saw eye to eye.
And so it wasn’t shocking to hear him yelp in glee Tuesday evening after President Donald Trump announced Bolton’s immediate resignation (or termination?) from the administration.
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“It’s a major personnel change, but it’s more than that — it’s great news for America!” Carlson said with exuberance following Bolton’s ouster.
“Especially for the large number of young people who would have been killed in pointless wars if Bolton had stayed on the job. They may not be celebrating tonight, but they should be.”
Carlson’s frustration with Bolton stems from two beliefs: One, that he’s a war hawk who’s always itching to pull the trigger, and two, that, fundamentally speaking, he’s allegedly a “progressive” liberal, ergo why so many fellow “progressive” liberals were upset by his ouster.
“Sen. Chris Murphy, who’s a Democrat from Connecticut — a ‘progressive’ one at that — he was, quote, ‘legitimately shaken’ to see John Bolton leave the White House,” Carlson said.
Sharp Capitol reax: “I had no love for John Bolton’s policy but … I am shaken by the instability of American foreign policy today … it’s dangerous.” Dem. Sen. @ChrisMurphyCT told a few of us. https://t.co/a5UNec5qTe
— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) September 10, 2019
“Samantha Power — you remember her; she was the Obama official primarily responsible for the catastrophic destruction of Libya, the move that flooded Europe with refugees — that official, Samantha Power, told reporters today that the firing was a very troubling sign.”
In an exclusive interview earlier that afternoon with Yahoo News, Power complained primarily about the abrupt nature of Bolton’s termination.
“Instability in the world is never aided by instability at the center of the government that is the most powerful in the world,” she said. “We even see in the form in which this firing slash resignation occurred a deeper problem, which is nobody knows what’s true anymore.”
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Of course, Carlson continued, some so-called Republicans were also upset by Bolton’s ouster, including failed 2012 Republican presidential nominee turned anti-Trump zealot Mitt Romney.
“Mitt Romney himself declared that, quote, ‘he was very, very unhappy that Bolton was leaving,'” the host explained. “Romney went on to describe the outgoing national security adviser as a brilliant man with decades of experience in foreign policy. Romney didn’t say much about this experience. He wasn’t specific about it. Why? Probably because none of Bolton’s experience in the end helped America.”
“Romney is right. Bolton has, in fact, been on the scene for decades. All of us are suffering the consequences of it. But whatever. The details like that make no difference at all in Washington. In Washington, nobody cares what kind of job you did — only that you did the job. Nobody there learns from mistakes because mistakes are never even acknowledged. Ever. John Bolton himself took this form of selective amnesia to an art form.”
He then played past clips of him debating Bolton about the Iraq War and the destruction and havoc that it had ultimately engendered. Though an overwhelming 79 percent majority of Americans now view the war unfavorably, according to data from Gallup, Bolton has remained committed to defending the war and its highly dubious motivations.
“If you’re wondering why so many progressives are mourning Bolton’s firing tonight, it’s because Bolton himself fundamentally was a man of the left,” Carlson continued, getting to the crux of his point. “There was not a human problem John Bolton wasn’t totally convinced could be solved with the brute force of government. That’s an assumption of the left, not the right.”
“Don’t let the mustache fool you. John Bolton was one of the most progressive people in the Trump administration. By the way, naturally, once he was ensconced there, Bolton promoted Obama loyalists within the National Security Council. That shouldn’t surprise you either.”
He also reportedly tried to replay his Iraq War playbook, according to journalist Abigail Tracy.
Some memes from voices re:threat of war in Iran . From Vanity Fair @abigailtracy re: “Allies Are Aghast”: Is John Bolton Replaying His Iraq War Playbook with Iran?
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— Take Back your Country-#impeachTrump (@safeagain1) May 16, 2019
“Everyone feels the shadow of 2002–2003: The administration seems determined to find a cause for conflict; allies are aghast; the public seems disengaged,” an unnamed former senior U.S. official told her back in May.
The remarks were made days after The New York Times confirmed that the Trump administration — led by Bolton — had begun prepping to send over 100,000 troops to the Middle East.
“It’s hard for anyone to fathom why [Donald Trump] would think a war of choice is a good idea, given what he’s said in the past about Iraq and Afghanistan,” the official added.
Carlson responded to the Times’ report at the time by blaming the fiasco solely on Bolton.
“More than anything in the world, National Security Advisor John Bolton would love to have a war with Iran. It will be like Christmas, Thanksgiving, his birthday wrapped into one,” he said. “Mercifully, John Bolton does not control the military. President Trump does. The question is, how influential is Bolton in the White House?”
The Times’ shocking report suggested Bolton was immensely influential. But not anymore …
What remains unclear is what’ll happen next.
“The question tonight is will he be replaced by another John Bolton just like him?” Carlson asked. “Unfortunately, there are signs that that’s possible. In fact, in Washington, it’s always possible. Change is not always for the better. Don’t lie to yourself.”