Tucker Carlson of Fox News was not among those celebrating the end of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani’s reign of terror around the globe. On Friday’s show, Carlson blasted Washington “neocons” for wanting to go to war. “Chest beaters like Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska are making the usual warlike noises like they always make,” he said.
By all accounts, Soleimani was the world’s most dangerous terrorist, responsible for the deaths of thousands. The number of people shedding tears for the leader of Iran’s infamous Quds Force is very limited, and most assuredly, Carlson was not mourning Soleimani’s death.
The Libertarian commentator is concerned about the real possibility that we are now at the doorstep of a war with Iran that could end up being more costly than any other recent conflict in which America has been involved.
“Soleimani was among the most famous living figures in Iran and also one of the most powerful,” said Carlson. “According to some accounts, second only to the supreme leader of that country. The Iranian government has already vowed to extract what it has called forceful revenge against the U.S. in response to his death.”
“By the next time the show airs,” continued Carlson, “we could be engaged in a conflict, a real conflict with Iran. From Iran’s perspective, we are already there. If Iranian forces killed the chairman of our joint chiefs of staff, for example, would you consider it an act of war? You would. So what happened yesterday wasn’t just another symbolic bombing sortie of the kind we’ve seen in Syria, it was a pivot point. Neocons in Washington understood that immediately.”
The Fox News personality referenced a Friday tweet by John Bolton, widely recognized war hawk, calling him a “disgraced National Security Advisor,” and pointing out that his call for regime change in Iran “has been the neocon objective all along.”
Congratulations to all involved in eliminating Qassem Soleimani. Long in the making, this was a decisive blow against Iran’s malign Quds Force activities worldwide. Hope this is the first step to regime change in Tehran.
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) January 3, 2020
Carlson did point out that President Trump has “for years opposed that objective and in a statement said that regime change and war are not the point at all.” He subsequently played a video of Trump’s earlier statement to that effect in which the president explained that his intent was to stop a war.
Carlson went on to point out that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Soleimani was killed for leading attacks on Americans that would’ve happened in the Middle East, not in America. Carlson chose to put a fine point on that as something that should be part of the calculus in threat assessments.
After playing a clip of Pompeo saying the imminent threat being planned by Soleimani was to kill Americans in the region of the Middle East.
“Threats in the region … in hostile Middle Eastern countries, places where American troops would never be in the first place were it not for the insistent demands of non-geniuses like Max Boot and John Bolton,” said Carlson.
Asking whether Iran is actually “the greatest threat we face, and who’s actually benefiting from this,” Carlson cynically warned that the U.S. might be getting itself into a quagmire with Iran for which there will be no way out.
Carlson then took another shot at hawks in D.C., saying: “Chest beaters like Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska are making the usual warlike noises like they always make. ‘This is very simple,’ Ben Sasse wrote in a statement last night. ‘Gen. Soleimoni is dead because he was an evil bastard who killed Americans,’ which is essentially true.”
Claiming the high ground, Carlson questioned the morality of making killing “simple.” He went on to wonder if bombing Mexico and China are warranted because they can be linked to tens of thousands of Americans dying annually as the result of a flood of narcotics.
“Our leaders should explain to us how that conflict will make the United States richer and more secure,” as a criterion before taking risky actions Carlson claimed.
“Our government exists to defend and promote the interest of American citizens,” said Carlson. “That’s why we have a government. Has the killing of Soleimani done that? Maybe. Nobody in Washington has explained how. Instead, they are telling us what an awful person he was. He clearly was. That’s irrelevant. It’s pretty clear that things will start to move in the wrong direction pretty quickly. Were praying they don’t, but they could.”
The commentator outlined the difficulty we have getting out of wars once we enter, such as the ongoing 19-year debacle in Afghanistan. He gave kudos to Trump for his proclaimed intent to get America out of foreign entanglements that deliver no benefits to us but warned that the move against Iran is a dangerous step in the wrong direction.
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