Fox News host Tucker Carlson praised President Donald Trump’s address to the nation on the situation in Iran but warned that war is “still close.”
Carlson, who had spent the previous airings of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” denouncing the escalation in conflict between the U.S. and Iran, told viewers Wednesday that “prayers of thanks” should be offered after the back-and-forth threats culminated with Iran firing over a dozen missiles at two Iraqi airbases housing U.S. forces.
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“The war has been postponed,” the Fox News host said Wednesday, just one day after his prime-time program scored its highest ratings – 5.6 million viewers – during the breaking news of Iran’s missile attack. “We are back from the brink.”
Carlson celebrated the president’s remarks as he announced Wednesday that no one was killed or injured in the missile attack and that Iran “appears to be standing down.”
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“For the past five days, all of us had had a chance to ruminate on what war with Iran would mean for us in the United States,” Carlson said. “Very easily, it could become a catastrophe. We ought to be saying prayers of thanks that it didn’t happen. We’re still close tonight.”
He continued his monologue with a critical look back at the Iraq War.
“After nearly 17 years of American occupation, Iran’s most powerful military leader, a man that we considered a terrorist, was flying in and out of Baghdad’s airport like he owned it,” he said, referring to Soleimani and the fact that Iraq “is largely run by Iran.”
“That’s how comfortable he felt in Iraq, a place that we supposedly control. Now the government of Iraq, which need you be reminded we created out of nothing and then spent untold billions propping up for more than a decade, is taking Iran’s side in this dispute and demanding that Americans leave the country,” Carlson continued.
“So 17 years, trillions of American dollars, more than 35,000 Americans killed or wounded, you probably know one, and this is what we get at the end in return,” the Fox News host argued.
“Another Iranian proxy state that hates us. It’s infuriating. In fact, it’s worse than infuriating, it’s immoral,” he added. “And the people who let this happen should be punished, the Americans who let it happen, the casual recklessness they displayed, the utter incompetence, it’s all an insult to the memory of the thousands of Americans who died in Iraq. This mismanagement of that country by our elites is one of the saddest things America has ever done.”
He went on to urge a rapid withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
“And yet suddenly there may be an upside to all of this sadness — and it’s this, we can go now. Iraq’s democratically elected government has asked us to leave, and we should leave, immediately,” he said.
“Remaining in Iraq increases the power of bureaucrats and think tanks in Washington. It does do that. That’s why they’re in favor of it,” Carlson said.
“But as the last week has shown, it imperils the lives of Americans, and for no good reason. We can’t turn Iraq into Belgium. We tried that. It didn’t work. It’s never going to work,” he added. “We don’t need their oil anymore…We’ve got fracking now. It’s time to go.”
He pointed to comments Trump had made in 2007, years before running for office, when CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked him how America should get out of Iraq.
“How do they get out? You know how they get out? They get out. That’s how they get out — declare victory and leave,” Trump had responded. “They’re in a civil war over there, Wolf. There’s nothing we’re going to be able to do with a civil war… It’s going to go to Iran.”
“It was good advice then,” Carlson noted. “We should have taken it … Let’s do it now.”
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