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Fox News host Tucker Carlson warned on his show Thursday evening that the Russian invasion of Ukraine has the potential to become a world war and he listed three goals the United States should strive to achieve during the conflict regardless of the war between the two nations.
“What’s happening in Ukraine, whatever its scale, and it’s not totally clear right now, but whatever it is, it’s a tragedy because war always is a tragedy and the closer you get to it, the more horrifying it seems. It’s the ugliest thing that men do. Ever,” he pointed out on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
“Vladimir Putin started this war so whatever the context of the decision that he made, he did it. He fired the first shots. He is to blame for what we’re seeing tonight in Ukraine. The question is, once we’ve established that and it’s obvious, how should the United States respond to what he has done?” Carlson asked.
He noted that our foreign policy had failed to stop Russia from invading Ukraine. Following that failure, he proceeded to lay out what our goals as a nation should be:
First and most obviously: avoid a full-scale war with a nuclear-armed adversary and to be fair, very few people in Washington want anything like that. War with Russia is so obviously a bad idea. But that doesn’t mean we won’t have one. Wars often break out accidentally or more often incrementally. Things escalate and the next thing you know, you’ve got Verdun with many thousands dead. Now that shooting has started in Ukraine, it is entirely possible, no matter what they assure you, that Americans could wind up getting hurt in eastern Europe.
We should prevent that, but preventing it will require wisdom and farsightedness and emotional control—all of which are never in abundant supply in Washington—and especially now that everyone is justifiably upset. Again, what Russia has done is awful, but we can still make it worse. Mark Warner, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, just announced that Russia could be potentially close to triggering what’s known as Article Five of the NATO Alliance. That’s a collective defense principle. So if Russia were to launch a cyberattack on Ukraine, Warner explained, an attack that affects nearby NATO members like Poland or Lithuania, then possibly every NATO country, including ours, the United States, would be obligated to declare war on Russia.
So Warner’s certainly right. That hypothetical that he outlined could happen in the cyberattack on Ukraine could well affect the infrastructure of the eastern European countries. That would be bad. It would be a crime. The civilized world would deplore it. But Article Five is not a mechanical mechanism. Human beings have to decide to invoke it and the question is: Is what the senator just described something that is worth risking a nuclear conflict over? And that is something we should pause very deeply to think about in the most sober possible way, and we hope that our leaders are.
He continued by warning about a possible world war.
“So, you see the problem here. The question is not: Who’s at fault? We can say that Vladimir Putin is at fault. But then what? And that’s the larger problem. Once conflict starts, especially when that conflict is televised, it’s really hard to know what happens next. So, anyone who thinks the invasion of Ukraine couldn’t become a world war either lacks imagination or is lying to you. It certainly could become a world war,” he continued.
“Here’s the second goal: keep the energy flowing. Cheap energy, we take it for granted, but it is the basis of all we have. No energy, no civilization. Unfortunately, a huge percentage of Europe’s energy now comes from Russia and Ukraine. The European Union relies on Russia for roughly 40% of its natural gas. In Germany, which is one of the biggest economies in the world, that percentage is over half. Most of its energy, in the form of natural gas comes from Russia and Ukraine,” he added.
Carlson highlighted the fact that Putin could potentially send Europe and/or the US into an economic depression over the supply of energy. That is an astute conclusion considering Russia’s European stranglehold over energy and the fact that they supply the US with oil.
“So where did Vladimir Putin get this power? Well, there are a lot of reasons, but a big reason is the climate people gave him this power. Thanks to pressure from zealots like John Kerry, Europe has been shutting down nuclear power plants for years and that’s a very confusing strategy,” the Fox News host said.
“If you’re worried about climate, nuclear energy is not the problem. Nuclear energy is the solution. It’s reliable. It’s domestically produced. It emits no carbon. So, if you were genuinely worried about temperature rises, global warming, you would embrace nuclear energy. But our leaders, and not just ours, globally across the West, have done the opposite. Why? Maybe their donors and families are invested in so-called renewable technologies? Who knows!” he said.
“Whatever the reason, because of a series of very specific decisions made over time, the West is now dangerously dependent on Vladimir Putin for energy,” Carlson correctly asserted.
“And finally, a topic no one ever brings up. We must protect the U.S. dollar. America’s power derives from its wealth. Rich countries get to do what they want. Poor countries must obey their masters, or they get invaded. We just saw that happen. That is the unchanging rule,” he stated, moving on to the third goal.
“In this country, control of the U.S. dollar is the key to our wealth. Our entire financialized debt-based economy rests on the unique privilege of issuing the world’s reserve currency. If the U.S. dollar is ever replaced, we are in legitimate trouble. Our debt will come due. Our government will go bankrupt and millions of Americans will become poor immediately. So, this is the main thing we ought to be worried about, and it is a greater risk now than ever before,” Carlson argued.
He ended the segment by pointing out that it is entirely possible the Chinese yuan could replace the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency and what a catastrophe that would be. Carlson warned we can’t allow that to happen.
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