It is not often that a Fox News host, particularly a prime-time host, comes out against President Donald Trump in a vehement way.
But that is precisely what Tucker Carlson did on his Friday night edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
Carlson has long been a supporter of President Trump, but when it comes to war with Iran, Carlson is backing the Democrats.
Carlson said that the killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani was a tipping point in the Middle East and called it an “act of war”.
He said that there was a good chance that by the time his show aired again on Monday that the United States would be in a serious conflict with Iran.
And he said that would make the “neocons” happy but at the expense of the United States. The host then played a clip of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying that the attack happened due to “threats that were located in the region.”
“‘Threats in the region,’” Carlson quipped. “If you don’t live in Washington, here’s the translation. That would be 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.
“But never mind. No one in Washington is in the mood for big-picture questions right now, questions, the obvious ones, like: Is Iran really the greatest threat we face? And: who’s actually benefiting from this?
“And: why are we continuing to ignore the decline of our own country in favor of jumping into another quagmire, from which there’s no obvious exit?
“By the way, if we’re still in Afghanistan 19 sad years later, what makes us think there’s a quick way out of Iran?” he said.
Carlson is ignoring the fact that both the president and Pompeo said that they had intelligence that suggested an attack by Soleimani was imminent.
“Before we enter into a single new war, there’s a criterion that ought to be met. Our leaders should explain to us how that conflict will make the United States richer and more secure,” he said.
“There are an awful lot of bad people in this world. We can’t kill them all. It’s not our job. Instead, our government exists to defend and promote the interests of American citizens. Period.
“That’s why we have a government. So, how has the killing of Soleimani done that? Maybe. No one in Washington has explained how.,” he said.
They have Tucker, but perhaps you were not paying attention. The Iranians had targets on American troops and American interests.
Would Carlson have preferred that we simply allow those attacks to be carried out and have our troops killed?
It is simple to criticize the president when you are not the one sitting in The White House tasked with making these monumental decisions.
If not confronted Iran will only grow stronger and, rather than being a regional threat, will become a global threat. That is something President Trump, and Americans, do not want.