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During his antiwar diatribe, Tucker Carlson highlighted his one-track mind with regard to the Middle East. At one point, Carlson asked “Why are we continuing to ignore the decline of our own country in favor of jumping into another quagmire from which there is no obvious exit?” Then he asked “If we’re still in Afghanistan 19 sad years later, what makes us think there’s a quick way out of Iran?”

Of course, we aren’t in Iran. That doesn’t matter to Carlson. The great military strategist figured that out earlier in his monologue, saying “It is no exaggeration to say that by the next time this show airs, we could be engaged in a conflict, a real conflict with Iran.”

Wow. Saying that it isn’t an exaggeration that the US might be at war with Iran by Monday morning is foolish. It’s nothing except an exaggeration. How does Carlson get away saying stupid things like this? Talk to Fox management about that. I haven’t figured that one out. At times, he can be a thoughtful commentator. Far too often, though, he’s sounded like a CODEPINK antiwar lunatic. This is one of those times.

Let’s deconstruct Carlson’s arguments. It won’t take long since they’re such flimsy arguments. We aren’t ignoring the decline of our own country. Democrats are. They haven’t provided a serious solution to our nation’s problems since retaking the majority in the House. President Trump and Senate Republicans have put forth lots of proposals that would fix things like the opioid epidemic and illegal immigration.

When Carlson gets into his rants, he ignores the Trump administration’s already lengthy list of accomplishments, too. When he rants, he’s talking about what happened during the Obama and Bush administrations. Apparently, he hasn’t noticed that things have changed since President Trump got to Washington.

Next, insinuating that we’re on the verge of war is either dishonesty or stupidity. I don’t think Carlson is stupid so that leaves us with the likelihood that he’s utterly dishonest. Later, Carlson ripped into Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, who put out a statement saying that “This is very simple: Gen. Soleimani is dead because he was an evil bastard who killed Americans.” Carlson then admitted that Sen. Sasse’s “statement is essentially true.” Rather than fleshing that out, Carlson pivoted to strawman arguments that Mexican drug cartels and the Chinese have killed lots of Americans with drugs, then flippantly saying “not that anybody in power cares” about those deaths.

Then Carlson mentioned that Sen. Sasse is a former consultant, whatever that means. Carlson is a former CNN personality. Does that mean he’s ill-suited for Fox? I think he’s far better suited to be one of CNN’s clowns than to be one of FNC’s hosts.

I wasn’t a big fan of Bill O’Reilly. Still, I’d welcome him back to FNC over this one-trick (antiwar) pony any day of the week. It’s time for FNC to cut its losses and put in someone who actually thinks things through before ranting.

Finally, Carlson said that there are lots of bad guys out there, then asking if we should kill all of them while we’re at it. That’s oversimplification on steroids. Gen. Soleimani wasn’t just a bad guy. He’s the mastermind behind destabilizing an entire region of the world while spreading terrorism and launching Iran’s nuclear weapons program. He supplied Shi’ite militias in Iraq with IEDs and other weapons that were used to kill Americans.

Whatever you think of the Iraq War, it’s disgusting to think, as Carlson apparently does, that these soldiers were expendable because they followed a president’s orders. Personally, it’s one thing to question the wisdom of going to war. It’s quite another to say that it’s ok to kill US soldiers in the line of duty.

Last night, Democrat Chris Murphy issued a statement that accused the Trump administration of bringing the US to the brink of a region-wide war. Earlier this week, Murphy accused President Trump of implementing policies that made the US “impotent.” Apparently, Murphy can’t decide whether President Trump is making the US impotent or whether he’s bringing the US to the brink of war.

Lost in all of this is the fact that Gen. Soleimani was in Baghdad and that US intelligence found out that he was plotting harm against US diplomats and soldiers. What would Sen. Murphy want us to do? Send a plane filled with cash to buy off the Iranian terrorists like the Obama administration tried? How did strategic patience work out?

It’s safe to say that Ben Sasse isn’t President Trump’s biggest fan. That being said, it’s safe to say that he didn’t take any BS from Sen. Murphy, either:


When American lives are at risk, we have the right to defend ourselves. Protecting troops doesn’t require a declaration of war or even an authorized use of military force or AUMF. A declaration of war is needed if the C-in-C wants to expand it to a war.

Thus far, it looks like President Trump isn’t interested in expanding this into a full-fledged war. Major Gen. James A. “Spider” Marks [Ret.], now a military analyst with CNN, criticized Murphy, too:

“What I would say to Senator Murphy is, why don’t you just be quiet,” Marks said, questioning the notion that the strike has made the world “more dangerous.” “Look, when has Iran ever demonstrated self-restraint? I mean, that’s the question I have. So, is the world more dangerous today? Maybe it’s more dangerous, but when has it not been dangerous? When have we not been a target of a regime like exists in Tehran? I mean, it happens as a matter of routine,” said Marks.

Murphy isn’t supporting our troops and diplomats when he’s playing the part of partisan hack. That’s what Murphy did last night. Murphy, like far too many Democrats, care more about scoring partisan points than he cares about being a patriot.

It sounds like Pelosi and Schumer weren’t notified of the attack beforehand. That’s perfectly appropriate since neither has proven trustworthy with national security secrets. Pelosi and Schumer are partisans first. I don’t know that I could call them patriots.

There’s no doubt that Ben Sasse is a patriot. I don’t always agree with him but he wants what’s best for America.

Donald Trump has used one of the central tenets of reality TV to jump into the lead in the race to be the GOP presidential nominee. That’s fine. All’s fair with tactics as long as they aren’t illegal. The old saying that “politics ain’t beanbag” is still true. What’s funny is that Trump’s supporters are whining that Trump’s GOP opponents have picked up on Trump’s reality TV tactics and are starting to use Mr. Trump’s tactics against him.

Based on Jonah Goldberg’s article, Trump’s supporters, especially those in talk radio, have a glass jaw. If you don’t believe that, just read my article about Sen. Ben Sasse confronting Sean Hannity at CPAC yesterday. According to this Blaze article, “Sasse confronted Sean Hannity Thursday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, chastising the Fox News host for suggesting his refusal to vote for Donald Trump was equivalent to a vote for Hillary Clinton.”

Trump himself started the whining during an interview with Bill O’Reilly:

Jonah Goldberg highlighted the Trumpians’ glass jaw with this observation:

“How dare you try to tell voters how to vote!” cried countless pro-Trump cable-news commentators, pundits, and radio hosts. It’s a fascinating complaint coming from people who make a living by offering their opinions on how voters should vote. It’s also nonsense. If opposing Trump is now the definition of the establishment, then roughly 66 percent of GOP primary voters are members of the establishment. The “silent majority” isn’t a majority and most certainly isn’t silent. Alas, “The Loud Plurality for Trump!” doesn’t look as good on homemade signs at rallies.

That’s proof that whiners will whine, especially when they don’t win.

I’d suggest that conservatives in the #NeverTrump movement should prepare for a lengthy period of whining from the Trumpians.

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