There’s no polite way of saying this so I won’t try. Tucker Carlson’s newfound notoriety has exposed his stupidity. His latest bout with stupidity came Friday night when he accused John Bolton of being a “bureaucratic tapeworm” who is pushing President Trump into war with Iran.

In his opening monologue, Carlson played “a clip of Trump explaining his rationale, that killing upwards of 150 people would not have been a ‘proportionate’ response to the fact that Iran took down an unmanned drone, Carlson lamented that this ‘most basic of all questions’ is ‘too rarely asked by our leaders contemplating war.'”

Carlson’s instinct is to believe that any use of the US military will automatically lead to full-scale war. That type of thinking isn’t just stupid. It’s dangerous. First, there never was a plan to introduce ground troops into this fiasco. Next, there still is a need to send a message to Iran, NoKo, Russia and China that the Trump administration isn’t dovish like the Obama administration.

If Carlson thinks that killing 150 IRGC troops is too hawkish, then he’s as dovish as a Democrat. Should the US do nothing while Iran blows up oil tankers and shoots down US drones? We took that approach starting in 1979. When 9/11 happened, someone told Mayor Giuliani that al-Qa’ida had declared war on the US. Mayor Giuliani’s reply was that Iran had been at war with us since 1979 but that we weren’t at war with them.

President Clinton’s ‘strategy’ of appeasement, history shows, is what led Osama bin Laden to conclude that the US was a paper tiger:

After leaving Afghanistan they headed for Somalia and prepared for a long battle, thinking that the Americans were like the Russians. They were surprised when the Americans entered with 300,000 troops, and collected other troops from around the world-5,000 from Pakistan, 5,000 from India, 5,000 from Bangladesh, 5,000 from Egypt, Senegal, and others like Saudi Arabia. The youth were surprised at the low morale of the American soldiers and realized more than before that the America soldiers are paper tigers. After a few blows, the Americans ran away in defeat.

I’m not implying that Carlson is a coward. I’m stating that he’s an idiot. If he thinks that we should avoid war at all costs, which is what he’s said for the better part of a year, then we can’t let people like Tucker influence foreign policy.

Though the strike would have been “disproportionate,” the “entire point,” Tucker opined, was to lead to a “wider conflict” because “policy makers in Washington crave a war with Iran.”

There’s no proof that supports Tucker’s opinion but, in his mind, it’s Gospel fact. Just like when I ridicule other liberals about their wild accusations, I’d ask Carlson what his proof is for his wild accusations.

If I won’t let John Brennan, Adam Schiff or Jerry Nadler escape without providing proof for their wild accusations, why should I let Carlson off the hook without proof for his wild accusations?

Does Carlson understand the difference between full-scale war and a one-time military strike? He should. I’m just not certain he knows. It’s frightening to hear Carlson accuse the US of escalating the situation in Iran. The only other idiot who’d think that would be Dennis Kucinich. The US asked Japanese PM Abe to travel to Iran to offer the Iranians the opportunity to talk peace with President Trump.

Iran’s response was to blow up a Japanese oil freighter while the Japanese PM was in Iran. So much for the theory that the US escalated this tense situation to the brink of war. So much for Carlson’s credibility. Carlson is a low-talent provocateur. He isn’t the intellectual he pretends to be.

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