Fox News’ Tucker Carlson slammed ‘chest-beaters’ for ‘choosing’ conflict with Iran over US problems, but he didn’t call out Trump

Fox News host Tucker Carlson led an anti-war segment that questioned why the US would antagonize Iran but not other countries.

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson led an anti-war segment that questioned why the US would antagonize Iran but not other countries.
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  • In a fiery anti-war segment, Fox News host Tucker Carlson questioned the motives behind attacking an Iranian leader when Republicans could choose “fixing problems” in the US.
  • “No one in Washington is in the mood for big picture questions right now,” Carlson said. “Like ‘Is Iran really the greatest threat we face?’ and ‘Who’s actually benefiting from this?'”
  • He criticized Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s reasoning for the US airstrike in Iraq that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, saying American troops would never be in the Middle East in the first place if it weren’t for “non-geniuses like Max Boot and John Bolton.”
  • Carlson also slammed Republican Senator Ben Sasse as a “chest-beater” for calling Soleimani’s assassination “simple,” but had nothing to say about Trump’s role in the attack.
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson tossed barbs in the direction of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, writer Max Boot, former National Security Adviser John Bolton, and Senator Ben Sasse during an anti-Iran war segment.

However, he didn’t have anything to say about President Donald Trump for leading the US airstrike in Iraq that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Carlson first criticized Pompeo’s reasoning in a CNN interview that “threats that were located in the region” justified the attack, responding “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.”

Bolton congratulated those involved in the airstrike and called it “decisive,” while Carlson has previously described military history author Boot as a “warmongerer.”

The host also said “no one in Washington is in the mood for big picture questions right now,” and suggested that the 19-year combat in Afghanistan should be a sign not to pursue more military action in the Middle East.

“‘Is Iran really the greatest threat we face?'” he asked, proposing his own questions for Washington leaders. “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 is no obvious exit?'”

Carlson also targeted Republican Senator Ben Sasse, who described the assassination of Soleimani as “very simple” in a statement and said “General Soleimani is dead because he was an evil bastard who murdered Americans.”

The host called him a “chest-beater” making “war-like noises” and added that Mexico and China are both linked to the deaths of Americans but no politicians are calling for the bombing of Oaxaca or the assassinations of generals in the People’s Liberation Army.

“Soleimani was certainly a bad guy. But does that make killing him quote ‘Very simple?’ It does not,” Carlson said. “Nothing about life and certainly nothing about killing is ever ‘very simple’ and any politician that tells you otherwise is dumb or is lying.”