January 10, 2020
It is hard for most of us to believe that there are people out there who do not go on the internet. But yes, there exists a huge swath of the population that gets its news and opinions from the TV.
Colloquially, we internet people refer to such people as “Boomers.”
Unfortunately, we elected an orange Boomer who doesn’t appear to know how to use any part of the internet except Twitter. Luckily for us though, there is still one voice on cable television who speaks the tru-tru loud and clear that Trump listens to.
Fox News personalities by and large supported President Donald Trump’s confrontation with Iran over the past week. But between the lines, even the most ardent Trump supporters on Fox’s opinion side like Sean Hannity stopped short of encouraging all-out war, though some less prominent on-air figures spoke in favor of more extreme measures. And one of Fox’s biggest opinion hosts has consistently criticized the confrontation with Iran.
Yeah, that would be Tucker Carlson – who may have single-handedly gotten the president to reconsider.
Boomers believe everything that the TV tells them to believe. This is actually both a major problem and a saving grace. It makes Jewish propaganda pernicious and powerful, but it also allows a courageous TV anchor to get Boomers to sit up and listen to straight-talk.
In the hours and days following the US strike that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, Fox hosts rallied in predictable fashion: praising the president as decisive, saying the move had made Americans safer, excoriating Democrats for failing to applaud him. As Iran launched retaliatory strikes on US targets in Iraq Tuesday night, with no direct communication from the president, observers fell even more into the habit of reading the tea leaves of Trump’s favorite channel to see if the administration was marching the country toward war.
Sean Hannity, in particular, gave the impression of having inside information Tuesday when he said on his show, “Their hostility will now be met with the full force of the greatest, most advanced, most sophisticated military this world has ever seen.” Hannity said that those who work in Iran’s oil refineries should be nervous.
Hannity has always been a bit of a gumba sycophant, but even he stopped short of cheering on a new war in the Middle East. Credit where credit is due to him for that.
But Hannity also said he didn’t want “boots on the ground,” nor did the president. He cast the potential for further escalation as something that would be the fault of the “swamp,” not the president himself. “The president has been clear he’s not putting boots on the ground. Might need a few more intelligence people. Might need to protect very specific areas. And I know the Washington swamp creatures, they like to send our kids to war. Then they put them on the battlefield, then they politicize the war and say never mind. We can’t allow that to ever happen again.”
Hannity paraded a slew of officials to back up that view. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who said he had just spoken to Trump, called Iran’s retaliation an “act of war” before stressing that the president “doesn’t want regime change, he wants the behavior of the regime to change” and that his goal would be getting Iran “back into a deterrent mode.” Sen. Ted Cruz said, ”We are not going to get into an extended land war in the Middle East, we’re not gonna do it.”
Sen. Marco Rubio and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said much of the same, each reinforcing the other.
The morning after the strike on Soleimani, Geraldo Rivera challenged the hosts of Fox and Friends for cheering the move, arguing that a war would put US troops in harm’s way. Rivera also pledged to “counsel restraint” on Hannity’s show on Tuesday, before tweeting that his appearance had been canceled. Monday night, Tucker Carlson launched what would become a series of monologues criticizing the administration — though, notably, not Trump personally — for getting involved in yet another Middle Eastern nation. He broke from other Fox personalities in criticizing the entire venture, including the killing of Soleimani, which most others supported.
Tucker knows that Trump is an ego-driven Boomer who can’t handle any criticism. Wisely, he decided not to criticize the president, but his advisors instead. This is a top-tier high-IQ strat that always pays dividends.
The people putting Iranian flags in their Twitter profiles are too pathologically stupid to understand how to convince people and how to talk sense to power.
Thank God we have Tucker Carlson showing us the way.
Fox is divided into news and opinion shows, though the division isn’t always clear-cut (news host Bret Baier, for example, said on Wednesday that critics of Trump’s moves might have “Trump Derangement Syndrome”). He later responded to criticism of that comment on Twitter, saying “Covering things fairly means you point out the good-the bad & the ugly.” The network doesn’t impose a uniform editorial line on its shows, with each show operating with a degree of independence.
In this tense week, some minor voices in the Fox world — those trying desperately to win or win back Trump’s attention — have been pushing for war. Sebastian Gorka, a former White House official and conservative commentator, said on Fox Business that “we should welcome” Iran’s retaliation for the killing of Suleimani because “Now there can be no question that Iran is a threat to American national security. You don’t have to be an expert in terrorism or irregular warfare to know that Iran is an imminent danger to our country, to our citizens, to our servicemen and women.”
“This president will unleash holy hell on that regime,” Gorka said.
Sebastian Gorka is literally some sort of evil villain scammer with a bladder problem.
He was unceremoniously booted from the White House and has been trying to suck up to Trump ever since.
Dan Bongino, a contributor to the network, said on Tuesday, “The mullahs only understand one language, and that’s the language of death, sadly. And if death is what we have to give them to stop this, and sadly, that’s what we have to do.”
But those with real influence, most notably Carlson, have not. Carlson has become an increasingly influential voice for anti-interventionism on the right and is very popular among the Trump base. And according to a source with knowledge of the conversations, Trump told people that he had watched Carlson’s show and it had affected his view on the Iran situation.
On Wednesday, Trump announced that Iran had backed down and indicated that the US wouldn’t pursue further military action, though it will continue to impose new sanctions.
To be quite honest, I suspected that this is what happened. Trump sat back and was probably surprised to see the tepid and lukewarm reaction that voices like Tucker voiced on TV and decided to reconsider.
We got out of this dicey situation by the skin of our noses. Who even knows what a war with Iran would have looked like?
Just think about all the psychos that would have come back from the war, high on pills and eager to join the local badge nigger brigade.
The war would spill over into our country in more ways than one.