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Tucker Carlson: “Iran Deserves to be Annihilated”

The war-mongering calls for the invasion and destruction of Iran are multiplying at a horrific pace.

We saw this in the lead up to the decimation of Iraq, now we have Conservative pundits such as Tucker Carlson blatantly calling for “annihilation” as well as oddly claiming that the USA is the only country that has “moral authority” to engage in “pre-emptive war.”

Eli Clifton has some excellent analysis of all this (H/T: BA):

Tucker Carlson: ‘Iran Deserves To Be Annihilated

by Eli Clifton (ThinkProgress)

As the “drumbeat to war” with Iran, as Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) warns of, grows louder, a number of journalists have begun to compare the hawkish rhetoric from pundits with the calls for military action against Iraq in 2002. Scott Shane, writing on the frontpage of today’s New York Times, observed, “Echoes of the period leading up to the Iraq war in 2003 are unmistakable, igniting a familiar debate over whether journalists are overstating Iran’s progress toward a bomb.” Indeed, the ombudsman of The Washington Post and the public editor of The New York Times criticized their own journalists for overstating the evidence of Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program.

Over the past week, journalists have raised the alarm about the increasing carelessness of the mainstream media in hyping the calls for war with Iran. But Fox News commentator and The Daily Caller editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson openly called for war against Iran and argued for the full-scale annihilation of the Islamic Republic during an appearance on Fox News’s late-night show Red Eye. Carlson responded to a question about U.S. military action:

CARLSON: I think we are the only country with the moral authority […] sufficient to do that. [The U.S. is] the only country that doesn’t seek hegemony in the world. I do think, I’m sure I’m the lone voice in saying this, that Iran deserves to be annihilated. I think they’re lunatics. I think they’re evil.

Carlson, having called for the annihilation of Iran — a country with a population of over 74 million people — went on to acknowledge that “we should assess what will happen to the price of energy were we to do that.” Watch the clip:

arlson doesn’t bother to make a case for why the U.S. should destroy Iran. But presumably he’s referring to the crisis over Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program. However, neither the IAEA norU.S. intelligence reports conclude that Iran has restarted its nuclear weapons program. The IAEA and U.S. intelligence have expressed concerns about possible military aspects to Iran’s nuclear program and suspicions about Iran’s program intensified after Tehran refused IAEA inspectors access to facilities thought to be used for tests on how to produce nuclear weapons. Tehran also refused to agree to a process by which it would address IAEA concerns about “possible military dimensions” to its nuclear program.

But, much as in the case of the lead up to the invasion of Iraq, many journalists and politicians areignoring the facts on the ground and pushing forward with calls for increasingly aggressive actions. Carlson, however, may stand alone in publicly calling for Iran’s outright annihilation.

Update: Tucker emails Glenn Greenwald:

It’s my fault that I got tongue tied and didn’t explain myself well last night. I’m actually on the opposite side on the Iran question from many people I otherwise agree with. I think attacking could be a disaster for the US and am worried that Obama will do it, for fear of seeming weak before an election. Of course the Iranian government is awful and deserves to be crushed. But I’m not persuaded we or Israel could do it in a way that doesn’t cause even greater problems. That’s the main lesson of Iraq it seems to me.

That’s my sincere view, but I’d rather take some lumps and be misunderstood than seem like I’m reversing myself due to pressure from Twitter.

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  • Steve

    Never heard of him until now

  • Truth Hurts

    Is this the Awlaki of AmeriKKKa?

    Replace the “I” >

    “Israel Deserves to be Annihilated”

    Does this not sound genocidal?

    Free speech should not be absolute, but relative according to many Anglo-Saxon as opposed to continental European philosophers. Which group sounds more rational?

  • Abdul-Rahman

    This racist imperialist idiot Carlson (the same windbag fool he has always been from the “Crossfire” days till now) simply claims that the jingoist US doesn’t seek hegemony (putting aside all the reality of US actions from before the US was even a country that is starting the process of killing the Indigenous people and stealing their land and natural resources to US policy throughout the decades from the Monroe Doctrine, to the US CIA plots of the “Cold War” to today’s War OF Terror oh I meant the “war on terror” lol!) anyway Carlson claims the US doesn’t seek “hegemony” while he calls for more then hegemony he openly calls for extermination.

    As for false claims in the Western Zionist owned “mainstream” corporate controlled media about Iran and President Ahmadinejad

    Quote- He then proceeds to list three such regimes that have collapsed, crumbled or vanished, all within the last 30 years:

    (1) The Shah of Iran – the U.S. installed monarch

    (2) The Soviet Union

    (3) Iran’s former arch-enemy, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein

    In the first and third examples, Ahmadinejad prefaces their mention with Khomeini’s own words foretelling that individual regime’s demise. He concludes by referring to Khomeini’s unfulfilled wish: “The Imam said this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time. This statement is very wise.” This is the passage that has been isolated, twisted and distorted so famously. By measure of comparison, Ahmadinejad would seem to be calling for regime change, not war.

    end quote.

    Quote- “There are many historical events, similar historical events. Why is this one in particular so important to you?… During World War II, 60 million people were killed. Why are we just focusing on this special group alone?” Ahmadinejad asked in an interview with CBS.

    “All of them were human beings. And it doesn’t matter whether they were Christians or Jews or Buddhists or Muslims. They were killed. So, we’re sorry for everyone,” said Ahmadinejad.

    “Why is the Holocaust used as a pretext to usurp the land of other people? Why should the Palestinian people give their lives up for it? Who is the occupier here? The United Nations resolutions condemn which occupying regime?” he asked.

    “What fair-minded person can accept that an event that happened in Europe [results] in having his or her land occupied elsewhere in the world?

    “Unfortunately Western politicians refuse to answer these questions and egress into other areas… We see the Holocaust as a pretext to commit genocide against the Palestinian people.”

    Israel established itself in 1948 after forcing out millions of native Palestinians out of their land, because of their Arab race and Islamic religion, although they too were Semites.

    According to the United Nations regulations, Palestinian refugees have an undeniable ‘Right to Return’ to their homeland, like all other indigenous people of a country who have been displaced by force.

    end quote.

  • suebeeyo

    Mr. Carlson deserves to be repeatedly cock-punched until he’s able to sing the coloratura “Queen of the Night” aria. Ass.

  • QulifiedAgnostic

    The increasing threats of military action against Iran are of course in violation of the UN Charter, and in specific violation of Security Council resolution 1887 of September 2009 which reaffirmed the call to all states to resolve disputes related to nuclear issues peacefully, in accordance with the Charter, which bans the use or threat of force.

  • Reynardine

    Tucker Carlson looks strangely like a senile frat boy. Does this explain anything?…

  • khushboo

    Go Tucker, go fight them yourself your little wuss! All those talking about fighting Iran should send their own damn kids and see how they like it?!

  • QulifiedAgnostic

    Iran has every right to produce nuclear weapons.

    People, I think you will find the following link to be enlightening:

  • QulifiedAgnostic

    Sanctions against Iran must stop.

  • QulifiedAgnostic

    The Sanctions against must stop. Attacking Iran is intolerable. Congress must stop, and President Obama must stop kowtowing to the Israeli lobby.

  • QulifiedAgnostic

    Violence is as American as Cherry pie.

  • HGG

    Tucker Carlson is, and always has been, a festering boil of pus. “Clarification” or not.

  • NurAlia

    It seems that the price of energy is going up fast in the western world. Greece, that gets 33 percent of it’s energy product from Iran is in total freefall in it’s economy…and no matter how much money the EU pours into Greece, it seems that all they are doing is ‘stalling’ and in the back rooms are creating a plan for a ‘structured bankruptcy’.

    Westerners want to belive that the Iran sanctions are ‘working’…but they arent. Yes, they are making things hard on the regular Iranian citizen, but…remember the goal of the sanctions is supposed to be to get the Iranians to stop thier nuclear programme.

    Westerners also dont understand that VERY FEW cultures in the world ‘turn on each other’ in order to preserve thier way of life. This is a sign of maturity in a culture that western societies have not been around long enough, or been through external strife enough to practice.

    So…it looks like the only people suffering to the point where they cant bear it is…westerners.

    If I were Iran, I would cut the oil product to Greece…and see how the EU would react. Would they turn on thier own, or take the hit together.

    Anticipation and arrogance are the weapons of the oppressed.

  • mjasghar

    If Iran had a nuke they would have tested it already – to make sure no one invaded them. After all they are already under sanctions.
    Israel wont attack Iran in a ground war – they have Iraq in the way and would get invaded by at least some Arab countries
    If anything all this bull will make Iran want a nuk even more
    Israel first or USA first? Or Israeli campaign contributions or the lives of American soldiers?

  • CSD

    So his overall line of reasoning appears to be that with our moral authority in the World we have the right to kill whoever, whenever and however we see fit. I am thinking the majority of the World’s population may see some flaws in that logic.

  • Dehnus

    The USA can’t handle a third front without dropping even further in depth. There is a limit people. At most they let Israël do the fighting for them with some help.

  • Reynardine

    The advocation of genocide in a case like this should be quelled under a rationale similar to *Beauharnais v. Illinois*. The harm proposed is greater, the targeted population is greater, and the imminent danger of incitement is greater by far.

  • mindy1

    I do not agree with the Iranian gov’t, but the last thing we need is another war. Methinks they should be reading the War Prayer by Mark Twain.

  • Al

    Tucker Carlson always seemed a little off to me. This statement just cements that notion.

  • Believing Atheist

    Thanks Garibaldi for giving me a hat tip. I really appreciate it.

  • JD

    When Member of Congress and government and there kids go off to country far far away and fight die in war just as everyone else kids we will see how many of them want to Invade a country

    FYI If you really want to see who is running the show

    McCain Sides With Israeli Prime Minister Against U.S. Army Chief
    On Sunday, General Martin Dempsey, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told interviewer Fareed Zakaria that he does not think the U.S. should rush to war. He was speaking after a visit to Israel and long consultations with its leaders.

    Dempsey said that it was not “prudent at this point to decide to attack Iran… A strike at this time would be destabilizing and wouldn’t achieve their [Israel’s] long-term objectives.” He also said that he did not believe that the Iranian regime was insane but was rather a “rational actor” not prone to national suicide

    General Dempsey’s remarks outraged Prime Minister Netanyahu, whose office put out a statement saying that Dempsey, and other U.S. officials who questioned the rationale for war, were “serving Iran’s interests.”

    Had another foreign leader implied that the head of the joint chiefs was some kind of Iranian agent, he would have been smacked down. But that is not how it works with Netanyahu.

    It turns out that Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) were in Israel at the time Netanyahu attacked Dempsey. Rather than defend the American general as these uber-nationalists would do in any other similar situation, they joined the Israeli government in bashing the general — and war hero. (The old adage about government officials not criticizing U.S. policies when in a foreign country has not applied to Israel for years).

    Check out this Jerusalem Post story on McCain’s reaction which the Post correctly characterized as “siding with Jerusalem in the debate” over how to deal with Iran. As for Graham, he said, “I admire General Dempsey.” But, he added, “People are giving Israel a lot of advice here lately from America. I just want to tell our Israeli friends that my advice to you is never lose control of your destiny. Never allow a situation to develop that would destroy the Jewish state.”

    In other words, American advice to think long and hard about the consequences of war with Iran is tantamount to allowing “a situation to develop that would destroy the Jewish state.”

    The most appalling aspect of the senators’ remarks is that their zeal to please Netanyahu and his backers in America has overridden their constitutional responsibility to put the security of the United States above all other considerations. An Israeli decision to attack Iran affects Americans, including their constituents in uniform and, perhaps, just walking down the streets of New York, Washington, or anywhere else here at home.


    John McCain and and the rest of the Pro Israel Lobby in congress should renounce their U.S. citizenship and move to Israel

  • JD

    That fine Tucker Carlson

    Here is your Helmet
    Here is your M15
    Here is your body armor and supply

    Get to it …

    People who want war should be the one fighting it

  • Rajesh

    I agree, Sulayman. This American criminal belongs in prison. I would go as far as saying that these merchants of war and hatred are worthy of death. Their lies and distortions have contributed to much loss of innocent life, and they should be brought to account.

  • Kaylin (warning: sarcasm)

    Outright annihilation of an entire people? Sound familiar *koff koff ADOLF koff koff*
    10 years later of senseless bombing… “Erm, the invisible weapons have disappeared. Oops.” *put on shelf with ‘Nam, Iraq, etc*

  • How come when a right-winger in a Muslim country says something, it gets wide coverage in the US media and everyone is led to assume he speaks for all of them, but idiot right-wing pundits in America can’t see that they’re doing the same to the US abroad?

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