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Tucker Carlson and the “isolationism without limits is no vice” crowd

Posted by John Reed on

I highly praised Tucker Carlson here in the last year I think.
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But I noted he has some blind spots. Nowadays, he is essentially an absolute isolationist, a believer in the notion that we must retreat from all nuclear weapons owners who threaten to use them against us.
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By definition, if all nations were absolute isolationists who would only fight when they were invaded, evil dictators could take over the world one county at a time by the salami-slice gradual divide-and-conquer approach.
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He acknowledges that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is totally wrong, but rejects doing anything to stop or reverse it. That is not consistent. It is better-red-than-dead logic.
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In his book Intellectuals and Society, Thomas Sowell relates how the French teachers union was similarly utterly opposed to declaring war on Germany because WW I was so horrible.
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The head of that French teachers union who insisted no-war-ever, better-ruled-by-the-Nazis-than-dead, “no values are worth dying for,” changed his mind during the Nazi occupation of France and belatedly joined the Resistance. The Nazis captured him, tortured him, and murdered him. Perhaps his last thoughts were that an ounce of war prevention IS worth a pound of anti-war activism.
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Putin 2/24/22 is virtually identical to Hitler and Stalin 9/1/39. militarily invading a neighbor on a pretext that they started it and murdering civilians and prisoners—Warsaw ghetto, Katyn Massacre.
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U.K. and France immediately declared war on Germany pursuant to a treaty they had with Poland at the time. The idea that they should not have declared war is absurd. They should have responded militarily to Nazi provocations before the invasion of Poland on the occasion of the retaking the Rhineland in violation of the Versailles Agreement, the Anschluss in Austria, and taking the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia pursuant to the Munich pact “Peace in our time” appeasement of Hitler.
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35 to 65 million people died WW II in Europe; more than double the number who died in WW I, the number of deaths that freaked the French teachers out of ever defending their nation again. It is not likely that NO ONE would have died had the British and French stood up to the Nazis when they started to reveal their Lebensraum intentions, but it is certainly likely that far fewer would have died.
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Tucker is in favor of appeasing or ignoring Putin’s invasion of Ukraine now and his similar to Hitler prior recent invasions of Crimea, Georgia, and Moldova. Churchill, who was totally opposed to the appeasement of Hitler in Czechoslovakia by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, said, “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile—hoping it will eat him last.” That is Tucker.
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He equates Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with tanks and missiles with the open-borders “invasion” of the US southern border by would-be American residents not even carrying luggage.
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He thinks Congress should not be voting on a bipartisan basis to send Ukraine lethal and other aid and that the President should not sign such bills. He says we cannot afford it.
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We could not afford the more than $30T we have borrowed—the national debt. Part of your national debt is still debt leftover from WW II. I have never heard anyone say we should not have fought WW II because of the cost.
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I would tend to agree with those who think we wasted lots of money in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. But none of those declared war on us. Germany, Italy, and Japan DID declare war on us. But I also think we should not have approved Social Security and Medicare, each of which has long been said, accurately, to be headed for bankruptcy.
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If we are going to outlaw deficit spending, which I think we should by Constitutional Amendment, great. But even then I think both parties in Congress would wisely support supporting Ukraine resistance to Russia’s invasion as we supported Britain on the eve of WW II.
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We do not have a choice in Ukraine. It takes two to have a peace, but it only takes one to have a war. Putin wants a war. Therefore, we have a war.
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And Putin has repeatedly made it clear that this is not a war against Ukraine. It is a war between Russia and “the West,” meaning the US, Canada, Europe, and our Asian and Oceania allies.
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So says Putin and it only takes one to have a war. We learned in WW II that abstaining from defending the civilized world from the various nut jobs who decide they should be king of the world is not an option.

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