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Tucker Carlson Makes Some Good, and not-so-Good Points on Iran

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Just to be clear, one of the main reasons why I supported Donald Trump for the presidency in 2016 was his promise to scale down the U.S. military presence in the Middle East and end our military intervention in the no fewer than 8 regional conflicts in which his predecessors in office had the U.S. involved.

The President has by and large kept that promise, slowly but surely scaling down our country’s involvement in hellholes like Syria and Afghanistan. At the same time, he has largely avoided the siren song from his neocon and Obama holdover advisers to involve the U.S. military directly in additional conflicts in the region.

As a result, I’m generally in agreement with Fox prime time host Tucker Carlson’s position on international affairs. Carlson is a down-the-line non-interventionist, and that’s generally a good thing. He also spends a lot of time hilariously mocking neocon, never-Trump nitwits like Max Boot and Bill Kristol, which is another definite badge of honor on his chest.

But last night, Carlson went a bit over the line, comparing the U.S. killing of Iranian terrorist leader Qassem Soleimani to a situation in which Iran were to kill America’s chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, calling it an “act of war.” Well, it was an act of war, given that Soleimani was a leader of warriors who was killed as he was actively planning more attacks on American lives. That’s why he was killed – because he has been at war with the United States and our people throughout his entire adult life.

But the analogy Carlson draws here is not apt, because it legitimizes Soleimani and his actions. Soleimani was a terrorist, not a legitimate military leader – if we cannot draw that distinction, then we should just give up the idea of civilization in general. That having been said, Carlson did make some fine points about the neverending war lobby that is constituted and led by nitwits like Boot and Kristol and John Bolton:

“‘Threats in the region,’” he said, mimicking Mike Pompeo’s statement of the reason why Soleimani was taken out. “If you don’t live in Washington, here’s the translation. 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. But never mind. No one in Washington is in the mood for big-picture questions right now, questions, the obvious ones, like: Is Iran really the greatest threat we face? 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’s no obvious exit? By the way, if we’re still in Afghanistan 19 sad years later, what makes us think there’s a quick way out of Iran?”

He continued, “Before we enter into a single new war, there’s a criterion that ought to be met. Our leaders should explain to us how that conflict will make the United States richer and more secure,” Carlson contended. “There are an awful lot of bad people in this world. We can’t kill them all. It’s not our job. Instead, our government exists to defend and promote the interests of American citizens. Period. That’s why we have a government. So, how has the killing of Soleimani done that? Maybe. No one in Washington has explained how.”

Those are all excellent points that thinking Americans – and President Trump – should keep in mind. The people in Washington DC agitating for outright war with Iran today are the very same people who got us into all these interminable quagmires in that region in the first place. They should be shunned and ignored.

But Carlson does miss the crucial point that made the retaliation against Soleimani and Iran an imperative in this case: Soleimani had just organized and led an effort to storm the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Hundreds of American lives were jeopardized in the process. That is why Soleimani was in Baghdad in the first place.

As Carlson rightly says, we can’t kill all the bad people in the world. However, we can and must kill terrorist leaders like Soleimani when the opportunity presents itself, in order to prevent their taking more American lives in the future.

As I pointed out on Thursday, our diplomatic embassies are U.S. soil, and must be defended as we would defend our homeland. The failure by the Obama White House and Pentagon to do that in Benghazi got four Americans killed by a mob similar to what we saw in Baghdad this week.

Carlson is correct to warn against being drawn into a larger, general war with Iran. That is a war we could “win” in about a week, but would then end up spending trillions of U.S. dollars and untold numbers of U.S. lives in the years to come trying to rebuild that country and keep the illusional “peace,” as we have done over the last 18 years in Afghanistan and 17 years in Iraq.

But he is wrong to condemn the killing of Soleimani: That act was not only absolutely justified, but entirely necessary. God Bless President Trump for having the wisdom to authorize it.

That is all.

 

Today’s news moves at a faster pace than ever. Whatfinger.com is my go-to source for keeping up with all the latest events in real time.

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Bombshell: Tucker Carlson Details DC Swamp Syria False Flag

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Tired of all this #WINNING yet? Are you kidding? – For the third time in the last six days of trading, all three major stock indexes – the Dow, the NASDAQ and the S&P 500 – closed at record highs on Monday. You may or may not care for President Donald Trump, but your 401(k) loves him and his economy.

Tucker Carlson was trending on Twitter when I got up and began my daily news search this morning, so I decided to check out why. What I found was a bombshell report that the Deep State toadies in our fake news media will studiously ignore. It’s a story about how the warmonger lobby in Washington DC almost led our country into a completely unjustified escalation in Syria in April of last year, and how President Donald Trump barely avoided being railroaded into it. Here is a clip of that segment, followed by a transcript:

For all of you who, like me, still like to read stuff, here’s a transcript of Tucker’s remarks:

In spite of repeated efforts to get them out, American troops remain deployed in parts of Syria. If Washington has its way, they will be there until you are old, or even longer. Forever.

But it could be worse. 19 months ago, Washington was demanding that the U.S. government topple the Assad government completely, must do it now. The justification for this was a supposed chemical weapons attack in the town of Duma. Now, no one in Washington had seen the attack. No American had seen it, nobody in congress could tell you what proof existed that the attack had actually taken place, or that Assad’s government was behind it, rather than some other faction – and there were many – involved in the country’s civil war.

But it didn’t matter that there was literally no evidence: Everybody in Washington began agitating for regime change war immediately. Immediately, and especially on the left. Bill Kristol and Max Boot and everyone at MSNBC and CNN – they were completely for it. This show was not for it. We didn’t deny the attack happened, we just told people to be skeptical.

[Plays clip from April 9, 2018]

Universal, bi-partisan agreement on anything is usually the first sign that something deeply unwise is about to happen, if only because there is nobody left to ask skeptical questions. And we should be skeptical of this, starting with the poison gas attack. All the geniuses tell us that Assad killed those children, but do they really know that?

Of course they don’t really know that – they’re making it up. They have no real idea what happened. And now the same people who brought you the dying American middle class, undefended American borders and endless, pointless wars you in countries you could not find on a map are telling the President he’s got to depose Assad for reasons that are both unclear and demonstrably dishonest.

[End clip]

You’ve gotta depose Assad immediately. Wait a second, how did it work when we deposed the last four Arab leaders? And wait a second: Didn’t the Assad government, as evil as it may be, protect all the Christians?

Shut up, they said. You’ve gotta do it now!

Well, fortunately President Trump limited his response to another wave of missile strikes rather than sending U.S. troops in to topple yet another government in the region. But now, it looks like even that response may have not been justified.

Last Spring, the official report of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is the group that monitors chemical weapons, said the Duma attack was caused by two chlorine gas canisters that were dropped from an airplane. That would suggest the Assad government was responsible for the attack. Ok.

But then last May, a leaked internal document showed that one of the OPCW’s top analysts disagreed with that conclusion. He thought the canisters were placed by hand, by someone on the ground. Which would make this a completely different event.

This week, WikiLeaks is publishing an email from a member of the OPCW’s fact finding team. That email accuses the organization of altering investigators’ original findings to make evidence of an attack look more conclusive than it actually was.

[Here is a link to the WikiLeaks OPCW Document in question.]

Sound familiar? Yeah, we’ve seen this movie before, with tragic consequences.

Yet another OPCW whistleblower has argued that on-the-ground evidence points against an attack happening at all.

So, in other words, America almost attacked another country, which would have killed untold thousands of people, over an “attack” that may never have happened in the first place. That powerful people may very well be lying about.

Under a different president – and whatever you think of Trump, this is true – under a different president, say, Hillary Clinton, being advised by the Obama foreign policy team – Samantha Power, and a lot of people like Samantha Power with long track records of unwise and indeed stupid decision making – under that administration we probably would have invaded.

[Segment turns to interview with Jonathan Steele, a chief foreign policy correspondent with The Guardian. It repeats the points Tucker just made.]

[End of transcript.]

This is a big deal. This is real news – news of a clear false flag effort by elements in the DC Swamp warmonger lobby to trick a United States president into launching yet another full-scale regime change war in yet another Middle Eastern nation.

Because it is real news, news that reveals even more of Washington’s corrupt establishment, it will be ignored by the mainstream media, since they pretty much all serve as the megaphones for the DC Swamp.

Be glad Donald Trump was your President last April and remains in office today. Because if he wasn’t, we’d have had another steady stream of young American men and women returning home from another God-forsaken Middle Eastern country in body bags for no reason whatsoever over the last 19 months, and no end in sight.

This, in fact, is why Donald Trump was elected in the first place. God bless him and keep him safe.

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That is all.

 

Today’s news moves at a faster pace than ever. Whatfinger.com is my go-to source for keeping up with all the latest events in real time.

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Beto O’Rourke Finally Ends His Disgraceful Campaign

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

With any luck at all, this will be the last time the Campaign Update ever pens a word about the Texas charlatan, Irish Bob O’Rourke, or, as we love to call him around our house, el Pendejo Grande. His friends  call him “Beto,” but as the new USA Today/Suffolk poll released on Friday clearly shows, Irish Bob’s “friends” have all gone away now.

O’Rourke came in at ZERO in that poll, after the last handful of fawning fake journalists at Vanity Fair and the Houston Chronicle finally turned their amorous eyes towards Preacher Pete Buttigieg, and it seems that may have been the final straw. At about 4:30 Central Time Friday afternoon, the gesticulating furry from El Paso finally did what anyone paying any real attention has known was the inevitable conclusion to his absurdly incompetent campaign, and called it quits. Hilariously, this is what he said in the tweet that ended it all:

The best part of that is the whole “acting decisively” nonsense. As the Campaign Update pointed out waaaaayyyyy back in February, Irish Bob essentially killed any chance he had of becoming the 2020 Democrat nominee by indecisively farting around for three solid months before finally announcing his candidacy. A truly decisive person would have acted within a week after his fairly close loss to Ted Cruz in the 2018 senate race.

The day after that election loss, Irish Bob O’Rourke was the “precious Beto” to every fake journalist in the Texas and national news media. Sure, he was a looooooooser, but he was their loser, and he was handsome and cute and furry and fluffy and cursed a lot and kind of sort of looked more like a Kennedy than the current crop of actual Kennedys do. Plus, he could ride a skateboard and livestream his dental appointments and play a guitar and used to do a lot of drugs and had a police record and lied as easily and convincingly as Bill Clinton.

What more could a fake reporter and demented Democrat voter ask for in a candidate?

From early November 2018 through early January, every feature writer at every fake newspaper and magazine in the country longed to grab their date with their precious Beto so they could write their fawning, 4,000 word features using words like “Kennedyesque,” “rural,” “dusty,” and “border town.” New Yorkers and even Austinites at the Texas Tribune rarely get such opportunities, after all. I mean, you can’t  use any of those words to describe Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders, for crying out loud.

But precious Beto just couldn’t make up his damn mind. He fooled around for three solid months, at one point basically disappearing from view for a couple of weeks while he supposedly drove around aimlessly trying to “find” himself.  Meanwhile, all of those prospective journalist and leftwing activist dates to the presidential primary prom got irritated with their indecisive beau and started looking around for other cute, date-able prospects like Preacher Pete and Corey Booker and that oh-so-handsome Bill DeBlasio.

By the time Irish Bob finally got around to formally announcing his campaign, his campaign was essentially over. His entire political reason for being had been built around constant, fawning free media coverage from all of those fake media outlets, and they’d all moved on to find more reliable dates who could be relied on to actually show up on time and competently dance the political cha-cha with them.

In the end, O’Rourke became so desperate to recapture the fake media magic that had led him to become a close loooooser in 2018 that he ended up running one of the most despicably craven, utterly failed campaigns in American history. When a tragic mass shooting took place in his home town of El Paso in August, O’Rourke chose to use it not as a chance to show leadership within his community, but as a prop for some of the most disgusting racial rhetoric in U.S. history.

He used that tragedy as a prop to accuse the President of the United States and anyone who supports him of being “white supremacists,” he used it as a prop to run around the country talking about implementing a Nazi-like gun confiscation program complete with jack-booted thugs pounding on your door in the middle of the night, he used it as a prop to whine on and on and on about his own “white privilege,” and much, much more.

In the end, the desperate O’Rourke decided to base his entire campaign on racism. He found racism everywhere: In our criminal justice system, in our education system, in our healthcare system and probably in the way cereal and toys are marketed to children. He repeated over and over and over again that “this country was founded on white supremacy.” He resorted to these craven tactics and many, many more, all as a means of desperately grasping to recapture that fawning free media coverage he had received in such preposterous plenty throughout 2018.

As Tucker Carlson summed up in a terrific obituary for the O’Rourke campaign Friday evening:

Has there ever been a more sanctimonious candidate for anything in this country? He pretended to hate himself, but that’s always just a cover for hating you.

He fought to stay in the race with a very simple tactic: On every issue that came up, he took the most leftwing position you could take.

Beto O’Rourke was in fact the unshackled Id of the Democratic Party. He was what Democratic primary voters would choose if nobody else was voting.

In the end, Beto’s campaign was exactly what you’d expect it to be: It was a constellation of shallow, fragile, dumb people talking to themselves.

Here’s the full clip for your viewing pleasure:

Irish Bob assured everyone that he has no plans to challenge Texas Senator John Cornyn for his seat next year. That probably came as crushing news to Texas Democrat party leaders, since they just love to field sure looooooosers in these senate races. The filing deadline is coming up in December for that race, so we will know for sure soon enough whether we will still have the lanky looooooser to kick around here at the Campaign Update.

In the end, the vain candidate who vainly told Vanity Fair he was just “born to be in it” was never actually in it at all. All his doomed-from-the-start candidacy ended up producing was the standard Democrat by-products of envy, hate and division, meaning that the once-beloved precious Beto was never anything special.

Adios, el Pendejo Grande!

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That is all.

 

Today’s news moves at a faster pace than ever. Whatfinger.com is my go-to source for keeping up with all the latest events in real time.

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Tucker Carlson and Rand Paul Lambast Lindsey Graham – But What About Richard Burr?

Today’s Campaign Update, PART II
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Why should the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee get a pass? – No one is more frustrated with the empty promises of Lindsey Graham than I am. The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who must stand for re-election to his South Carolina Senate seat in 2020, has spent this entire year rushing before the nearest TV camera to make empty promise after empty promise about his plans to force people to testify before his committee.

He’s done this so many times, he has become the Senate’s version of the boy who cried wolf. It’s to the point now where it is near-impossible to take the guy seriously anymore. On his nightly Fox News program last night, Tucker Carlson aired an entire segment on the issue, which included an interview with Senator Rand Paul:

So, yes, Sen. Graham is failing in his duty as chairman. I wrote early this year that, due to his rumored lifestyle, Graham may be one of the most easily-compromised members of the Senate, and it certainly appears as if he has been compromised, and is afraid to exercise the powers of his chairmanship. This is sad and detestable, but it really should come as no surprise to anyone.

Graham richly deserves every bit of criticism he gets from Carlson, Sen. Paul and anyone else who weighs in on this subject – no argument there. His committee has jurisdiction over everything that took place within the Department of Justice and the FBI during 2016 through 2018, and it is now crystal clear Graham has no intention of making any effort whatsoever to hold anyone accountable.

His committee also has the power to subpoena each and every witness being interrogated in the basement of the Capitol Building by Adam Schiff in the fake impeachment charade, but it is obvious now that Graham, despite his threats, has no intention of doing that, either. He deserves to be primaried by a real conservative Republican next year, and to be defeated.

But there is another very powerful Chairman of a very powerful Senate committee – the Intelligence Committee – who also has jurisdiction over every action the coup cabal took during the past three years, and who also has done literally nothing to try to hold anyone accountable.

That Chairman is RINO Richard Burr of North Carolina, and he seems to just get a pass from Carlson and Paul and everyone else for his studious inaction. If anything, given what we now know today about the Comey/Brennan operation Crossfire Hurricane, which involved multiple efforts to entrap members of the Trump campaign by foreign CIA operatives on foreign soil, Burr’s committee should have and even more compelling reason to hold hearings and subpoena witnesses to try to ferret out the truth and hold officials accountable.

But…crickets. Not just from Burr and his committee, but from Tucker Carlson, Rand Paul and everyone else.

Has Sen. Burr been compromised by the deep state, too? Or does he just not give a damn? Either way, the public deserves to know what in the hell is going on here?

That is all.

 

Today’s news moves at a faster pace than ever, and the Drudge Report has become just another left-wing news outlet. Whatfinger.com is my go-to source for keeping up with all the latest events in real time.

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