Fox News host Tucker Carlson warned the “permanent foreign policy establishment” is so desperate to start a war with Iran that they are willing to “lie about it” as reports claim President Trump ordered a military strike on Iran before abruptly calling it off.
“They want a war, badly,” Carlson said Thursday. “Badly enough to lie about it. That’s why they’re putting troops into situations where conflict is inevitable, in order to start a war.”
“Everyone in Washington knows exactly what’s happening. They’ve seen it many times before.”
Carlson went on to interview Colonel Douglas Macgregor, who equated the buildup of tensions with Iran to the questionable circumstances that lead to direct American involvement in Vietnam.
“The President has had his first Vietnam moment. He was walked up the edge, he looked into the abyss and said ‘no thank you.’ He followed his instincts and walked back, thank goodness,” Macgregor said.
“I think the president’s figured this out, he’s got good instincts, but he needs to get rid of the warmongers,” he added. “He needs to throw these genius that want limited strikes out of the Oval Office.”
Despite the incessant drumbeat for war from many in his own administration, reports suggest President Trump abruptly called off a military strike on Iranian coastal radar sites and missile batteries after initially approving it.
The military operation was “underway in its early stages when it was called off,” according to a report by The New York Times.
“Planes were in the air and ships were in position, but no missiles had been fired when word came to stand down.”
Trump’s national security advisers were split on whether to launch a military strike on Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor John Bolton and CIA Director Gina Haspel were all in favor of a military response, while top Pentagon officials warned even a limited strike would lead to a dramatic escalation of tensions and draw the US into a larger war.