Tucker Carlson Rips Iran Hawks: Why Do Those Who Denounced ‘Deep State’ Suddenly Believe Intel Agencies?


Fox News’ Tucker Carlson tonight asked why people who have been trashing the “deep state” and calling out U.S. intel agencies over the Russia investigations now suddenly uncritically believe said agencies with respect to Iran.

Carlson has been critical of the escalation that’s led to the “brink of war” with Iran and was calling out John Bolton when he was still part of the Trump administration.

He continued tonight trashing U.S. officials’ “built-in bias for war,” calling out Lindsey Graham and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in particular for their threats of retaliation.

“It’s hard to remember now, but as recently as last week, most people didn’t consider Iran an imminent threat. Iranian saboteurs were not committing acts of terror in our cities. Oh, but our leaders tell us, they were about to any second. That’s why we struck first,” Carlson remarked.

He went on to call out those who have trashed the “deep state” over Russia, but are now uncritically accepting the intel assessment on Iran:

“Just the other day, you remember, our intel agencies were considered politically tainted and suspect. Certainly on this show they are, were, and will be for quite some time. Keep in mind, these are the people who invented excuses to spy on the Trump campaign, purely because they didn’t like Donald Trump’s foreign policy views, and they were the ones who pretended he was a Russian agent in order to keep him from governing. Remember that? Russiagate? Our friends in the intel community did that. And by the way, these are the same people who lied about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction way back in 2002, and by doing that got us into an utterly pointless war that dramatically weakened our country. The people pushing conflict with Iran are the same people who did that. It seems like about 20 minutes ago, we were denouncing these very people as the deep state and pledging never to trust them again without verification. But now, for some reason, we do see to trust them, implicitly and completely. In fact, we believe whatever they tell us, no matter how outlandish.”

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