U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) tore into Fox News host Tucker Carlson, asserting that he had no room to criticize President Joe Biden over his catastrophic pullout from Afghanistan because he did exactly what Carlson had called for.
(Audio Credit: Dan Crenshaw)
The comment came as Crenshaw was discussing the escalating tensions surrounding Taiwan on his podcast “Hold These Truths” with Dan Blumenthal, a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. The episode also covered isolationism and Biden’s craven retreat from terrorist-held Afghanistan one year ago.
Crenshaw drew comparisons between Taiwan and the rushed withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“The isolationists well — would indignantly suggest that, ‘Oh, so you wanna start a war just to prevent a future war that you’re not even sure is gonna happen.’ And my answer to them is always, ‘Well, the, the costs are coming either way. History tells us that over and over and over again.’ The costs get greater with further inaction,” he pointed out, concluding that our enemies are coming for us whether we are proactive or not in the military theater.
“Every single time you can choose not to believe that. You can choose not to study your history and believe that simple fact, you can choose to believe that if the Chinese just get this one more island that they’ll be nice after that. If Putin just gets Ukraine, then he’ll be nice after that. He has no interest in any of these other, you know, Russian ethnicities located in say, Latvia, if he has no interest whatsoever, he’ll just be nice,” Crenshaw pointed out.
It's bigger than that – a slippery slope of isolationism, disengagement. Fight against Axis demands aggrssive forward presence in what some consider unsavory locations. https://t.co/i7HK3xhvGh
— Raiko Aasa (@AasaRaiko) August 15, 2022
The Texas representative doesn’t buy into the isolationism argument and asserted that we didn’t want to revert to a World War II mindset once again.
“We never wanted to go back to the situation where we had to expend a massive amount of resources and taking island after island, after island again, and letting it happen. And there’s an interest in preventing it at the beginning when the costs are lower. I also… I just always refute this argument that we’re starting a war. Again, the isolationists were wrong about Russia. They were wrong about Afghanistan. They said that if we just left, then there would be peace. Well, that’s not what happened. We lost 13 Marines,” he recounted.
Crenshaw referred to Carlson as an “isolationist” and then castigated him for it.
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“Nothing made me angrier than watching Tucker Carlson have the nerve to even criticize Joe Biden because Joe Biden did exactly what Tucker Carlson wanted him to do, exactly to the ‘T.’ Pull out everybody right now, you know, no ifs, ands, or buts, no middle ground whatsoever. Not even Trump was, I think, thinking of doing that, you know, we would’ve at least left people in Bagram,” he contended.
“They’ve been wrong on every front and it’s getting dangerous. You start to lose people in this kind of situation and you… you can’t have this naive outlook of the world,” Crenshaw concluded.
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