Tucker Carlson has always been one of the most inane of political pundits, his shallowness and stupidity standing out even in the face of intense competition. But recently he outdid himself, saying on TV that “Iran deserves to be annihilated. I think they’re lunatics. I think they’re evil”, the only concern to him being the effect that such an action might have on the price of oil.
Glenn Greenwald directly asked Carlson some reasonable questions, such as:
Do you have any specific ideas for how Iran should be annihilated? Do you favor a ground invasion, or a nuclear attack, or carpet bombing or something else? I realize you included the caveat that we should assess what effect it would have on energy prices, but assuming that’s not an impediment, how should the annihiliation be achieved?… When formulating your thoughts about annihilation, did you give any thought to how many Iranians would be killed from that? Do you have any idea of how many would die? Is there some number that’s unacceptable to you?
The resulting email exchange makes for some dark humor as Carlson tries to weasel out of it.
Casually calling for the seeming annihilation of 75 million people would normally be immediately denounced and such people treated as pariahs to be shunned by any decent person. But in the US, whenever it is in hysterical warmongering mode which is pretty much all the time these days, it seems like you can say anything about the demon/Hitler du jour and anyone remotely connected with them without repercussions.