Jewish conservative commentator Ben Shapiro has unloaded on Tucker Carlson over the former Fox News’ host’s isolationist view of Israel.
In the latest episode of Carlson’s X show published Monday, he and retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor discussed the ongoing crisis in Israel.
Besides accusing Israel of committing “war crimes,” the two also suggested that America’s intervention in the crisis could precipitate a regional conflict involving Iran.
Ep. 33 Looks like we’re actually going to war with Iran. Are we ready for this? pic.twitter.com/Ap09hWnvnj
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) October 23, 2023
Responding to Carlson and Macgregor on Wednesday’s edition of his daily radio show/podcast, Shapiro accused them of being “disingenuous” and siding with the left.
“There are some people on the right who I think are being fully disingenuous and who are looking for an excuse to jump right on the same moral equivalency bandwagon as the left. I think there are certainly people like that. We’ve talked about them on the show before. I’m sure we’ll talk about them on the show again,” he said.
He continued by pushing back on the idea that American intervention is what would incite a regional, Armageddon-like response involving Iran. Indeed, to hear Shapiro it, the inverse — a lack of American intervention — is what’d cause hell to unfold.
“One of the moves that’s being made in order to stifle Israel’s response to this is to claim that if Israel does respond, as it has to respond, to root out Hamas entirely, that this will end in World War III. So yesterday, Tucker had on his program a general named Douglas Macgregor. Macgregor has in the past suggested that Jewish money is behind American support for Israel and all the rest,” he said.
“But MacGregor has military expertise and he is essentially now warning that Armageddon is coming and his proposed solution would be that Israel does nothing. Which, by the way, absolutely promotes the idea of Armageddon, because if Israel does nothing after 1,500 of its citizens are slaughtered and Hamas remains in place, the chances of a broad-scale multi-front attack on Israel that will require American intervention go up radically,” he added.
“[Tucker] and I want the same thing: no war with Iran, no American involvement in this region of the world that amounts to American boots on the ground. We all want the same thing here. But the idea is that if you think America should flex its muscles to push Hezbollah off the… pic.twitter.com/7tmwWkWRug
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 24, 2023
Shapiro then pushed back on the idea that the U.S. should be trying to deter Iran from getting involved by backing off and letting Israel handle everything itself. Instead, he argued, America should be attempting to achieve peace through strength — an idea that he noted has long been central to conservatism.
“When MacGregor says things like ‘we are right on the verge of war,’ the whole point is deterrence. Deterrence is a thing. You know what emboldens Iran? Weakness. This has been true for literally ever. But there’s been this equation that’s now happened on the right where if you stand up to a terror power, the idea is that it somehow puts America in a position that is weaker, which again, is a not right-wing position. That is not a conservative position. It’s never been a conservative position so far as I’m aware. Peace through strength has been a conservative position for as long as I’ve been alive,” he said.
“This idea that you are heightening the chances of a world war if America actually flexes its muscles sometimes, it’s a bizarre one when what we know is precisely the opposite. The reason this attack was launched by Israel in the first place is because the Biden administration was conciliatory toward Iran. That’s one of the reasons. The pullout from Afghanistan is another reason. So McGregor says this thing won’t stay contained, which would be mostly true if America weren’t there to keep a lid on it. The whole point of America having aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean is to say keep a lid on it. Don’t open up a second front with Hezbollah, because that is going to tear the lid off,” he added.
And lastly, Shapiro outright dissected Carlson’s thesis that a desire for America to intervene in Israel’s crisis means the same thing as a desire for war with Iran.
“First of all, everyone has an interest in keeping this contained. Everyone. So but again, there’s this ugly thing that’s been happening. Tucker does it a lot, in which he suggests that if you disagree with him on the tactic to keep the thing contained … that if you think America should flex its muscles in order to push Hezbollah off the ball, for example, then this means that you actually want the war with Iran, which of course is really scurrilous. It is not true,” he said.
The episode of Shapiro’s show prompted some pushback on X, where critics argued that Israel’s crisis isn’t America’s problem. Some critics also accused him of being a warmonger.
You’re a Uniparty permawar sellout. No different than Lindsey Graham or Mitt Romney. It’s pathetic. You’re pathetic.
— Sebudai (@Sebudai_Khan) October 25, 2023
Not America’s problem. Israel had 75 year to resolve this since 1948. They chose a policy of “Palestinians should go to Jordan, let’s just wait this out until they leave.”
— National Conservative (@NatCon2022) October 25, 2023
Peace through strength requires strength. we are headless at the moment and we cant even get along with each other. forcing people to even risk a war is a turn off at this moment. No moral high ground here. People dont know what to believe. we look to you , our academics.
— Crazy (@CEAZY277) October 24, 2023
I rarely disagree with you, Ben, but I do on this. MacGregor is right that Russia will not stand by if we attack Iran. Countries throughout history have not been able to see where their decisions will lead. WW1 is a great example of this. His arguments have validity.
— EaglemomTN (@EaglemomTN) October 25, 2023
DONATE TO AMERICAN WIRE
If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to American Wire News to help us fight them.
- Race and gender identity will factor in when students misbehave in Portland public schools - December 6, 2023
- Billionaire demands Harvard, UPenn, MIT presidents step down over genocide of Jews controversy - December 6, 2023
- ‘Intimately involved’: Turns out Joe Biden was emailing with Hunter’s business partner on alias account - December 6, 2023
We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon below and to the right of that comment. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.