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Now that Russia has invaded Ukraine: Our top 3 goals

The main thing that matters in any crisis is deciding what’s most important, creating a hierarchy of concern.

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Tucker looks at what we should be prioritizing now that Russia has invaded Ukraine. Highlights include:

“What’s happening in Ukraine, whatever its scale … is a tragedy because war always is a tragedy and the closer you get to it, the more horrifying it seems. It’s the ugliest thing that men do, ever.”

“Vladimir Putin started this war, so whatever the context of the decision that he made, he did it, he fired the first shots. He is to blame for what we’re seeing tonight in Ukraine. The question is, once we’ve established that, and it’s obvious: How should the United States respond to what he has done?”

“The main thing that matters in any crisis is deciding what’s most important, creating a hierarchy of concern. So, until last night, the main purpose of our foreign policy was to prevent Russian from invading Ukraine. Obviously, that failed. At some point we should figure out why.”

“But what’s our top goal now? Well, there’s several of them.”

First and most obviously: Avoid a full-scale war with a nuclear armed adversary. And to be fair, very few people in Washington want anything like that. But that doesn’t mean we won’t have one. Wars often break out accidentally, or more often incrementally.”

“Mark Warner, the head of the Senate intelligence committee, just announced that Russia could be potentially close to triggering what’s known as Article 5 of the NATO alliance — that’s a collective defense principle. So, if Russia were to launch a cyberattack on Ukraine, Warner explained, an attack that affects nearby NATO members like Poland or Lithuania, then possibly every NATO country including ours, the United States, would be obligated to declare war on Russia.”

“But, Article 5 is not a mechanical mechanism. Human beings have to decide to invoke it, and the question is, is what the senator just described something that is worth risking a nuclear conflict over? And that is something we should pause very deeply to think about in the most sober possible way, and we hope that our leaders are.”

“But not all of them seem sober right now. Some of them seem reckless, and as usual, ignorant.”

Here’s the second goal: Keep the energy flowing. Cheap energy, we take it for granted, but it is the basis for all we have. No energy, no civilization.”

“Unfortunately, a huge percentage of Europe’s energy now comes from Russia and Ukraine. The European Union relies on Russia for roughly 40% of its natural gas.”

“The fact is that Vladimir Putin has the power to send Europe, and for that matter the United States, into an economic depression. Putin has the power to turn off the lights. So, where did Vladimir Putin get this power? Well, there are a lot of reasons, but a big reason is the climate people gave him this power.”

Finally a topic no one ever brings up: We must protect the US dollar. America’s power derives from its wealth. Rich countries get to do what they want. Poor countries must obey their masters, or they get invaded. We just saw that happen, that is the unchanging rule.”

“In this country, control of the US dollar is the key to our wealth. Our entire financialized debt-based economy rests on the unique privilege of issuing the world’s reserve currency. If the US dollar is ever replaced, we are in legitimate trouble. Our debt will come due, our government will go bankrupt, and millions of Americans will become poor immediately. So, this is the main thing we ought to be worried about, and it is a greater risk now than ever before.”

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Tucker Carlson

Asking obvious questions is forbidden

It’s possible that asking questions is a patriotic duty of Americans.

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Tucker questions the Biden administration’s claims to have not been involved in the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipeline after they both said they were going to do it and celebrated it. Highlights include:

“There are few things more infuriating than being lied to by your own government, the government you pay for, the one your ancestors risked their lives to protect. Has that happened to you? Of course it has, it enrages you.”

“But if it happens again and again, if it happens often enough, if your government makes a habit of lying to you, then over time it becomes something else. Over time, you realize you’re not really living in a democracy. You can’t be, because in a democracy, the government has a moral and legal obligation to tell you the truth always. Period.”

“And that makes sense, because in a democracy, you are not a subject or a mere consumer. You’re a citizen. You are a shareholder in the system, you are an owner of it. The people who run your government are your employees.”

“If the White House says so, obviously we have no choice but to believe it, but you still have to wonder, not everyone does believe that. Why? Where might some Americans have gotten the notion that the Biden administration might have been involved directly though a proxy in the destruction of the Nord Stream pipeline? Why would they think that?”

“They certainly didn’t watch it on Russia today; RT has been pulled off the air. They didn’t hear it from Putin or any of his ministers, you can barely find anything from the Russian government on google. And, of course, any book sympathetic to Putin has been banned on Amazon. In fact, every piece of information that reflects the modern Russian point of view has been censored in the United States, because this is a free country, fighting for democracy. You just can’t read what you want or think what you want.”

“So, actually, if you think about it, if Americans are deluded about what happened in the Nord Stream pipeline, the delusion didn’t come from Moscow, because there’s no way for Moscow to get its disinformation to the United States.”

Biden: “We will bring an end to [the Nord Stream 2].”

“That’s about as clear as it gets. Biden doesn’t say we will shut it down, he will say [sic] there will be no Nord Stream pipeline, we will put an end to it. And the reporter says, wait a second, it’s not your pipeline, how will you be able to do that? So he has a chance to re-frame the question, to revise his answer, to be more precise, but he doesn’t. He says flat out, ‘I promise you, we’ll be able to take out Nord Stream.’ Joe Biden, president of the United States, so there’s that clue.”

“As if that wasn’t enough, last week, last Friday the Secretary of State in the Biden administration, Mr. Tony Blinken, bragged about how great the sabotage of Nord Stream was. ‘It’s a tremendous opportunity … to once and for all remove the dependence on Russian energy and thus take away from Vladimir Putin the weaponization of energy as a means of advancing his imperial designs.'”

“Ohh, but no, says the White House, despite the fact that we promised we would do it and then we crowed about how great it was after it happened, we had nothing at all to do with it.”

“Who did it? Well, Russia did it! They blew up their own pipeline, making their own country poorer and weaker in the middle of a major war, because that’s how crazy but also diabolically effective the Russians are.”

“As a factual matter, neither of those guys, nor any member of Congress no matter what committee they sit on has any idea who did this, but if you suggest the obvious — Russia probably didn’t do it because why would they do it? It’s against their own interests, no matter what dumb story you’re trying to sell us — if you suggest that, if you apply common sense, you’re evil.”

“Probably…a lot of Americans who don’t feel any allegiance whatsoever to Russia, don’t like Putin…but care a lot about their own country and the behavior of their own government. So, if their own government, again, the one they paid for, the one they supposedly control, is doing things contrary to their interests and then lying about it, maybe they think they have a right to know and ask obvious questions.”

“It’s possible that asking questions is a patriotic duty of Americans.”

“You’re not allowed to quote the president of the United States promising to eliminate the Nord Stream pipeline, you’re not allowed to quote his Secretary of State celebrating that sabotage. You’re required to believe that Putin took out his own infrastructure, you must.”

“The only explanation allowed, of course, is the one the government wants you to believe. Vladimir is so evil, he’s destroying his own pipelines.”

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Glenn Greenwald sounds the alarm on a ‘very real threat’ of a nuclear exchange

it’s time to update your assumptions about the technology here. These are not the bombs that flattened Nagasaki. They are incalculably more powerful.

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Tucker interviews Glenn Greenwald about the possibility of nuclear war, the current political situation in Brazil, and recent air raid sirens in Tokyo. Highlights include:

“Buses in New Jersey now have signs warning about radiation poisoning.”

“‘September is National Preparedness Month. Do you know what to do in a radiation emergency?'”

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“No, you don’t. Doesn’t matter. This is all make believe, it’s all play acting. If you live in a big metro area, there’s not anything you’re going to ‘do’ in a nuclear exchange, ‘cuz you’re going to be dead, along with most other Americans. The overwhelming majority of Americans will be dead and those who survive will starve to death because all agriculture will be destroyed, along with billions of people around the planet. So it’s time to update your assumptions about the technology here. These are not the bombs that flattened Nagasaki. They are incalculably more powerful.”

“The way they convince Americans to support US involvement in a war is they personalize a particular leader, get us to hate that leader.”

“Hundreds of billions of dollars later and lives lost, polls always show that Americans come to realize that they regard those wars as a mistake, and the reason is they realize that no benefits came to the United States and American citizens by virtue of US involvement in those wars. So, let’s apply that framework here.”

“If a nation has nuclear weapons and you believe, even theoretically, they might use them, you have to treat that nation differently. You may not want to, it may be unfair, but that’s why nations seek nuclear weapons, because you can’t boss them around. If you ignore the possibility that your entire population could be killed, you are not fit for leadership because you’re insane. And if feels like our leaders are right there, they’re insane.”

“A lot of times the reason escalation happens isn’t even because the countries wanted to, but because when hostilities are intensified enough, miscommunication and misperception happen. That’s why when you get involved in a war like the one in Ukraine, things are incredibly dangerous.”

“The world is a dangerous place. These weapons can kill hundreds of millions of people at once and we are playing with fire by not even being willing to debate this out of fear that we’re gonna’ be called names.”

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