The swiftness with which Fox News is contradicting itself on Afghanistan withdrawal matters is giving some observers whiplash. This is an occupational hazard when it comes to tracking Fox’s views because they routinely change course whenever they stumble upon a new line of attack that they think might be more noxious.
Fox News began their predictably anti-Biden diatribes by accusing him of bringing the troops home too quickly and abandoning our allies in the region. That narrative ignored the fact that it was Donald Trump who virtually surrendered to the Taliban in an agreement promising to remove all American troops by last May. That deal also lifted all sanctions on the Taliban and released 5,000 of their imprisoned fighters.
However, after complaining that President Biden betrayed our Afghan friends, who we had a responsibility to evacuate to safety in the U.S., Fox News is now portraying them as enemies who must not be allowed to set foot on American soil for fear of them engaging in terrorist acts against their hosts. And of course, if Biden does offer them refuge here, he is putting all American citizens at risk. No, really!
On his Monday night White Nationalist Hour on Fox, Tucker Carlson delivered the latest in his overtly racist tirades meant to scare the bejeebus out of his easily and eagerly spooked audience. He spun a horror story that commenced with this bona fide nonsense (video below):
“Yesterday the Biden administration told us that American citizens would not be given priority in the evacuation from Kabul. So our government’s official position is that American lives are not more valuable than the lives of foreigners.”
First of all, the Biden administration never said that “American citizens would not be given priority in the evacuation from Kabul.” To the contrary, they said that Americans would be given the “highest priority,” along with our partners. It’s also notable that Carlson places “values” on human lives based on their nationality. While it’s appropriate for a government to consider its obligations to its citizens, it’s another thing entirely to regard certain lives as “more valuable” than others. That’s the rhetoric of “master race” supremacists. But Carlson wasn’t through. He went on to say that…
“If history is any guide, and it’s always a guide, we will see many refugees from Afghanistan resettle in our country, probably in your neighborhood, and over the next decade, that number may swell to the millions. So first we invade, and then we are invaded.”
And there you have it. The Afghans who helped Americans through difficult times in a foreign land, have now been reduced to “invaders.” That word goes much farther than merely to suggest they would be unwelcome guests. Carlson believes – or wants his audience to believe – that they are threats. And they aren’t just random threats on a vast continent. Nope. They are “probably” moving in next door to you by the millions.
Carlson is turning this into one of those “Be Afraid” moments you see in the movies. And the “monsters” are the very same people who Biden was previously castigated for because he didn’t insure their passage to America quickly enough. Now, having corrected that problem, Biden’s critics are attacking him for moving too quickly to import terrorists. If your head is spinning, don’t worry. That’s a natural reaction to the political spin of Carlson and Fox News as they struggle to keep their audience of deplorables frightened and angry.
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Tucker Carlson, already going there: "If history is any guide, and it’s always a guide, we will see many refugees from Afghanistan resettle in our country, and over the next decade, that number may swell to the millions. So first we invade, and then we are invaded." pic.twitter.com/4ES5fz4reb
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) August 17, 2021
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