BizPac Review -- Tuesday’s edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight featured a heated exchange between Fox News analyst Ralph Peters and host Tucker Carlson during which Carlson found himself on the wrong end of a classic ‘false equivocation’ fallacy, courtesy of his guest.
Because no, wanting to work with Putin and Russia on mutual goals is NOT the same as supporting Adolf Hitler and the Nazis during the 30’s – but believe it or not, that’s where Peters went.
As any follower of the show knows, Carlson’s position on Russia is more pragmatic than today’s liberal bandwagon ‘cold-warriors’ allow. Since the country is arguably the second or third most powerful global presence and since they have vital interests in the Middle East, particularly Syria, and a strong mutual interest in eliminating ISIS, the world’s greatest threat, why not work with them?
After all, the United States once worked with the world’s most prolific mass-murderer – Joseph Stalin.
But Lt. Col. Ralph Peters didn’t talk about Stalin. Instead, he jumped right to the classic liberal slander – Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.
“He [Putin] is malevolent and he is as close to pure evil as I can find,” said Peters. “He’s also brilliant. I don’t understand what any American would want an alliance with Russia. We should be strengthening our alliance with democracies instead of trashing NATO — we should be building it up much more strongly.”
“He’s a shady guy,” Carlson responded. “Hard to see why he’s a threat to us. How many wars can we fight at once? Why not just accept that people who are bad people share our interests and side with them?”
“You sound like Charles Lindbergh in 1938 saying Hitler hasn’t attacked us,” said Peters, which really set Carlson off.
“I beg your pardon. Slow down for a minute. I am not in any way, you cannot compare me to someone who would make apologies for Hitler? And I don’t think Putin is comparable to Hitler.”
When Peters insisted he was, Carlson called it a “grotesque overstatement” and “insane.”
“You just compared me to a Nazi apologist because I asked a simple question. Slow down! Slow down! Which is, why not contravene American interest with a group trying to kill ISIS?”
Peters then tried to argue why Putin was just as bad as Hitler, ostensibly because people have died in the Syrian civil war in which Russia has chosen sides.
Peters did “take back” the Lindbergh comparison, but still insisted that Carlson sounded like an “apologist from 1938.”
False equivocate much?
Watch the exchange below:
Blog Author's Comments: I have seen Lt. Col. Ralph Peters a few times on Fox and honestly don't know why they put up with the guy. He has been irritating since he was first hired by Fox as a guest analyst. I am sure they could find another 'level headed' military person to take his place and do a more credible job, while not always wanting to argue with the host. He has always seemed to me as though he has a chip on his shoulder and no one should question anything he says. I was somewhat surprised when I saw this interview, Peters was seriously unhinged. There are people like him who actually want to press war with Russia.
I believe with President Trump, diplomacy with the Russians can go a long way and you have to give it a chance to work. Neither the U.S. nor Russia wants a war. When President Trump proves that diplomacy does not work, then you go to stronger measures. The problem is the last Administration was so weak, Putin had to be laughing at us and the 'war hawks' are seeing Putin and United States relations like it was with Obama. They need to calm down let Trump work his negotiation skills and just maybe he can get Putin to vacate his thoughts on the Ukraine and also deal with other issues. More distrust will only lead to some conflict. And I see this as important - that there has been no proof - that Russia had any impact on the 2016 presidential election.
I could never do Carlson's show, because I don't have his calm, persistent clarity of statement that he had with Peters and has with so many of his guests. Tucker Carlson has a good show. I always thought Peters was at least a patriot. Exposure is good for the country. Over the years Peters has acted like he knows a lot more than he really does. His insolence and arrogance has completely turned me off especially when there are a number of more knowledgeable ex-military consultants. Where we can use Russian cooperation is with Syria, ISIS and in Ukraine.
I trust the Trump cabinet to make deals without giving the country away (or our uranium away.) Ralph Peters is a retired Lieutenant Colonel and as I recall worked in the intelligence field. I thank him for his service. Maybe he received as much 'face time' as he once did because of his "hard right" views which help to balance the views from the center and the left shows on Fox. Judging from the times I have watched and listened to his rants on the network it now seems that he is making fewer appearances.