Political commentator Tucker Carlson speaks during Politicon 2018. (Photo credit: Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
“The Pentagon is now twice as focused on controlling our own citizens as it is on controlling the Taliban,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson said on Thursday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
Carlson reported that while 2,500 American troops are stationed in Afghanistan to protect against extremists, 5,000 American troops are defending the Capitol against domestic extremists. The Fox News host then asserted that China poses the real threat to the country.
China is ascendant. Their economy will soon outpace ours. China now has the largest navy on the planet. Why do they have that? Why did they feel the need to build it? Does that have potential consequences for us? Yes.
Below is a transcript of this portion of “Tucker Carlson Tonight”:
Tucker Carlson: Tonight, there are 2,500 American troops stationed in Afghanistan and they remain there to prevent the fall of Kabal to extremists. At the same time, there are 5,000 troops in our own Capitol tonight, also as protection against extremists, meaning people who voted for the losing candidate in the last election. Judging by those numbers, the Pentagon is now twice as focused on controlling our own citizens as it is on controlling the Taliban. Meanwhile, as Lloyd Austin hyperventilates about white supremacy, there are real threats out there and the biggest ones continue to be ignored. Those threats are not Syria, they’re not suburban Virginia, they’re not domestic extremism — at least right now.
The main threat that we face, and everyone who is honest knows this, is the government of China. China is ascendant. Their economy will soon outpace ours. China now has the largest navy on the planet. Why do they have that? Why did they feel the need to build it? Does that have potential consequences for us? Yes. If China moved against Taiwan, how exactly would we respond? More likely, if the Chinese decide to close international shipping lanes, it would cripple our economy. If they decided to shut down our Internet, it would bring our life to a halt. If they decided to occupy Malaysia, that would be a grave concern to the world. If any of these things happen or a hundred other things that might happen, what exactly would our Pentagon do about it? Can the U.S. military still win a real war? Those are the questions that matter. Those are the only questions that matter, which may be why Joe Biden only wants to talk about maternity flight suits.