For several years now I have come to have more respect for Tucker Carlson and his nightly show on Fox News than for any other presentation of news and opinion on TV because of his intellectual depth on the issues and objectivity as compared to the other “red meat” cable options, both left and right. But he and his fellow travelers he regularly brings on his show have now completely lost me on the issue of the war in Ukraine. He seems to believe that Americans must find Ukraine’s leader, President Zelensky, totally virtuous in defense of a pure democracy in order to unequivocally champion our support for his country and the condemnation of Putin’s invasion.
I have previously noted that this is war, not a beauty pageant–we don’t get to chose the war, only whose side we are on. And the absolute moral clarity here demands the support of Ukraine and, yes, even using the characterization of their governing system as democratic, however flawed and fledgling it might be. Does this clarity change because of any corruption in Ukraine? NO, there are elements of corruption in all regimes. Does it change if there are some Nazis in Ukraine? NO, there are a few everywhere, including here. Lincoln suspended habeas corpus during the Civil War, Wilson shut down some news outlets as seditious during World War I. Not pretty. Some of Zelensky’s decisions are equally questionable, such as consolidating and centralizing his power, reducing the number of political parties, shutting down some media outlets, etc. But the guy is trying to save his country and his life is on the line every day. Give him a break.