Tucker Carlson gave a light-hearted response Friday to the “woke” Pentagon after its bizarre boasts of “smiting” the Fox News host.
According to Newsweek, Carlson quipped that “we’ll be fine” if the Pentagon’s legacy of failure against the Taliban is any indication of how its “war” on his self-titled Fox program will play out.
Carlson slams “woke” generals
Carlson joked that his show was “almost rattled” to become the first target in “Operation Silence-the-Talk-Show-Hosts,” but then they realized that the “woke generals” don’t win wars anymore.
“If the woke generals treat us like they’ve treated the Taliban, we’ll be fine,” Carlson said, as Newsweek reported.
The Fox host pointed out that the Taliban is alive and well two decades after the War in Afghanistan began, and poked fun at the Pentagon’s pretexts for endless involvement in the country.
“Maybe we ought to promise the Pentagon that we’ll get rid of traditional gender roles on this show. Change the pronouns, defeat the patriarchy, and all that,” he said, according to Newsweek.
Pentagon takes partisan turn
Carlson was reiterating the point he made last week that triggered an alarming and hostile response from the Pentagon, leaving many concerned that the United States military has taken a partisan turn.
The Fox host had criticized President Joe Biden for making a “mockery” of the armed forces and its mission with “maternity flight suits” to accommodate pregnant women in combat, and other changes that Carlson said would make the military more “feminine” and less capable of defending America, as the New York Post reported.
The Pentagon singled out Carlson in response, even issuing a press release with the strange title: “Press Secretary Smites Fox Host That Dissed Diversity in U.S. Military.” The Pentagon continued to attack Carlson over the weekend, forcing the U.S. Marines to issue a mortifying apology for stepping out of line.
Targeting a TV host
Carlson also commented on the “worrisome” politicization of the military on his show Thursday, remarking that the Pentagon has twice as many troops stationed in Washington to defend America from an ostensible threat posed by Trump voters as it now has in Afghanistan.
“The Department of Defense has never been more aggressively or openly political,” he said.
“Judging by those numbers,” he added, “the Pentagon is now twice as focused on controlling our own citizens as it is on controlling the Taliban.”