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Trump Has Come Out as a Neocon on Iran – and Tucker Carlson Can't Stand It

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The killing of Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, by a U.S. drone strike led left-wing critics of President Donald Trump to take to the streets in more than dozens of American cities to protest what they denounced as a drift toward war.

But while those demonstrators despise Trump, and denounced the killing as an attempted distraction from Democrats’ efforts to impeach him, their opposition to conflict with Iran was also supported by one of the president's loudest and most influential cheerleaders.

While both the Republican Party and conservative media pundits largely united in celebrating Trump for ordering Soleimani’s death, there was one prominent and crucial exception. Fox News host Tucker Carlson delivered a stinging rebuke to the administration over the attack.

Here’s Tucker Carlson — whether you like it or not — offering some of the most vehement & unflinching denunciations of Trump’s assassination attack on Iran of anyone in the media: the kind of #Resistance which Dem outlets largely failed to offer for Obama https://t.co/58rX9gcCTc

Carlson is one of Trump’s most devoted supporters and perhaps the single most articulate advocate for Trump’s "America First" foreign policy philosophy. But Carlson was appalled not just by Trump's decision, but also by what he framed as a victory for "neocons [whose] objective all along" has been regime change in Tehran. He ended his TV attack by declared, "Washington has wanted war with Iran for decades. They have been working toward it. They may have finally gotten it."

Carlson, whose audience exceeds that of his competition on the two rival CNN and MSNBC news networks combined - prides himself on his access to Trump. Only last June, he boasted on air that he'd persuaded the president to reject military retaliation against Iran, after it shot down a U.S. drone.

At that time, Carlson roasted then National Security Advisor John Bolton........

© Haaretz