January 17th, 2022

Reality Check

Why are Tucker Carlson and Peter Beinart trying to help Iran?

Jonathan Tobin

By Jonathan Tobin

Published March 5, 2021

Why are Tucker Carlson and Peter Beinart trying to help Iran?
Tucker Carlson.

As the administration of President Joe Biden tries to find a way to revive Barack Obama's dangerous 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, we are heading towards a debate about the virtues of a policy that seems predicated on a renewed desire to appease rather than to confront Iran, as was the case with the administration of Donald Trump.

But while Biden's cheering section in the mainstream media seems prepared to applaud a policy avoiding holding Iran accountable — as it did when it played the role of Obama's "echo chamber" from 2013 to 2015 — there is another argument being made at the margins of the discussion that goes beyond the false choice between appeasement and war that both Democratic administrations asserted. Instead, voices on the left and the right are claiming that any concerns about Iran's nuclear ambitions or its quest for regional hegemony are misplaced.

Oddly enough, the two loudest ones making such arguments are Peter Beinart and Tucker Carlson.

The two couldn't be more different.