There is no justification in defending Vladimir Putin – and never has been.  There are no nuances … no other side … no moral or political defense of the man.

Whether it is FOX News’ Tucker Carlson, Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, or President Trump, they are inappropriate to today’s realities.  While they and their statements of equivalency are at the top of the news, the fact is that there are always those who stake out a position of accommodation to evil despots – at least at the onset of some heinous actions.  It has been an evergreen part of American history.

The rise of Hitler was applauded by powerful interests in the United States.  The racists elements of the Democratic Party had ties to Hitler and his ethnic purification policies – most notably the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger.  Prominent activist William Cooper Procter financed genocidal and race purification campaigns in America – including Sanger’s activities.  If his name is familiar, you are correct.  He was a member of the Proctor family that founded the consumer goods giant Proctor and Gamble.  

Joseph Kennedy, the patriarch of the Kennedy political dynasty, was a Hitler sympathizer and opposed the United States supporting America’s European allies when the Fuhrer invaded Poland.  Democrat Senator Burton K. Wheeler, of Montana, was a major opponent of American involvement in a war against Hitler.

In a previous commentary, I delineated the succession of modern American Presidents who had given aid and comfort to Putin by overlooking his brutal and war criminal aggressions in Chechnya, Georgia, Syria and Ukraine.  Their actions may have been well intentions or unwitting, but they were mistakes for which the world – and Ukraine – are paying today.

While Trump has taken some of the most aggressive actions against Russia – more than any American President since Putin came to power – he had an inexplicable and disturbing habit of speaking complimentarily of the Russian despot – or in ways that could be twisted as supportive of Putin’s policies.

I found FOX News’ Tucker Carlson to have reached the apex of wrongness and stupidity when he proffered rhetorical questions – in Putin’s defense – based on what he (Putin) did to Carlson personally.  But as I have written in the past, I do not consider Carlson to be a voice worth listening to.  I never liked his style or substance in many of his commentaries even when he was guesting on the FOX morning show.  I was amazed that the network gave him the primetime hour.  It is a show that I rarely watch – and am continuously disappointed when I do.

But there is a second category of folks who give aid and comfort to Putin.  They do not raise arguments in despots defense.  They are convinced that Putin is a danger to humanity.  BUT they are too easily intimidated by Putin’s threats of a nuclear third world war.  They will stand down and let Ukraine fall – and arguably any other nation in the crosshairs of Putin – rather than take the extremely small risk – according to most experts – that Putin would resort to a nuclear conflict against the military might of NATO.  

A just society must be able to defend even those too fearful and timid to defend themselves.  We have seen that situation with those succumbing to the protection racquet of the Mafia.  People who will allow evil to flourish out of personal fear.  On the other side are the brave folks who step up at risk to life and limb to fight and defeat evil.  We are seeing that today in Ukraine – where people who could remain safely on the sidelines are returning to Ukraine to take up arms.

As an objective observer, I understand that there are arguments to be made by sifting the ledgers of history to find factoids here and there that may offer a different perspective on Ukraine.  Congresswoman Greene points out that former Ukraine government had broken agreements in the past.  It is true that in a plebiscite in the Crimea, it was claimed that 90 percent of the residents wanted to align with Russia – if you accept that vote as legitimate.  Most observers do not.

However, … all these past events have nothing to do with Ukraine today – and with Russia today.  Ukraine has evolved into a western style democracy under President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.  Its ambition is to be a member of both NATO and the European Union.  The past conflicts between the ethnic Ukrainians and ethnic Russian appear to have vanished when you see who is fighting against Putin invasion.  The country has never been more unified – and Putin is a major part of the reason.

What has evolved today is a stark contrast between democracy and authoritarianism – between good and evil.  There are no longer any nuances.  No more equivalencies.  There are no longer two defensible sides to this melodrama.

That is why the free world must speak with one voice against the disruptive ambitions of a mad tyrant.  Putin is the new Hitler … the new Stalin.  President Biden was correct when he called him a murderer and a war criminal.  There can be no accommodation with Putin.  He must be defeated.

It is both a moral and practical obligations to not only end the war in Ukraine with a clear and humiliating defeat of Putin and his cabal of evil enablers.  In addition, it is a necessity that Putin be removed from power by any means necessary.  He is a cancer in the body politic of the world – and a cancer among the Russian people who he purports to lead and defend.

America is a free nation in which we all have an inalienable right to speak as we please.  Those on the fringe who find nuance or equivalency in the war between Ukraine and Russia are irrefutably wrong, in my judgment.  They only serve to provide false legitimacy to the Madman or Moscow.  That is why his propaganda vehicles are so eager to publicize their words.  In terms of setting American policy, they should be—and must be — ignored.  The goal is obvious.  Defeat of Putin and liberations of Ukraine. There are no acceptable alternatives or options.

So, there ‘tis.

By Larry Horist

So, there ‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

8 thoughts on “Tucker Carlson, Other Putin Apologists Wrong”
  1. I agree with the author’s assessment. Ukraine should be free to align themselves with whichever side the people choose. All the talk of a corrupt Ukraine government ignores the corruption rife in the Western governments.
    If Putin decides to unleash his nuclear arsenal on a limited strike or globally, the fact that he will do it without pause to retain power means it’s time to stop him once and for all. The other Tin Pot Despots fear retaliation, and it keeps them in check somewhat. That Putin doesn’t, is a bad sign.

  2. Having watched this whole Ukraine assault from the beginning. As a former US military person, I have never seen any of the things stated. Seems people (Democrats) are saying other people ( GOP )are supporting Putin. More false statements, If you can not show a video, of people stating that they are in support of Putin? Stop, the lies, after watching several hours, even days of this information. I find statements made by US news networks are all going to give information for a political party, in which said networks support. I have begun looking to over seas networks, which have no (zero) political ties, for better information.

  3. You are kidding, right? When Cuba and Russia wanted nuclear weapons 50 miles from our shore we threatened nuclear war with Russia- rightly so. Now a country, Ukraine, says they want to join NATO and Russia says no and move to stop nuclear weapons at their doorstep and we say they are wrong. No, there should have been strong leadership from the USA urging negotiations. Our president is too weak and senile. The war is wrong and we have no leadership and that is the real reason there was no meaningful talks.

  4. I am completely in agreement with Mr.Horist’s comments. Like Mr. Horist, I too stopped watching or listening to anything Tucker Carlson has to say. His glib superficial bloviating became simply too hard to listen to and tended to insult my intelligence as well as give me a headache. The thing that Tucker Carlson has not realized yet, along with most of his peers on all networks, is that these people are not journalists in any sense of the profession, they are, simply put, commentators that, for the most part are espousing their own opinions and parroting those whose minds work along the same directions.
    I can say,from having lived through the entire Cold War, that the term, Mutually Assured Destruction is the wonder weapon that kept the Cold War from turning hot. I offer as just one example, the events of October 1962. If people think we are close now, October 1962 shows Putin’s empty threats as being made from a position of weakness within his own country. Putins kester is puckered right now but I firmly believe that a well placed Tomahawk flown right up there will loosen him up a bit. In the mean time, Carlson needs to go hang with the other eight pansy RINOs . That would be at least eight other people who he can commiserate with. Personally speaking, he’s about as useful as teats on a boar hog. Have a great week.

  5. It seems that Mr. Horist has more issues with Tucker Carlson than with speaking truth to what is happening today to which none of us actually have a clue. Maybe Tucker refused him to have a guest appearance on his show. But to quote Mr. Horist in his diatribe above, “Ukraine has evolved into a western style democracy under President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.” this statement seems a bit skewed as President Zelenskyy has banished (11) political parties within his country as well as consolidated all news channels to just (1) state run network to control the narrative as well as lined his pockets with money from who knows where. That doesn’t sound like much of a western style democracy to me. BTW, most of us quit watching FOX news after that Rupert Murdoch stunt during election night of 2020, so with that said, go find another network stooge to write about next time… Maybe someone from MSNBC, CNN, NBC, ABC, etc.

  6. ”Charles Penney” and ”Big-Tone” are right on, read them again people.
    And they didn’t even touch the, hot, subject of the how many labs has US in Ukraine?

  7. ”Charles Penney” and ”Big-Tone” are right on, read them again people.
    And they didn’t even touch the, hot, subject of the how many labs has US in Ukraine?
    Liar Liar…
    Whose side are you…?
    Why don’t you accept my comment?

  8. Those who say Ukraine under Zelenskiy is not doing things a democratic style government would do have not looked back at his actions and those of his opponents since his landslide win. He has been fought greatly by those within the gov’t that are sympathetic to Russia. Now that Russia has attacked, should he not do everything possible to remove those element from messing up the fight? The TV stations need to get info out to citizens and need the message to get through without editing from station managers. When these dissenters in the US are in a position where they are under attack by an invading country, then they can judge what Zelenskiy is doing. Come on Tucker, how about reporting from Kyiv?

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