On Tuesday night's Tucker, Tucker Carlson and Ret. Lt. Col. Ralph Peters debate America's interests in the world, Russia, Vladimir Putin, Iran, Iraq, Syria, the Middle East and more. Peters said with all that we know now and how the Middle East has been affected since that the U.S. should not have invaded Iraq in 2003 and disposed of Saddam Hussein.
Peters, a fierce critic of the Russian Federation and Putin, said the U.S. should not be working with the nation against a common enemy like ISIS.
The discourse got particularly heated when Peters accused Carlson of sounding like Charles Lindbergh saying Hitler hasn't attacked us. Rough transcript of the most heated moment, via FOX NEWS:
PETERS: Our president seems determined to do anything he can with the Russians and the Russians hate -- but a report and hates us. He is malevolent and he is as close to pure evil as I can find. He's also brilliant. I don't understand what any American would want an alliance with Russia. We should be strengthening our alliance with democracies instead of trashing nato we should be building it up much more strongly. Why attack Australia? Why attack Canada?
CARLSON: It's hard to see why -- I’m not vouching for Putin’s character, he seems like a shady guy, we want to live there. Hard to see why he's a threat was. How many people can we be in opposition to it once?
Why not just accept that people who are bad people have similar interests and side with them?
PETERS: You sound like Charles Lindbergh in 1938 saying Hitler hasn’t attacked us.
TUCKER: I beg your pardon? You cannot compare me to somebody who makes apologies for Hitler. And I don’t think Putin is comparable.
PETERS: I think Putin is.
TUCKER: I think it is a grotesque overstatement actually. I think it’s insane.
PETERS: Fine, you can think it's insane all you want.
TUCKER: You just up compared me to a Nazi apologist because I asked the question. Which is, why does it contravene American interest with a common cause with a group trying to kill ISIS?
PETERS: He invaded his neighbors, broken the long peace in Europe, assassinates dissidents and journalists, he bombs women and children on purpose in Syria, he is as bad as Hitler. If you don't like the Charles Lindbergh [comparison] -- I will retract that, but you sound like someone in the 1938 saying what has Hitler done to us?
TUCKER: I would hate to go back and read your columns assuring America that taking out Saddam Hussein will make the region calmer, more peaceful, and America safer, when in fact it has been the opposite and it has empowered Russia and Iran, the two countries you say you fear most -- let's be totally honest, we don't always know the outcomes.
They are not entirely protectable so maybe we should lower that a little bit rather than calling people accommodationist.
PETERS: You made your career being an American conservative patriot and now you're suddenly cheering
for Vladimir Putin?
TUCKER: I'm not in any sense cheering for Vladimir Putin.
PETERS: You said you wanted an alliance with him.
TUCKER: I'm cheering for America as always. Our interest ought to come first and to the extent that making temporary alliances with other countries serve our interests, I met in favor of that. Making sweeping moral claims comparing people to Hitler advances the ball not one that blinds us to reality.
PETERS: Vladimir Putin hates America, he wants to hurt us. Suddenly Vladimir Putin is a good guy, Russia is okay, no it's not. Russia is evil, Russia is our enemy.
TUCKER: You're confident we've thought through what comes after Assad, who has run the country for decades, pretty peacefully actually?
PETERS: Killing half a million of your own people probably doesn't mean you should remain in charge.
TUCKER:: I'm not making apologies for Assad --
PETERS: It sounds like you are sitting here making apologies for him.
TUCKER: So because I’m asking rational questions about what’s best for America I’m a friend to strongmen and dictators? That is a conversation stopper, not a beginning of a rational conversation. My only point is when Syria was run by Assad 10% of the population was Christian and they lived in relative peace.
PETERS: That is absolutely true and it's also true that his father killed 30,000 more people, but what has happened?
Let's be fair, Barack Obama – certainly blew it right, left and center sheer trepidation, cowardice, the inability to ever make a decision, but we are where we are with half a million, perhaps more by now Syrians dead, primarily killed by the Assad regime, the Iranians, Hezbollah and now the Russians. And yet you want us to ally with the Russians, with Iran, with Assad?
TUCKER: I want to act in America’s interest and stop making shallow, sweeping claims about countries we don't fully understand and hope everything will be fine in the end. I saw that happen and it didn't work.