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If you think things are bad, there is always Tucker Carlson to make them seem worse.

Tucker Carlson in Alberta

Carlson is considered “the most influential voice in right-wing media.” That cuts both ways.

Carlson’s monologues in general and especially on the Ukraine war are adventures in misrepresentation. The monologues echo Putin’s speeches and claims. Russian television plays back the monologues as evidence that Putin is right because the same is being said by “the most popular television presenter in America”.

Why Alberta’s Premier Smith is sharing a Calgary stage with Tucker Carlson to kick-off 2024 is beyond the pale.

Based on what Carlson has espoused publicly, here are a few things you won’t hear him say in Alberta.

11 Things You WON’T Hear from Carlson

1. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is a hero to his people. The day after Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, the US advised the President to evacuate. Observers believed Ukraine would fall within 72 hours. Zelensky responded, “The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride.”

2. Russia has no justifications for its brutal genocidal invasion that is primarily targeting the Ukrainian people and much more than the Ukrainian military. Russia has to be stopped by force.

3. Russia’s ongoing violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are actions that constitute a threat to peace and security and a breach of international law.

4. The EU and its member states strongly condemn Russia’s brutal war of aggression against Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions. They also condemn Belarus’ involvement in Russia’s military aggression. Russia must stop this atrocious war immediately. The European Union will stand by Ukraine with its steadfast support for as long as it takes.

February 9, 2023, Ukraine’s application for entry into the EU could take 8-9 more years. While the bloc recognizes progress so far, it stresses Ukraine needs to do more to build a credible track-record of fighting endemic corruption. Beyond that, the EU highlights reforms necessary to ensure that courts are free from political meddling and the rights of minorities respected in Ukraine.

Truth at Risk

5. President Zelensky did not ban Christianity and arrest Christians in Ukraine. The Russian Orthodox Church is not a church in the sense that most Canadian Christians think about churches. It directly serves the Russian government’s purposes. The Moscow-backed clergy arrested in Ukraine are not neutral, but actively working for the Kremlin, some contributing directly to the deaths of hundreds of Ukrainian women and children. These arrests are not merely a whim of President Zelensky either: Eighty-five percent of Ukrainians polled favor the government taking action against these representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church who are causing mayhem in Ukraine. 66 percent of Ukrainians want the Russian Orthodox Church banned completely in Ukraine.

6. The war is not a U.S.-led “regime-change war” against Russia. In August 2022, Carlson said he was rooting for Moscow and that, “America and the UK demand total war with Russia, regime change war with Russia and of course, the Ukrainians caught in the middle had no choice but to concede.” Russia invaded Ukraine. Ukrainians are fighting for their homes, families and country.

7. The Russian military has failed because of incompetent leadership. The Ukrainians have failed, too. But the cause of their failure has all too often been their allies. Since before the war’s inception, the U.S. has consistently been two to three months behind the Ukrainians in their requests for critical military aid. This gap must be closed. It’s the only way the Ukrainians can seize the initiative, create momentum, and defeat the Russians.


8. There is a revival of Christianity in Ukraine. Two million Ukrainians became followers of Jesus since the beginning of the war. Churches are growing. Churches are being planted. Missionaries are being sent.

9. Ukraine’s army is making progress and wants to keep pushing forward on the frontlines. Ukraine does not want to give the Russians weeks or months this winter to reset and further solidify their fighting positions — as they did last winter.

Ukrainians broke with Russia tradition and celebrated Christmas on December 25th.

10. Russia betrayed the 1994 Trilateral agreement to support Ukraine and the US under President Obama failed to hold Russia to account. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Ukraine had the world’s third largest nuclear arsenal on its territory. The U.S. government engaged in a trilateral process with Ukraine and Russia. The result was the Trilateral Statement, signed in January 1994, under which Ukraine agreed to transfer the nuclear warheads to Russia for elimination. In return, Ukraine received security assurances from the United States, Russia and Britain.

11. What’s happened to the hundreds of billions of US dollars sent to Ukraine? The Joe Biden administration and the U.S. Congress have directed more than $75 billion in assistance to Ukraine, which includes humanitarian, financial, and military support, according to the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, a German research institute.

Dollar Details

American companies have received $10 billion in industry contracts for weapons ranging from air defense systems and missiles to a wide array of drones, ammunition and other equipment. $16.8 billion is in contracts to replenish Pentagon stocks.

35 different states are benefiting from increased jobs and supply contracts.

The 155 mm rounds commonly used by Ukrainian Howitzers are made at the Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Pennsylvania.

$2.7 billion (4%)
Emergency food assistance, health care, refugee support, and other humanitarian aid

$26.4 billion (35%)
Budgetary aid through the Economic Support Fund, loans, and other financial support

Security assistance
$18.3 billion (24%)
Training, equipment, weapons, logistics support, and other assistance provided through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative

Weapons and equipment
$23.5 billion (31%)
Weapons and equipment from Defense Department stocks.

Grants and loans for weapons and equipment
$4.5 billion (6%)
Grants and loans provided through the Foreign Military Financing program.

The Facts

Those are the facts you won’t hear from Tucker Carlson.

However Russia’s war in Ukraine ends, Europe is staring uncomfortably down the barrel of a decade of defence.

I was recently in Ukraine for a brief time. Ukrainians don’t hate Russians. Their issue is with Putin. Russia will remain a threat as long as Vladimir Putin, or like-minded successors, are in power. There is no way back to the post-cold war security order, which was cracked by Moscow’s assault on Georgia in 2008, ruptured by its annexation of Crimea in 2014, and finally shattered by its full-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February last year.

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  • Julie MacKenzie says:

    Good Morning Pastor Bob. I don’t usually talk about politics in a public forum…but, the quote “when people show you who they are, believe them”. Danielle Smith standing on the same stage as Tucker Carlson says all that I need to know about her. She spews much of the same rhetoric that came…south of our borders. Life for me is all about integrity, empathy & doing the right thing. She has shown otherwise. Caught telling tales in the public forum. To say that I don’t respect liars…is an understatement. I feel pity for people like that…& pray for their enlightenment. Thank you for another wonderful blog. I look forward to them each morning. Have a great week! ❤️

  • Bob Jones says:

    Thank you, Julie for being a first commentator. After returning from Ukraine the comments I hear most from Christian friends are about Zelensky being a Nazi, that Putin is a defender of the Christian faith, that Ukraine should not have started the war, that Ukraine is a puppet for the US, and that Christian “prophets” support Russia.
    Very sad.

  • Julie MacKenzie says:

    Truly sad…You saw & experienced it first hand. I wish people would stick to the facts. Honesty is the best policy. Thank you for your blog. ❤️ I only listen to facts & not conspiracy theories.

  • Valerie franklin says:

    Good afternoon Pastor Bob
    I was surprised that you have heard such awful things from your Christian friends regarding Ukraine. People need to be more educated.

    God bless and have a great week

  • Bob Jones says:

    Good to hear from you Valerie. We think about you often and pray for you. It’s been a hard year for you.
    Education is so important, isn’t it? So much out there on social media that is propaganda.

  • Bob Jones says:

    Here’s some thoughts from Canadian soldiers on the frontlines of the war in Ukraine. I was in the same town as they were interviewed in and then went another 8km further east towards Russia.

  • Retha says:

    Thank you for your thoughts on Tucker Carlson. I wasn’t aware of his opinions on Ukraine/Russia. I’ve observed Carlson “interview” guests on a few occasions and was rather dismayed with his tendency to question in a way which promoted his views over the views of the person being interviewed. He’s very good at asking leading questions. I’m disappointed that our premier is willing to support a Tucker Carlson event. I do remember however she stated at one point that Russia had attacked because Ukraine had nuclear weapons, which is not true. Perhaps they share similar views on the conflict.

  • Bob Jones says:

    Hi Retha. Thank you for joining the conversation as a FIRST TIMER. Interesting impression you have about Carlson and Smith. So much of what happens today is in echo chambers. People only listen to people they agree with. I’ve lost a number of readers who disagree with me. I would have valued them staying and holding a different opinion and being able to talk about it. I look forward to your next comments.

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