We have heard endless conspiracy theories from Trump supporters, and from Trump himself, about the intelligence community being unworthy of the trust of the American people because it’s part of the ‘deep state’ that is working to bring Trump down. But with the killing of General Suleimani of Iran, suddenly they say we must accept their conclusions without question.
Over the past 24 hours, however, incessant Fox griping over “deep state” suddenly went quiet, replaced by sober pleas that—when it comes to the info allegedly justifying Trump’s ordered airstrike killing Iran’s top general Qassem Soleimani—the U.S. intelligence community’s findings should be heeded and taken seriously as unimpeachably correct information.
Immediately after the Pentagon confirmed U.S. responsibility for the strike, claiming it “was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans,” Fox News host Sean Hannity—perhaps the most well-known “deep state” critic in media—heaped praise upon the intelligence community.“The ability of the military, our intelligence community, the State Department, and the president making the call, very quickly, you know, understood that the Iranian forces on the ground bore a direct threat to the American people,” said Hannity, calling into his own show on Thursday night. “Once the intelligence was confirmed, once the understanding that they were there to sow the discord and discontent, the president acted as quickly as possible, taking out this top general.”
“But I will say the big headline is, this is a huge victory for American intelligence, a huge victory for our military, a huge victory for the State Department, and a huge victory and total leadership by the president,” the primetime host, who has spent more than two years and countless on-air segments railing against shadowy “deep state” intelligence, concluded.
Gee, I wonder why the sudden change of tune? It can’t be because they just make stuff up to justify supporting Trump no matter how much it contradicts what they said yesterday to justify supporting him. Nah, couldn’t be that. Sean Hannity has far too much integrity to think that way. Damn, I got an eye twitch just typing that last sentence.