TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): We need a new war against our own population. And not surprisingly, that is exactly what they are calling for.
ROBERT GRENIER (FORMER CIA OFFICER): Even at the seeming height of the crisis immediately after 9/11, there really weren't that many members of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. And the thrust of our campaign there was yes to hunt down Al Qaeda. But primarily to remove the supportive environment in which they were able to flourish. And that meant fighting the Taliban. And I think that is the heart of what we need to deal with here. Hunting down people who are criminals.
CARLSON: Hunt them down like Al Qaeda. And to be completely clear, we are not over stating this. We are not hysterical. We're just close listeners. By “them" he means Americans who were nowhere near the Capitol on January 6, had no role in what happened that day, and didn't support it. That's the assessment from a former CIA official who spent years hunting Al Qaeda in the Middle East. No one in Washington appears to think this kind of talk is alarming in a formerly peaceful republic like ours. Just today, Sen. Mitch McConnell, the leader, sent out a tweet blasting Vladimir Putin for some misdeed or other. In the U.S. Senate, Russia is still the real threat. Not quite as upset about China somehow. But what McConnell didn't mention and almost never does are his own voters the ones now being re-classified as the Al Qaeda terrorists and treated accordingly.