Well, it’s finally happened. Tucker Carlson’s interview with Vladimir Putin has aired.
Ep. 73 The Vladimir Putin Interview pic.twitter.com/67YuZRkfLL
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) February 8, 2024
This is being hailed as a historic moment, which could lead to the end of the war, but we’ll all just have to wait and see if that is the case. (It seems to me a rather bold prediction.)
Putin started out with a sort of ruminating bit about the history of Russia. I don’t know that this was really “playing to the audience.” It’s a justification of historical claims on Eastern Ukraine, which is fine I guess, but I would think the Western audience, which is not typically interested in history lectures, would be more inclined to hear a moral justification than a historical one.
I understand that Putin and many Russians are very interested in history, but the necessity of denying the historical identity of the Ukrainians is a Russian issue, not an international one. For international audiences, the fact that the Ukraine is a criminal state that is oppressing ethnic Russians is enough of an explanation for the Russian annexation of these territories. The justice-based justification carries more emotional resonance, I think.
Tucker: “So how did this whole Ukraine thing come about?”
— The Middle-earth Mixer (@MiddleearthMixr) February 9, 2024
Anyway, Putin made his point as regards the historical illegitimacy of the Ukraine state,