Fox News' Sean Hannity Says Trump Will 'Bomb The Hell' Out Of Iran If Necessary, While Tucker Carlson Praises President For Restraint

Fox News primetime hosts Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson took slightly different tones when discussing the United States ongoing conflict with Iran on Thursday.

While Carlson praised President Donald Trump for his restraint and slammed other politicians for craving a war, Hannity assured viewers that if Iran didn't acquiesce the U.S. that the president would "bomb the hell" out of the country.

"President Trump does not want war, he said so clearly during the campaign. He's not interested in another, you know, years and years long international entanglement. I don't expect one. But in coming days, we will know if the mullahs are smart enough to take the opportunity — which is a small window — it may not even exist within five minutes," Hannity said in the show's opening monologue.

"Because if they don't, the president will have no choice. He will bomb the hell out of them. No need for a long, protracted boots-on-the-ground kind of war. We have the greatest military, thank God, on the face of this earth. We have the most advanced weapon systems, and a strong message needs to be sent, that a huge price will be paid if you take on the United States of America. Simple — peace through strength, and it works," the Hannity host continued.

Carlson's opening statement began by slamming the numerous conflicts that the U.S. has been involved with in the Middle East since the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks, saying that none of the efforts made by the U.S. Military have worked, though the country has spent trillions of dollars and "thousands of American lives" to "make the Middle East into our image."

"By every measure, our foreign wars have ended in dismal failure, however noble their intentions, and some did have noble intentions," Carlson said before praising Trump's 2016 campaign policy to avoid lengthy wars. "Donald Trump was one of the rare Republican politicians honest enough to admit this — he said it out loud three years ago and promised not to repeat the same mistakes if elected president. Partly because he said that he was elected president."

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Oval Office of the White House June 20, 2019 in Washington, DC. The two leaders were expected to discuss the trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Alex Wong/Getty

Carlson went on to says that some of the politicians who called for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 are also calling for the U.S. to enter into a war with Iran and that Trump "appears to be skeptical" about doing so, despite Iran shooting down an unmanned American drone that the country claims had crossed into its waters.

The United States maintains that the drone was in international waters. However, during a Thursday press conference held alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trump said he did not think the drone being shot down meant that the U.S. automatically should respond with force.

"I find it hard to believe [shooting down the drone] was intentional if you want to know the truth," Trump said. "I think it could have been somebody who was loose and stupid that did it."

However, Trump added that had an American been killed as a result of the strike, that "would have made a big difference" in how the U.S responded.

After showing a clip of Trump's press conference, Carlson said that some people in Washington "crave a war with Iran and see every provocation as an opportunity to start one." He then listed South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham as one of those people, saying that Graham wants Americans to "fight and die for shipping lanes on the other side of the world." National security adviser John Bolton and political analyst Bill Kristol are others who are calling for Trump to begin a war with Iran, Carlson added.

"None of these people will admit their actual intentions; they'll tell you they don't really want a war with Iran. That's a crock; they want a war badly. Badly enough to lie about it," Carlson said. "That's why they are putting American troops into situations where conflict is inevitable, in order to start a war. Everyone in Washington knows exactly what's happening, they've seen it many times before."

An hour later, Hannity began by saying that Trump had "put the mullahs of Iran on notice" and that shooting down the drone had been a bad idea before airing clips from the president's press conference where reporters asked if the U.S. would retaliate.

"You're gonna find out," the president said. "Iran made a big mistake."

"Yep, Iran made a very big mistake, and they will pay," Hannity said after the clip. "But tonight the president is clearly giving the mullahs an opening to pick up the phone and come clean and end their hostile behavior."

Hannity later blasted previous Middle East conflicts for becoming politicized and called for the U.S. Military to create the "next-generation of military weaponry" so wars can end with "complete victory" and so the military can protect members of the armed forces by not utilizing boots on the ground in foreign countries.

"Iran's armed forces cannot match the might of our military. Now, the mullahs must see the writing is on the wall. They either stop funding terror, proxy wars, stop attacking ships in the Gulf of Oman, stop plotting the annihilation of Israel our closest ally in the Middle East, and the United States," Hannity said. "If they do not end this hostility, if they do not stop, the mullahs of Iran will feel pain, I predict, like never before. And it will — they will earn it. They will make it happen."

The graphics below, provided by Statista, illustrate how threatened Americans feel by Iran and whether they support military action.

This article was updated to include infographics.