Monthly Archives: May 2015

Coulter’s Iraq War Nonsense

Is Ann Coulter lying – again – to sell a book?

In correcting the historical record, Ann Coulter has engaged in her own historical revisionism. Coulter recently responded to the recent left-wing gotcha question about the Iraq War[1] with facts, false assertions, and not-so-very-sound logic.

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Let’s briefly revisit the Iraq War: superb invasion, disastrous occupation, a mid-war strategy change (surge) leading to victory and to a tenuous, fledgling democracy; hand-off to Obama.

Through Coulter’s looking glass this is what happened: “Iraq was perfect in every single way: we won. It was fantastic.”[2] (Remember, she once claimed, “As for catching Osama, it’s irrelevant. Things are going swimmingly in Afghanistan.”[3])

Coulter Discounts WMD Rationale Altogether

Coulter devoted an entire column to the reasons for invading Iraq. In it, Coulter downplayed the issue of WMDs in a rather remarkable and trite manner. Coulter claims (emphasis added):

“The least important reason to invade Iraq – the one that was tacked on for the sole purpose of taunting liberals over their goofy reverence for the United Nations – was that Saddam had refused to allow U.N. weapons inspectors in, leaving the strong impression that Iraq was chock-a-block with WMDs. It was the equivalent of asking where the feminists were when we invaded Afghanistan – although technically, we didn’t invade because the Taliban were mean to women.”[4]

(Sorry, Ann, but you are wrong.)

According to Ann, “It was never about weapons of mass destruction. I mean, it was, because it was fun to taunt liberals about weapons of mass destruction. … The way weapons of mass destruction came up, that was merely to taunt liberals.”[5]

Actually (for those paying attention at the time), the suspected existence of WMDs was the primary reason given by the Bush administration for invading Iraq. Indeed, WMDs were at the crux of their argument that Saddam Hussein posed a potential or imminent threat to the United States and her allies. None of the other reasons cited by Coulter in her column posed a clear and present danger to the United States. WMDs were the principal and primary focus of the Bush administration’s attention.

Given the national and geopolitical stakes, I rather doubt that President Bush intended to needlessly taunt Democrats, whose support he needed for this grave undertaking. (Taunting should be reserved for those who deserve it.)

U.S. Immigration Created Iraq Disaster

Coulter’s deliberate misrepresentation of events less than a generation ago is bad enough, but her conclusion is astonishing and self-serving. Coulter concludes that five decades of immigration in the United States is the reason ISIS now controls so much of Iraq today.

To the question, “Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion?” Coulter claims “The correct answer is:[6]

Now that we know that a half-century of Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 Immigration Act would result in a country where a man like Barack Obama could be elected president, and then, purely out of antipathy to America, would withdraw every last troop from Iraq, nullifying America’s victory and plunging the entire region into chaos, no, I would not bother removing dangerous despots in order to make America safer.

“Instead, I would dedicate myself to overturning our immigration laws, ending the anchor-baby scam and building a triple-layer fence on the border, so that some future Republican president could invade Iraq without worrying about a foreign-elected president like Obama coming in and giving it away.

Yes, Coulter is claiming that Barack Hussein Obama was elected president in 2008 because of demographic changes in America due to immigration.

Coulter made this explicitly clear in a recent interview: “Obama never could have been elected in this country but for Teddy Kennedy’s immigration act. Never, never, ever, ever!”[7]

(Sorry, Ann, but you are wrong. Again!)

Obama was almost assured victory in 2008 due to a political perfect storm scenario: an economic crash under an unpopular Republican president, a war-weary electorate, a poor Republican candidate, a charming (black) Democrat candidate, identity politics, a liberal media rooting for Obama, etc.

Let’s not forget Coulter’s own contribution to Obama’s victory: her “Let’s Get Drunk and Vote for McCain” campaign.[8]

This is not the first time Coulter has been wrong – and purposefully so – in politicizing national security and military matters. (Sometimes Marie Harf makes more sense.) Coulter has compared Washington D.C. to war-zone Baghdad[9] and repeatedly defamed military war heroes for partisan political purposes.[10]

Now, Coulter does so to promote her next book.

Endnotes:

[1]               See “Ask Hillary – and Other Democrats – This Question!” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-ah.

[2]               Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity Show, Premiere Radio Networks, 5/21/15.

[3]               Ann Coulter, Hannity & Colmes, FNC, 8/24/06.

[4]               Ann Coulter, “Knowing What We Know Now, Would You Say Jeb Bush is Retarded?” 5/10/15.

[5]               Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity Show, Premiere Radio Networks, 5/21/15.

[6]               Ann Coulter, “Knowing What We Know Now, Would You Say Jeb Bush is Retarded?” 5/10/15.

[7]               Lloyd Grove, “Coulter Hates ‘the Browning of America,’” Daily Beast, 5/26/15.

[8]               See “Case Study # 6: Let’s Get Drunk and Vote for McCain,” Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2012, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

[9]               See Chapter 3: “The Capitol is Under Attack,” Never Trust Ann Coulter – at ANY Age, 2013, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/never.pdf.

[10]               See Chapter 4: “War Heroes & Villains,” Never Trust Ann Coulter – at ANY Age, 2013, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/never.pdf.

Only One Admits to Being a RINO

Ann Coulter proves daily her true identity as a RINO.

Coulter lionizes Mitt Romney, vilifies the Tea Party, and dismisses the Republican presidential field as a “joke.” For Coulter, Romney is the only possible choice.[1]

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Coulter has again identified Romney as “the most conservative candidate we’ve had to run for President,” even “more conservative than Reagan.”[2] Gushing, Coulter contended, “Mitt Romney was not only the most articulate but the most conservative candidate we’ve ever had.”[3]

Coulter has a plan to achieve her goal: “My plan is still that Romney comes in at the end when conservatives realize that they were lied to by many of their own alleged spokesmen.” How, exactly, this is a “plan,” could be called her plan, and could be accomplished by Coulter has never been explained.

On Sean Hannity’s radio show, Coulter insisted that, in the end, Romney will be the GOP nominee for president in 2016. She boasts, “I’m waiting for Republicans to wake up and realize that Romney was the best they ever had and beg him to get back into the race.”[4]

Coulter blamed the Tea Party and Sarah Palin for Romney declaring that he would not run, saying, “He said ‘No’ because he can’t fight both the New York Times and Sarah Palin.”

Coulter again besmirched those conservatives opposed to Romney, claiming, “You were lied to, right-wingers. You were lied to by people who care more about their careers and think it’s somehow ‘pure’ to run someone who’s a loser.” Coulter continued to berate “alleged right-wingers who go around claiming he was a RINO.”

Romney is a RINO.

Sean Hannity was perplexed by Coulter’s refusal to support any candidate but Romney, saying, “This is you. No matter what I say, you’re gonna say, ‘Mitt Romney.’ He’s not running.”

On Hannity’s television show, Coulter again promoted Romney for president. A puzzled Hannity pointed out that Romney was not running. Coulter reiterated, “I think he’s gonna jump back in when people realize [interrupted].”

Besmirching Republicans everywhere, Coulter claimed, “the only possible candidate who isn’t a joke right now is Scott Walker [as Vice President with Romney as President].”

Coulter was so confident in her analysis and predictions, that she boasted, “And you’ll see! Ann is going to be right. You’ll apologize.”[5]

If neither Romney nor Walker won the nomination, Coulter said “I’ll take a long vacation,” prompting Hannity to ask, “You’re that rigid now?”

Three years after Romney’s disastrous defeat – foisted on America in large part due to Coulter’s incessant proselytizing for Romney and demonization of Romney’s conservative opponents – Coulter remains in denial over that debacle and the part she played in reelecting Obama in 2012.

Moreover, Coulter is employing the very same techniques now that she did then: lionize Romney and demonize the Tea Party. All while denying that she and Romney are, in fact, RINOs.

Endnotes:

[1]               See “Coulter Stumps for Romney – Again!” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-4V.

[2]               Ann Coulter, Joyce Kaufman Show, WFTL, 5/8/15.

[3]               Ann Coulter, Hannity, FNC, 5/11/5.

[4]               Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity Show, Premiere Radio Networks, 3/4/15.

[5]               Ann Coulter, Hannity, FNC, 5/11/5.

Coulter Denies Islamist Threat

Ann Coulter absurdly contends that Americans are under no threat of attack by Islamic terrorists in the United States[1] despite all of the evidence that, in fact, the jihadist threat has grown and magnified during the Obama administration.

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Under Obama’s watch, the Ft. Hood massacre happened in 2009. Since then, the jihadist threat has mushroomed, with the creation of Islamist enclaves throughout America.

The recent jihadist attack at a Texas cartoonist contest puts the lie to Coulter’s nonsense.[2]

Coulter’s lifelong friend, Pamela Geller, the organizer of the Draw Mohammed Contest, has been combating Islamic jihad in America for the better part of two decades, so this can’t be news to Coulter.

Moreover, from the moment 9/11 took place,[3] Coulter had been a ferocious warrior against, seemingly, the whole of Islam. Now, Coulter has been abundantly clear: “I don’t even care about ISIS!”[4]

Coulter excoriated the media for giving so much attention to ISIS overseas, falsely claiming, “ISIS has killed four Americans – in Syria. We’re not exactly talking about another 9/11. Here’s a tip: If you don’t want to be killed by ISIS, don’t go to Syria.”[5]

What happened? Coulter remains traumatized – and in denial about – Romney’s disastrous defeat in 2012.[6] Since then, Coulter has switched from being a zealous neoconservative to a zealous paleo-conservative.

“I’m now opposed to all wars. I’ve become a pacifist in favor of lots of nukes and daisy cutters. … We oughta just deploy nukes far and wide when necessary and not waste any more American lives.”[7]

Meanwhile, the Islamist threat grows.

See also  “Adios, Ann: Fear Mexicans, Not Jihadists” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-6A.

See also “Ann Coulter … Dangerously Wrong!” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7x.

Endnotes:

[1]               See “Immigration More Dangerous Than ISIS” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-5e.

[2]               See “Islamists Fear Cartoons” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-9Z.

[3]               See “Reflections on 9/11” at http://t.co/86kIRapYtf.

[4]               Ann Coulter, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2/19/15.

[5]               Ann Coulter, “For Death by ISIS You Have to Go Out; Illegal Aliens Deliver!” 2/25/15.

[6]               See “Coulter Stumps for Romney – Again!” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-4V.

[7]               Ann Coulter, Mark Simone Show, WOR, 4/8/15.