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Writer Ann Coulter outlines her worldview, and why liberals are always wrong on defense.
“The incontrovertible lesson of history is, if at all possible, don't allow Democrats anywhere near foreign policy,” she said. “There's always a conflict of interest when people who don't really care for America are asked to defend it. For 50 years, Democrats have harbored traitors, lost wars, lost continents to communism, sheltered America's enemies, defended America's enemies. Their utter incompetence at national security is bad enough when the economy is booming. But we're not exactly rolling in money now to be going on these pointless foreign interventions staged by Democrats to prove they can be trusted with national defense.”
“For the past 50 years,” she added, “Democrats have orchestrated one humiliating foreign policy defeat after another, in Vietnam, Somalia, Korea, Title 9 — the list goes on and on.
She failed to mention that it was a Republican, President George H.W. Bush, who ordered the military into Somalia in 1992, launching America’s post-Cold War experiment with using the military for humanitarian goals.
In contrast, Republicans fight good wars, she argued. Glossing over Saddam's non-existent weapons of mass destruction program, which the Bush administration used to justify regime change in Iraq, she stated that Afghanistan and Iraq were equally valid targets for U.S. intervention after 9/11. Both, she contended, “[sheltered] associates of the terrorists who hit us on 9/11.” In truth, while the Taliban welcomed Al Qaeda to Afghanistan, Saddam Husein’s government was essentially at war with militant Muslims in Iraq, as a Senate investigation concluded.
Ridiculing liberal arguments against invading Iraq, she said, “Maybe for their next trick Democrats can tell us why fighting Adolph Hitler was a war of necessity and not a war of choice. Because, Adolph didn't hit us on 9/11. He never hit us, never planned to hit us. But Obama says — he has explained why that was a war of necessity — Nazi ideology sought to subjugate, humiliate and exterminate. It perpetrated war on a massive scale. So, what: Saddam was just moody?”
In contrast to mainstream Republicans, Coulter rejected the Arab spring, suggesting that the U.S. should prop up friends like Hosni Mubarak, who was toppled by mass democracy protests in Tahrir Square in February. Mocking the demonstrators as “mummy decapitators” who “[shoot] guns in the air,” she noted that “Mubarak supported U.S. policy, used his military to fight terrorists [and] recognized Israel's right to exist — or as liberals call it, three strikes and you're out.”
Coulter, who asserted Tea Party allegiance in an interview with CBS News, began the presentation by telling the audience “I’m not an expert on Afghanistan.” She later noted that she doesn’t know much about the Middle East.
Although forcefully delivered, her speech was sprinkled with inaccuracies. For example, several times she spoke of an Obama administration military intervention in Egypt; there was no such intervention. She said that liberals didn’t support America’s post 9/11 invasion of Afghanistan; in fact, the vote in favor was 98 to 0 in the Senate and 420 to 1 in the House. And she alluded to the Taliban’s pre-9/11 fight against “those Kurds in the north.” That war was against the Northern Alliance; the Kurds occupy northern Iraq and western Iran, more than 1,000 miles west of Afghanistan.
Flipping her long blond mane over her shoulder, Coulter concluded with a quote “from the only man who knows liberals better than I, tail-gunner Joe — Joe McCarthy,” the Wisconsin senator censored by lawmakers after his red-baiting campaign in the 1950s. “He said if liberals were merely stupid, then the laws of probability would dictate that at least some of their decisions would serve the interests of the United States.”
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