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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Ann Coulter: War is like crack for presidents. It confers instant gravitas, catapulting them to respectability, bypassing all station stops. They get to make macho pronouncements on a topic where every utterance is seen as august. On the other hand, [President] Trump's Syrian misadventure is immoral, violates every promise he ran on and could sink his presidency. ... We have never succeeded at turning a Third World dictatorship into a paradise. The history of these things is that removing a Middle Eastern strongman always makes things worse -- for example, in Iran, Iraq, Libya and Egypt.




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We leap in, thinking we're helping the poor devils under the thumb of a dictator -- and then the new tribe takes over and oppresses everyone else, usually much more brutally, while hating us even more than the old tribe did. ...

My nightmare scenario: Trump and Jared watching TV together and high-fiving: Did you see the news! They love you! All Trump had to do was pointlessly bomb another country, and it was as if a genie had granted his every wish.


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I think I agree with coulter.

I wonder what took coulter so long to join us on this side of the looking glass? 🙃

#1 | Posted by Tor at 2017-04-18 12:08 AM | Reply

The US didn't topple a dictator in Iran,we installed and propped one up.
Iraq is a disaster because of de-bathification, not killing Saddam.
Egypt was pretty tame.
Only Libya is similar to Syria.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2017-04-18 12:38 AM | Reply

'War is like crack for Republican Presidents'


#3 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2017-04-18 12:39 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#3 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2017-0

Riiight because only republicans have started wars and have bombed people.

what a load of ----

#4 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2017-04-18 02:26 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Gaddafy threatened a genocide.
Egypt tossed their own leader.
in Syria we're supposedly aiding the people, not fighting for them --she leaves that out of her simplistic bs.

iraq, an unjust war, ------ it all up. it was after iraq that israel then flattened Palestine.

#5 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-04-18 04:26 AM | Reply

Trump has been trying to add three inches to his flaccid lower appendage since he was elected. Wiping out a few million people with the push of a button is right in the wheelhouse of Trump's crazed obsession with his manhood. Better I bet than a hole-in-one on the golf course.

#6 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-04-18 05:25 AM | Reply

Ann, Ann, Ann....

You're so cute when you're almost right.

She makes it seem like we go to the ME to fix their broken systems and install democracy...hallelujah.

No. We go to the ME for oil, and the president has very little say in the matter.

#7 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-04-18 06:16 AM | Reply

Ann is just choked because donald made her last book look stupid.

In Trump We Trust. LOL. She blew that call.

#8 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-04-18 07:06 AM | Reply

Egypt was pretty tame.

#2 | POSTED BY BORED AT 2017-04-18 12:38 AM | FLAG:

They only had to have a military coup against democracy, disenfranchise millions of people, jail their leaders, give them the death penalty, pardon them, and then continue the fight against Islamic militants in the Sinai for the last 6 years. I'm sure it will totally work out in the long run. What could go wrong?

#9 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-04-18 07:41 AM | Reply

It confers instant gravitas, catapulting them to respectability, bypassing all station stops.

That is the fault of the populace, not the Pres. It constantly amazes me how easily dolts are sucked in when it comes to bombs and war.

#10 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2017-04-18 07:55 AM | Reply



Obama got dragged into foreign conflicts. You can argue he was too interventionist, but it wasn't because he wanted to go to war.

Both "W" and Trump actively looked for people to bomb. And tried to provoke them (remember the "axis of evil"?) into giving them a reason to bomb (kill and maim) someone.

But, you can't really blame just them. The Republican party had a collective ------ when the MOAB was dropped. They just represent their base. Disgusting.

#11 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2017-04-18 07:57 AM | Reply

"Contrary to the fairy tale the left has told itself since Obama truculently gave away America's victory in Iraq, our argument wasn't that we had to invade Iraq because of Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. And the left's argument certainly was not: "He doesn't have any WMDs!"

Our argument was: There were lots of reasons to get rid of Saddam Hussein, and none to keep him. "

Ann Coulter


For her to now pretend to be a reasoned voice about war is ridiculous.

#12 | Posted by danni at 2017-04-18 08:03 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

War is like crack for presidents... and many Americans.

#13 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2017-04-18 09:36 AM | Reply

I find myself in agreement with Ann Coulter. Wonders never cease. Or maybe just marketing another book into a previously untapped market.

#14 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-04-18 09:38 AM | Reply

I find myself in agreement with Ann Coulter. Wonders never cease. Or maybe just marketing another book into a previously untapped market.

#14 | POSTED BY NUTCASE AT 2017-04-18 09:38 AM | FLAG:

Yeah. Probably the latter - but whatever it takes...

#15 | Posted by cbob at 2017-04-18 10:00 AM | Reply

This Ann Coulter column reminds me of the times Pat Buchanan was right in the early days of the Iraq War. The isolationist fringe of the conservative movement can make a lot of sense when the U.S. is rushing headlong into war on a dubious premise.

But of course she couldn't go the whole piece without saying something dumb.

No, Ann, the left does not want America to fail as a great power. It just wants the country to use that power wisely, humanely and conservatively.

#16 | Posted by rcade at 2017-04-18 10:43 AM | Reply

... 'War is Like Crack for Presidents' ...

One cannot reduce the concept of war, and all the reasons for and against it, to a bumper sticker. Or a click-bait headline.

There are reasons to go to war.

There are reasons not to go to war.

None of the above is short enough to fit on a bumper sticker. Ms Coulter, as usual, appears to be more interested in keeping her followers happy, than thoroughly discussing the issue.

#17 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-04-18 11:11 AM | Reply

"isolationist fringe"

Pejorative phrase if there ever was one.

Most were non-interventionists or pacifists like Kathy Kelly or Ron Paul.

And 'Fringe' is all to often a word used to separate and isolate sensible positions and ideas from alternative sources from the silly and reactionary mainstream media...

...by the lock-step followers of the silly and reactionary media.

#18 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2017-04-18 11:11 AM | Reply

The last Democratic President who was a war hawk was LBJ.

Jimmy Carter wasn't. (And right wingers hated him for it.)

Bill Clinton wasn't. His military aggressiveness consisted pretty much of putting out relatively small fires and being done with it as quickly as possible.

Barack Obama wasn't. He inherited the mess in Afghanistan. And as rightwingers have pointed out a million times, he was in "too much of a rush" to pull us out of Iraq. His only real quasi foray was Libya which Obama later admitted was the biggest mistake of his presidency.

Now just compare that with the consistent war mongering of Nixon, Reagan, GHWB, GWB and now Trump.

#19 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-04-18 11:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Pejorative phrase if there ever was one.

It's goofy for you to claim I'm insulting them when I'm expressing agreement with them.

"Isolationist fringe" isn't an insult; it is a fact. Isolationists on the right are on the fringe. Most people on the right bang the drum for military action every chance they get.

#20 | Posted by rcade at 2017-04-18 12:45 PM | Reply

This is a great example of the old saw that even a blind pig can find an acorn once in a while. I never thought it would happen but I'd have to agree with just about everything Ann says.

#21 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2017-04-18 01:03 PM | Reply

#20 | POSTED BY RCADE AT 2017-04-18 12:45 PM | FLAG:

Isolationist is the pejorative term used to describe the non-interventionists.

#22 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-04-18 03:32 PM | Reply

Funny how muslims killing a few other muslims in Syria with gas demanded an instant response but Christians killing thousands of muslims in Central Africa with machetes for YEARS hasn't merited so much as a tweet.


#23 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-04-18 05:54 PM | Reply


Killing Muslims is fine.

We've been doing it in the Middle East for the past 16+ years.

#24 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-04-18 06:04 PM | Reply

"The last Democratic President who was a war hawk was LBJ."

You've forgotten Richard Nixon who blew up the Paris Peace Talks and extended the war that Johnson was trying to end by four more years costing just the U.S. 25,000 additional dead soldiers and the Vietnamese several million?
Are you contending George W. Bush who said he wanted to be a war time President while still Gov. of Texas because "wartime presidents have more power and I'm going to use that power to privatize Social Security?"
Bush's father totally trumped up reasons to fight the Persian Gulf war.

Which Republican President hasn't taken us into an unnecessary war?

Reagan, unless you count Grenada.
Ford? Probably the only one who didn't want to go to war.

Which Democrat led us to war since LBJ?

#25 | Posted by danni at 2017-04-18 07:07 PM | Reply

It confers instant gravitas, catapulting them to respectability, bypassing all station stops.

Only if it goes to plan, which so far Donnie Small Hands hasn't had any success.

#26 | Posted by 726 at 2017-04-19 10:03 AM | Reply

Republicans love war. Just follow the money.

Thousands of body bags flying into Dover. No problem for Republicans. For them it's just the cost of doing business.

Trump is no different ~ except in respect to being worse.

#27 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-04-19 10:07 AM | Reply

The only job republicans know how to create is bullet catcher

#28 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-04-19 04:28 PM | Reply

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