…by Jonas E. Alexis
Ann Coulter is now an anti-war advocate. She is now cheering for Tulsi Gabbard, who she said she is “the only genuine anti-war candidate. America keeps voting and voting against constant wars. And we never get it?”
Why is she saying “we” here? Ann Coulter seems to forget that she is the author of books such as Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican, in which she praises Bush and other Neocon puppets for destabilizing Iraq. Right after 9/11, Coulter went to the political podium and declared:
“We weren’t punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That’s war. And this is war.”
When the debacle in Iraq produced unwanted consequences such as sodomy at Abu Ghraib and inhumane torture, Coulter again was on the move to defend the Neocon crowd. “I suffered more just listening to the endless repetition of those Abu Ghraib stories than the actual inmates ever did,” she sniffed indignantly.
Coulter again declared in Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican that “The magnificently successful Iraq War has been rewritten as a failure” by the so-called Left. In the same book, she again declared that America “won” the war, “executed a dictator, presided over democratic elections and killed loads of al Qaeda fighters.”
No serious historian or scholar or even a journalist will take that silly position anymore. Jean Edward Smith, a biographer and the John Marshall Professor of Political Science at Marshall University, has recently put the final nail in the coffin of the Bush administration.
“Whether George W. Bush was the worst president in American history will be long debated,” Smith writes in his recent biography of Bush, “but his decision to invade Iraq is easily the worst foreign policy decision ever made by an American president.”
Other military historians and scholars such as Andrew J. Bacevich say similar things. Bacevich, also retired career officer in the Armor Branch of the United States Army, writes:
“Apart from a handful of deluded neoconservatives, no one believes that the United States accomplished its objectives in Iraq, unless the main objective was to commit mayhem, apply a tourniquet to staunch the bleeding, and then declare the patient stable while hastily leaving the scene of the crime.”
My questions to Coulter are very simple: Is she going to start refunding the very people who plunked down the money to buy Never Trust a Liberal and other books that promote perpetual wars in the Middle East? Or is she going to apologize to America and much of the Middle East for promoting perpetual wars for nearly ten years? If she is not willing to do either one, then she needs to shut up.
-  Ann Coulter, “This Is War,” National Review, September 13, 2001.
-  See for example Karen J. Greenberg, et al., The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005); Shadi Mokhtari, After Abu Ghraib: Exploring Human Rights in America and the Middle East(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011); Jameel Jaffer and Amrit Singh, Administration of Torture: A Documentary Record from Washington to Abu Ghraib and Beyond (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007); Seymour M. Hersh, “The General’s Report,” The New Yorker, June 25, 2007; Julian Borger, “U.S. General Linked to Abu Ghraib Abuse,” The Guardian, May 22, 2004; Luke Harding, “After Abu Ghraib,” The Guardian, September 20, 2004; Luke Harding, “Focus Shifts to Jail Abuse of Women,” Guardian, May 12, 2004; Philip Gourevitch and Errol Morris, “Exposure: The Women Behind the Camera at Abu Ghraib,” The New Yorker, March 24, 2008; Michael Otterman, American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond (Australia: Melbourne University Press, 2007), see chapters 9 and 10; Philippe Sands, Torture Team: Rumsfeld’s Memo and the Betrayal of American Values (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), 14-16; Jane Mayer, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals (New York: Anchor Books, 2009); Maggie O’Kane, Teresa Smith, et al., “The Torture Trail: What Did General Petraeus’s Special Advisor, James Steele, Know?” The Guardian, October 23, 2010; David Leigh, “Iraq War Logs: Prisoner Beaten to Death Days after British Handover to Police,” The Guardian, October 28, 2010; David Leigh and Maggie O’Kane, “Iraq War Logs: U.S. Turned Over Captives to Iraqi Torture Squads,” The Guardian, October 24, 2010; Nick Davies, Jonathan Steele and David Leigh, “Iraq War Logs: Secret Files Show How U.S. Ignored Torture,” The Guardian, October 22, 2010; Mark Danner, Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror (New York: New York Review of Books, 2004).
-  Ann Coulter, If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans (New York: Random House, 2007), 2.
-  Ann Coulter, Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican (Washington: Regnery Publishing, 2013), 3.
-  Ibid., 16-17.
-  Jean Edward Smith, Bush (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016), 660.
-  Andrew J. Bacevich, Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2013), 94, 105.
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the new book, Kevin MacDonald’s Metaphysical Failure: A Philosophical, Historical, and Moral Critique of Evolutionary Psychology, Sociobiology, and Identity Politics. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.