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 December, 2007

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 Ann Coulter - Caught Red Handed

Caught Red Handed

By Al Owens
I’m no doctor, but when Dick Cheney’s heart started skipping beats last weekend, I think I know the cause. He’d read that newly released National Intelligence Estimates that proved he and his president were shockingly wrong - or just plain dishonest.

It’s just a big old, fat embarrassment for the White House, when a group of intelligence agencies claims, “that in the fall of 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program.”

Egad, I’d thought we were flying headlong into World War III. Instead, we’re going to have to wait until Bush and Cheney can find another country that denies it has nuclear intentions – for no apparent reason. What’s next, Sweden?

“We assess with moderate confidence Tehran has not restarted its nuclear weapons program as of mid-2007,” are the exact words used in the NIE. In late October, Cheney used these exact words: “And now, of course we have the inescapable reality of Iran’s nuclear program.”

It all, I guess, depends on the meaning of “inescapable reality.”

This sticks a pin in the Bush administration’s campaign to change the title of the World on Terror, to read more official sounding “World War III.”

Bush has used that kind of language before. “I believe that it (events on the United Airlines plane that crashed on 9/11) was the first counter-attack to World War III,” he claimed in May of 2006.

That proclamation didn’t stick, so he dragged out that the World War III stuff again in October. “I’ve told people that if you’re interested in avoiding WWIII, it seems like you ought to be interesting in preventing them (Iran) from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon,” he told reporters who were most likely snickering at the time.

Bush seems to be echoing the ever so over-stated rhetoric of Newt Gingrich, who in July of 2006 kept referring to the conflict as World War III.

Although Gingrich and Bush, according to neo-con R. James Woosley, may have miscounted the number of world wars in which we’ve been engaged.

Woosley claims the Cold War was really World War III, and that the War on Terror is World War IV. I think they’re all wrong. I believe the O.J. Simpson murder trial merited World War status. And what about the current custody battle between Britney Spears and Kevin Federline – that’s also deserving. We’re now involved in World War IX or something.

In the meantime, the International Atomic Energy Agency is now saying that the NIE confirms what they’ve been saying all along. Iran isn’t building nukes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been saying the same thing for some time now. Although there are a few neo-cons in this country who’ve claimed that Russia has been secretly helping the Iranians build nuclear weapons. Those neo-cons don’t like Putin, they don’t like Iran, and they don’t like anybody who isn’t a neo-con. What a great world view, huh?

In fact, even Iran’s foreign minister is saying he welcomes the new report. For the record, he stopped just short of saying, “We told you so.”

So, the familiar Bush and Cheney driven drumbeat for war, and for-no-apparent-reason-ruse, didn’t work this time.

It’s too bad it did work a few years ago, when Cheney went on his famous speaking tour trying to convince the American public he wasn’t as crazy as a coot by claiming it was a proven fact that Saddam Hussein easily could strike at the heart of the United States with his nuclear arsenal. (The one we’d all later realize never existed)

In those days, he didn’t use his recent “inescapable reality” nonsense. Back then, he made liberal use of the phrase “no doubt.” In August of 2002, Cheney revealed his curious bloodlust any public gathering that would allow him to speak, or to NBC’s Tim Russert with, “There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. The danger of an attack against the United States by someone with the weapons that Saddam Hussein now possesses, or is acquiring, is far more costly than what it would cost for us to go deal with the problem.” Well, we did” go deal with the problem.”

Now we have a new set of problems. For starters, we can’t seem to figure out ways to get the president and vice-president to stop trying to make war against countries that aren’t trying to wage war against us.

The day following the NIE’s release, Bush stood before reporters and he tried to avoid the obvious questions about how he could keep saber rattling in the direction of Iran, when he may have already known that Iran wasn’t really actively thinking up ways to bomb downtown Walla Walla, Washington.

He shrugged aside the notion that Iranians weren’t actively getting on a war footing, by claiming that it was pressure from the United States that made them take a step back from nuclear development four years ago.

He also made the rather awkward statement that, “I believed that before the NIE that Iran was dangerous. I believe that after the NIE, that Iran is dangerous.”

Well, I believe that in light of the inflamed (and I might add, useless Bush and Cheney saber rattling) before, during and after the NIE the Bush administration is dangerous.