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 Ann Coulter Reply


 December, 2006


 Ann Coulter - Iraq Study Group speaks. Ann Coulter frowns!

The President Just Got Training Wheels!

By Al Owens
I havenít always been this annoying liberal. I even campaigned for a Republican once. Back in 1956, Iíd been so taken by the poetry contained within the phrase ďI Like IkeĒ I kept repeating it over and over, so my motherís best friend, Mrs. Sarah Curry up there on Searight Avenue, nicknamed me - Ike. Iím sort of glad that nickname didnít stick. I was only 8 years-old and I had an entire liberal life ahead of me. But in the mid-1950ís Dwight David Eisenhower, with his snappy campaign commercials, was my man.

Four years later, and still too young to vote, I changed my political philosophy and rooted for John F. Kennedy. Iíve leaned to the left ever since. I say this to say, I know the virtues of changing my mind. Even if the last time I changed it was in 1960, I changed it nonetheless. I wonder why George W. Bush canít change his?

The Iraq Study Group should have tipped him off to a very nasty bit of truth. The chances that everybody (or anybody these days) in the Middle East is still eager to line-up in single file to get mass injections of democracy, is about as remote as a third Bush presidency.

Little did he know, or, does he understand, that that special group of American citizens represents training wheels for a presidency thatís in jeopardy of flying headlong into a brick wall.

So the President of the United States and the most powerful man on earth may end up riding out of the White House in a little over two years Ė on a tricycle!

The situation in Iraq, according to the Study Groupís report is, ďgrave and deterioratingĒ. The President holds one of those convenient photo-ops while holding up the report, and he mumbles his support for the groupís efforts. A couple of hours later, with the appropriate skeptical talking points ready for launch, presidential mouthpiece Tony Snow tells reporters that one of the key recommendations in the report just wonít happen.

There wonít be any effort to find some kind of common ground to discuss peace in Iraq that includes Syria and Iran.
By mid-afternoon Iíd be willing to bet the President had slipped that report on the shelf right beside his copy of ďMy Pet GoatĒ. And besides, he claims he wonít really act on it anyway because his own people are preparing their own report. And you know what that means. He wonít act on it either!

Yet, none of this has stopped political pundits from attacking the report and the venerable people who prepared it. Theyíre even mocking the notion that any solution in Iraq that includes Iran and Syria is silly. I wonder from where they got that?

Ann Coulter, for instance, seems to think itís laughable to include Iran and Syria in any kind of peace process for the region. I suspect sheíd like to bomb them, rather than talk with them. Of course Iíve always thought sheíd like to bomb anything and anybody who isnít Ann Coulter.
But without any weapons of mass destruction of her own, sheís using the occasion of the release of the report to hail it as an opportunity for the Democrats to do their level best to try to lose the war. I just donít think this woman gets enough fiber!

And besides, the last time I checked, the Bush Administrationís very own Secretary of Defense appointee, Bob Gates, has said weíre losing the war Ė without the Democrats having to lift a finger. Ok! I stretched that a little. He really said he believes weíre not winning in Iraq. Iím guessing he would have said is losing the war, if he hadnít been testifying at his job interview in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee when he made that other statement. Itís just not nice to trash your new boss before your first day on the job. Heíll have ample time to do that, anyway.

He too will have read the Iraq Study Groupís report, he may try to implement some of its recommendations Ė and heíll most likely be greeted with blank stares and the kind of stubbornness that passes for presidential resolve these days. It wonít be pretty. Our new Secretary of Defense will serve an administration that has had its high hopes for victory in Iraq dashed by reality. Heíll be working for a president who needed 10 teacherís aides and training wheels to save him from himself. On Friday, an AP-Ipsos poll revealed that 71 percent of Americans disapprove of the way the President is handling the war in Iraq. Curiously there are still people whoíd swear he knows what heís doing.

Iím not one of them.