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 Ann Coulter Reply


 December, 2006


 Ann Coulter - Two wars for the price of one

Two Wars at the Same Time?

By Al Owens
I’d come here fully prepared to engage Ann Coulter in a debate about that Civil War in Iraq. I was ready to offer that law of physics that two bodies cannot occupy the same space at the same time, as my example that two wars can’t either.

I’d cheered the other day when NBC announced that the current dust-up in Iraq between the Shiites and Sunnis would be termed, now and until somebody puts a stop to it, a “Civil War”. But the Bush Administration backed away from such language, offering some rather vague rhetoric that sounded as jumbled as a recipe for a bubble gum soufflé’.

"What you do have is sectarian violence that seems to be less aimed at gaining full control over an area than expressing differences and also destabilizing a democracy, which is different from civil war, where two sides are clashing for territory and supremacy," Tony Snow, the White House spokesman told reporters -and mysteriously with a straight face! What he meant to say folks is that two wars (ours and theirs) can’t occupy the same space at the same time.

I think there’s a solution for the Bush Administration’s present dilemma. It can declare ours not a war, but a police action. A failed police action. A poorly planned – ill-advised, failed police action. That way it can declare theirs a full out Civil War.

But even that declaration wouldn’t stop the most ardent Bush Administration supporters from heading for the exits. Especially since Wednesday was perhaps the worst news day the Bush Administration has had since 9/11.

First Former Secretary of State Colin Powell was quoted as claiming the situation in Iraq is indeed a Civil War.

Then there was that leaked memo from the White House that characterized Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as being either ignorant, “misrepresenting his intentions”, or unable to handle the situation in Iraq. It must have been a leak heard ‘round the world, because the first of two planned meetings between President Bush and al-Maliki in Jordan was canceled. The reason for the cancellation? A “scheduling conflict”. I’m guessing a leaked White House memo wasn’t on al-Maliki’s schedule.

But the news for everybody involved got even worse as Wednesday wore on. Al-Mailiki was caught in the middle of his own political snarls back home. With Sunni militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr threatening to pull Sunni’s from Iraq’s fledgling National Assembly if al-Maliki went ahead with that meeting with Bush. On Wednesday, he made good on his promise. 30 Sunni legislators and 6 cabinet members started a boycott against the government. And for good measure, one of them called Bush, "a criminal who killed a lot of Iraqis".

But Wednesday wasn’t quite over yet! Next came an open letter to the American public from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Ahmadinejad obviously knows a good news day when he sees one. In his letter, he called for the immediate pullout of U.S. troops from Iraq, and he claimed that the Bush Administration’s policies are based on, “coercion, force and injustice.”

By mid-evening on Wednesday, I was asking myself. ‘what else could happen’. I turned on the news (I hardly ever turn it off) and found a newly released report about a recent White House reception for new members of Congress. It seems the President approached Democratic Senator-elect Jim Webb. When the President asked Webb about how Webb’s son (who’s currently serving in Iraq) was doing. Webb replied, "I'd like to get them out of Iraq." The President told Webb that wasn’t what he asked and then he repeated the question about Webb’s son. Webb shot back, “That’s between me and my boy, Mr. President!”. Webb was later quoted as saying he was so angry he felt like taking a swing at the President.

If that wasn’t embarrassing enough, by midnight on Wednesday, The New York Times was reporting that that much anticipated bi-partisan Iraq Study Group will be recommending that U.S. forces be withdrawn from combat and used only in support in Iraq. Probably because it recognizes there is indeed a Civil War over there.

I was exhausted by the time President Bush and Iraq’s al-Maliki did appear on my TV around 2:30 AM on Thursday.

I watched their joint news conference, but they both seemed a bit uncomfortable. There’s no wonder why.