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#1 Post by kermit » Wed Apr 12, 2017 6:58 pm

Ann Coulter wrote:LASSIE, COME HOME

April 12, 2017



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, Trump's Syrian misadventure is immoral, violates every promise he ran on and could sink his presidency.

Left to his own devices, uncontaminated by Washington group-think, Trump gets it right.

Back in 2013, when President Obama was being egged on to attack Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack far more sweeping than this latest one, Trump tweeted:

-- Aug. 29, 2013:

"What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.”

-- Aug. 31, 2013:

"Be prepared, there is a small chance that our horrendous leadership could unknowingly lead us into World War III.”

-- Sept. 1, 2013:

"If the U.S. attacks Syria and hits the wrong targets, killing civilians, there will be worldwide hell to pay. Stay away and fix broken U.S.”

On the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly stated that he had no interest in starting "World War III over Syria," saying, "We have bigger problems than Assad." His policy position was: "Let Syria and ISIS fight. I look at Assad -- and Assad looks better than the other side.”

Trump was right on every point.

Assad is one of the least bad leaders in the entire Middle East. He's not a murderous thug like Saddam, has no rape rooms, isn't into jihad, protects Christians and is fighting ISIS. He provided us with intelligence on al-Qaida after 9/11. He does not have crazy Islamic police slapping women around or throwing gays off buildings. (That would be our beloved ally, Saudi Arabia.)

Trump was also correct about Assad's opponents being far worse, containing large helpings of both ISIS and al-Qaida.





As awful as it was to see those dead children, Trump knew that America’s first duty is to our own children.

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.

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.

If voters wanted more Middle Eastern wars, there were plenty of other candidates offering that: Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton, for example. And we must never forget Jeb! though it proved surprisingly easy to do so in 2016.

But we picked Trump.

While most of the left wailed about the return of Nazi Germany under Trump, savvier liberals saw his vulnerability: flattery. All we have to do is praise him! You'll be shocked at how easy it is.

And, boy, did they lay it on thick with the Syrian misadventure. No sucker's bait was left on the floor. Cable news hosts gushed, "Trump became president of the United States tonight!" On MSNBC, Brian Williams called the bombing "beautiful" three times in less than a minute. Sen. Lindsey Graham (one of the "women of the Senate," according to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) compared Trump to Reagan. The New York Times headlined an article, "On Syria Attack, Trump's Heart Came First.”

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.

Looking for some upside to this fiasco, desperate Trump supporters bleated that bombing Assad had sent a message to North Korea. Yes, the message is: The Washington establishment is determined to manipulate the president into launching counterproductive military strikes. Our enemies -- both foreign and domestic -- would be delighted to see our broken country further weaken itself with pointless wars.

Was America strengthened by the Iraq War? The apparently never-ending Afghanistan War? Vietnam? This is how great powers die, which is exactly what the left wants.

Administration policy was heading in the wrong direction at 90 mph, but thank God, Trump seems to have grabbed the steering wheel and hit the brakes. Notwithstanding the hopes and dreams of Clausewitzian military strategist Nikki Haley, we will not be engaging in regime change in Syria or starting World War III with Russia today.

We want the "president of America" back -- not "the president of the world.”

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#2 Post by Jakz » Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:46 pm

Thank God for Ann Coulter. We need high profile people to speak out against Tump’s missile strike in Syria. I didn’t sign on for this type of action as DJT campaigned specifically on NOT intervening in Syria. He even had an argument with O’Reilly one night about Syria in which he said: “Alright, okay, fine. I mean, you know, we can be in Syria. Do you want to run Syria? Do you want to own Syria? I want to rebuild our country.” How quickly they forget.

I don’t know who Trump is trying to please, but he is not working for his base. I hate to tell him, but the people who loathed him still loathe him and if he is not very careful his base will come to loathe him.

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#3 Post by skippylou » Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:17 pm

Ann, all of your quotes are four years old. The world has dramatically changed in the past four years. There was no solid Assad/Russia/Iran/Hezbolla conglomerate acting militarily in unison. This was a moderated one time strike on a target in Syria. It is not "going to war" with Syria and I think it is a slight overstatement to call it an "attack on Syria"; not really in the "shock and awe" category. Just this morning the president told Maria Bartiromo "...we are not going into Syria...". The Russians have grown comfortable with the complacency of Obama/Clinton/Kerry. While I do not doubt the sincerity of the president's humanitarian motivation, this was clearly a message to encourage real negotiations on the part of Russia (and others). Putin is up for re-election next year and he is in charge of a domestic economic disaster. War with America, however limited, would finish him off (in more ways than one) and he knows it. Negotiating something in exchange for relief from some sanctions would be a big poker chip in his game.

Don't underestimate The Donald or Rex. It ain't over 'till it's over.

:wave:

PS If you want to declare war, why not against our biggest enemy: The Grand Old Party, all of them. The Tuesday group won't even meet with the Freedom Caucus. The Freedom Caucus basks in their veto power in the House. Ditto for all of the other Caucuses and little cliques. If you are one of these minority groups a "my way or the highway" approach is doomed to failure; try winning more elections. They all need to give a little. Ryan seems to be incompetent to put it all together. All of the Republicans are good at throwing red meat to their base and digging their heels in against the president after years of giving Obama more than he asked for. They have no clue as to how to govern, holding fast to campaign promises as we go over the cliff isn't going to work. Hiding in the closet when the media barks at them isn't going to work. Restoring American prosperity and security will work. If the bulk of the President's agenda is not implemented, the economy will tank and the GOP can go back to their comfortable role as a minority next year. Unfortunately, the Republic will not get a second chance.

PPS Apologies for the OT rant.

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#4 Post by brendaggerbino » Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:05 am

Ann I don't want to see us in any more wars either, in fact we need to get out of a lot of these places we are in. That being said I do think Trump bombing Syria was a good move, more in the way of sending a message to China on N. Korea. We do have to worry about N.Korea because as soon as they can they will be sending nukes here. I have the feeling that China will now get rid of that problem. In this way Trump is still the president of America and not the world because he is defending us from a real threat to us at home.

Bombing an air base in Syria was a lot less dangerous than going in to take out lil Kim, but enough of a show of force to get China's attention. This is especially true because at the time of the bombing Trump was dining with Xi. This had to be a huge message.

I think the swamp thinks they have sucked him in, but he is way too smart for them, and I still believe when he said that he will "never let us down". I'm keeping the faith...Trump is always three steps ahead of them and they think they know what he is up to and they are always wrong! :flagwave:

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#5 Post by skippylou » Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:12 am

brendaggerbino wrote:
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:05 am
Ann I don't want to see us in any more wars either, in fact we need to get out of a lot of these places we are in. That being said I do think Trump bombing Syria was a good move, more in the way of sending a message to China on N. Korea. We do have to worry about N.Korea because as soon as they can they will be sending nukes here. I have the feeling that China will now get rid of that problem. In this way Trump is still the president of America and not the world because he is defending us from a real threat to us at home.

Bombing an air base in Syria was a lot less dangerous than going in to take out lil Kim, but enough of a show of force to get China's attention. This is especially true because at the time of the bombing Trump was dining with Xi. This had to be a huge message.

I think the swamp thinks they have sucked him in, but he is way too smart for them, and I still believe when he said that he will "never let us down". I'm keeping the faith...Trump is always three steps ahead of them and they think they know what he is up to and they are always wrong! :flagwave:
:goodpost:

Welcome to the forum Brenda. I don't want Trump to be president of the world either (and I don't think he wants it) BUT, if the United States of America is not the preeminent military and economic power in the world, eventually someone else will be and I don't think that will be a very comfortable world to live in. Trump campaigned on re-gaining the respect America deserves on the world stage and he is doing it. None of the people wailing and gnashing their teeth over the strike on this Syrian base has put forth a credible plan to regain America's respect or address the very real threats from North Korea, Iran and ISIS.

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#6 Post by cal. Ed » Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:26 am

Wrong, wrong, wrong. Syrian bombing out of the boundaries of America First? NOT. In order to move on with US first we need to establish the "Playtime's over" attitude worldwide. The bombings were extremely symbolic over antagonistic. Get off the idea of pure isolationism. It does not, will not and cannot ever purely exist.

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#7 Post by yankeefan » Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:46 am

Bonjour Mlle COULTER
I must disagree with your criticism of President Trump regarding his bombing of Syrian airbases this week. A head of State doesn't have the luxury of choosing in which conflicts to engage. If Assad or any other loathsome despot were allowed to use chemical weapons and get away with it, then what? Would the use of atom bombs somewhere by someone against sombody be allowed too? I think that we can both agree that the bombing of Syrian airbases was done for the benefit of N. Korea, Russia and China. However Assad must remain in power; if he is suddenly eliminated, what satanic group would replace him? al Qaida? Hamas? ISIS? Imagine how many refugees would suddenly appear at the Western World's doorstep? We live in France, we don't want any more "Muslims" They are intolerant of absolutely everything except their own tribes. Sunnis, Shias, Afghans, Somalies, Pakistanis, Sudanese, Ethiopians, Yemenis, Eritrians all hate one another; It took 700 years from the 8th to the 15th century to drive cursed Muslims off the European continent; we are sorry that those peoples cannot co-exist, We Europeans slaughtered 200 million or so of each other in the Great Wars of the 20th Century but now we live in peace. Marine Le Pen (who reminds me of David Duke in drag) just might win the Presidential election in next month. All Muslims will be sent packing. The tunnel linking England with the European continent will become a one way sewer pipe to Londonabad the capital of the caliphate of Englandinstan; The Lord Mayor of London, Saddiq Khan, will welcome them with open arms. Inshallah!
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#8 Post by Behemoth » Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:43 am

I voted for Donald Trump because I trusted his judgement. I still do. I am more concerned with the war we are in with Pres. Trumps political enemies, than I am with an air strike in Syria. Ann, please don't go to the dark side and start bashing our president along side all of his other haters.
After eight years of a feckless foreign policy America needs to regain respect on the world stage. For various reason, that I will not enumerate here, I think the air strike has helped to achieve that.

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#9 Post by Jakz » Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:28 am

Do we really know what happened in Syria? No investigation was done. Missiles were hastily launched before an investigation could be done. Supposedly, the U.S. has satellite imagery, but has not released this intelligence. The other reports we got were from Idlib province where the incident occurred. I doubt any western journalist would go near that place for fear of his/her life. That means info from that region would at least be questionable as it could well have come from al nusra/daesh, i.e. ISIS. The death toll number seems to be around 72. The sarin is said to have been dispersed via planes. When Saddam Hussein dispersed airborne sarin literally thousands died. I saw footage of rescue workers treating victims and none were wearing protective gear. I don't think asking for an inquiry into the incident is out of the question but somehow I doubt one is coming.

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#10 Post by cpdavis » Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:38 pm

If all Trump did was bomb Assad to stop the gas attacks and no more, I can live with that. I don't want Assad deposed - he's hardly been the worst dictator in the world. There is no difference between a king and dictator and there are still lots of countries with kings we get along fine with.

Imagine the US Civil War being covered by news today and the hundreds of thousands killed, people in the south starving and homeless after Sherman burns his way through. Lincoln would be considered a monster. Is it really that much different in Syria right now? It's a civil war.

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#11 Post by brwencino » Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:04 pm

I cannot believe that after all these years I agree with an Ann Coulter post! This may be bad news for Ann and her supporters, since I am a progressive (not a liberal). This attack on Syria is the same garbage liberals and conservatives have been trying to cram down our throats since Viet Nam. It is not good for the US, or for anyone else, except the moneyed interests. That is what a progressive believes, so get used to it Trump supporters.

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#12 Post by skippylou » Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:18 pm

cpdavis wrote:
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:38 pm
If all Trump did was bomb Assad to stop the gas attacks and no more, I can live with that. I don't want Assad deposed - he's hardly been the worst dictator in the world. There is no difference between a king and dictator and there are still lots of countries with kings we get along fine with.

Imagine the US Civil War being covered by news today and the hundreds of thousands killed, people in the south starving and homeless after Sherman burns his way through. Lincoln would be considered a monster. Is it really that much different in Syria right now? It's a civil war.
I am not that far from your position. However, you must realize that this was not just about Assad and poison gas. It sends a clear message to Russia, Iran and North Korea that Obama, Clinton and Kerry are gone and we are through letting these thugs piss on our national security. There are several other ways the message might have been delivered: shoot down a Russian fighter buzzing our Navy, lob a few bunker busters into North Korea etc. All of those options have an infinitely higher possibility or escalating into a real war. This was, by far, the best option and it is also quite likely to accomplish it's stated purpose....end poison gas use against civilians.

PS To all of you who want evidence, investigations etc: What would penetrate your :tinfoil: ? If Ambassador Haley put on an Adlai Stevenson act for the U.N. you would probably say the pictures were fake. Most of these doubters are either Libertarian idealists, Code Pink activists or Trump haters.

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#13 Post by GioCon » Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:37 pm

It might be too early to state that "Trump seems to have grabbed the steering wheel and hit the brakes." Unfortunately, it's looking more and more like McMaster is in charge of foreign policy (aka: regime change wars) rather than Trump. To a hammer, everything looks like a nail -- and McMaster is a hammer.

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#14 Post by nihonsuki » Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:31 am

I think war skeptic conservative public personalities should band together, to publicly make arguments against involvement in certain middle east conflicts. I would like Ron Paul, Laura Ingraham, Michael Savage, Alex Jones, and others to join up in the hopes of avoiding, or limiting, another long, expensive war. The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity would be a natural organization to coalesce around.

McMaster has ties to David Petraeus, whom ran military operations in Afghanistan under Obama. They are both proponents of counter-insurgency. Some skill in counterinsurgency is better than none. But, to paraphrase Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad, "Let’s start with some tough love, okay. You ready for this? America sucks at counter insurgency. Period.” The Pentagon leadership has made many broken promises from the beginning of the Iraq war, to the "clear and hold" strategy in Afghanistan in 2010, with over 100,000 soldiers. Yeah, an 18 year old black male from the hood, or a 18 year old redneck male from the country are going to understand the Afghan culture. Don't get me started on those incompetent european 'allies'.

I think Newt Gingrich said it best in February 2012, "There's some problems where what you have to do is say 'You know, you're going to have to figure out how to live your own miserable life because I'm not here - you clearly don't want to hear from me how to be unmiserable,'" and "We're not going to fix Afghanistan. It's not possible. These are people who have spent several thousand years hating foreigners," Gingrich said. "And what we've done by staying is become the new foreigners. And this is a real problem."

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#15 Post by guestfanofann » Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:31 pm

Thank you, Ann, for consistently telling the truth that liberals do not want to hear. At the same time, please use some common sense about your physical safety, and speak on campus when the campus authorities say they can make it safer. Remember, that the campus is private property.

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#16 Post by gklein » Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:02 pm

Ann-- I just wanted to send greetings from Oklahoma and I appreciate listening to you whenever I am able. Have a blessed day!

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#17 Post by VermontSurvivor » Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:12 pm

I think most of us agree that the Syrian airstrike by the U.S. sent a clear message. However, was the effort not short lived? The Syrian regime must be taken out through continuous bombardment of their forces. Attacks by land, sea and air would be effective and thorough. Last thing we want is a foreign policy showcase where it appears to be a buffet table or cafeteria -picking and choosing. The Syrian civilians should be trained in guerilla warfare tactics, so they can take back their country. Also, re-enlist those who have had military experience. VET: veteranize, enforce and train.

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#18 Post by patentlymn » Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:47 pm

Jakz wrote:
Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:28 am
Do we really know what happened in Syria? No investigation was done. Missiles were hastily launched before an investigation could be done. Supposedly, the U.S. has satellite imagery, but has not released this intelligence. The other reports we got were from Idlib province where the incident occurred. I doubt any western journalist would go near that place for fear of his/her life. That means info from that region would at least be questionable as it could well have come from al nusra/daesh, i.e. ISIS. The death toll number seems to be around 72. The sarin is said to have been dispersed via planes. When Saddam Hussein dispersed airborne sarin literally thousands died. I saw footage of rescue workers treating victims and none were wearing protective gear. I don't think asking for an inquiry into the incident is out of the question but somehow I doubt one is coming.
Exactly.
We destroyed Libya for no good reason. No investigation there either. On to destroy the next country!

BTW The UK House of Commons DID investigate why the hell the UK helped destroy Libya, after the fact. It concluded the action was not based on credible evidence.

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