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SURRENDER BY ANY OTHER NAME ...(Ann Coulter)
AnnCoulter.com ^ | December 13, 2006 | Ann Coulter

Posted on 12/20/2006 4:21:11 PM PST by perfect stranger

How did we go from winning the war in Iraq to losing overnight? Was this decided by the same committee that changed "Peking" to "Beijing"?

These word changes are a fortiori evidence that liberals are part of a conspiracy. On what date did "horrible" and "actress" vanish from the English language to be replaced with "horrific" and "actor"? Who decided that? (Meanwhile, I'm still writing "Puff Daddy" in my nightly dream journal when everybody else has started calling him "Diddy.")

When did "B.C." (before Christ) and "A.D." (anno Domini, "in the year of the Lord") get replaced with "BCE" (before the common era) and "CE" (common era)? "Withdrawal" is "redeployment," "liberal" is "progressive," and "traitorous" is "patriotic."

These new linguistic conventions — like going from "winning" to "losing" in Iraq — simply spread like an invisible bacterial invasion.

To be sure, last month the Democrats did win a narrow majority in Congress for the first time in more than a decade. And it cannot be denied that for the past 50 years, Democrats have orchestrated humiliating foreign policy defeats for America. So it is understandable that some might interpret their midterm gains as a mandate for another humiliating defeat.

But that's not what the Democrats told Americans when they were running for office. To the contrary, they claimed to be gun-totin' hawks. A shockingly high number of Democratic candidates this year actually fought in wars. And not just the war on poverty, either — real wars, against men with guns.

It was a specific plan of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair Rep. Rahm Emanuel to fake out the voters by recruiting anti-war veterans to run against Republicans. (And when did "chairman" become "chair"?)

To the credit of the voters — especially the American Legion and VFW — the Democrats didn't fool enough Americans to even match the average midterm gains for the party out of power.

But the point is: You can't run as a phony patriot and then claim your victory is a mandate for surrender. That would be like awarding yourself undeserved Purple Hearts and then pretending to throw them over the White House wall in protest. No, that's not fair — nothing could be as contemptible as throwing someone else's medals on the ground in protest.

Is it the report of the "Iraq Surrender Group" that suddenly caused everyone to say we're losing?

The ISG report was about what you'd expect if the ladies from "The View" were asked to come up with a victory plan for Iraq. We need to ask Syria to tell Hamas to stop calling for the destruction of Israel. Duh! "Dear Hamas, Do you like killing Jews, or do you LIKE killing Jews? Check yes or no."

Most of the esteemed members of the ISG were last seen on the "Dead or Alive?" Web site. Vernon Jordan's most recent claim to fame was getting Monica Lewinsky a job at Revlon when she was threatening Bill Clinton with the truth. He's going to figure out an honorable way to get out of Iraq?

We're still trying to figure out a six-part test from some decision Sandra Day O'Connor wrote back in 1984, but now she's going to tell us what to do in Iraq.

Have things changed on the ground in Iraq? Are our troops being routed? Hardly. The number of U.S. fatalities has gone from a high of 860 deaths in 2004 to 845 in 2005, to 695 through November of this year. If the Islamic fascists double their rate of killing Americans in the next month, there will still be fewer American fatalities in Iraq this year than in the previous two years.

Admittedly, it would be a little easier to track our progress in Iraq if the Pentagon would tell us how many of them we're killing, but apparently our Pentagon is too spooked by the insurgents posing as civilians to mention the deaths of our enemies.

Moreover, it might seem churlish to mention the number of Islamic lunatics we've killed during the holy month of Ramadan. Half the time we do anything to them, it's "the holy month of Ramadan." It's always Ramadan. When on Earth is Ramadan over?

It's true that no one anticipated that al-Qaida sympathizers would stream into Iraq to fight the Great Satan after Saddam fled to a spider hole, but that's because everyone expected al-Qaida to be fighting us here.

Like "Peking," that's something else we can't say anymore: the amazing absence of another 9/11-style terrorist attack in the past five years. The heart of the insurgency in Iraq is, by definition, composed of Islamic terrorists who hate the Great Satan, own an overnight bag and are willing to travel to kill Americans. But don't worry: The Iraq Surrender Group feels sure they won't come here if we pull out of Iraq.

If absolutely nothing changed in Iraq over the next few years — if it didn't continue to get better and if the savages never lost heart (I'm assuming they subscribe to "TimesSelect") — by 2010, 6,000 brave American troops will have died to prevent another 9/11 terrorist attack on American soil for a decade.

If that's a war Americans think we're "losing," Osama bin Laden was right: We are a paper tiger.


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1 posted on 12/20/2006 4:21:14 PM PST by perfect stranger
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To: AZ_Cowboy; Rummyfan; Blue Highway

Ping to the weekly Coulter.


2 posted on 12/20/2006 4:22:44 PM PST by perfect stranger (Tagline tomorrow, tagline yesterday, but no tagline today.)
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To: perfect stranger
"You can't run as a phony patriot and then claim your victory is a mandate for surrender."
3 posted on 12/20/2006 4:28:23 PM PST by BenLurkin ("The entire remedy is with the people." - W. H. Harrison)
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To: perfect stranger
Ann's book is great
but I think it needs a more fitting title:

4 posted on 12/20/2006 4:30:27 PM PST by snarks_when_bored
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To: snarks_when_bored
I agree with your amended title.She has all the marks of one, so why not call it like she is?
5 posted on 12/20/2006 4:34:31 PM PST by Candor7 (Into Liberal flatulance goes the best hope of the West, and who wants to be a smart feller?)
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To: perfect stranger
Oops.
7 posted on 12/20/2006 4:36:05 PM PST by upchuck (How to win the WOT? Simple: set our rules of engagement to at least match those of our enemy.)
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To: perfect stranger
Annie on John Effin Kerry:

You’ve got to admire a fellow who sees a room full of wealthy widows as a target-rich environment.

8 posted on 12/20/2006 4:36:28 PM PST by beyond the sea ( All lies and jest, still the man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.)
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To: perfect stranger
Annie

****


9 posted on 12/20/2006 4:38:03 PM PST by beyond the sea ( All lies and jest, still the man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.)
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To: perfect stranger
"liberal" is "progressive,"

how did socialist become liberal anyway?

10 posted on 12/20/2006 4:38:30 PM PST by alrea
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To: perfect stranger
"The ISG report was about what you'd expect if the ladies from "The View" were asked to come up with a victory plan for Iraq."

Ouch!!! LOL!

I like it!
11 posted on 12/20/2006 4:39:17 PM PST by avacado
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To: avacado

Where is her new article? This is last weeks article.


12 posted on 12/20/2006 4:41:12 PM PST by Stepan12 (Mark Steyn: "We are all spaniards now.")
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To: perfect stranger

The Communist wing of the Party of "DemocRATs" used their useful idiots and little toadies in the Liberal MSM to convince the gullible idiots living in my country that a bunch of prehistoric Muzzies have been able to defeat the most powerful country and military in the world. You have to be a real moron to buy that but unfortunately, 60% of the unicycle riders who inhabit this portion of North America seemed to have bought into the Commies' crap. Fools!


13 posted on 12/20/2006 4:41:31 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (I hope nobody "offends" me today.)
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To: upchuck
You got that right.

At least indulge me because I didn't get to read last week's Coulter.

14 posted on 12/20/2006 4:41:40 PM PST by perfect stranger (Tagline tomorrow, tagline yesterday, but no tagline today.)
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To: perfect stranger

"You can't run as a phony patriot and then claim your victory is a mandate for surrender."

You can if you are a Democrat.


15 posted on 12/20/2006 4:46:09 PM PST by listenhillary (You can lead a man to reason, but you can't make him think)
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To: Stepan12
Frank Rich declares Iraq 'box office poison!'
16 posted on 12/20/2006 4:53:02 PM PST by perfect stranger (Tagline tomorrow, tagline yesterday, but no tagline today.)
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To: perfect stranger

(1) "How did we go from winning the war in Iraq to losing overnight?"

I don't know where she's getting this from. Whatever one's views on the war, opposition in Congress has been growing over the last year or so. It's nothing that happened overnight.

The only "overnight" flip-flop I'm aware of is President Bush saying "We're absolutely winning" the day before the election and then "We're not winning" a few weeks later.

(2) "These word changes are a fortiori evidence that liberals are part of a conspiracy."

If overnight word changes are evidence of something, then the only person we have evidence about is President Bush. Is he part of a conspiracy? Who is he conspiring with?


Aside: Evidence isn't a fortiori, but arguments can be. If she's going to put herself out there as a writer, she should learn what words mean before using them.


17 posted on 12/20/2006 5:02:20 PM PST by ConsistentLibertarian
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To: snarks_when_bored

Momma always said, one can't judge a book by its cover.


18 posted on 12/20/2006 5:03:40 PM PST by ConsistentLibertarian
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To: beyond the sea

Hey, she's pretty. Who is that?


19 posted on 12/20/2006 5:04:11 PM PST by ConsistentLibertarian
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To: perfect stranger

LOL. She really has a way with words. On this score, I don't know if I agree with everything she said. But there's no one better at mocking the Left. Its amusing to see them squirm when presented her comments, or see them get red-faced and start blurting out mysognist remarks or making death-threats. Then everyone gets to see the true face of liberalism.


20 posted on 12/20/2006 5:06:40 PM PST by jagrmeister
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To: perfect stranger

This article is old OLD. But it's always nice to see the pictures of Ann.


21 posted on 12/20/2006 5:13:56 PM PST by fish hawk (. B O stinks.)
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To: jagrmeister

"She really has a way with words."

Yes. And no.

She certainly gives her fans what they want to read. But too often she misuses words in ways that suggest she doesn't understand what they mean -- which is pretty sad for a writer. Not that I think her fans will care. But then that says something about them. And her.


22 posted on 12/20/2006 5:15:18 PM PST by ConsistentLibertarian
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To: perfect stranger

The left is invested in America's destruction.
They hate freedom, fanily and God.

Any time American interest can be defeated, especially the
military, the liberals rejoice


23 posted on 12/20/2006 5:17:34 PM PST by ChiMark
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To: perfect stranger
Indexing RELATED threads:
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AnnCoulter.com ^ | December 13, 2006 | Ann Coulter
 

Surrender By Any Other Name... [COULTER]
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Human Events ^ | Posted Dec 13, 2006 | by Ann Coulter

24 posted on 12/20/2006 5:18:05 PM PST by RonDog
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To: perfect stranger
We won the war in Iraq hands down. We defeated saddams military "machine" in a heart beat. The USA swept through Iraq like crap through a goose.

It's the occupation of Iraq we are having problems with. Surrender is not an option now, showing these idiots (iran, syria) that we are capable of leveling everything they see that exists, should be an option.

Cut the head off the snakes, the snakes will die.

25 posted on 12/20/2006 5:32:22 PM PST by mosquewatch.com (No Islam, Know peace.)
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To: ConsistentLibertarian

Thank you Mr.English major. I happen to agree with the content
of the article and I like her legs.


26 posted on 12/20/2006 5:33:32 PM PST by ChiMark
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To: ChiMark

I was homeschooled by my Momma. Momma said don't use words if you don't know what they mean. I love my Momma. God rest her soul.

Didn't Anne have a Momma who could teach her something like that?


27 posted on 12/20/2006 5:38:39 PM PST by ConsistentLibertarian
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To: ChiMark

"I like her legs."

Go you. I'm a breast man myself :-)

But you know better than to confuse a girl's legs with her brains, right?


28 posted on 12/20/2006 5:41:11 PM PST by ConsistentLibertarian
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To: perfect stranger

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=18593


29 posted on 12/20/2006 5:43:57 PM PST by RonDog
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To: ConsistentLibertarian
But too often she misuses words in ways that suggest she doesn't understand what they mean -- which is pretty sad for a writer.

Could you give us some examples, please?
30 posted on 12/20/2006 5:44:01 PM PST by fr_freak
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To: fr_freak

"Satire" would be tops on my list because it's a word she uses to describe much of her own prose, and it's particularly sad if an other doesn't understand the words she's using to describe her own prose.


31 posted on 12/20/2006 5:46:40 PM PST by ConsistentLibertarian
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To: RonDog
See comment #16.

Human Events is a much more reliable source than WND anyday. Thanks

32 posted on 12/20/2006 5:48:08 PM PST by perfect stranger (Tagline tomorrow, tagline yesterday, but no tagline today.)
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To: ConsistentLibertarian
"Satire" would be tops on my list because it's a word she uses to describe much of her own prose, and it's particularly sad if an other doesn't understand the words she's using to describe her own prose.

Below is the definition of satire that I got from Merriam-Webster online. It seems to fit her columns rather well, actually, so I'm not sure why you pick "satire" in particular. Can you please explain to me why her columns do not fit into either of these definitions (especially #2)?

Satire:
1 : a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn
2 : trenchant wit, irony, or sarcasm used to expose and discredit vice or folly
33 posted on 12/20/2006 5:59:11 PM PST by fr_freak
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To: ConsistentLibertarian
CL,we didn't go from winning to losing overnight. The MSM has presented it to us as the truth. What battle in Iraq have we lost? Where is the civil war? We have a, bigger "civil war" in Oakland, Ca., Detroit or DC than we have in Iraq today. We have several groups of bad guys raising He$$ today. Our problem is we are ounce again allowing our politicians in DC to define our ROI in this war, just as we did in Viet Nam.

(I have to believe that even today, Bush is committed to protecting the US against another terror attack, although I question his immigration position. I don't understand your conspiracy theory, so I can't comment. I really believe you also have tangible, recordable evidence of the MSM and our politicians in the Senate.They more than Bush have done a lot to undermine both this war and the VN war. Rules of engagement can change a lot in the field of battle. If you have a lawyer looking over your shoulder judging your every move, it makes a difference. Sempre Fi
34 posted on 12/20/2006 6:04:08 PM PST by MASS-2 FAC
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To: fr_freak

Sarcasm is a species of irony. And an ironic utterance is one that means the opposite of what the words used mean. Example: "Nice shirt" (said when looking at an ugly shirt to point out that it's ugly).


35 posted on 12/20/2006 6:08:28 PM PST by ConsistentLibertarian
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To: ConsistentLibertarian

36 posted on 12/20/2006 6:19:54 PM PST by JennysCool (This is the United, not Diverse, States of America.)
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To: ConsistentLibertarian
[ Sarcasm is a species of irony. And an ironic utterance is one that means the opposite of what the words used mean. Example: "Nice shirt" (said when looking at an ugly shirt to point out that it's ugly). ]

Above then, is a Cogent comment...

37 posted on 12/20/2006 6:24:38 PM PST by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole)
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To: perfect stranger
Frank Rich has been predicting America would lose even BEFORE the war began. He's the one guy in America who was against it while every one was for it - and a lot of the Democrats back then - pretended to be for it, too. Surrender by an other name... is still rooting for an American defeat in the Middle East. Good expose here by Ann Coulter.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

38 posted on 12/20/2006 6:25:51 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: ConsistentLibertarian

If one is to use words as a tool of argument, they must be to the writer or speaker as the scalpel is to the surgeon; sharp and precise. Bravo for your cogent critque of the pseudo-intellect Coulter, she merely an index of angry pejoratives in the transparent guise of a political analyst.


39 posted on 12/20/2006 6:28:21 PM PST by middie
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THIS WEEK's column is now posted here:
Frank Rich Declares Iraq 'Box Office Poison!'(Coulter)
  Posted by perfect stranger
On News/Activism 12/20/2006 5:58:36 PM PST · 13 replies · 329+ views


Human Events ^ | Dec 20, 2006 | Ann Coulter

40 posted on 12/20/2006 6:31:05 PM PST by RonDog
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To: ConsistentLibertarian

Gee, if you are going to put yourself out as a critic of Ann Coulter on an Ann Coulter thread, it would behoove you to know what she looks like in all her goddess-like incarnations......


41 posted on 12/20/2006 6:34:46 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: middie

I have nothing against her personally. But like you, I can't help but notice she's incompetent professionally.


42 posted on 12/20/2006 6:42:17 PM PST by ConsistentLibertarian
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To: CharlesWayneCT

That pic in post #9 is Coulter? How long ago?


43 posted on 12/20/2006 6:43:37 PM PST by ConsistentLibertarian
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To: ConsistentLibertarian

About 34 posts before yours :-)

I don't ask when the pictures were taken, I just enjoy them.


44 posted on 12/20/2006 6:45:39 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Comparing that pic to the others, it looks like she's well past her prime.


45 posted on 12/20/2006 6:48:16 PM PST by ConsistentLibertarian
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To: ConsistentLibertarian

Are you saying that Merriam Webster definition "trenchant wit, irony, or sarcasm used to expose and discredit vice or folly" doesn't apply here?

Or what is you are saying?


46 posted on 12/20/2006 6:53:59 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (God has blessed Republicans with political enemies who are going senile.)
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To: ConsistentLibertarian

You come across as frustrated and jealous. Post a column of your and let us judge you.


47 posted on 12/20/2006 6:54:20 PM PST by John W
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To: Balding_Eagle

Sarcasm is one kind of irony. Yes, it's typically used to expose or discredit what the writer regards as vice or folly. And if a writer does a good job, it can be both trenchant and witty -- the best, and best known, example being Swift's "Modest Proposal".

But it's still a species of irony. And you're welcome to look up that word if you don't know what it means.


48 posted on 12/20/2006 7:03:22 PM PST by ConsistentLibertarian
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To: ConsistentLibertarian
Sarcasm is a species of irony. And an ironic utterance is one that means the opposite of what the words used mean. Example: "Nice shirt" (said when looking at an ugly shirt to point out that it's ugly).

Yes, thank you for the grade school definitions. Now, if you don't mind, maybe you can explain why you think sarcasm and irony are not common elements of her columns?

Aw heck, let's just get to the point here: if you are going to make an accusation, like you did earlier, questioning someone's professional competence and grasp of word definitions, you should be prepared to provide a concrete example of such incompetence, rather than some vague, condescending statement. Here is your statement:

"Satire" would be tops on my list because it's a word she uses to describe much of her own prose

Now, the argument you appear to be attempting is that Coulter does not grasp the meaning of the word "satire" because, in reality none of her work is satire. However, according to my definition posted earlier, I think it would be quite easy to demonstrate satire in much of her work, the subjectiveness of such analysis notwithstanding. Certainly, it would be difficult to make a convincing argument that she does not engage in satire unless, of course, you are using a much different dictionary than I am.

I fully understand why some people who otherwise consider themselves conservative don't like Coulter; her writings can be rather caustic at times. However, claiming that she is incompetent as a writer due to a lack of understanding of word meanings, and then citing "satire" as an example of this is assinine.
49 posted on 12/20/2006 7:04:25 PM PST by fr_freak
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To: snarks_when_bored
I did that when the book came out--an amateurish job, but I didn't have a good "photoshop" program; and no experience on the program I did have:

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Cheers!

50 posted on 12/20/2006 7:05:02 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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