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Gore and Coulter
Posted by: McQ on Monday, February 13, 2006

Tom Bevan at RealClearPolitics makes the following observation:
Apparently, Ann Coulter called Muslims "ragheads" at the Conservative Political Action Conference this past weekend. How stupid, pathetic, and unnecessary. Coulter can often be sharp and funny - especially when attacking certain liberal sensibilities - but these comments crossed the line.

Yesterday, in Saudi Arabia, Al Gore told a crowd at the Jeddah Economic Forum that after September 11, Arabs in America had been "indiscriminately rounded up, often on minor charges of overstaying a visa or not having a green card in proper order, and held in conditions that were just unforgivable." This strikes me as a grotesque mischaracterization of what happened in America after September 11.

Now ask yourself: between the asinine comments of Gore and Coulter, who's done more harm to the cause of the United States? Clearly Coulter's comments are more "offensive" in the traditional sense in that they are bigoted and inflammatory. But ultimately, she's just a rhetorical bomb-throwing pundit (though a best-selling one) who thought she was being funny. Al Gore is the former Vice President of the United States and potentially a candidate for president in 2008 standing up at a major forum in the Middle East accusing his own country of "indiscriminately" rounding up Muslims and locking them up in "unforgivable" conditions.

It doesn't take a genius to know that Gore's accusations of abuse will get much more play - and be taken much more seriously - throughout the Muslim world than Coulter's unfortunate slur.
Coulter plays to the stereotypical right-winger. You essentially dismiss her because she does. She exists on the same extreme on the right that Michael Moore exists on for the left. As Bevan notes, her comments are offensive, biggoted, inflammatory and entirely dismissable.

Gore, on the other hand, should know better. Having held the 2nd highest political position in this country, he speaks with a different voice than the likes of Coulter or Moore. And what he said in Saudi Arabia is simply breathtakingly stupid, inaccurate and damaging. Prancing around a region inflammed by war and imagined slights generated by cartoons, the former VP of the US takes the opportunity when speaking to an audience which is prepared to believe the worst about the US to tell it what it wants to hear.
"The thoughtless way in which visas are now handled, that is a mistake," Gore said during the Jiddah Economic Forum. "The worst thing we can possibly do is to cut off the channels of friendship and mutual understanding between Saudi Arabia and the United States."

Gore told the largely Saudi audience, many of them educated at U.S. universities, that Arabs in the United States had been "indiscriminately rounded up, often on minor charges of overstaying a visa or not having a green card in proper order, and held in conditions that were just unforgivable."

"Unfortunately there have been terrible abuses and it's wrong," Gore said. "I do want you to know that it does not represent the desires or wishes or feelings of the majority of the citizens of my country."
What "terrible abuses"? What roundups of Arabs? Given the fact that the murderous highjackers of 9/11 all came from one region, the reaction to arabs in this country was remarkably, let me say that again ... remarkably moderate. And any abuses which may have occurred were the result of bureaucratic ineptness and not a government sponsored plan of abuse as he seems to want to infer. The same abuses were possible under his enlightened rule as that of the current administration.

So while Coulter is a bombastic fool (who is still a guilty pleasure for me because I like the way she can turn a phrase), Gore is foolishly reading from the Jimmy Carter handbook of "How to be a Useful Idiot in One Easy Lesson".

Al! Your day has come and gone. You're done. Get over it and for heaven sake, shut up! What's that old saying? "Keep silent and be thought a fool instead of opening your mouth and removing all doubt?" Yeah, that.

Oh, and pass that on to Jimmy, will you?
 
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Gore wen’t on to criticise how the Saudi-Arabian authorities indiscriminantly round up Christians, Ba’hais, Sufis, and any other person who is not a Salafist Sunni Muslim....

Oh, wait.
 
Written By: Jimmy the Dhimmi
URL: http://mooreisfatduhimstoopidilikeanncoulterandchickenfries.ytmnd.com/
Well I blame AlGore, simply because he’s not as cute as Ann COulter, though someone give her a sandwish, please. I’m not sure if I’m looking at Celine Dion or a right-wing columnist any more.
 
Written By: Joe
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McQ:

Your comments comparing Coulter to Moore are interesting yet unavailing, given that I’ve not once noted any occasion where Moore actually posessed, much less understood how to use, a sense of humor.

What pushes the left so far over the edge about her... in much the same fashion as the Danish cartoons... is that she fairly accurately paints a picture of the truth with her words. That, I think, more than any slurs intentional or otherwise, is of greater offense than any other factor.

As for Al Gore, his idiocy is firmly established, and has been for some years, now. We here in the states for the most part, understand this, but those outside this country don’t... or at least they’re wiling to put up with his stupidity for their own ends. Undoubtedly the Saudis see him what Mona Charen called a ’useful idiot’.

Ann, for her part, makes no claims to be speaking for anyone but herself,and let’s others identify to her as their own choice, whereas Gore directly claims to speak for the majority of the American people.


Leave it to Gore to come out swinging, claiming Americans havn’t been kissing enough Saudi backside, and then claiming that we support him in this.

You do not speak for me and mine, Mr. Gore.
To coin a phrase.... "Not in My Name, Mr. Gore"






 
Written By: Bithead
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Gore showed the Saudis his qualifications to lead the Jackass Party. Gore showed Americans how fortunate we are that he was defeated in 2000. Lastly, Gore showed many Americans, myself among them, that the Senate knew that convicting and removing Bill Clinton would have resulted in the worse alternative as POTUS.

Still can’t his passport be revoked on the grounds that he is trying to conduct an alternate foreign policy?

chsw
 
Written By: chsw10605
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Didn’t Carter win the Nobel Peace Prize for doing pretty much the same thing that Gore is now doing? So how dare you criticize Gore for doing what the ’international community’ has so clearly put its stamp of approval on?
 
Written By: steve
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Given what you’ve written about Gore........please explain to me if Gore’s comments rise to the level of treason?
 
Written By: shark
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Yes - doesn’t Gore know that the Bush administration secretly hustled many prominent Saudis out of the United States immediately after 9/11 without any serious attempt at interrogating them? If anything, the Bush administration bent over backwards to make sure that prominent Saudis were afforded "special" treatment.
 
Written By: mkultra
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Yes - doesn’t Gore know that the Bush administration secretly hustled many prominent Saudis out of the United States immediately after 9/11 without any serious attempt at interrogating them? If anything, the Bush administration bent over backwards to make sure that prominent Saudis were afforded "special" treatment.
Well there you go, even though it was actually Richard Clark, darling of the left, who authorized their departure ... you know "Mr. Counterterrorism?"
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/
Well there you go, even though it was actually Richard Clark, darling of the left, who authorized their departure ... you know "Mr. Counterterrorism?"
And like Paul O’Neil, Lawrence Wilkerson, and Paul Pillar, we got him out safely. He was subsequently deprogrammed without incident.
 
Written By: mkultra
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.... how the Saudi-Arabian authorities indiscriminantly round up Christians, Ba’hais, Sufis, and any other person who is not a Salafist Sunni Muslim....
That must be why Bush holds hands with the Crown Prince Abdullah. He admires his "executive authority," especially the ability to lock someone without charge and without access to the courts.

Bush would like to have that power someday himself ... er, wait.
 
Written By: mkultra
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"Gore, on the other hand, should know better."

If he knew better, he would be President Gore.
 
Written By: timactual
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Folks kiss Saudi Prince-butt for dollars, nothing else. The Saudi’s are good at writing big checks, and little else (their primary export, crude oil, was discovered, developed, and is distributed by infidel foreigners).

I’m hearing Howard Dean is falling behind at building up funds for the up-and-coming congressional elections, so it looks as if his party’s coffers could sure use the dough - even if it means sending Gore this time to kiss the knuckles of Wahabist sheiks.

Remember when Clinton sent Energy Secretary Richardson to BEG the Saudis to pump more oil (it was just before the 2000 election, and Clinton had released some of our petroleum reserves into the market)? The sight of Richardson bowing and scraping to the flaccid Saudi princes did more to make me question Clinton’s judgement than any other single thing he did as President.

After that fine display of supination, no wonder the Saudis, Palestinians, Syrians and Iranians all thought we’d crumble in fright after a couple of urban terrorist attacks.
-Steve
 
Written By: Steve
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Face it, MK.... If the president wasn’t treating the Saudis with extra soft kid gloves, you’d be complaining that the blue streak that this was yet another example of Bush’s "cowboy diplomacy ".

Look, why don’t we just put an end to all the hours of breathless anticipation, (and the associated dizzy spells ) by making the assumption going in, that no matter what Bush does you’re going to complain about it, and move forward from there?
 
Written By: Bithead
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