Now it’s all over the news that Ann Coulter has taken swipes at a group of 9/11 widows in her new book Godless.
June 7, 2006 — WASHINGTON – Conservative rabble-rouser Ann Coulter created an uproar among 9/11 victims’ families yesterday after she charged in her new book that a group of “self-obsessed” politically active widows are enjoying their husbands’ deaths.
The razor-tongued blond polemicist made unflattering remarks about the high-profile widows who liked to call themselves the “Jersey girls.” In Coulter’s latest book, “Godless,” she calls them “harpies” and the “Witches of East Brunswick.”
“I have never seen people enjoying their husbands’ deaths so much,” Coulter wrote.
In 2004, they endorsed Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, fiercely denounced President Bush and participated in political ads using images from the attacks – actions that prompted Coulter’s attack.
“These self-obsessed women seemed genuinely unaware that 9/11 was an attack on our nation and acted as if the terrorist attacks happened only to them. The whole nation was wounded, all our lives reduced. But they believed the entire country was required to marinate in their exquisite personal agony,” Coulter said.
“These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis.”
Coulter accused the four widows of “trying to convert their personal tragedy into a weapon to dictate national policy.”
And then she got personal.
“And by the way, how do we know their husbands weren’t planning to divorce these harpies? Now that their shelf life is dwindling, they’d better hurry up and appear in Playboy,” Coulter said.
In all honesty, I haven’t been following the activities of these 9/11 women. But I will say that I don’t understand how women who say they are trying to make our country safer could have endorsed John Kerry for President.
Here’s a link to the statement put out by these women in response to Ann.
We are continuously reminded that we are still a nation at risk. Therefore, the following is a partial list of areas still desperately in need of attention and public outcry. We should continuously be holding the feet of our elected officials to the fire to fix these shortcomings.
1. Homeland Security Funding based on risk. Inattention to this area causes police officers, firefighters and other emergency/first responder personnel to be ill equipped in emergencies. Fixing this will save lives on the day of the next attack.
2. Intelligence Community Oversight. Without proper oversight, there exists no one joint, bicameral intelligence panel with power to both authorize and appropriate funding for intelligence activities. Without such funding we are unable to capitalize on all intelligence community resources and abilities to thwart potential terrorist attacks. Fixing this will save lives on the day of the next attack.
3. Transportation Security. There has been no concerted effort to harden mass transportation security. Our planes, buses, subways, and railways remain under-protected and highly vulnerable. These are all identifiable soft targets of potential terrorist attack. The terror attacks in Spain and London attest to this fact. Fixing our transportation systems may save lives on the day of the next attack.
4. Information Sharing among Intelligence Agencies. Information sharing among intelligence agencies has not improved since 9/11. The attacks on 9/11 could have been prevented had information been shared among intelligence agencies. On the day of the next attack, more lives may be saved if our intelligence agencies work together.
5. Loose Nukes. A concerted effort has not been made to secure the thousands of loose nukes scattered around the world ? particularly in the former Soviet Union. Securing these loose nukes could make it less likely for a terrorist group to use this method in an attack, thereby saving lives.
6. Security at Chemical Plants, Nuclear Plants, Ports. We must, as a nation, secure these known and identifiable soft targets of Terrorism. Doing so will save many lives.
7. Border Security. We continue to have porous borders and INS and Customs systems in shambles. We need a concerted effort to integrate our border security into the larger national security apparatus.
8. Civil Liberties Oversight Board. Given the President?s NSA Surveillance Program and the re-instatement of the Patriot Act, this Nation is in dire need of a Civil Liberties Oversight Board to insure that a proper balance is found between national security versus the protection of our constitutional rights.
Quite frankly, item number 8 makes me question their credibility. It’s bad enough that terrorist sympathizers enter our country freely. Since stopping all immigration from the Middle East appears to not be an option, I have no problem whatsoever with the NSA surveillance program. And neither should these women.
I just wish Ann would let loose on Cindy Sheehan as well.