Coulter: Bin Laden Is ‘Irrelevant,’ ‘Things Are Going Swimmingly In Afghanistan’

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Last night on Hannity and Colmes, guest host Kirsten Powers confronted Ann Coulter about President Bush’s failure to capture Osama Bin Laden and the rapidly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan.

Coulter responded, “As for catching Osama, it’s irrelevant. Things are going swimmingly in Afghanistan.” Powers blasted Coulter for her answer. Coulter then abruptly decided to end her participation in the middle of the segment, saying, “OK, well, good night! It was nice being here.” Watch it:

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For Ms. Coulter’s benefit, here’s an update on the situation in the last couple of months in Afghanistan:

Security situation is “close to anarchy.” Last month, a senior British military commander said “the situation is close to anarchy” in Afghanistan, and warned western forces were “running out of time” to meet expectations Afghanis have for their security.

Discontent among Afghans is “boiling.” “After months of widespread frustration with corruption, the economy and a lack of justice and security,” the New York Times reported that “doubts about President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, and by extension the American-led effort to rebuild that nation, have led to a crisis of confidence.”

Opium production is at record levels.Opium cultivation in Afghanistan has hit record levels – up by more than 40 percent from 2005 – despite hundreds of millions in counternarcotics money,” the Associated Press reported. “The increase could have serious repercussions for an already grave security situation, with drug lords joining the Taliban-led fight against Afghan and international forces.”

Crooks and Liars has more.

Transcript:

POWERS: Ann, let’s talk about let’s talk Usama bin Laden. How about let’s kill Usama bin Laden? How about let’s find Usama bin Laden? You’re talking about how, you know, Democrats don’t want to do things on terrorism, which I actually will in a second go ahead and list the things they want to do, but how about the fact we invaded Iraq, when, you know, over in Afghanistan everything was falling apart? And the fact that we let Usama bin Laden get away, and the president said he doesn’t even think about him, he doesn’t care about him.

BROWN: What happened to “mission accomplished”?

POWERS: What about that?

COULTER: I look forward to hearing that list.

POWERS: OK, you will in a second.

COULTER: But as for catching Usama, it’s irrelevant. Things are going swimmingly in Afghanistan.

POWERS: No, they’re not.

COULTER: I mean, it’s like a fading movie star now.

BROWN: “Swimmingly”?

POWERS: Things in Afghanistan are going horribly. But this is interesting, Usama bin Laden is irrelevant. The person, the mastermind behind the Al Qaeda attacks on the United States is completely irrelevant. Is that what you’re saying?

COULTER: Right, it was handed to Bill Clinton twice.

POWERS: Oh, it’s Bill Clinton’s fault.

COULTER: And Bill Clinton said no…

POWERS: Yes, because I think that actually George Bush was president in 2001.

COULTER: I know you’re trying to imitate Alan Colmes, but at some point he does let me answer.

POWERS: Yes, OK. Let’s go — Michael, why don’t we talk about the things that the…

COULTER: OK, well, good night! It was nice being here.

(CROSSTALK)

POWERS: … Democrats actually arguing about the fact that all of the…

COULTER: Sean?

POWERS: … Republicans have voted against all the things the…

COULTER: I think I can leave.

POWERS: … Democrats have brought up, like increasing funding for border security, increasing funding for port security…

COULTER: I think I can leave now.

POWERS: … increasing funding for airline security. I mean, isn’t that true, Michael?

HANNITY: Hang on, Ann.

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