Conservative doyenne Ann Coulter defended her support of troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in a contentious debate with Bill O’Reilly on Fox News.
“Does it make you queasy that you are in agreement with some on the far left . . . about Afghanistan?” O’Reilly began. The host said he supports a continued American presence there, and that a mass withdraw would signal an invitation to al-Qaida and the Taliban to return in force.
Coulter broke down the politics of troop deployment by saying that Republicans support it when it is beneficial to the United States, and Democrats support it only when it is not.
“Everything we could accomplish in Afghanistan we did in the first six months of that war,” she said. “But you don’t want regime change in a place like Afghanistan — they have more goats than flush toilets.”
“Afghanistan has never exported terrorism,” she continued. “They just want to be left alone; they’re perfectly happy being poor, ignorant, and having a 30-year lifespan.” She suggested that Iraq and Iran are better candidates for regime change.
Coulter insisted that President Barack Obama escalated troop deployment to Afghanistan and decreased U.S. presence in Iraq for political reasons, even though having troops in Iraq better served national interests.
“We’d be better off going into Iran,” Coulter said. “We’d be better off going into Canada. We are not going to turn Afghanistan into a functioning democracy.”
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