Coakley says no more terrorists in Afghanistan

posted at 10:12 am on January 12, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Jim Hoft caught this odd statement from Martha Coakley in last night’s debate, a moment that went mainly unnoticed before now.  While most of the post-debate attention has focused on Scott Brown’s Reaganesque moment in declaring that the Senate seat doesn’t belong to the Kennedy family or the Democrats but to all Massachusetts voters, Coakley had a Gerald Ford-esque moment on the war in Afghanistan.  She declared Afghanistan to be terrorist-free and wants the troops to come home now:

I think we have done what we are going to be able to do in Afghanistan. I think that we should plan an exit strategy. Yes. I’m not sure there is a way to succeed. If the goal was and the mission in Afghanistan was to go in because we believed that the Taliban was giving harbor to terrorists. We supported that. I supported that. They’re gone. They’re not there anymore.

The timing on this was rather poor, considering the deaths of eight CIA officers in Afghanistan just ten days ago at the hands of a suicide bomber. Jim clips together the suicide bomber’s valedictory message made just prior to his attack to underscore the point. The terrorists are definitely still in Afghanistan, both foreign and domestic, and capable of carrying out attacks.

Now, one could make an argument that our presence in Afghanistan provokes terrorist attacks such as the one that killed the eight CIA officers less than two weeks ago. I’d disagree with that — we weren’t in Afghanistan until after al-Qaeda firmly established itself there, with the blessing and the bidirectional support of the Taliban government — but it’s still an arguable point. Coakley didn’t make that argument, however, but instead insisted in quasi-Orwellian fashion that there are no terrorists left in a nation that just had a terrorist attack.

In the 1976 presidential campaign, Gerald Ford lost whatever chance he had for victory by asserting that Poland wasn’t under the direction of the Soviet Union, making him look detached from reality and throwing the election to Jimmy Carter. Hopefully, the voters of Massachusetts will make the same determination about Coakley in the aftermath of this debate and send someone much wiser than Carter or Coakley to Washington.


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MA, please do the right thing, vote for Brown.

deidre on January 12, 2010 at 10:14 AM

In the 1976 presidential campaign, Gerald Ford lost whatever chance he had for victory by asserting that Poland wasn’t under the direction of the Soviet Union, making him look detached from reality and throwing the election to Jimmy Carter. Hopefully, the voters of Massachusetts will make the same determination about Coakley in the aftermath of this debate and send someone much wiser than Carter or Coakley to Washington.

You’re forgetting a key fact – Coakley is a democrat.

Vashta.Nerada on January 12, 2010 at 10:14 AM

No worries.

Coakley is taking up the issue of untidy gardening club finances. MUCH more important than Afghanistan.

Everyone knows that Afghanistan doesn’t matter. Plus, er, Bush-Cheney-Halliburton.

Plus, her campaign can’t even spell the state in which she’s running for Senate.

LOLz

Good Lt on January 12, 2010 at 10:14 AM

hahahahahaha

moran

blatantblue on January 12, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Taliban gone?
Coakley’s a moron.
Next.

Dave Rywall on January 12, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Here’s the Boston Globe report on the debate. It’s fairly straight reporting, and just by reading the quotes you can see how many good blows Brown landed.

EnglishMike on January 12, 2010 at 10:18 AM

There is no terrorism. It’s man-caused disasterism.

JammieWearingFool on January 12, 2010 at 10:18 AM

If MA voters elect this idiot, they deserve to be the first to die during the 2012 Apocalypse…

catmman on January 12, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Coakley is a dunce. Go sit in the corner, Martha.

jaime on January 12, 2010 at 10:19 AM

So the Taliban and terrorists are separate things?

This is Obama talk- from last year.

drjohn on January 12, 2010 at 10:19 AM

The only thing that amazes me more than stupid candidates are the stupid people who don’t know their candidates of choice are stupid. God help us.

JohnTheBuilder on January 12, 2010 at 10:19 AM

A Democratic aide added after the debate:

If the goal was and the mission in Massachusetts was to go in because we believed that the citizens were giving harbor to patriots. We supported that. I supported that. They’re gone. They’re not there anymore.

Hopefully the aide is wrong…7 days to go.

WashJeff on January 12, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Another embarrassment to women up on the hill.

bridgetown on January 12, 2010 at 10:19 AM

And there are no homosexuals in Iran, either. I do not know who told this to you.

BobMbx on January 12, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Coakley is clearly talking to the same analysts who told Joe Biden that the US and France kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon.

EnglishMike on January 12, 2010 at 10:21 AM

She should be required to go on an unarmed fact finding tour to Khost. Bon Voyage, Martha.

Fletch54 on January 12, 2010 at 10:21 AM

She probably thinks global warming is more of a threat than terrorism.

petefrt on January 12, 2010 at 10:21 AM

I guess it makes sense now that people of her ilk believe in AGW.

WashJeff on January 12, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Perhaps she lives by the motto… one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. Thus, Afghanistan is full of freedom fighters now.

myrenovations on January 12, 2010 at 10:21 AM

“There are no terrorists in Afghanistan. However, there are men who cause disasters. Oh, and Jihadists too, but no terrorists.”

BobMbx on January 12, 2010 at 10:22 AM

She meant they’re working for her campaign now instead.

SouthernGent on January 12, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Please send Scott money. Let’s take Massachusetts back.

OmahaConservative on January 12, 2010 at 10:22 AM

They are all just civilians in Afghanistan until they strap on a suicide belt and then they are still just civilians according to the liberals.

fourdeucer on January 12, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Tell the CIA.

hawkdriver on January 12, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Good God.

This doesn’t say much about the intelligence of the voters in Mass that she’s climbed this far up the ladder.

Yeah, I know the press protects these ‘bubble-heads’, but really.

In my neck of the woods, she would have been laughed [or booed] off the stage for that remark.

Thank God I live in Ohio.

CPT. Charles on January 12, 2010 at 10:23 AM

The Taliban and Democrats have a lot in common.

SC.Charlie on January 12, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Coakley says no more terrorists in Afghanistan

Umm, has anyone told our men and women over in Afghanistan? They should probably be made aware of this little tidbit.

Geronimo on January 12, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Don’t get your hopes up on this race. MA votes Dumbocrat.

jagdpanther on January 12, 2010 at 10:23 AM

She appeared very weak in the debate last night. Her continued use of “Bush-Cheney policies” in her answers and statements seemed awkward & out of touch.

singlemalt_18 on January 12, 2010 at 10:23 AM

You’re missing here point. The CIA bomber was the last terrorist in Afghanistan, see? He’s gone now, so “they’re all gone.” She makes perfect sense.

As for how some politician from Massachusetts was able to figure out exactly which terrorist was the last one – well, I don’t know but I’m impressed.

vitocorleone99 on January 12, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Hey, Martha Coakley, great news about there being no more terrorists in Afghanistan.

Only one little thing though.

Where’s your proof?

pilamaye on January 12, 2010 at 10:23 AM

If the goal was and the mission in Afghanistan was to go in because we believed that the Taliban was giving harbor to terrorists.

The goal was to destroy the Taliban, who ARE terrorists.

Phoenician on January 12, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Seven CIA officers were unavailable for comment.

RadClown on January 12, 2010 at 10:25 AM

That’s like another $1 million for Brown. Coakley clearly is an idiot. Not merely ignorant, but actually stupid.

rbj on January 12, 2010 at 10:26 AM

So your saying Obama sent in 30,000 additional troops to fight an enemy who was no longer there.

This just in …….

“President Obama accepts Coakley’s apology, says it’s time to move on to more important isssues.”

fogw on January 12, 2010 at 10:26 AM

This woman cannot actually be as stupid as that quote makes her sound. Seriously. I don’t think it’s medically possible.

WesternActor on January 12, 2010 at 10:26 AM

She may be a moron, but I have little faith in the people of MA to do the right thing. They’ve been so successful in the past…………

ultracon on January 12, 2010 at 10:28 AM

You’re right, Coakley. They’re all in Pakistan now.

blatantblue on January 12, 2010 at 10:28 AM

In the 1976 presidential campaign, Gerald Ford lost whatever chance he had for victory by asserting that Poland wasn’t under the direction of the Soviet Union

Common misconception… Ford should have won that election and may have (see: Oregon, Ohio, Illinois and the Dem machine).

Carter won with 50.1% of the vote. I don’t the Poland comment on October 6 cost him the election. The Nixon pardon plus Carter running as a faux moderate (sweeping the South) was responsible for his downfall.

mankai on January 12, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Coakley on terrorism?

Solid B+.

Good Lt on January 12, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Taliban gone?
Coakley’s a moron.
Next.

Dave Rywall on January 12, 2010 at 10:17 AM

No, no, no. She should stay in the race! She’s the best candidate that the Dems have.

Go, Martha! And keep on talking. You’re saying all the right things to the people of Massachusetts…. Things that show how incompetent you are.

UltimateBob on January 12, 2010 at 10:31 AM

lolwut?

This would be hilarious, if it weren’t real.

CatsGodot on January 12, 2010 at 10:32 AM

More on Coakley v. Brown here.

Buy Danish on January 12, 2010 at 10:32 AM

John Kerry could not be reached for comment because he is still recovering from being turned down for a visa to Iran. Funny thing is though, if Kerry had gone through a country like Nigeria first, he might have got one.

Americannodash on January 12, 2010 at 10:32 AM

It appears to be a Brown campaign spot opportunity.

Mr. Arrogant on January 12, 2010 at 10:32 AM

The timing on this was rather poor, considering the deaths of eight CIA officers in Afghanistan just ten days ago at the hands of a suicide bomber.

Yeah, but he was the LAST one, and he killed himself in the attack. So they’re all gone now. Poof. And she knows that for a fact because, well, because she’s an expert.

Daggett on January 12, 2010 at 10:34 AM

The Taliban and Democrats have a lot in common.

SC.Charlie on January 12, 2010 at 10:23 AM

They certainly both want us to submit to their will.

Only difference is that one wants to kill us with bombs, the other wants to make us all poor and starving.

UltimateBob on January 12, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Brown brought this up on Fox this morning. He did a pretty good job this morning getting his main points across.

sammypants on January 12, 2010 at 10:35 AM

There were a lot of really scary things that both Coakley and Kennedy said about their perspective on terrorism. The problem is that there are a lot of liberals in MA that believe the same as they do(if we leave them alone they will leave us alone). It’s that crazy around here.

DJ from MA on January 12, 2010 at 10:36 AM

POLL: Who Won Tonight’s Debate? Scott Brown vs Martha Coakley vs Joseph Kennedy: http://mittromneycentral.com/2010/01/11/poll-who-won-tonights-debate-scott-brown-vs-martha-coakley/

dnlchisholm on January 12, 2010 at 10:38 AM

It sounded to me like Martha was saying, essentially, that to win the war in Afganistan, we just have to show them love and acceptance – because it’s worked so well in the past…

sultanp on January 12, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Great, strap her on a parachute and do a HALO on her over there. Me think the perspective would change after that.

Sir Napsalot on January 12, 2010 at 10:40 AM

The timing on this was rather poor, considering the deaths of eight CIA officers in Afghanistan just ten days ago at the hands of a suicide bomber.

That right there shows unprecedented ignorance. Where do we get these people?

scalleywag on January 12, 2010 at 10:41 AM

On par with our Janet ‘The System Worked’ Napolitano.

Sir Napsalot on January 12, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Thank God I live in Ohio.
CPT. Charles on January 12, 2010 at 10:23 AM

We don’t have much to brag about. We sent Sherrod Brown to the Senate, and George Voinovich is no prize, either.

KeepOhioRed on January 12, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Of course there are no terrorists in Afghanistan. Anyone who is not blinded by prejudice has to admit they are all patriots now, defending their homeland from the foreign invaders who have installed a puppet government. It’s all about oil, ya know?

We won, its over. Bring out troops home, now.
/how do I get paid for this?

Skandia Recluse on January 12, 2010 at 10:46 AM

We don’t have much to brag about. We sent Sherrod Brown to the Senate, and George Voinovich is no prize, either.

KeepOhioRed on January 12, 2010 at 10:44 AM

And not to mention, my Representative is Marcy Kaptur.

rbj on January 12, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Mission Accomplished?

Dash on January 12, 2010 at 10:47 AM

detached from reality

That’s a bonus in MA

Caper29 on January 12, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Brown needs to win in land-slide fashion, or we will watch another Frankening of an election. The Dems will freeze brown out of the Health Scare process during some extended farce.

Message to MA. Voter, Harry and Nancy will disconnect the Massachusetts voters from the process if you do not elect this guy in a land-slide.

And then invoke the name of Kennedy, in an ironic victory dance.

ttime500 on January 12, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Dem majority -over and out.

Croakley

profitsbeard on January 12, 2010 at 10:49 AM

I think we have done what we are going to be able to do in Afghanistan.

Yeah, what with PrecedentLeroyMackDaddy as fearless leading.

davidk on January 12, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Please give Scott money. Let’s take Massachusetts back.

OmahaConservative on January 12, 2010 at 10:50 AM

How far they will go to not lose their base!!Every day ,these dems are telling us who they are.

Wake up obamabots,it’s all right there in front of you.

ohiobabe on January 12, 2010 at 10:50 AM

polls. gotta see polls. need me some polls. please. c’mon c’mon c’mon. I’ll give you my car. need. polls. NOW.

(I may have a problem)

29Victor on January 12, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Thank God I live in Ohio.
CPT. Charles on January 12, 2010 at 10:23 AM

We don’t have much to brag about. We sent Sherrod Brown to the Senate, and George Voinovich is no prize, either.

KeepOhioRed on January 12, 2010 at 10:44 AM

rbj on January 12, 2010 at 10:46 AM

But do you live in a state that has Blago, George Ryan, and sent Barack Obama to the Senate and to the Presidency?

Hah, didn’t think so!

WashJeff on January 12, 2010 at 10:51 AM

“Mission Accomplished”, Part II.

Dark-Star on January 12, 2010 at 10:51 AM

My favorite quote from Brown:

‘You can run against Bush-Cheney, but I’m Scott Brown, I live in Wrentham. I drive a truck.’

I really don’t know what it is with MA politicians. Teddy Kennedy (before he was dead), John Kerry, Barney Frank…. Disconnected from reality all.

highhopes on January 12, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Obama dithered about sending troops to Afghanistan all those months for nothing?

scalleywag on January 12, 2010 at 10:52 AM

What a complete idiot-they need to jump all over this!

WisCon on January 12, 2010 at 10:52 AM

brown did well..here’s hoping the MA voters are smart enough to see it.

Handel on January 12, 2010 at 10:52 AM

oops, forgot my sarc

scalleywag on January 12, 2010 at 10:53 AM

polls. gotta see polls. need me some polls. please. c’mon c’mon c’mon. I’ll give you my car. need. polls. NOW.

(I may have a problem)

29Victor on January 12, 2010 at 10:50 AM

There is a good pole here.

WashJeff on January 12, 2010 at 10:53 AM

davidk on January 12, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Dude, I’m sure not the thread PC police, but that’s close to over the top IMHO.

hawkdriver on January 12, 2010 at 10:53 AM

I think we have done what we are going to be able to do in Afghanistan. I think that we should plan an exit strategy. Yes. I’m not sure there is a way to succeed.

In Massachusetts, “Cut and run!” is a feature, not a bug.

eeyore on January 12, 2010 at 10:54 AM

I love this endless parade of life-long legal eagles who somehow see fit to dispense their foreign affairs wisdom to us benighted masses.

Does the Left have any foreign affairs “experts” with any actual, y’know, foreign policy experience?

Remind me again of Hillary Clinton’s vast IR experiences, other than accompanying Bubba on his world tours?

Track-A-'Crat on January 12, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Hah, didn’t think so!

WashJeff on January 12, 2010 at 10:51 AM

hahaha, you win!

scalleywag on January 12, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Coakley should be visiting the troops in Afghanistan then, maybe take a hike in Tora Bora region without any military escort.

Seriously, if the people of Mass elect this fool…

Bishop on January 12, 2010 at 10:55 AM

hahaha, you win!

scalleywag on January 12, 2010 at 10:54 AM

I win for being in state that generates the worst politicians. :-(

WashJeff on January 12, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Time to bring in Katie Couric to do a “game changing” interview with Martha Coakley to show what a clueless hack she is…..

Oh wait!!!

Sweet_Thang on January 12, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Brown needs to win in land-slide fashion, or we will watch another Frankening of an election. The Dems will freeze brown out of the Health Scare process during some extended farce.

ttime500 on January 12, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Yes and no. A win, no matter how tight, would be a shockwave by the time it gets to DC. The Dems may play games in a close election but they are already engineering it so that the fill-in gets to vote for healthcare prior to certification of the election. After all, the election isn’t even until the 19th with the filthy lying coward set to have Obamacare signed a week later. It would be hard for Brown to be involved with this particular crime against humanity by this corrupt administration.

highhopes on January 12, 2010 at 10:57 AM

The mindset of this woman, is the mindset of a lot of Democrats. It’s dangerous. Not only for our intelligence community, and troops, but for the citizens of this country. It’s just asking for more attacks.

If Mass. votes this woman into that seat….then they deserve what they get. However….if she wins, we’ll all be paying the piper for this womans head in the sand mentality when it comes to terrorism, and Afghanistan.

capejasmine on January 12, 2010 at 10:58 AM

If the Taliban are supposed to be local insurgents, why to they come from Pakistan on the other side of a mountain range?

BohicaTwentyTwo on January 12, 2010 at 10:58 AM

I win for being in state that generates the worst politicians. :-(
WashJeff on January 12, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Hold on a minute there:

Klobuchar, Wellstone, Franken, Ventura, Ellison, Mondale, Dayton.

I’ll put Minnesota’s finest up against anyone, any day.

Bishop on January 12, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Coakley should be visiting the troops in Afghanistan then, maybe take a hike in Tora Bora region without any military escort.

Seriously, if the people of Mass elect this fool…

Bishop on January 12, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Coakley should, at best, be processing bills, entering data, and greeting customers for some small business. Not creating\interpreting laws for a state, let alone the country.

WashJeff on January 12, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Please give Scott money. Let’s take Massachusetts back.

OmahaConservative on January 12, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Who ya gonna call? Hot Air DEMBUSTERS!

I’m in.

donh525 on January 12, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Good God.

This doesn’t say much about the intelligence of the voters in Mass that she’s climbed this far up the ladder.

Yeah, I know the press protects these ‘bubble-heads’, but really.

In my neck of the woods, she would have been laughed [or booed] off the stage for that remark.

Thank God I live in Ohio.

CPT. Charles on January 12, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Good point! Unfortunately, here in RI we have our own “bubble-head” in the person of carpetbagger Patrick “DUI” Kennedy.

Sweet_Thang on January 12, 2010 at 11:01 AM

I win for being in state that generates the worst politicians. :-(

WashJeff on January 12, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Most corrupt anyway and you didn’t even include Burris in your rollcall of shame.

I’d suggest, however, that California has you beat when it comes to “worst politicians.”

highhopes on January 12, 2010 at 11:01 AM

I hardly think an attack on a CIA base is terrorism. That is a legitimate military target.

tommylotto on January 12, 2010 at 11:01 AM

I know this is Massachusetts, but Coakley’s Af-gaffe could be a game-changer. Scott Brown needs to put up an ad with Coakley’s quote followed by some evidence that there are still terrorists in Afghanistan, and a poll (reported on Fox News) that a majority of Afghans support the US troop surge.

Steve Z on January 12, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Klobuchar, Wellstone, Franken, Ventura, Ellison, Mondale, Dayton.

I’ll put Minnesota’s finest up against anyone, any day.

Bishop on January 12, 2010 at 10:59 AM

You’re on:

Durbin, Daley, Rahm, Jesse Jackson, Jesse Jackson Jr., Jane Schkowsky.

Don’t mess with IL when it comes to corruption and incompetence. Come talk to me when your state has a $12B deficit…prbably bigger than CA in proporation to state GDP.

Dang…I should not be defending this!

WashJeff on January 12, 2010 at 11:03 AM

‘You can run against Bush-Cheney, but I’m Scott Brown, I live in Wrentham. I drive a truck.’

This is the kind of conservative candidate tea partiers should love. Hopefully there will be enough of them voting for Brown to get him elected.

docdave on January 12, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Remind me again of Hillary Clinton’s vast IR experiences, other than accompanying Bubba on his world tours?

Track-A-’Crat on January 12, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Where is our Sec of State anyway? Doing special ops in the White House kitchen?

donh525 on January 12, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Future ad.
They’re gone. They’re not there anymore.
Showing the appropriate clip.
Then show a newspaper headline of the CIA officers killed. Then another with the latest firefight with the casualties. Then another headline talking about the Taliban’s influence. With the first two headlines, hammer hard on the time they happened. With the last, hammer hard on the assertions by the Taliban, and our own intel assessment. Then ask: “Is this the type of person you want in the Senate? Or someone who actually has a grip on reality?”
She just about handed the election over. Now I am not taking the MA voter for granted, after all they kept Teddy in office, but she ain’t no Kennedy. This is winnable, just not guaranteed.

TQM38a on January 12, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Klobuchar, Wellstone, Franken, Ventura, Ellison, Mondale, Dayton.

I’ll put Minnesota’s finest up against anyone, any day.

Bishop on January 12, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Hard as it is to say, they for the most part have some integrity in their liberalism (Wellstone and Mondale in particular). Illinois politicans are pretty damned flexible when it comes to ethics and integrity.

But, as posted above, I gotta give my vote to California for the worst politicians.

highhopes on January 12, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Well that’s it. Brown should concede now since Coakley possesses far more intelligence then Brown ever will.
/s
This same statement was made during the Presidential campaign a year ago where our candidates seemed to know everything about the threat of terror until our CIA briefed them both near the end of the campaign. That’s when Biden came out and said his “in 6 months Obama will be tested” statement. He obviously learned something that he didn’t know prior. How can Coakley make a statement like that?

Electrongod on January 12, 2010 at 11:06 AM

I think this is a major crew-up on her part. Major. After the last eight years, you just can’t make a comment like that about terrorists and the Taliban and not come out looking like an a$$hole. The libs won’t care, but the Pubs and Indies will be swarming all over this like flies on a picnic basket. Wow. I can’t believe she said that…

joejm65 on January 12, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Dang…I should not be defending this!

WashJeff on January 12, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Also, I think we lead the nation in indicted, convicted, and jailed governors.

donh525 on January 12, 2010 at 11:07 AM

I’d suggest, however, that California has you beat when it comes to “worst politicians.”

highhopes on January 12, 2010 at 11:01 AM

I was hoping to prove you wrong with these numbers:

CA Budget Deficit (2009): 42B
CA GDP (2007): 1,812B
CA Deficit as percentage of GDP: 2.317%

IL Budget Deficit (2009): 12B
IL GDP (2007): $609B
IL Deficit as percentage of GDP: 1.97%

But, congradulations to you. You’re state does have worse politicians.

WashJeff on January 12, 2010 at 11:08 AM

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