Memo to Coulter: Your Swift boat is leaking

Some 9/11 widows answer the pundit's smear.

Published June 7, 2006 4:29PM (EDT)

We've had our chance to respond to the callous remarks Republican pundit Ann Coulter made yesterday, and you've taken your turn, too. Now it's time to hear from the targets of Coulter's smears. Crooks and Liars asked Kristen Breitweiser and some other 9/11 widows for their thoughts on Coulter's claim that they're "enjoying" their husbands' deaths as they use them to manipulate public opinion on behalf of the Democrats.

Here is some of what they said:

"We did not choose to become widowed on Sept. 11, 2001. The attack, which tore our families apart and destroyed our former lives, caused us to ask some serious questions regarding the systems that our country has in place to protect its citizens. Through our constant research, we came to learn how the protocols were supposed to have worked. Thus, we asked for an independent commission to investigate the loopholes which obviously existed and allowed us to be so utterly vulnerable to terrorists. Our only motivation ever was to make our nation safer. Could we learn from this tragedy so that it would not be repeated?

"We are forced to respond to Ms. Coulter's accusations to set the record straight because we have been slandered.

"Contrary to Ms. Coulter's statements, there was no joy in watching men that we loved burn alive. There was no happiness in telling our children that their fathers were never coming home again. We adored these men and miss them every day.

"It is in their honor and memory that we will once again refocus the nation's attention to the real issues at hand: our lack of security, leadership and progress in the five years since 9/11."

The women then offer a "partial list" of items they say are "desperately in need of attention and public outcry." Perhaps Coulter ought to take a look. But since the list is about matters of substance rather than Swift-boating the opposition, somehow we're guessing that she won't be all that interested.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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