Top Ten Michele Bachmann Goofs on the Middle East

Michele Bachmann has announced that she won’t run for Congress again (she is under investigation for, let us say, irregularities in her campaign finances). I once wrote of her,

“It has become increasingly apparent that politics and business often attract psychopaths, because of the opportunities they offer for the gratification of narcissism, grandiosity, sadism and other severe pathologies. For psychopaths, really on an Anders Breivik pre-massacre level, no one takes the cake in American politics more than Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, of Minnesota’s 6th District.”

Bachmann has startled the nation with her misadventures, as with her claim that she was briefly imprisoned in a bathroom by lesbians.

But nowhere has she left a trail of mayhem and misinformation more colorful than in regard to the Middle East. No doubt Rupert Murdoch or some other sociopath will inflict her on us in the mass media for some time to come. But here to mark the end of her career in politics per se are some trips down memory lane:

1. In 2011 Bachmann pledged that if she became president, she would immediately close the US embassy in Iran! (There has been no US embassy in Iran since it was invaded late in 1979).

2. She went on to allege that Iran had been “delivered a nuclear warhead.” (No one could understand what she meant by this charge. For instance, who delivered it and why? Of course, it wasn’t, and isn’t true).

3. She maintains that if the United States did not give knee-jerk support to far right wing Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, it would be “cursed:”

” I am convinced in my heart and in my mind that if the United States fails to stand with Israel, that is the end of the United States . . . if we reject Israel, then there is a curse that comes into play.”

4. She said Iraq should reimburse the US for having invaded and occupied it.

5. Bachmann supported Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak to the end: Bachmann accused President Obama of “sitting on his hands” as Mubarak fell in February, 2011, arguing that somehow the US should have magically stopped massive crowds from overthrowing him. She characterized the young people in Tahrir Square as “radical.”

6. She charged that Huma Abedin, aide to Hillary Clinton, had infiltrated the US government on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood. (I suggested, tongue in cheek, that Bachmann is herself a cat’s paw of that group).

7. Bachmann complained that President Obama had “put us in Libya” and now was “putting us in Africa” (with 100 troops sent to Uganda), apparently unaware of what continent Libya is in.

8. In a debate with John Huntsman during the GOP presidential primaries, Bachmann spilled classified information on Taliban attacks on Pakistan nuclear facilities. Why she is allowed to serve on the Intelligence Committee, none of us can understand.

9. In 2007, Bachmann after visiting Iraq came back with a notion that someone (the Bush administration?) had made a deal with Iran to give half of Iraq to it (apparently the Sunni part) and that Shiite ayatollahs would then run that annexed territory as a radical Sunni terrorist base against the United States:

“Iran is the trouble maker, trying to tip over apple carts all over Baghdad right now because they want America to pull out. And do you know why? It’s because they’ve already decided that they’re going to partition Iraq.

And half of Iraq, the western, northern portion of Iraq, is going to be called the Iraq State of Islam, something like that. And I’m sorry, I don’t have the official name, but it’s meant to be the training ground for the terrorists. There’s already an agreement made.

They are going to get half of Iraq and that is going to be a terrorist safe haven zone where they can go ahead and bring about more terrorist attacks in the Middle East region and then to come against the United States because we are their avowed enemy.”

Bachmann did not say how she knew about this plan, nor with whom Iran has made this deal.”

10. To the increasing bewilderment of high US intelligence officials, Bachmann invented US drone strikes on Libya and “North Africa” in her questioning of prospective CIA director John Brennan:

“REP. Michele Bachmann: When the White House conducted their armed drone strikes in North Africa, particularly in eastern Libya, prior to the attack on our mission in Benghazi on 9/11 last year, did the White House notify the State Department of the armed drone strikes before they were made?

DIR. John Brennan (director of central intelligence): Armed drone strikes in Libya? I’m unknowing of such, and I would defer to the White House to address your question.

REP. Bachmann: Were there any armed drone strikes in Northern Africa that were made by the White House?

DIR. Brennan: White House doesn’t have a drone capability, responsibility, whatever. So I –

REP. Bachmann: Did they have any directives toward having armed drone strikes in North Africa?

DIR. Brennan: Again, I don’t know what it is specifically you’re referring to, but again, I would defer to the White House on whatever happened at that time.

DIR. CLAPPER: (Referring to ?) the capability, the UAVs that were over — flying over Libya were military and were unarmed.

REP. Bachmann: And so were there any armed drone strikes that were made in North Africa prior to 9/11?

DIR. Clapper: In Libya?

REP. Bachmann: I’m asking in North Africa. I’m asking the — I’m asking Director Brennan. Were there any armed drone strikes that were made by the United States in North Africa prior to 9/11?

DIR. Brennan: Well, we usually don’t talk about any type of specific actions, but again, I don’t know what you could be referencing.

REP. Bachmann: I’m just wondering if the State Department was aware or if the military was aware or if the CIA was aware. And if we aren’t going to talk about that, we aren’t going to talk about that, but that’s a question I’d like to know.”

Oh, Michele. What will we do without you?

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  1. Dear Professor Cole

    Whatever became of Sarah Palin and her disfunctional family?

    Do you remember, the one where the joke went that if McCain were ever elected President and had a heart attack, that the Secret Service would have orders to shoot her to prevent global catastrophe.

  2. The real issue is not Michelle Bachmann, but the thousands of people who voted and were willing to listen to her (and we cannot really say that she mislead people as the depth of her intellectual capability was clear as much as who she was and represented.)

    • Not only do I agree with this, but I would also ask about the millions of other voters who support the many yo-yos in Congress. And, what about the people in Congress who voted for the disastrous war in Iraq and who keep getting reelected?

  3. As Charlie Pierce over at Esquire’s political blog wrote yesterday about Michelle Bachmann’s retirement, “There’s one nut the squirrels won’t get.”

    Minnesota has produced some genuinely goofy politicians over the years. When I was a kid growing up in Minneapolis, it had a Congressman named Walter Judd who was an early model of Rep. Bachmann; he was prone to making all sorts of wackadoodle remarks about “threats” to the US that existed only in his mind. Then there was Jesse Ventura, the previous winner of the They Can’t Really Be This Unbalanced award, but Ms. Bachmann was truly the nuttiest. In the days before Fox News, right wing bloggers and other idiots like Ann Coulter or Michelle Malkin, Drudge and Red State, she would have served a term, maybe two, and no one outside of her district would ever have heard of her.

    May she return to the obscurity she so richly deserves. The only downside of her going home to Stillwater MN is that she will be free to spend time helping her equally goofy hubby cure the gay.

  4. Jim Graves nearly beat her here in the last election. In such a strongly Republican district, it’s telling that she won by 1% to a moderate Democrat. Graves did run a great campaign (Bachmann outspent him 12-1) and has a good momentum for next year’s elections, though Bachmann stepped aside with enough time for the GOP to find her successor.

      • Where in my comment did I blame Israel for Bachmann?
        Christian Zionism is dangerous. Christian Zionists want war in the Middle East; because they believe it will quicken the return of Jesus Christ. Christian Zionists supported both wars in Iraq, are pushing for war the Syria and Iran.
        So the less Christian Zionists in the American government, the better.

      • Has Israel repudiated her? Hell, it doesn’t even repudiate known anti-Semites as long as they hate Moslems too:

        link to

        To say that there are no ties between the Likud and the American evangelical right is foolish, as these stories show. To say that evangelical right is not incredibly extreme is to ignore the substantial % of GOP adherents in the South who believe Obama is the Antichrist, a position no stranger than Bachmann’s.

  5. Do MSM journalists have a big role here? If people like MB were picked up whenever they said stupid things, either by questions from journalists at open forums or examination of their statements in opinion columns, their careers would be stopped short. One has to ask how it can come to this – whose interests are served?

    • Anyone making outrageous statements comparable to the worst of Michelle Bachmann’s should have his or her career at least suspended until some remedial action was taken.

    • How many bulletheads voted for Bachmann BECAUSE she said stupid things, things at odds with the reality that they despise and wish to war against? Not that the media is any good at explaining what qualifies as a fact to audiences it has trained to have the attention span of rodents.

  6. Michelle Bachman also viewed as favorable the bizarre Islamo-Marxist cult known as MEK that was suspected of terrorist activity within Iran.

    The MEK cult was actually at one point getting certain communications training via the U.S. Armed Forces.

    • According to Huffington Post and other sources Ed Rendell and Frances Townsend, talking heads for MSNBC and CNN, respectively, were taking baksheesh (big time) from the MEK to improve their image. Was MB doing the same thing for free?

  7. Palin served her purpose, to be replaced by Bachmann, who served her purpose, to be replaced by another token extremist woman who will be even more extreme. Each will retire to much greater affluence than they had before being plucked from obscurity by the propaganda machine.

    Remember when Gingrich represented the far right fringe of the GOP? Now he’s just moderately conservative by comparison. He served his purpose and was succeeded by radio extremists as the designated vanguard.

    Entire political positions taken by the conservative movement were merely cynical waystations to train the public to forget past positions, in preparation for new positions that should have gotten the GOP laughed out of existence. Your mission, if you accept it, is to look at the people driving this entire process, and discover what their end game is. Hint: in the publications of those people, it is most repeatedly stated that “America is a republic, not a democracy.” In other words, their mania for Founding Fathers and Original Intent and States Rights boils down to restricting the vote to those who had it in 1789 – and all the barbaric practices that this would resurrect. Getting to that point requires a lot of turnover of “conservative spokesmen”, including the token women and black presidential candidates all pre-set to fail in the primaries after creating the illusion that there’s any room in their kind of republic for real power sharing. Oh yeah, let’s cobble together an Ayn Rand Catholic to cover that demographic too.

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