Candidates for President say the darndest things. Michele Bachmann has given us her share. She always has, but now she is a candidate for President, so her silliness has a platform.
Michele Bachmann recently told Fox News that if she were President, she would not have engaged Libya. She said going into Libya was a mistake.
In an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, Michele Bachmann doubled down on her opposition to the United States getting involved in the Libyan conflict, saying it was “wrong for the United States to go into Libya.” Wallace questioned whether Muammar Gaddafi would still be in power if she had been president. “Well he may be, but I stand by that decision.”
So she may be wrong, but she stands by her wrongness.
“Look where we’re at today,” Bachmann added. “Remember again, Barack Obama said we were going into Libya for humanitarian purposes. It wasn’t humanitarian purposes, it was regime change and what’s the result? We don’t know who the next leaders will be…it could be a radical element. It could be the Muslim Brotherhood. It could be elements affiliated with al Qaeda. We don’t know yet who that regime will be. But worse we’ve seen the MANPADS go missing and those shoulder fired rockets that are very dangerous that could fit in the trunk of a car. … This is a very bad decision and it’s created more instability in the region, not less.”
This in spite of the fact that the cost was minimal and not one American life was lost. Nor was one American soldier placed on the ground in Libya. The “Obama Doctrine” is working, and Michele Bachmann says it was wrong.
It gets better. In another interview Bachmann says we should stay in Iraq beyond 2011. Never mind the facts that more than 4400 American troops died in Iraq and the cost in dollars is close to a trillion dollars. The cost to these families that lost the troops in Iraq is incalculable. The lives of these families turned into turmoil. But Michele Bachman would expend American lives. And what is her explanation to this.
Bachmann said the United States spent more than 800 billion and lost 4,400 American lives, and has nothing to show for it. The war also caused thousands of Iraqi deaths and threw the country into upheaval.
“We’ve been kicked out Iraq by the people we expended our blood, treasure, and toil to liberate,” she said. Historically, Bachmann said the United States has always left troops behind to “secure the peace” after any conflict. She said it should do the same in Iraq, to ensure that Iran does not exert its influence there.
But asked by CBS host Bob Schiefer whether a president could leave American soldiers in Iraq on the conditions that have been set by the Iraqis – that the American soldiers would have no immunity from arrest – Bachmann responded, “Of course not. No president could.”
We should stay in Iraq because we have nothing to show for it. So to sum up Bachmann’s argument, we should not have gotten involved in Libya because we do have something to show for our limited involvement, but stay in Iraq because we have to stay until we have something we can show for our involvement there.
Michele Bachmann is one of the low-tier candidates for President and it is this type of nonsense spewing from her mouth that will keep her there. And one day, the good people from her Congressional district will have the good sense to vote her out of office.
Because after serving in the 6th Congressional District of Minnesota, the people there have nothing to show for her time in office.
John is the author of an award-winning book, the 2010 Winner of the USA National Best Book award for African-American studies, published by The Elevator Group Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots: How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners, and 300 Volunteers did it. Also available an eBook on Amazon. John is also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and is a book reviewer of political books for the New York Journal of Books