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January 02, 2012 11:20 AM Bachmann’s scary saber rattling

By Steve Benen

As Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann sees it, the key to turning around her collapsing campaign is talking up a military confrontation with Iran.

The Minnesota lawmaker, who is courting conservative voters in Tuesday’s caucuses, said she would put U.S. missiles “on alert” and consider a blockade against the oil-rich nation in an effort to express disapproval of Iran’s apparent intent to obtain a nuclear weapon.

“What we need to do is take a very aggressive posture toward letting Iran know that we mean business, that we don’t want them to seek a nuclear weapon,” Bachmann said on CBS’ “The Early Show,” adding that her administration “will do whatever it takes” to send a “strong signal that the United States is on high alert.”

She said that includes deploying Patriot missiles, ballistic missiles and other weapon systems in the U.S. and the Middle East.

Maybe Bachmann has a poll showing Iowa Republicans support yet another war in the Middle East?

Given that Bachmann will never be the president of the United States, it’s tempting to just marvel at her saber rattling and move on with the comfort that comes with her dwindling poll numbers. But I’d note just one detail that sometimes goes overlooked: even after Bachmann leaves the presidential campaign trail, she’ll return to Capitol Hill, where House Republican leaders a year ago made her a member of the House Intelligence Committee, giving her access to some of the world’s most sensitive and important secrets.

That, in and of itself, is scary enough.

Steve Benen is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly, joining the publication in August, 2008 as chief blogger for the Washington Monthly blog, Political Animal.

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  • DAY on January 02, 2012 11:23 AM:

    Are those Patriot missiles the ones from Concord, MA, or Concord, NH?
    Inquiring historians want to know. . .

  • Danp on January 02, 2012 11:24 AM:

    Bachmann thinks being on the Intelligence Committee is like getting an honorary degree. I rather doubt she gets invited to their meetings.

  • kevo on January 02, 2012 11:27 AM:

    Just look at her eyes - she believes everything she says!

    And that is the height of concern for all who call themselves sane! -Kevo

  • c u n d gulag on January 02, 2012 11:32 AM:

    Putting her on the Intelligence Committee was like making a radish a judge in the Miss America Pageant.

    Except that the radish is smarter and more human.

    And every Conservatives default position is "WAR!!!"

  • Brenna on January 02, 2012 11:40 AM:

    She's bat shit crazy.

  • Anonymous on January 02, 2012 11:42 AM:

    Maybe Bachmann has a poll showing Iowa Republicans support yet another war in the Middle East?

    Steve, you are confusing War with Bombing the Crap out of them. You fail to understand that America is exceptional in that it can flatten another country and not go to war. Or at least that's how the bomb them first, sort it out later crowd seems to believe.

  • Rochester on January 02, 2012 11:52 AM:

    There's a reason why Bachman hangs out with Steve King and Louis Ghomert... because she is very likely shunned by 99% of the legislators and staff on the Hill. The woman is certifiably nuts. I can't imagine being forced to even acknowledge her as an equal.

    Imagine being socially trapped with this whack-a-doodle in the Ladies Room, or the elevator.

  • Gandalf on January 02, 2012 11:57 AM:

    it's little wonder why Iran wants nukes. If you had a neighbor that was constantly talking about how he could take you out and spent a lot of time in his front yard brandishing new shiny weapons that he just bought what would you do.

  • Major Tom on January 02, 2012 12:00 PM:

    Someone tell that crazy bitch that our missiles are always on alert, and when they aren't someone like me has to call the President and explain why they're not.

  • T2 on January 02, 2012 12:02 PM:

    Good point Steve. Often lost amid the tea baggers insane rhetoric is the fact that in the House, the hold very important positions. Imagine where we'd be without a Dem president willing to veto their crazy schemes. What if they end up running the whole government?

  • MikeBoyScout on January 02, 2012 12:05 PM:

    Taken in their entirety the Republican members on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence should concern anyone.

    Bachmann may be the nuttiest, but there's a tough competition for that title.

  • Daniel Kim on January 02, 2012 12:18 PM:

    I reiterate a concern I had made months ago: Europe and Asia host our bases and even nuclear weapons, which are under American control. How will they react if we elect a president who is unencumbered by the bonds of sanity? The United States could very well lose many overseas military assets and privileges in the next decade.

  • RollaMO on January 02, 2012 12:24 PM:

    What's scary is if Mitt selects her for veep to get the teabaggy/fundie vote.

  • jcricket on January 02, 2012 2:15 PM:

    RollaMO, McCain lost a lot of votes because the world got to see what a stupid person LaPalin was/is. If Mitt chooses Bachmann just for the fundie vote (exactly McCain's reasoning), then he will get the same result.

    Maybe he is that stupid, himself. Maybe not. Whoever he chooses, if he is going for the fundie vote, that person will have proven themselves to be just a obtuse as the voters sought.

  • angryspittle on January 02, 2012 2:49 PM:

    I am not worried about Batshit Bachmann, I am worried about Obama doing it.

  • Zorro on January 02, 2012 3:32 PM:

    The Minnesota lawmaker, who is courting conservative voters in Tuesday’s caucuses, said she would put U.S. missiles “on alert” and consider a blockade against the oil-rich nation in an effort to express disapproval of Iran’s apparent intent to obtain a nuclear weapon.

    OK, how the hell is it even vaguely conservative to enthusiastically advocate for the beginning of WWIII? Wouldn't cheering for nuclear annihilation be considered just a little bit not-conservative?

    -Z

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