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Michele Bachmann’s Libya nonsense

Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is probably going to run for president. As she finds her voice on the national stage, she’s showing some skill at delivering nonsense ideas in sentences that, technically, make sense. Take a look.

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Here she is on Fox News last week. (Quote appears in the video at 0:24.)

“I would not have done what the president did in Libya. I would not have intervened now at this time. We don’t even know who the opposition forces are. We don’t know if the opposition is being pushed by Hamas, Hezbollah, or even Al Qaeda in Northern Iraq. That could be a far worse outcome than dealing with Gaddafi. Gaddafi is not necessarily been the best friend of the United States, but in some ways he’s been neutralized.”

And here she is saying the same thing on American Family Radio. (Quote is at minute 4:30.)

“I have been very reluctant to see the United States go into Libya. For one thing, we haven’t identified yet who the opposition even is to Gaddafi. We don’t know if this is led by Hamas, Hezbollah or possibly Al Qaeda of North Africa. Are we really better off, are the United States’ interests better off if, let’s say, Al Qaeda of North Africa, now runs Libya?”

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Bachmann has no idea what she’s talking about. But her logic is undeniable: “We don’t know [unknowable thing]. We don’t know if it’s caused by [list of scary things]!”

Her delivery is like a song, meant to convey a feeling—in this case, suspicion that President Obama is sympathetic to Muslim terrorist organizations.

Here’s one telltale clue Bachmann has no real interest in facts about Libya. On Fox News, she mentioned Al Qaeda in Northern Iraq. In the radio interview, she said Al Qaeda of North Africa.

If Bachmann were a Democrat, the conservative press would slam her (justifiably) for mixing up the names of terrorist groups, not to mention for defending Gaddafi—a dictator responsible for acts of terrorism against Americans.

Bachmann says she plans to announce her presidential ambitions this summer. Expect a very short honeymoon.

Hat tip: Right Wing Watch.

— By Daryl Lang. Filed under News & Journalism, Politics

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