Skip to comments.RECONSIDERING MICHELE BACHMANN (Most of her policies were right and spot on in hindsight)
Posted on 01/21/2013 4:59:59 PM PST by SeekAndFind
The Washington Post reports today that al Qaedas successful attack on the Algerian natural gas plant has greatly boosted al Qaedas prestige in Africa. Along the way, the Post notes rather casually:
The assailants were well-trained and armed with what appear to have been weapons from the late Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafis arsenal.
The overthrow of Moammar Gaddafi has turned out to be a terrible blunder. It has empowered radical Muslims, led directly to the Benghazi debacle, and scattered Gaddafis armory among terrorist elements, including al Qaeda. There has been, of course, no accountability for the Libya decision, either with respect to the Obama administration or others outside the administration who supported Obamas policy.
All of which reminded me of Andy McCarthys column in National Review. McCarthy criticizes John McCain for his support of Obamas failed Libya policy, and contrasts McCain with another Republican who gets less respect as a foreign policy expert:
[T]he senator and his allies in the Obama-Clinton State Department had a brilliant notion: The reason the rebels of eastern Libya hated America so much had nothing to do with their totalitarian, incorrigibly anti-Western ideology. No, no: The problem was that we sided with Qaddafi, giving the dictator at the insistence of, well, McCain and the State Department foreign aid, military assistance, and international legitimacy. If we just threw Qaddafi under the bus, the rebels would surely become our grand democratic allies.
This, of course, was a much more sophisticated theory than youd get from lunatics like Michele Bachmann. Sit down for this, because I know its hard to believe anyone could spout such nutter stuff, but Bachmann actually opposed U.S. intervention in Libya. She claimed stop cackling! that many of McCains heroes might actually be jihadists ideologically hostile to the U.S. and linked to groups such as al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the terror enterprises North African franchise. She even thought yeah, I know, crazy that if Qaddafi were deposed, the heroes would get their hands on his arsenal, ship a lot of it to AQIM havens in places such as Mali and Algeria, and maybe even turn rebel strongholds such as Benghazi into death traps for Americans.
Good thing we listened to McCain, no?
McCarthy moves on to Egypt:
Now, however, McCain says he will push for American taxpayers to fork up another $480 million for Morsi. Or, to be accurate, borrow another $480 million. You see, the United States is already so deep in the red that a $16.3 trillion debt ceiling is not high enough. In fact, were such a basket case that our debt-service and entitlement payments alone put us in a quarter-trillion-dollar deficit hole even before we borrow and print another trillion-plus for such ancillary expenses as the Defense Department, the Obama familys vacations, and the $80-odd million that funds democratization programs at McCains International Republican Institute. But hey, no problem whats another $480 million on top of the $2 billionplus the Obama administration has already extended to Morsis regime . . . to say nothing of the sizable U.S. taxpayer chunk of the $4.8 billion IMF loan the Brotherhood government is also about to get its mitts on?
Naturally, extremist conservatives like Michele Bachmann are wet blankets when it comes to this gravy train, too. Get this: She thinks that when you get to the point where you have to borrow in order to pay the interest on the loans you already cant pay off, somebody needs to cut off your credit line not inflate it by another two or three trill. Even more daft: She thinks that if you subsidize an organization, like the Brotherhood, that promotes sharia and Hamas, youre apt to get more sharia and more terrorism.
Andy notes something of which I was unawarean effort to kick Michele Bachmann off the Intelligence Committee because she had the temerity to suggest that it was a bad idea for the Secretary of State to employ a staffer with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
McCain, between praising his Islamist heroes and championing ever more funding for Islamist Egypt, made certain to lambaste Bachmann on the floor of the Senate over her concerns about Brotherhood infiltration of our government leading other influential Republicans to follow suit. And now, aping that display, People for the American Way PAW, the outfit created by a hard-left Hollywood icon to smear Robert Bork and derail his Supreme Court nomination is campaigning to have Bachmann booted from the House Intelligence Committee.
There is a war on over the course of American foreign policy and the security of the United States. The Left has aligned with the Brotherhood some naïvely relying on the fiction that the Brothers are not the enemy vanguard, others seeing the Brothers as comrades in the quest for a utopian, post-American future. In opposition, the GOP can either continue looking to McCain for leadership or rally behind Bachmann the way the Left always circles the wagons around its stalwarts.
McCarthy isnt sanguine about which way the GOP will jump.
All of this reminded me of the dark days of 2008, when the original TARP bill was cobbled together virtually overnight in response to panicked assertions by President Bushs advisers that a financial collapse was in the offing. I didnt blame Bush at the time for going along with the advice he was getting, but with hindsight, TARP was a huge mistake. Once the bailouts started, there was no turning back, and the result, a mere four years later, is that the relationship between the the federal government and the private sector has dramatically changed, perhaps forever. Whatever the result of letting one or two major banks fail might have been, it would have been far better than the state capitalism that we have been bequeathed by the Obama administration.
So once again, it is worth asking, who had the foresight back in 2008 to see where all of this was going and to stand vigorously against it? Well, Michele Bachmann, for one. The Political Guide recalls:
Congresswoman Bachmann has opposed the TARP program from its inception, and voted against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, which created the TARP program. With the initial collapse of Bear-Stearns and the panic which ensued afterwards, Congresswoman Bachmann called for calm, and mocked the repeated assertions of too big to fail.
As it became obvious that a government program would be created to address the financial crisis, Congresswoman Bachmann stated that Congress was being told that the consequences of inaction or even of deliberative action would be severe; but that the consequences of hasty action were just as dire. She noted that Secretary Paulson is asking taxpayers to pony-up $700 billion to buy Wall Streets debt without a vote by the American people. She stated that shareholders in companies that receive government funds should not make a profit off those funds, and referred to the taxpayers as the forgotten man.
As the TARP program came into focus, Congresswoman Bachmann noted that the US people had been told numerous times that financial commitments to Bear-Stearns, AIG, and Fannie-Mae and Freddie-Mac would solve the problems and each time more bailouts were requested. She stated that the bailouts should stop and that Fannie and Freddie should be placed into receivership.
Just before the initial vote on the EESA, Congresswoman Bachmann noted that if a lack of credit was the problem in the economy, suspending mark to market rules and other items would have a larger and better effect than the infusion of cash. When the vote initially failed in the House, Congresswoman Bachmann stated that the plan was rushed, unworkable, and short-sighted.
When President Bush and President-Elect Obama asked for the second half TARP, Congresswoman Bachmann again stated that the measure was rushed and done without proper consideration. She stated that Congress was committing the next generation to servitude in passing the legislation.
When President Obama had the stock purchased with TARP changed from preferred to common stock, Congresswoman Bachmann noted the illegality of the move and cited it as further evidence that the program was out of control.
Unfortunately, not enough peoplenot even enough conservativeslistened to those warnings at the time.
Michele is a personal friend, which has not stopped me from occasionally expressing frustration with the fact that she has been known to go off half-cocked, and instinctively tries to fight every battle rather than picking her spots. Micheles combativeness has come at a price; in November she eked out her narrowest win yet. The Minneapolis Star Tribune gleefully headlined:
Humbling year ends in silence for Bachmann.
Now the Minnesota Republican is hardly heard from anymore, barely uttering a word in public during the simmering build-up to the fiscal cliff deal in Congress, which she opposed.
Gone are the boisterous rallies opposing Obamacare, the rousing church testimonials and the controversial TV utterances about Islamist moles in government that raised money even as they rained down critical headlines.
Since her wafer-thin re-election in November in the states most solidly Republican district, Bachmann has sharply dialed down her national profile, staying off television and remaining in the background of a raging congressional debate over taxes, her signature issue as a former IRS attorney and deficit hawk.
There is nothing wrong with keeping a lower profile for a while, but lets hope that Michele has not fallen silent for long. With respect to the major issues of the last few years, she has been not just a bellwether, but a prophet.
This women is the ONLY reason I drag my sorry butt out to vote.
I am damn proud to do it for the rest of you ;)
The Trojans didn’t listen to their Cassandra either.
She was my first choice followed by Cain and then Santorum but after listening to Santorum it would be a toss up between Bachmann and Santorum.
Santorum is saying the right things these days and Bachmann is doing her job.
RE: Bachmann is doing her job.
She barely escaped by the skin of her teeth last November. Meanwhile, her fellow Tea Party conservatives were all VOTED OUT of office ( see: Col. Allen West and Connie Mack ).
She’s a good conservative. One I trust. It’s a shame she has been smeared so horrifically by the left. Disgusting that anyone in her district would ever consider voting for that twerp Graves.
Bachmann has more authority on foreign affairs than morons like McCain ever will.
Santorum was my guy. I like a lot of Michelle’s positions on issues but I question her ability to actually be President. Yeah that’s a bit amorphous I know. Certainly better than what we have now and better than Feckless Mitt.
I met Michelle, talked to her and she IS the real deal.
Happy to have voted for her!
And some Palin people here will eviscerate her all over again
I voted for Santorum when the race came to Michigan.
I saw them as right from the very moment they left her mouth.
RE: You keep saying that.
Because Conservatives in her state and others need to be reminded of what THEY DID NOT DO.
Just because one dislikes Mitt Romney is no reason to stay home and allow this disaster to come to us for the next 4 years.
Sounds to me like you’re headed for a very unhappy future as you decide you want to tolerate some filthy tea partiers or just join the democrats.
RE: as you decide you want to tolerate some filthy tea partiers or just join the democrats.
Out of the multitude of possible choices out there you pick ONLY THESE TWO?
You’re the one making it very clear that everything is the fault of the conservatives. Romney lost because he sucked.
If you think a moderate will have a better chance again next time, you better get used to disappointment.
Too Little too late. Something happened in 2011-12 that caused a infighting on the right and it crumbled a bit. First, Bachmann had a chance to win the presidency and nobody was listening. Secondly, the left aimed to take down five people..Mia Love, Allen West, Michelle Bachmann, Todd Akin and Richard Murdock and on Michelle won. So it is late in the hour to be lamenting the past. We have to fight harder next time and not implode into infighting.
Too Little too late. Something happened in 2011-12 that caused a infighting on the right and it crumbled a bit. First, Bachmann had a chance to win the presidency and nobody was listening. Secondly, the left aimed to take down five people..Mia Love, Allen West, Michelle Bachmann, Todd Akin and Richard Murdock and only Michelle won. So it is late in the hour to be lamenting the past. We have to fight harder next time and not implode into infighting.
RE: Youre the one making it very clear that everything is the fault of the conservatives. Romney lost because he sucked.
Correction: IT WAS THE FAULT OF THE CONSERVATIVES WHO STAYED HOME.
AS for Romney, yes he’s no conservative, but the alternative is what we have now.
RE: If you think a moderate will have a better chance again next time, you better get used to disappointment
And you bet I’d still vote for the lesser of two evils if only to prevent the greater evil from occurring.
And yeah, why stay home when you can leave the presidency blank and still vote for someone like Bachmann and West?
RE: Secondly, the left aimed to take down five people..Mia Love, Allen West, Michelle Bachmann, Todd Akin and Richard Murdock and only Michelle won. So it is late in the hour to be lamenting the past. We have to fight harder next time and not implode into infighting.
Has it not occurred to you that there are not as many Tea Party voters as we thought there would be?