What was she thinking?

Michele Bachmann fouls up:

Bachmann blames Arab Spring on Obama’s ‘weakness’

GOP candidate criticizes president’s Israel policy, says message not ‘lost on Israel’s 26 hostile neighbors’

CONCORD, N.C. — Rep. Michele Bachmann blamed President Barack Obama’s stand on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks for the uprisings against autocratic governments across the Arab world.

At a fundraiser Thursday in North Carolina, the Republican lawmaker and candidate for president traced the mass protests that sometimes turned deadly to Obama’s call for Israel to return to negotiations and pull back to the territory it held prior to the 1967 war with Egypt.

Speaking in Concord, she compared Obama’s policies to those of President Jimmy Carter in the late 1970s.

“I am probably even more concerned about the foreign policy implications because of what Barack Obama has done to the nation,” Bachmann said.

“Just like Jimmy Carter in the late 1970s didn’t have the back of the Shah of Iran, we saw the Shah fall and the rise of the Ayatollah. And we saw the rise and the beginnings of radical Jihad which have changed this world and changed this nation,” she added.

“So too under Barack Obama, we saw him put a lot of daylight between our relationship with our ally Israel. And when he called on Israel to retreat to its indefensible 1967 borders, don’t think that message wasn’t lost on Israel’s 26 hostile neighbors,” Bachmann said.

I’m sorry, Mrs Bachmann, but the popular uprisings in the Arab nations were good things; if President Obama had anything to do with them, it’s to his credit, and not something for which he should be blamed.

Israel is concerned that the new rulers in Egypt will somehow abrogate the current peace treaty with Israel, and that’s a legitimate concern, but for the most part, the so-called “Arab spring” uprisings weakened any threats those nations posed to Israel. Syria is really the only one of those nations which posed any threat, and Bashar al-Assad has been weakened, though not (yet) deposed. He’s got to spend more time, money and effort on saving his own sorry butt, and that leaves less time for making mischief abroad. The Yemeni situation hasn’t settled out yet, but it’s worth noting that that situation didn’t keep Anwar al-Awlaki from his 72 virgins.

A good part of former President Bush’s foreign policy was based on the idea that if nations are democratic, they are more likely to worry about keeping the lights on and the streets cleaned than they are to wanting to attack Israel or our other allies, and that people living in democracies will be pressuring their governments to help them make money rather than to make trouble.

Representative Bachmann fouled up on this one.


  1. I can’t say I agree. The Coptic Christians aren’t thinking Egypt’s Arab Spring has been all that good to them. The anti-Qadafi fighters have Al Qaeda ties. Even in Syria, many Syrian Christians are backing Assad because they believe they’ll live longer with him than with his replacement.

    I can’t say the Arab Spring has been all that good, overall. But that’s due to the Mohammedan religious beliefs held by the “uprisers” (which is fully supported by the Quran). It’s arguably less safe to be a Jew or a Christian after the uprising succeeds. And it’s definitely less safe for Israel. Democracy won’t come out of it, just more radical Islam and death.

  2. Long run, Dana’s right. Should democracy take root in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, etc., it’ll be rough for a while on Israel and non-Muslim minorities in the Middle East and North Africa – but that’s because the countries are now going to be run by a populace that has subsisted for decades on a steady diet of state-sponsored Islam and lies about Israel that had been fed to them as a means of control. (That said, I doubt anyone’s dumb enough to actually attack Israel.) But eventually, free information will filter its way in, and they’ll moderate and be more reliable partners than they had been previously. All in all, democracies in the Middle East will probably end up looking like Erdogan’s Turkey – Islam-influenced, yes, and occasionally cantankerous, but generally civil (unless you’re Kurdish).

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