Bachmann assails Obama over Libya
April 16th, 2011
01:55 PM ET
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Bachmann assails Obama over Libya

Bluffton, South Carolina (CNN) - Addressing a crowd of Tea Party activists in South Carolina on Saturday, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann called President Obama's decision to intervene in Libya "foolish" and said the NATO mission could end up boosting al Qaeda.

"We still don't know who the opposition forces are that we're helping," the potential Republican presidential contender said at a morning gathering of the Bluffton Tea Party Patriots.

"The only reports that we have say that there are elements of al Qaeda in North Africa and Hezbollah in the opposition forces," she said. "Let me ask you this: what possible benefit is there to the United States by lifting up and creating a toehold for al Qaeda in North Africa to take over Libya?"

Bachmann, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said she was speaking carefully so as not to betray any national security secrets and said she was referring to to public testimony and news reports.

She claimed terrorists could easily gain control of Libya's vast oil wealth and wreak havoc on their enemies if Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is removed from power.

"If Gadhafi is toppled, if al Qaeda of North Africa comes in, and they secure control over the oil revenues, then they will have a permanent source of funding to finance global terror worldwide," she suggested.

Bachmann is spending four days in the Palmetto State as she explores the possibility of a White House bid. South Carolina is one of the four states that will kick off the Republican presidential nominating process early next year.

She did not elaborate on her political plans but made no secret that she is seriously considering a run.

"I would love to debate Barack Obama," she said. "It would be a pleasure."

Bachmann also accused the president of not doing enough to halt the rising cost of gasoline, which is approaching $4 per gallon in South Carolina.

"Whose side is he on?" she asked. "I don't think he's on our side anymore."

Filed under: 2012 • Libya • Michele Bachmann • South Carolina
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  1. Nodack

    This is why I really have come to dislike the Republican party. The Libya event happens and Republicans attack Obama for not intervening to save the civilians there and cite his lack of action as proof he is a timid President. So what does Obama do? He takes action, but instead of blowing off the rest of the worlds opinion and just rushing in rogue like Bush, he gets them all to agree on a consensus and they all act together in a united front.

    The Republicans called for him to act and when he did it put them in a bad position because they have to take the opposite stance on whatever move Obama makes, so they overnight flip flop their stance 180 degrees and start attacking Obama for taking action in Libya. I bet Obama could come out and say that he wants to lower taxes, especially on the wealthy and Republicans would instantly make a push to raise taxes lit of spite.

    What was the deficit under Bush? He started with 5 trillion and by the time he left it was 11.5 trillion. Does anyone recall a single Republican even mentioning the debt during those eight years? I sure don't, but the instant Obama became President they screamed "The Deficit!!!" as if 11.5 trillion was acceptable, but not 11.6. I think the deficit needs to be brought under control and I think both party's know how to spend like drunk sailors, but the fact that Republicans only cared about the deficit when there was a Democrat sitting in the Presidents chair is what rubs me the wrong way.

    April 16, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    Bluffton, SC that says it all. Bawkman has not changed and remains the lowest form of idiot.

    April 16, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Martha in CF

    Bachmann -what a fool. I would trust Obama's decision any day over her. Does she think he just made the choice to go into Lybia on his own??????? Gadhafi is a terrorist to his people. What we need in this country is to come together, stand together.
    $4.00 gas--we have been there before. I don't recall Bush opening up the reserves.
    Bachmann has only hate coming from her mouth.
    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 16, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Pete

    The Tea Party would do well to distance itself from this manipulative liar. The more it embraces her, the greater its demonstration of ignorance and gullibility.

    April 16, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. BobAD

    Bachmann, a member of the House Intelligence Committee? They must be out looking to see if they can find any intelligence in the house.

    April 16, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. normajean

    I wonder if the same person that writes Sarah Pains speeches also writes Bachmmanns. !! She is soooooo like Sarah as to fluffy personality,{fluffy facts,too} good looks and can ramble on and on about everything and hit the truth just EVERY SO OFTEN. If her life depended on her telling the truth and having her facts sound, she'd be on her way out by tomorrow morning. She is either a consummate liar or lives in a dream world the likes of which we have never seen before. I hope you voters are checking up on what she says, if not you're going to blow your and your childrens futures . BELIEVE IT!!!!

    April 16, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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