Bachmann says Obama is leading from behind on Syria
August 18th, 2011
02:13 PM ET
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Bachmann says Obama is leading from behind on Syria

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said the president's call for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to step down is another example of Barack Obama leading from behind on foreign policy.

Following a rally in downtown Columbia, the Minnesota congresswoman read a prepared statement to reporters that said in part, "The president should have acted weeks ago to call on President Assad to step down when his regime started slaughtering and oppressing his own Syrian people. By this count now it's thousands of Syrians."

Read what Texas Gov. Rick Perry said here.

Read what former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said here.

U.S. authorities resisted calling explicitly for Assad to step down from power until Thursday. The public statements from Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were closely coordinated with European, Turkish and Arab allies, significantly ratcheting up international pressure against a regime that has been criticized for its harsh crackdown against anti-government protesters in recent months.

Bachmann urged the president to stand up for the region's U.S. ally Israel by taking the lead against the brutal regime.

"The president has taken his eye off of Syria and Iran, which unfortunately has strengthened their adventurism," she said. "I strongly condemn Syrian President Assad's brutal use of force against his own people and I urge President Assad to step down immediately."

The presidential candidate also called on President Obama to expel the Syrian ambassador from the United States and withdraw the U.S. ambassador to Syria.

Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • President Obama • Syria
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  1. yoyo

    This lady is the most misinformed and source of wrong information. She always gets facts wrong and she makes her augment without any reliable source. When the president when to India with bunch of business people, she was all over the news saying the Obama team is spending some $200 million per day. Again just few days ago she claimed it was Elvis' birth day. Now without knowing the fact, she is claiming the president is leading from behind. The Obama administration did not cease to criticize the violence, but the effective and more powerful way of doing it is to mobilize other nations to go against Syria and once that heppened they came out to ask the President to step down. Bachmann you are wrong in your facts again.

    August 18, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. walt

    Its so much easier to talk from the sideline when you really dont matter. I only read what michelle backman says for comedic purposes these days.

    August 18, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Ed Texas

    Bachmann probably doesn't even know where Syria is. If her knowledge of world issues is anything like her lack of knowledge of history (Paul Revere siding with the British, etc), then she needs to shut up and find something else to yap about.

    August 18, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Paul1st

    Bachmann speaks from a position of diplomatic ignorance. Without regional support, an earlier declaration by Obama would be a display of American arrogance and an extension of unilateral cowboy diplomacy. It would have further alienated America from the Middle Eastern countries.

    August 18, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. Wes B.

    She's so fake.

    August 18, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. Cento

    I'm positive that if Obama did exactly what Bachmann said her criticism would have turned to be: "Obama continues to meddle in other nations affairs, stretching our forces too thin and negleting the real issues that matter most, JOBS!" . LOL, this lady is too funny.

    August 18, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. Straight Shooter

    So he is leading from behind, and yet she was later to call for the Libyan leader to step down than him. What's that make her – following from behind?

    August 18, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. Mike

    This wacko thnks she can bring back $2 per gallon. Why didn't she propose this when gas prices were so high when Bush was president? She is an outright fraud whose sole method of campaigning is to constantly criticize Obama on every front.

    August 18, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. Indy

    At least Obama is smarter then a fifth grader and does not tell a lie like he can change the price of gas. I thought the "Death Panel" lie was one of the biggest, but Bachmann just told the biggest most outrageous lies I have heard in my lefietime that she could lower the price of gas. She obviously has no idea that no President or Prime Minister can lower the price of fuel in the free world. You cant politically lower the price of gas in the US or anywhere other then adjust the taxes and by doing that you risk the publics safety on the roads and highways and it will never be done by any government. The US currently pays less for gas then Europe,Asia,Canada and many other countries and you cannot as a single country lower the price of fuel. If you are stupid enough to believe that you can lower the price of gas, you have no right running for any elected office. Biggest Lie of the Year !!

    August 18, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Adam

    Oh Michelle – and you're even "leading" behind Obama – this is the first we've heard your opinion on the issue. And you're just copying him.

    August 18, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    And you're leading from the sideline you numbskull. When it comes to our foreign policy and to the Arab Spring, we should wait to build a real coalition of the willing to impose sanctions and all other necessary measures to put an end to this brutality. All of you GOP terds wree against intervention in Libya, but now all of a sudden you're in favor of action against syria? Give me a break. You guys chnage positions more than a 42nd street hooker.

    August 18, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. Jerry

    Also, how can this clueless president and his lapdogs ask a foreign leader to step down!? The majority of the American populace is asking "HIM" to step down. These include most of the responsible/elected Black leadership. And of course, he needs to take his whole cabinet with him! Will he step down? Lets not hold our collective breath. If not, at least stop meddling and trying to control other countries' affairs. Stay tuned!

    America, remember 2012!

    August 18, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. Fiercesnail

    I am sorry to say, "how was she ever considered to be a candidate for the 2012 Presidental Election?" Half of her speeches are not only far fetched, but don't make sense. How could you say President Obama is leading from behind on foreign policy? What do you suggested Michelle Bachmann, we send American forces in? Like we did in Iraq and Afghanstan. Spend billions of dollars yet on another war, when you have a looming deficit issue.

    Before Michelle Bachmann makes comments on American Foreign Policy, try to get our history right. Half of your speeches were historically uncorrect or just plain old wrong. I would say its very UNAMERICAN not to know your history and now she wants to make calls on our Foreign Policy issues. Is it April fool's day, already?

    I can't believe SuperPacs are actually sponsoring her. They should sponsor her a class on American history before she gets to the advance stuff like American Foreign Policy.

    I don't care what party your from, just make common sense. I hope the GOP has better candidate than Bachmann. I have no problem voting for the GOP, but find a candidate that has some common sense and knows our history.

    August 18, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. Tea Party Mike

    Obama leads from behind on everything.
    Obama mocked the Tea Party when they first started sounding the alarm on the debt and deficits. He mocked them for being concerned about them.
    Now Obama is trying to blame Republicans for the debt ceiling bill not having more defict reduction in it. Never mind that the Republicans in the House passed much larger deficit reductions bills and passed a budget that reduced the deficits even more.
    The last budget Obama sent to congress did not cut spending at all, it just froze it at the current unsustainable levels and did not address the biggest drivers of the deficits, Medicare and Social Security. And he tried to sell the budget as getting our fisical hourse in order.
    Now Obama is a deficit hawk? I don't really believe it, but if true it is about time, welcome. Leading from behind is definitly the Obama way.

    August 18, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. Time to end GOPorate Greed

    Just because some slimy GOP propagandist like Frank Luntz twists up phrases like "leading from behind" for fox 24 hour TV doesn't make their wild claims sound legitimate. In fact to those of us who don't live in the fox/limpball bubble. ~ these mindless catch phrases spewing from the likes of Romney, Bachman, Perry, or Cain – they just sound really stupid.

    August 18, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. Bruce

    If MB thinks the POTUS is leading from behind on this then she must be following him because this the first she and others have ever called for the Syrian leader to be ousted

    August 18, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Me

    Oh please, Bachmann probably thinks Syria is where syrup comes from.

    August 18, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. Schwarzey

    This coming from someone who promises gasoline at $2/gallon. An obvious crackpot.

    August 18, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  19. Charles

    Here is a fairy tale for Michelle, once up on a time, five lands got together and created a magical institution called the United Nations. And in this institution they created an organization called the Security Council. And to this Security Council they gave each of the five permanent founding members veto power over anything any of them wanted to do. And so you see Michelle crazy Bachmann, our President can’t do sh!t without the other fours agreement. And since they f(ed) up and let us pass a resolution bombing Libya, they ain’t going to let anyone do anything to Syria. End of fairy tale.

    August 18, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Now what did she say about his calls for Gadafi of Libya to step down? I think she critized him for that as well. I guess that you can't win with her.

    August 18, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  21. Rosslaw

    She's right. We need Michelle Bachman to personally lead an invasion of Syria with an armed force made up exclusively of right-wing extremists who are just champing at the bit to use that AK-47 or AR-15 they picked up at the local gun store. No liberals allowed-just red meat right-wingers. After that we can send them to the Afghan-Pakistan border to clean up.

    Anyone who wants to see an example of how to wage a campaign where US allies carry the heavy lifting and no Americans have been lost to date Google "Libya". Anyone wants to see how to take down an Iranian nuclear facility without the Iranians knowing it and again without losing a single American, Google "Stuxnet".

    August 18, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
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