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

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
soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. Bob (Illinois)

    Oh, my! Another Palin wannabe.

    August 18, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Bill from GA

    Now she's repeating herself: this is what she said about Obama and Libya.

    Regarding Bachmann's claim that she will bring gas prices back to $2 per gallon, I think this is one tiime she got it right.

    Her economic policies will be so destructive to the world economy that the resulting economic collapse may reduce demand so much that oil drops to below $40 per barrell. Like they say, even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    Remember, oil was low when President Obama became President only becouse W had collapsed the economy.

    And also, have you noticed how gas is almost $.50 less since President Obama opened the reserves. Smart man, huh??

    August 18, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Rickster

    Once again Bachmann is correct......Obama is such a bumbling buffoon that you can be quite confident that if Obama takes a stand, which he usually doesn't(voting: present), then you would be correct by taking exactly the opposite stand. The guy is a walking disaster and, for the good of the country, should resign immediately.

    August 18, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Proud Member of Global Zero

    Lady, you don't have a clue!!!!!!

    August 18, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. Stan

    A non-issue. Is that all you have?

    August 18, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Obama waited for a coordinated support of a statement of condemnation against Assad. I suppose Romney, and now Bachman, would both have gone ahead and started a new war with an all-out invasion. Oh yeah, and then he would cut taxes once his new war was underway.

    August 18, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. Publius Novus

    President Obama coordinated the U.S. statement with the goverments of our European allies. The only prudent and reasonable thing to do. Of course, Bachmann would go it alone. American exceptionalism you know.

    BTW, you can take Bachmann's $2/gal. promise to the bank. If she became president the economy would tank so fast and so badly that there would be NO demand for gasoline. It would drop below Bush's $1.79/gal.

    August 18, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. Bilbo

    What's with the Ginormous bus? Just once I'd like these Narcissistic poltical blow hards to show up driving an econmy hatchback instead of a greyhound with their name plastered all over the side.

    August 18, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. happyandmissy

    This woman is dangerous. She makes so many mistakes and plays fast and loose with the truth. Hopefully she'll be out of the public eye soon. Bachmann is a unique Christian who somehow ignores the Ninth Commandment: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor."

    August 18, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. roscoe

    Michele Bachmann wouldn't know "leading" if she saw it. She's never lead on any praying away the gay and collecting government handouts. She is a curse on America. She'd love to lead us back into the 19th century.

    August 18, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    "The president has taken his eye off of Syria and Iran, which unfortunately has strengthened their adventurism," she said.
    Do people realize that the by deposing Saddam, we worked to Iran's advantage? For years, Iraq was the check and balance on a strong Iranian military. Saddam used to launch attacks whenever and wherever he felt like it. Saddam has bombed or launched covert attacks on suspected Iranian research facilities in the past, even after the Persian Gulf War. If you do not like a nuclear Iran, don't blame Obama. Iran was going nuke long before Bush left office.

    August 18, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    “Expel the Syrian ambassador from the United States and withdraw the U.S. ambassador to Syria”.

    Really she doesn’t know anything

    August 18, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Cfrench

    I'm surprised she didn't play the old republican rant that he's hiding Iraq's WMD's, just for good measure.

    All Obama has to do is sit back and let these tea bagging morons continue to make fools of themselves.

    August 18, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. FM

    "The president should have acted week ago"! Wow! this is where I do think I will never vote for someone who is not at all reasoning. The President was on a bus tour trip. This person who is claiming he should have acted a week ago was aware of what the President was engaged to. Here is my question: What is more important: The President to engage fully in Syrian people or to engage fully in American people?. What I have to say here is. your suggestions won't work unless you make it work yourself, In this case my friend you didn't even try it an inch!

    August 18, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. annie s

    Yawn. Damned of he does, damned if he doesn't. Just like Libya, the warmongering Tea Partiers like Palin and Bachmann called for us to do something, and then when we did, they said the President was wrong. No wonder Republicans don't want to cut the defense budget – they want us at war everywhere!

    August 18, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. Laverne

    It's funny how Bachman and Romney (monkey see, monkey do) do not have anything to say until Obama take a stance then they feel like they can come out against whatever he says. If he had made public statement earlier they would have complained he should have not interfered. I am so sick of the republican games and stupidity.

    August 18, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. derek

    Here she goes again,"Making a "Dumb comment on Syria"??? She "Blasted the President on Lbya", and now she wants war with Syria???? She says,"We have,nt the money to help Unemployment Benefits, but she wants to spend on Syria??? What an "Insensitive, Moron, Lunatic!!!! Women of the USA, " She,s got to embarrass you all!!!! There are so many "Intelligent Women in this country, she,s a JOKE!!! Vote her Gone?????

    August 18, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. Cyrus

    Who's leading you from your behind?

    August 18, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. In order for 15 MILLION to find a job, only ONE must LOSE his.... Fire Obama in 2012

    Had Assad been one of our allies or supporters he would have been thrown under the bus in a flash, just like Mubarack. I'm the Messiah thought he could just invite Assad for dinner and a cigar and convince him of the error of his ways. I guess we can now look forward to another illegal Obama war like we have in Libya. Obama and the left wing war mongers are very willing to put American forces where we have absolutely NO national interests. Totally ludicrous foreign policy.

    August 18, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. Dan from Tx

    When the "big stick" of military we wield costs millions per day to operate, it makes one wonder how we can afford such threats.

    August 18, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Damn U Fools

    Either it's we should mind our own business in world affairs & stop sticking our nose into other countries affairs or we should have acted sooner... WHICH IS IT? You can't have your cake & eat it too!!! Make up your mind crazy lady!!!

    August 18, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. V in Chicago

    Would someone please shut this stupid woman up?

    August 18, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Clyde the Slyde

    Then, after Obama takes action to expel Assad, Bachman will criticize him for a needless military action.

    August 18, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. bugbuster

    "Weeks ago" I doubt that Bachmann could have found Syria on a map.

    It does seem that some Middle East countries including Libya and Syria aren't really countries at all. They seem more regions bounded by arbitrary borders, where some warlord or another rules from the barrel of a gun. In real countries, people don't sic their armies on their countrymen.

    August 18, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. zip

    Shouldn't you be able to find Syria on the map before you pop off about it??

    August 18, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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