Congresswoman Michele Bachmann had a another brilliant night in the CBS National Journal debates last night, but you wouldn’t know about it. The media and establishment Republicans don’t want you to know it. She has been an informed candidate with great conviction in all of the debates when given a question of substance. Bachmann, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, was asked about Pakistan, and used the opportunity to say Obama stands with the Occupy Wall Street movement, but does not stand with Israel. Spot-on. Opinions on the panel differed between zero foreign aid to Pakistan until it proves the aid is worthy, and Bachmann’s opinion that we must maintain a relationship with them (intimating she would not cut foreign aid to Pakistan, but would reduce aid to some others). I don’t claim to know which approach is correct, but everyone on the panel rightly sees Pakistan as a huge and touchy problem. Here’s the transcript and the video:
It seems that the table is being set for worldwide nuclear war against Israel. And if there’s anything that we know, President Obama has been more than willing to stand with Occupy Wall Street, but he hasn’t been willing to stand with Israel. Israel looks at President Obama and they do not see a friend.
Major Garrett: Congresswoman Bachmann, you serve on the Intelligence Committee. I’d like to get your assessment of what you think is happening in Pakistan, especially with the Hikani Network. And you know from sitting on that committee that those in the diplomatic corps in this country and even the intelligence community believe that there is a tangible benefit, at times, to properly appri– apply foreign aid from this country. So I want to know if you agree with the governor on that question, starting at zero. And also your assessment of the intelligence situation in Pakistan, and what we should do about it.
Michele Bachmann: Pakistan is a very difficult area, because they have been housing terrorists and terrorists have been training there. Al Qaeda, as well as Hikani, as well as other militias dealing with terrorist organizations. But I would not agree with that assessment to pull all foreign aid from Pakistan. I would reduce foreign aid to many, many countries. But there’s a problem, because Pakistan has a nuclear weapon. We have more– people affiliated with Al Qaeda closer to that nuclear bomb than in any nation. This is an extremely important issue.
And I think it underscores exactly why the next commander in chief has to understand from day one the intricacies that are happening in the Middle East. This is a very dangerous time. If you look at Iran and if you look at Pakistan and if you look at– at the– the links with Syria, because Iran is working through proxies like Syria, through Hezbollah, through Hamas. It seems that the table is being set for worldwide nuclear war against Israel. And if there’s anything that we know, President Obama has been more than willing to stand with Occupy Wall Street, but he hasn’t been willing to stand with Israel. Israel looks at President Obama and they do not see a friend.
I live-blogged the debate. See it here. Donald Douglas at America Power has thoughts about Bachmann and the debate, comparing Perry’s and Romney’s answer. Also read Donald’s comments on Bachmann’s USS Yorktown Speech on Foreign Policy.