Saturday, May 05, 2007

Bachmann Supports Investment in Quagmire

By Christopher TruscottMichele Bachmann took to the floor of the House of Representatives last Wednesday and boldly proclaimed that America “must not be invested in defeat.”

Lest anyone misinterpret her overly simplistic and unsurprisingly naïve view of the world, the congresswoman went to great length to drive her point home:

“Again, I repeat, we must not, as a nation, be invested in defeat. Unilateral surrender may be the Democrats’ plan, but it will not lead to a safer America.”

Thank you, Congresswoman Bachmann. For a minute there 70 percent of Americans were ready to surrender New York and Washington to the “radical jihadis” you promised to protect us from. Thank you so much for setting us straight.

Of course the congresswoman who doesn’t know the difference between a Shiite and a Sunni isn’t one to let facts get in the way of her poorly formulated positions on U.S. foreign policy.

America isn’t made safer by plunging more troops into Iraq’s bloody civil war.

It isn’t made safer by inspiring more terrorists while the Iraqi government we’re propping up goes on a two-month recess.

And it certainly isn’t made more secure by the type of short-sighted bluster that has kept us bogged down in a desert hell for more than four years.

America’s future is predicated on picking off key terrorist leaders, working diplomatically and economically with the forces of freedom in countries around the world and taking steps to eliminate the horrific poverty that serves as a breeding ground for the likes of Osama bin Laden.

For one so concerned about creating a “safer America,” it’s also galling that Bachmann cast a vote against implementing more of the important recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.

Democrats, and more than a few Republicans, are working – and they’re by no means done – on formulating a foreign policy that best serves America’s needs in an incredibly complicated and dangerous world. It’s hard work that requires serious leadership.

Bachmann, meanwhile, continues to chase the mirage that is President George W. Bush’s Iraq policy. She has no answers and has invested everything in quagmire. Fortunately the American people aren’t buying it anymore.

Christopher Truscott can be reached at With her position on the House Financial Services Committee, you’d think Bachmann would have much better investment advice for the American people.

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