There’s probably not many GOPs who’ll admit openly they advise Donald Trump on foreign policy, but one appeared last night in Minneapolis, at a private closed-press fundraiser, speaking to media as she entered the venue:
“People want to live, mind their own business and have a good job, and I think that’s something Donald Trump understands,” former U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann said on her way inside.
Bachmann said she has known Trump for five years and has advised him on foreign policy and faith issues.
“He’s a common-sense guy, not into political correctness,” Bachmann said. “He has turned businesses around, and that’s what he wants to do with the country.”
Michele Bachmann brings a non-unique but disturbing viewpoint on foreign policy to the Trump Campaign™:
Last year, after falsely claiming that President Obama was aiding Al Qaeda, Bachmann cited the non-existent aid to Al Qaeda as proof that “we are in God’s End Times history” and that “we need to rejoice, Maranatha come Lord Jesus, His day is at hand. When we see up is down and right is called wrong, when this is happening, we were told this; these days would be as the days of Noah. We are seeing that in our time.”
Additionally, her views regarding Hillary Clinton are quite clear:
She also contends that the Obama administration, especially the State Department under former Secretary of State Clinton, has experienced “deep penetration” by Muslim Brotherhood agents and as a result U.S. officials have “embraced the worldview aspirations of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
If Bachmann does decide to become a leading conservative voice on foreign affairs as a “foil” to Clinton, we shouldn’t forget that Bachmann sees the End Times struggle taking place today, and has already claimed that God is not on Clinton’s side
Claiming your chosen higher power is on your candidate’s side is one thing.
Basing your foreign policy recommendations on the view that the other candidate does not have God on her side is quite something else entirely.
Not that it will matter to the fact-free Trump Campaign™ but sometimes Bachmann gets, um, confused:
Bachmann has sometimes gotten her foreign policy facts mixed up. In 2007 she told a Minnesota newspaper that the United States should stay the course in Iraq because:
“Iran is the trouble maker, trying to tip over apple carts all over Baghdad right now because they want America to pull out. And do you know why? It’s because they’ve already decided that they’re going to partition Iraq.
“And half of Iraq, the western, northern portion of Iraq, is going to be called the Iraq State of Islam, something like that. And I’m sorry, I don’t have the official name, but it’s meant to be the training ground for the terrorists. There’s already an agreement made.
“They are going to get half of Iraq and that is going to be a terrorist safe haven zone where they can go ahead and bring about more terrorist attacks in the Middle East region and then to come against the United States because we are their avowed enemy.”
Bachmann later said that her comments had been “misconstrued.” Northern Iraq is dominated by Sunni Kurds, and western Iraq by Sunni Arabs. Neither group has much interest in allying with Shiite Persians.
Despite not knowing the geography of the place and the sectarian allegiance of its inhabitants, Bachmann has long wanted boots, or more boots, on the ground.
Asked whether Congress should vote on a resolution authorizing force in the lame-duck session, a move supported by some in her caucus, Bachmann demurred.
“I think we should have voted on it before we left,” she told The Huffington Post following the speech. “The president wants to have it two ways. He wants to pretend we’re not at war and yet be at war. We have to be adult about this. It isn’t just the Islamic State. It’s Islamic jihad. It’s important that we declare war, and defeat them quickly. I think ultimately there will be boots on the ground.”
She calls this wanting “our 1980s foreign policy back.” I guess reading about those Marines Reagan got killed in Lebanon gives her a kind of nostalgia? Or perhaps she longs for the distracting effect of small-country invasions in the wake of those disasters, like in Granada? Or perhaps she yearns for more baked-good based diplomacy?
Anyway, whatever aspect of the Reagan 1980s foreign policy fiasco Michele Bachmann longs for, someone should ask Donald Trump if he wants American troops to die again in Iraq. Because his “foreign policy adviser” Michele Bachmann does.