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Michele Bachmann Makes Up Second Cuban Missile Crisis Based on No Evidence

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In a major development, Cuba went to the United Nations yesterday and announced it wanted it to normalize relations with the United States. However, Michele Bachmann won't have it. Not because of anything like "prove facts" or a "rationale and informed understanding of the issue," but because she read somewhere on the internet that there's going to be a second Cuban Missile Crisis involving Hezbollah.

Bachmann's comments on the issue were picked up by Crooks and Liars.

"Why would you normalize trade with a country that sponsors terror?" Bachmann told a crowd in Iowa yesterday. "There is reports that have come out that Cuba has been working with another terrorist organization called Hezbollah. And Hezbollah is looking at wanting to be part of missile sites in Iran and, of course, when you are 90 miles offshore from Florida, you don't want to entertain the prospect of hosting bases or sites where Hezbollah could have training camps or perhaps have missile sites or weapons sites in Cuba."



Bachmann's information apparently stems from a report in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. The report has not been verified by any other actual news organization, but was picked up and exaggerated by several conservative news blogs and aggregators.

The report, however, does not claim that the Cuban government is involved with or aware of Hezbollah's plans in anyway. The report says that Hezbollah is also active in Brazil and Paraguay; countries not listed as sponsors of terrorism. So, there are actually no reports that "Cuba has been working with" Hezbollah. How hard the Cuban government is working to crackdown on any possible Islamic terrorist cells working with in its borders is a valid question, but there's no evidence they're actually working with Hezbollah.

The report also does not mention anything about missile site.

This isn't to defend Cuba. Cuba is in fact listed as a state sponsor of terrorism, but for its dealing back in the '80s with Colombian guerrillas, and not for any proven link to Islamic terrorists. This is merely to point out Cuba-US relations is a complicated enough issue on its own. It doesn't help matters when a presidential candidate, who seems totally uninformed on the issues, traffics in conspiracy theories and unconfirmed reports at her campaign stops.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Cuban-American chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has also addressed the report, saying, "Reports of a Hezbollah base in Cuba are dangerous yet unsurprising, if true," but mentioned nothing of missile bases. Tellingly, she appeared to have heard nothing of the reports from intelligence made available to her by virtue of her position. She did however promise, "to use the committee she chairs to seek answers from State Department officials."

It's not unsurprising Ros-Lehtinen would entertain the reports, but at least she's promising to get more information before declaring a second Cuban Missile Crisis.

"Its imperative our nominee understands the times that we live in," says Bachmann later on at the campaign event. We're not so sure understands much of anything.

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Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

Bachmann has to somehow explain how she can be against government spending, while using her power as member of Congress to get $260,000 in federal dairy and corn subsidies for her family farm. Apparently assistance and government subsidies are okay for Bachmann to get, but not those Americans who are elderly, poor, disabled, or unemployed Seems Bachman's husband doesn't have a problem with collecting money from insurance companies and medicare to "wish away" homosexuality. Hypocrites!! Does she reject her Senate paycheck or her Foster Care Subsidy checks More than the specific funding requests, it is Bachmann's private acknowledgement that the EPA can facilitate positive outcomes for both the environment and the economy that stands out for conservative activists. On her campaign website, after all, Bachmann refers to the EPA as the "Job Killing Agency."While Bachmann clearly petitioned the federal government for help in multiple venues, she was incredibly unsuccessful in her efforts. Minnesota's sixth congressional district received more than $234 million in stimulus contracts, grants and loans, according to the Obama administration's Recovery  .gov website. That may seem like a hefty bundle, but it ranks last among the state's eight congressional districts.Parents who wish to enroll their children in any public school in Minnesota, including Vandyke, must prove that their children have had several immunizations. These include immunizations against rubella, tetanus, polio, influenza, diphtheria, pertussis, mumps and hepatitis B. why isn't Bachmann railing about that?

 

The fact that Michele Bachmann's bid for the presidency has even the remotest chance of succeeding should be seen as a divine warning to the American electorate­:

Anon
Anon

Oy vey! - just when you though Michele Bachman couldn't talk any crazyer  - agree with glass slipper that 'Merican stupidity is at an all time high.....the plantain comment seems a tad sexist though - unless I see you  making "novel uses for fruit" suggestions for Rick Scott...

Parky Bill
Parky Bill

Sure, it might SOUND nutty.  But maybe... just MAAAAY-be...

these missiles won't be armed with explosives!  They'll be loaded with GARDASIL!  And then they’ll shoot them into our major cities and turn all our young women and girls into mentally retarded, promiscuous little sluts who will breed a new race of mentally challenged Americans…

Or maybe… MAAAAAAAY-be…

It’s happened already! YEARS ago. During the LAST Cuban Missile Crisis in 1492 when Castro launched missiles at Christopher Columbus as he sailed into Chesapeake Bay and founded the city of Chicago. And these mentally challenged American bred (because what ELSE are they gonna do?) and now they’ve become a significant portion of the REPUBLICAN PARTY that we call… THE TEA PARTY!!!

I know! I know! It’s terrifying. I couldn’t BE more freaked out.

http://www.billschmalfeldt.com...

DieBachmannDie
DieBachmannDie

She's a complete dolt and she sits on the house intelligence committee...

At least Palin could see Russia from her yard.

glass slipper
glass slipper

You are defending bachmann?  Bachmann's comments on the issue were picked up by Crooks and Liars."Why would you normalize trade with a country that sponsors terror?" Bachmann told a crowd in Iowa yesterday. "There is reports that have come out that Cuba has been working with another terrorist organization called Hezbollah. And Hezbollah is looking at wanting to be part of missile sites in Iran and, of course, when you are 90 miles offshore from Florida, you don't want to entertain the prospect of hosting bases or sites where Hezbollah could have training camps or perhaps have missile sites or weapons sites in Cuba."   She is the one making unsubstantiated claims about things she knows nothing about and APPERENTLY gets her information from obscure articles from overseas, sort of like dickface cheney and his" yellow cake uranium" bullshit.

 The stupidity of blog commentators and the majority of the American public is reaching never before attainable levels.

And ros-lethinem really needs to take that plantain out of her ass and shove it inside her dried out and dusty vagina.

cma cma
cma cma

"Bachmann's information apparently stems from a report in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. The report has not been verified by any other actual news organization...": an incredibly stupid comment by Kyle Munzenrieder. He does not know what has been "verified by any other newspaper." He does not know the source of Bachmann's information.  His comment is %100 polemical political speculation motivated by anti-Bachman bias. This is what about all we see on the internet: no actual reporting by political slander masquerading as reporting.  

Pretocol
Pretocol

Bachmann is the one making unsubstantiated claims.  Kyle's claims, that she's making unsubstantiated claims, is substantiated.  No speculation there.

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