The Intelligence Experiment Isn’t Working, Ma’am

July 28, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Michele Bachmann

Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) — who boldly proclaimed that unemployment would be a thing of the past if we could just get rid of minimum wage laws and how Iraq and the Mall of America are alike — has sat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence during the 112th.

I can only assume Ms. Bachmann realized that she needed to go get herself some a few packs of smarter, saw the word “intelligence” and signed up ASAP.  Can’t hurt, right? she probably mused. What could possibly happen if I don’t get smarterer?  Representative John Boehner saw no harm (of course he didn’t) and fulfilled her wish — but I’ll bet he was thinking, Wow…let’s see if Michele gets any brighter.  If she does, maybe I’ll have to appoint myself to that committee, too.  Because no one — and I mean, no one  — should dare let a person who thinks carbon dioxide is harmless help oversee the NSA, CIA, and the country’s other intelligence services.

But now she’s really screwed up.

Representative Bachmann and cronies/fellow Reps Trent Franks (R-AZ), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Thomas Rooney (R-FL) and Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) recently sent letters to the inspectors of five government agencies (the Departments of Defense, State, Homeland Security, and Justice; and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence).  She and her rogues gallery seem all but certain that the international Islamist movement that recently assumed power in Egypt has made “deep penetration” within the U.S. government.  And that an investigation better darn well get going.  

The letter to the State Department declares Huma Abedin — a deputy chief of staff for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — and three of her family members are connected to the Muslim Brotherhood.  Ms. Abedin is now under increased security protection since receiving death threats about the time the Bachmann missives were fired. For good measure, Bachmann also labeled Representative Keith Ellison, a Democrat from Minnesota, as having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Like the State Department is going to let Hillary Clinton — who rubs elbows with the President and is married to a former one herself — hang with someone dangerous?  Secretary Clinton has — Play on Words alert — way more intelligence than you, lady.   (Just because Bachmann may potentially be so careless and/or conspiracy-oriented to allow a terror threat into the government doesn’t mean she must go around accusing others. Does she think someone stole her grand plan or something?)  

How bad is the situation?  Senator John McCain is furious at Bachmann.  Even Representative Boehner — the same one! — praised Abedin as possessing a “sterling character” before continuing, “I think accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous.”

“As Representative Ellison has noted, he and Abedin are in positions of relative power,” Robert Naiman writes. “Even greater than our concern for them should be our concern that the political participation of Muslim-Americans will be chilled by anti-Muslim McCarthyism attacking the role of Muslim-Americans in our country’s political life.  It’s indisputable that many Muslim-Americans have cultural ties to and heightened concern about countries where US foreign policy is especially controversial. We need these Muslim-American voices in the debate over US foreign policy: in the debate over policy toward Iran, in the debate over the war in Afghanistan, in the debate over CIA drone strikes, in the debate over the US response to the Arab Spring, in the debate over the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. And that’s why Just Foreign Policy is asking members of Congress to speak out against these attacks on the political participation of Muslim-Americans.

Urge your representative to speak out.”

Remember to speak out on November 6 and Fire Congress — and hope we’ll stop being victims of Michele Bachmann’s intelligence.

(Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

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Chris Carley is producer, writer, and entrepreneur. He grew up Republican, became a Democrat, then decided it's easier to analyze issues and people individually before casting his vote.

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