Bachmann gets Iwo Jima facts wrong in SOTU speech

In all the kerfluffle over her inability to look directly at the camera, apparently most major news organizations overlooked another factual error in Bachmann’s speech. Or maybe they’ve just grown numb to it. In any case, a columnist for the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Paul Mushine, happened to notice that she included a… creative… take on the battle of Iwo Jima. Bachmann:

The perilous battle that was fought during World War II in the Pacific at Iwo Jima was a battle against all odds, and yet this picture immortalizes the victory of young GIs over the incursion against the Japanese. These six young men raising the flag came to symbolize all of America coming together to beat back a totalitarian aggressor.


By the way, anyone who knows anything about Iwo Jima knows it was a battle against all odds for the Japanese, not the Americans. Thanks to the efforts of the U.S. military, including my aforementioned Marine father, our side had air and naval supremacy at that point in the war. I realize Bachmann’s not the type to read books, but didn’t our girl even bother to see the Clint Eastwood movie? It was the Japanese soldiers who knew they were doomed – which they were thanks to the Marines, not the “GIs” Bachmann cites as victors.

But that’s a minor point. The major point is the question of why any thinking person would invoke that effort in a partisan speech. My father, for example, was a lifelong Democrat. So was Jim McGreevey, I imagine.

His first column is here. For those of us without dads who served in the battle, this provides more information. Also, Bachmann might want to know that Clint Eastwood made a movie about this.

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