Oldie but Goodie: Bachmann refuses to acknowledge or explain statement on Iraq

This is from 2008, but we’d say it’s still important because it’s a detailed explanation of the way Bachmann just claims up and redirects when confronted with requests for an explanation of ridiculous things she has said. It comes courtesy of MinnPost, where Eric Black explains something he covered while he was at the Strib. The claim:

A Bachmann critic urged me to listen to the audio of an interview that Bachmann had given to the St. Cloud Times (it was posted online). Towards the end, in describing why it was so important for America to win in Iraq, Bachmann made the fairly astonishing claim that Iran and Al Qaida had a deal to divide Iraq in two, with the Al Qaida-controlled portion to be used as a base for terrorism against Israel and others. The key section went like this:

“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.”

Black goes on to explain how he called her office for an explanation, heard nothing, then published the story. Bachmann later claimed she had been misconstrued, which Black found disturbing because he felt he was being accused of deception, and the audio recording clearly showed that he was not lying. Of course, she never actually admitted having made a mistake.


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