This is just bizarre:
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Friday decried the “Arab Spring” that has toppled three dictators and given rise to pro-democracy protests across the Middle East for promoting the “rise of radical elements” across the region.
In a speech to about 400 Republicans gathered for the state party’s fall convention here, the three-term Minnesota congresswoman blamed President Obama for “the hostilities of the Arab spring” and expressed regret that “we saw (Egyptian) President (Hosni) Mubarak fall while President Obama sat on his hands.”
And what does she think should have been done? There was only one possible way to prevent Mubarak from being deposed by his own people — we would have had to invade yet another Muslim country to impose a dictatorship on them. And that wouldn’t cause us any problems or anything, would it? It wouldn’t reinvigorate Al Qaeda and help them recruit new members. It wouldn’t radicalize the predominately pro-Western Egyptian population at all or anything.
And it wouldn’t contradict the entire justification our government gave for invading Iraq and all our rhetoric about the importance of spreading democracy in the Muslim world. It wouldn’t require us to militarily occupy a hostile country, at enormous cost in blood and treasure, neither of which we can afford. It wouldn’t make us look like imperialists who invade nations and oppress people out of our own political necessity, not at all.
Once again, the world looks far different from reality on Planet Wingnuttia.