Michele Bachmann embarrasses herself during House Intelligence Committee hearing [VIDEO]

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Bachmann, who remains on the committee despite a recent 200,000-person petition drive calling for her ouster, made a fool of herself while attempting to question CIA leaders during a hearing last Thursday.

Bachmann's questions either didn't make sense or pertained to classified information CIA officials weren't about to discuss during a public hearing. She repeatedly elicited blank, baffled stares and extended silences in which the CIA leaders seemed to be asking themselves, What the hell is this lady talking about?

Here's a transcript her questions and the responses offered up by CIA Director John Brennan and another CIA official, followed by the raw video:
[BACHMANN] My questions are regarding Iran and obtaining the nuclear weapon. I'd like to ask some questions about that, but before I do that I'd like to ask a question of Director Brennan.

When the White House conducted their armed drone strikes in north Africa, particularly in eastern Libya prior to the attack on our mission in Benghazi on 9-1-1 last year, did the White House notify the State Department of the armed drone strikes before they were made?

[BRENNAN, LOOKING TOTALLY BAFFLED] Ah, armed droned strikes in Libya? Um, I'm unknowing of such and I would defer to the White House to address your question.

[BACHMANN] Were there any armed drone strikes in north Africa that were made by the White House?

[BRENNAN] The White House doesn't have a drone capability/responsibility, whatever so...

[BACHMANN] Did they have any directives toward having armed drone strikes in north Africa?

[BRENNAN] Again, I don't know what it is specifically you're referring to, but again, I'd defer to the White House on whatever happened at that time.

[CIA OFFICIAL] I can speak to the capability, the UAVs that were over, flying over Libya were military and were unarmed.

[BACHMANN] And so were there any armed drone strikes that were made in north Africa prior to 9-1-1?

[CIA OFFICIAL] In Libya?

[BACHMANN] I'm asking in north Africa, I'm asking, I'm asking director Brennan, were there any armed drone strikes that were made by the United States in north Africa prior to 9-1-1?

[BRENNAN] Well we usually don't talk about any sort of specific actions, but ah, again, I don't know what you could be referencing.

[BACHMANN] I'm just wondering if the State Department was aware, or if the military was aware, or if the CIA was aware. And if we aren't going to talk about that we aren't going to talk about that, but that's a question I'd like to know.

Going back to Iran. What is our red line regarding the Iranian nuclear weapon development program? And I would ask director Brennan. What is our red line?

[BRENNAN] That clearly is a policy question. That's one of the things that the intelligence community is trying to make sure that policy makers are fully informed about, developments inside of Iran and their nuclear-related pursuits.

[BACHMANN] But regarding the nuclear weapon program and our intelligence capability -- again, we have a wonderful intelligence community, but we weren't aware of the bombing in 1993 at the World Trade Center tower. We weren't aware before 9-1-1 occurred in 2001, we weren't aware of the Arab Spring developments, and we weren't aware of the attack on the mission on Benghazi. How do we have confidence that we will know when Iran has amassed the capability of developing a nuclear weapon? I ask that because the President said last month that it would take approximately a year for [Iran] to develop a nuclear weapon once they had make that decision. Last week -- we know that the current negotiations have gone without any breakthrough or any development. And so I'm very concerned about our intelligence capability of knowing with a high degree of certainty when Iran has either made the decision to develop nuclear weapons, or has obtained nuclear weapons.

[CIA OFFICIAL] I think this subject would be much, much better talked about in closed session.

[BACHMANN] I would look forward to that, and I would appreciated that. Could you comment on what is happening with, ah, we talk a lot about uranium development with Iran's nuclear program, but Iran is also building a heavy water reactor capable of producing plutonium. What is the status of Iran's heavy water reactor?

[BRENNAN AND THE OFFICIAL LOOK BAFFLED, THEN THE OFFICIAL SAYS] Well agian, this would be a subject for closed session I think.

[BACHMANN] I look forward to that.


After witnessing that debacle, we're surprised Bachmann didn't slip in a question about the dire national security threat posed by weapons of mass destruction possessed by hostile alien communities or something.

Look, we're all for members of Congress asking the CIA tough questions about drones. But at least come prepared to ask coherent questions on topics officials are at liberty to speak about.

It should also be noted that Bachmann's baffling questioning comes less than a month after she made everyone scratch their heads by saying Obamacare "literally kills women, kills children, [and] kills senior citizens" during a rant on the House floor. The 6th District is getting what it paid for last November, unfortunately.


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gorgeswalker
gorgeswalker

Aaron Rupar should stick to weaving baskets for a living. He needs to check his facts before condemning a person. I can tell this is a political article because the facts are:

"The U.S. is putting two Predator drones, each equipped with two Hellfire missiles, in Libyan airspace around the clock. The first Predator attack sorties were launched Thursday, though after the aircraft took off, weather conditions prevented any strikes." - as Reported in the Wall St. Journal, April 22, 2011

The Predators being used in Libya weren't taken from Afghanistan, Gen. Cartwright said. The U.S. has often operated Predators from its base in Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa, though officials declined to identify exactly where the drones would be based during the Libya mission. You all laugh at Bachman. She knows more about what's going on in the world and how it affects our nation that the fool on the Hill.


And as far as Bachman's comments about Obama care...just look at all the mishaps in the UK. Their socialist healthcare system is an example of what ours will be and the failures in it. Do you research, Mr. Rupar, lest you look foolish.

j.reiter
j.reiter

She has made it this far because the Democratic challengers in the 6th district are equally crazy and everyone else that is conservative in the district is too busy working to bother running for her spot. 

I can not understand how a person that sits on only three committees can be so unaware of procedure or what her actual purpose is on the committee.  Acting like she is leading an investigation but without actually researching the questions prior to asking is very novice. 

Tony Brey
Tony Brey

How has she made it this far. Better enjoy it while you can because its Jims turn

kittynoodle1
kittynoodle1

The folks who read Shitty Pages are willing to believe whatever they tell them to. 

kittynoodle1
kittynoodle1

So Brennan is stonewalling and Bachman is supposed to be the idiot??  City pages, stop attempting real news. You look more embarrassing than Bachman.

Kathi Malone
Kathi Malone

I don't like sarcastic name calling so my participation on this discussion is over

Kerry J. McCarty
Kerry J. McCarty

Nice response Einsteins. None of that info is NOT from Fox news. And by the way, in a letter to the Bush on October 9, 1998, signed by Joe Lieberman, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara A. Milulski, Tom Daschle, & John Kerry among others claimed there were WMD. “[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.” You can also include Barbara Boxer, Robert Byrd, Madeline Albright, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Dick Gephardt, Al Gore... the list goes on. “We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.” — Ted Kennedy, September 27, 2002

Roger Ale
Roger Ale

So I bet you believed WMD claim by Bushy,Cheny,Rumy and Cond-Rice?

Roger Ale
Roger Ale

Keep her out front Repubs, Dems will get the house back for sure!!

Roger Ale
Roger Ale

MB trying to be clever...She-Lock stayhome!

Roger Ale
Roger Ale

She has ESP....extreme suspicion and paranoia!

Mike Lynch
Mike Lynch

I see the MPLS Moonbats are out in force..brain dead as usual...City Pages is good for that.

Kerry J. McCarty
Kerry J. McCarty

Here's some info for all you Einsteins. Of course Brennan is going act baffled as to deny if they ARE using armed drones in Libya. He didn't become director of the CIA until March of this year. It's why he deferred that she ask her question to the White House. He can't say anything about what strikes have been made prior to being director of the CIA. There is a reason they said it was a subject for closed session,the CNN House Intelligence Committee is televised! They already carry out near daily strikes against in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya and Yemen. From Washington (AFP) Oct 2, 2012 - The White House may extend its campaign of drone strikes against Al-Qaeda to target the desert bases of the group's north African arm. Libya is in North Africa. Bachmann was NOT wrong in asking any of her questions. The real fools are the people that deny what's happening.

andrew
andrew

It's not totally clear the point of her questioning, but it's a well-established fact that there were drone strikes in Libya before 9/11/12: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=65737

Presumably she's trying to accuse the White House of negligence for ordering drone strikes without informing the State Department, leading to the deaths in the Benghazi mission. She may have a point. 

Meg Nathan
Meg Nathan

I could use the term "dumb as a box of rocks", but I hate to malign innocent pieces of granite...

Dog Gone
Dog Gone topcommenter

The dim bulb flickers again while her mouth is moving.

Brandon Bulman
Brandon Bulman

i despise bachmann was much as 99% of the state but she was clearly asking questions the committee was not comfortable discussing, now what does that mean?! she is a joke but is given access to classified info.

Michael J. Fischer
Michael J. Fischer

How does she elected? How does she get 10 votes? Who are these people?

Carole Hartman
Carole Hartman

Shes a clear "wanna be",,,wanna be what? I don't know, all this badgering and repeating herself like a lawyer, come on now. She is waste of time and money on the floor, and doe's she care?, NO, she thinks this is big game everyday, put herself out there and talk, talk, talk!,,,Useless, gets nothing done! I'm sure other countries would of had her out in hallway long time ago! My kids can debate better than this!...geezzzzzz

Allisen Waage
Allisen Waage

This what happens when you vote for someone simply because they're a member of a political party.

Kathi Malone
Kathi Malone

THe people of her district who voted for her get what they voted for. JIm Graves, a businessman, is a better choice.

Lynne Rollins
Lynne Rollins

She is such a moron, why do so many conservatives still like her as she is wrong or lying most of the time? She's insane.

Beer Guy
Beer Guy

How does she continue to get reelected?

Jon Marchand
Jon Marchand

Not the 6th district, apparently. Or at least a slim majority of the 6th district.

Kathi Malone
Kathi Malone

I am embarrrasssed that she is from Minnesota. We are smarter than that.

Rachael Morford
Rachael Morford

Did you just actually use the words "Michele Bachmann" and "intelligence" in the same sentence.........

_Joe_
_Joe_

Oh.  My.  God.

We have to stop this now before the stupidity turns in on itself creating a black hole that swallows the earth.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Kerry J. McCarty By the way, that letter "to the Bush" you mention?  The one that was signed in 1998?  Yeah, that was during CLINTON's administration.  A full FIVE YEARS before the US invaded Iraq.  The situation discussed in the letter signed by all the people you mention was vastly different than it was in 2002.  In 1998, Iraq was barring inspectors from doing their job, so we didn't have any credible information on WMDs.  In 2002 there had been recent inspections.  Different data, different story.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Kerry J. McCarty It's like... it's like you're trying to communicate with me, I know it.

The only part I got was something that sounded like this FULL quote from Ted Kennedy in Sept 2002:

We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction. Our intelligence community is also deeply concerned about the acquisition of such weapons by Iran, North Korea, Libya, Syria and other nations. But information from the intelligence community over the past six months does not point to Iraq as an imminent threat to the United States or a major proliferator of weapons of mass destruction.

gorgeswalker
gorgeswalker

@Roger Ale 5000+ Kurds wiped out with Mustard Gas believed it. Only it was after the fact. You need to fact check Mr. Ale. PS Sweetie, Mustard Gas is a WMD.

green23
green23 topcommenter

@Kerry J. McCarty  Hey, as long as I'm asking, just what is this immense hard-on that conservatives have about drones? 

I get the feeling from listening to wingnuts that helicopter gunships, bombers, rockets, missiles, RPG's, and mines are totally cool -- but drones are some kind of abomination that crosses some kind of line. Even weirder is that they approve of torture and want to invade Iran, so it's not as if they're pacifists.

Is Obama supposed to drop sternly-worded letters on Al-Qaeda? Unfriend them on Facebook? Tell their mothers on them? 

Would you like a list of countries that the CIA has run covert operations in before Obama was even born? Do you even know that Bush I was the head of the CIA under Reagan?

green23
green23 topcommenter

@Kerry J. McCarty So you have a problem with going after the people who attacked our embassy and killed four State Department staff? Or you would  prefer that we put actual American soldiers in harm's way, rather than using drones? 

Honestly, I don't get your point. You make it sound as if Obama invented drones, invented the idea that we should fight Al-Qaeda, and invented covert operations. If anything, this is just an extension of the Bush Administration's policies. 

"the CNN House Intelligence Committee is televised!"

Yeah, *that was the point*, as Rupar made clear in his post. You don't ask for classified testimony when a hearing is televised. Why was Bachmann doing that? She's just as capable of asking the White House these things as Brennan is. It seems as if she knows the answers to these questions, anyway.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Kerry J. McCarty See?  This right here is a perfect example of someone who can watch that and think Bachmann is winning.

green23
green23 topcommenter

@andrew  If she's trying to accuse the White House of something, maybe she should do that, instead of badgering other people with questions that they can't answer in a televised hearing.

Dog Gone
Dog Gone topcommenter

@Brandon Bulman It means she is channeling false crap from Glenn Beck again, and other nutjobs who go in for bizarre conspiracy theories on the right.  What it does NOT mean is anything remotely related to genuine or valid intelligence information. What it does show is she is nuts, and she doesn't show the judgment or discretion to be on the Intelligence committee.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Lisa Wietstock Bender Unfortunately she's not smart enough to realize that she should be embarrassed.  That's why she keeps saying this shit.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Beer Guy I shit you not, there are people in the 6th that will watch that train-wreck of a video and think she's winning.

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