Bachmann: ‘Obama Is the Most Dangerous President We Have Ever Had on American Foreign Policy’

By Melanie Arter | September 14, 2012 | 12:25 PM EDT

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R.-Minn.)

( Speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on Friday called President Barack Obama “the most dangerous president we have ever had on American foreign policy.”

“So let’s make sure that with everything within us, we lay it on the line in the next 50 days, because it is my belief and my opinion that Barack Obama has been the most dangerous president we have ever had on American foreign policy. And we cannot sustain another four years of Jimmy Carter-like policies,” she said at the summit, which is sponsored by the conservative pro-family group the Family Research Council.

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Bachmann, a former GOP presidential candidate and a member of the House Intelligence Committee, which deals with the nation’s classified secrets, called it “déjà vu all over again,” with the recent attack on U.S. embassies oversees, which led to the murders of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three of his staff members, “in a way that we saw in the late 1970s.”

“Staggering unemployment, high gas prices, a struggling economy - you’d almost think Jimmy Carter’s back in the White House again, wouldn’t you?” she said.

Bachmann said the nation is “desperate for another Ronald Reagan,” but this time, “it’s even worse, because the fires of radical Islamic traditionalism are not just limited to one country.”

“They’re currently raging all across Africa and all across Asia. Each week, our Christian brothers and sisters from Nigeria to Kenya are being persecuted. When they go to church, they don’t even know if they’ll come home afterwards, and now the violence has come to us, the United States,” she said.

“And, on the anniversary of 9/11 no less, our Libyan ambassador and his courageous embassy staff lost their lives in Benghazi, in Libya, in a cruel, cold-blooded, gruesome, intentional terror attack. And all the while, the response of this administration has communicated both weakness and lack of resolve to the world,” Bachmann said.

“I want to be perfectly clear: This isn’t just about a movie. This was an intentional act that was done by radical Islamists who seek to impose their set of beliefs on the rest of the world, and we will not stand for it,” she said.

“No one here is suggesting that all Muslims are radical, but we should not be ignorant of the objective reality that there is a very radical wing of Islam that’s dedicated to the destruction of America, of Israel, and of Israel’s allies,” Bachmann added.

“And what we’re watching develop before our eyes today are the direct consequences of this administration’s policy of apology and appeasement across the globe, and the supposed success of the president’s foreign policy genius hailed by the media even last week is now exposed for what it really is,” she said.

“And so now you see this media doing absolutely everything they can to scramble, to make sure that their guy doesn’t get the blame for what’s going down this week. It’s important to highlight the context of what got us to this point. It didn’t just happen out of nowhere,” Bachmann added.

The Minnesota congressman said Obama’s appeasement dates back to the very beginning of his administration, when he gave his first television interview with foreign Arabic cable TV network al Arabia, “where he promised that he would provide Middle East peace in our time.”

“Then President Obama went on his first foreign policy trip to Cairo, and he spurned our longtime ally, Egyptian President Mubarak, by inviting the very violent Muslim Brotherhood, who at that time was outlawed in Egypt, to attend his speech,” she said.

“And he gave them front-row tickets to his speech in Cairo when Mubarak’s policy was to keep the destructive Muslim Brotherhood at arm’s length. Now when you hear the Muslim Brotherhood’s mission statement, I think you’ll understand why former President Mubarak or anyone would want to stop the violent Muslim Brotherhood,” she added.

“‘Allah is our objective. The prophet is our leader. The Koran is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope,’” Bachmann said, quoted the Brotherhood’s motto. “Recently, the newly elected Muslim Brotherhood president [Mohamed] Morsi even said, ‘Jerusalem will be our capital, Allah willing.’

U.S. history has shown a policy of appeasement doesn’t work, Bachmann said, citing the example of the first Democrat president, Thomas Jefferson, in 1801, who decided to the end the policy of paying extortion bribes to pirates attacking U.S. ships.

“He decided we’re going to end this policy of appeasement, and he wrote, and I quote ‘I know that nothing will stop the internal increase of demands from these pirates, but the presence of an armed force, and it will be economical and more honorable to use the same means at once for suppressing their insolencies,’” she said.

Jefferson built a Navy and deployed it to the enemy. “Our troops were victorious, and the message to the world was clear: We will not tolerate attacks on our citizens or our sovereignty, and you do so at your own peril,” Bachmann said.