“How do you think the U.S. should respond, not just to the threat of Islamic jihad, but to the human rights abuses in the Middle East?” CNSNews.com asked Bachmann following her address at Family Research Council’s (FRC) Values Voter Summit Friday in which she called the conflict between radical Islamists and Western democracies “spiritual warfare.”
“We need to stand up and call them out for what they are. It’s barbaric. It’s barbaric and it’s cruel,” Bachmann replied, adding that “the rhetoric that the president of the United States used at the U.N. was a very, very tough rhetoric and I applaud him for his rhetoric. His actions don’t follow his words.
“He’s not following the way that we’re dealing with the Islamic jihad in a forceful manner. It’s actually a pretty light manner because the president wants to have it both ways,” she continued.
“He’s engaging in his fantasy thinking which is, in some respects, he believes that war is obsolete. Well, would that it be true. That isn’t true for those who are now engaged in an Islamic jihad. That’s why they’ve declared war on the United States.
"We need to declare war on Islamic jihad and say this is not acceptable in the world today and we need to defeat it decisively. We can. That’s the good news,” she concluded.
Bachmann said “that what’s odd is that the president has completely benched the greatest military in the world. He’s saying no thanks, I won’t use our military. He’s using our forces to do airstrikes, but he’s not using our Army.”
The Minnesota Republican spoke of the dangers of arming the “moderate” Syrian opposition, accusing President Obama of essentially “trying to rent an army."
“They’re getting three weeks’ training and given an American weapon and they’re being called upon to defeat violent, well-trained, decades-long members of al Qaeda,” Bachmann said, emphasizing again that “it’s fantasy thinking that they’re going to win this war.”
CNSNews.com also asked Rep. Bachmann about her thoughts on the distinction between moderate and radical Islam.
“Well, of course, there are a lot of Muslims who aren’t violent and they’re choosing not to read the Quran and the Hadith literally,” she replied. "Because those who are engaging in violent jihad are reading the words of the prophet Mohammed and they’re reading the words of the Quran and the Hadith literally and they’re acting literally upon those words.
“There are many Muslims across the United States and across the world that don’t read those words literally. That is the difference,” Bachmann said.