WASINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says she would put U.S. missiles on alert and consider blockading Iran to let that country know it should not develop nuclear weapons.

The congresswoman from Minnesota says she would deploy Patriot missiles, ballistic missiles and other weapon systems in the U.S. and the Middle East to show Iran that “we will do whatever it takes.”

Bachmann is seeking conservative support in Tuesday’s Iowa GOP presidential caucuses, where polls show her support has been lagging in the single digit range.

Her comments on CBS’ “The Early Show” came as Iran’s navy announced it had test-fired a surface-to-surface cruise missile during a drill in international waters near the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf.

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Comments (41)
  1. Tom says:

    it’s about time we get someone in there that has some ball’s I will vote for her anytime, time we get tough with these a–holes.

    1. Woe is us says:

      so we got 2 of the dimmest light bulbs on earth playing together…..lil’ Dumb Tom and Beetchette Bachmann. Wow — you 2 playing together could mean the world ends in 2 minutes. Wait until I get my bunker done eh
      Dumb and Dumber

      1. Tom says:

        @ Woe is us

        You got that right!

        1. Tea Party says:

          Hey Tom, Go on any International internet website and they are all saying Iran isn’t doing anything. This Is Michele’s desperation cry to scare Israel citizens to give her failed campaign money.

          Grow up and realize she’s a liar

          1. Tom says:

            @ Tea Party

            People like Bachmann want to go to war with Iran and the ones in the military who use commons sense have said that is a bad idea. If there are countries in the Middle East that do not want Iran to have a nuke them let them deal with it.

  2. No way on earth! says:

    Giving MB the trigger to our nukes is the most stupid thing I have ever heard.

  3. The Crux of the Buscuit says:

    Article IV of the NPT states, and I quote :

    1. Nothing in this Treaty shall be interpreted as affecting the inalienable right of all the Parties to the Treaty to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination and in conformity with Articles I and II of this Treaty.

    2. All the Parties to the Treaty undertake to facilitate, and have the right to participate in, the fullest possible exchange of equipment, materials and scientific and technological information for the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Parties to the Treaty in a position to do so shall also co-operate in contributing alone or together with other States or international organizations to the further development of the applications of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, especially in the territories of non-nuclear-weapon States Party to the Treaty, with due consideration for the needs of the developing areas of the world.

    Iran is not in violation of this treaty. The U.N. has inspectors there and they have not reported any violations. Once again, Bachmann is F.O.S.
    Why hasn’t Isreal signed this treaty?

    P.S. Bachmann is an idiot.

  4. Dim Future says:

    I am a Republican because I believe in a conservative fiscal policy, and less government intervention; but I am losing all faith and interest in the GOP.

    How is this nut bag being taken seriously? How can the GOP not come up with a viable candidate? Our system as a whole is soooo broken. I am terrified for the future of this country with all these clowns running the show.

    1. scott says:

      The GOP is going through a lot of changes. This is true. MB has no chance. She is in the news only because the media, and us puts her there. She is like a train wreck, and nobody is looking away. I have faith the GOP will get their act together and have a viable candidate.

  5. Tom says:

    @ Dim Future

    The GOP claims that samething about those two areas, but in reality they really don’t!

    Why isn’t there a more viable candidate? You can blame the Religious Right for that problem.

  6. Murph says:

    Does she actually think that the fleet of American ships over there are unarmed?Plus, Iran has so many Israeli ICBMS targeteding it 24/7 that the radioactive glass that would replace the outhouse of the middle east would be miles thick! Just like M.B.’s head!

  7. Richard in Minneapolis says:

    Not since ultra-right politicians and generals insisted that we use nuclear weapons in the Korean War have we had a ‘national leader’ so intent on pushing us into WW III.

    This woman is dangerous.

  8. Dale Gribble says:

    The Bible prophesizes a great fiery battle in which the Anti-Christ is finally defeated. Michelle Bachmann has now shown that she is the Right Hand of God, who will lead us through the Tribulation into the Kingdom of God! The time has Come! All White Christians have a duty to vote for her, as she will be instrumental in the Second Coming!

    1. Really says:

      Someone is off their meds…”All White Christians…”

      You sir are a not job and exemplify what is wrong with the right wing of America.

      Simply replace Bible with Koran and White Christians with Islams and you see the same extremest from both followings.

      As a white Christian myself, your racist and sick comment insult the rest of us.

      1. Dale Gribble says:

        You are a traitor and an enemy of White Christians if you truly believe what you have written. How dare you compare the phony pedophile Muslim religion to the Word of God? You will suffer eternal torment in the Lake of Fire!!!!
        Michelle Bachmann has come to remove the Muslim Anti-Christ from the White House, and you would point fingers at those who would speak the Truth??? The End Times are upon us. Stand for Christ with Michelle and America, and you will be saved!!!

        1. Tom says:

          @ Dale Gribble

          Who has told you the “End Times” are upon us? Harold Camping? We know his track record?

          When Bachmann isn’t seen on camera are you two roommates in the “Mental Ward”?

        2. Sean Kelly says:

          And you are walking around unsupervised? Are you at least on medications?

      2. on knees says:

        …..bow to Leper Messiah!!

      3. don't speak for me says:

        @Really, what is a not job? Did you mean nut job, cause that’s what you are. Really.

  9. Michele is From Hell says:

    Using fear to force compliance? Isn’t that called terrorism?

    1. True Hate and Evil says:

      Not if it’s from Michele and then it’s God’s Way
      I would stuff one right up her (insert) if I had the chance to. I honestly think I hate her and I have never hated a person yet in my life. It’s ending if it already has not. She defines hate and evil and maybe in fact the Devil. I do not say that lightly either

  10. keel says:

    Why is it that not one of these drips who want war ever, ever, ever felt it necessary to wear a uniform. As a combat veteran I’m sick of these phony wannabe heroes who have absolutely no idea of what war is all about. Go fight the sobs yourself, idiot.

  11. Conspiracy nuts says:

    Phony wanna be’s… let’s see that includes the following:

    Gun Nuts who want to be considered hero’s
    Anti Union sychophants who think that corporations will pay a fair rate
    People who never served who want the military to be all powerfull
    Anti-government knuckle draggers who throw stones and want to be considered smart.
    Nuts who believe that congress gets a full pension with one day of service.
    on and on and on and on

  12. TomK says:

    Now that she is being shown her way to the door…….she uses this opportunity to sling abit more of her moronic ideas? Just what we need is to aggravate an already ugly situation with a less than sensible government. They have been warned and it would appear folks are ready to back it up. We don’t need another missle crisis.

  13. Mel says:

    I’m not saying that what Michelle is recommending is the right course of action, but no one on this board has offered any kind of solution to the threat to our country that the middle east represents. This is a lot more complicated than do nothing, or do everything. What would be the right course of action to take in light of Iran? Should we just wait and see what this leader who is intent on war actually does with all his weapons? Should we see if we can “talk him out of his bullying tactics”? What has worked in the past, and what has not? Lets get an educated, non-partisan debate going here, if that’s even possible.

    1. Sean Kelly says:

      What threat does the “Middle East” represent to us? Name one country besides Iran (which is technically more EurAsisn than Middle Eastern) that poses a direct threat to us? With respect to Iran, what evidence is there that the Iranians (who are running out of money) are a direct threat to us? Why do we need to do anything proactively?

      1. Mel says:

        The official IRNA news agency quoted Salehi as saying: “We recommend … to the American warship that passed through the Strait of Hormuz and went on to the Gulf of Oman, not to return to the Persian Gulf.”

        Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/01/03/iran-military-leader-says-us-carrier-should-not-return-to-gulf-base/#ixzz1iP8Hhalm

  14. Solving the obvious says:

    I believe that the president has this well in control, thank you Michelle. Now, go to your room. Remember when she was the darling of the right wing?

  15. Swamp Rat says:

    Do you want Michelle Bachmann with her mitts on the launch codes for our nukes? It’s time for Bachmann to have a reality check. The last thing we need now is to rattle our nuclear missile capabilities at a third rate punk nation that wants to start a nuclear WW3. Think about that!

  16. insignificant says:

    Bachman>>>totally unfit for President of the United States…you gotta have SOME common sense ,eh?

  17. Sean Kelly says:

    Bachman is so incredibly cognitively challenged… our ICBMs ARE ALWAYS ON ALERT, Patriot missiles cannot be fired from the US and strike IRAN, and, why blockade when we are already cutting off external financing……

  18. scot says:

    The U.S don’t bluff. Iran bluffs. North Korea bluffs. When, and if you need to use your missiles, you use it with over whelming arms. When you talk, or bluff, you diminish your power. MB is just talk.

  19. Jack says:

    I heard her mention how she saw an increase in her ratings when discussing war with Iran in Iowa. She is crazy and she is trying to appease the war hawks in the conservative party to boost numbers.

  20. Bubba says:

    Five lead stories about Bachmann, where’s the liberal media when you need them. Enough already, she’s yesterday’s news.

    1. Tuesday Can't Come Quick Enough says:

      She must have some ownership in WCCO.

  21. Michelle Gump says:

    Life is like a box of chocolates

  22. A Voter says:

    If Michele, Hitler, Bachmann had a brain she’d be dangerous.
    Evidently the Mayan’s saw her in their crystal skulls.

  23. well says:

    They aren’t developing nuclear weapons. You getting your info from Cheney?

  24. tom says:

    Michele, you one crazy human being.

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