Did Bachmann reveal classified information at hearing?
I have a theory concerning the reason Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) sits on the House Intelligence Committee. First, it’s a fact that Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) won’t give her a leadership position of any kind. With her seniority and high profile, she should be chair of some committee.
But Boehner put her on the Intelligence Committee. Why? To shut her up.
Think about it. She hears or reads classified testimony frequently that she can’t talk about. If she were to talk about it, it could be treason.
We all know that you can’t hope to stop the Bachmann, you can only hope to … erm … nevermind. Apparently you can’t contain her, either.
Watch this video. There’s real comedy going on. She seriously embarrasses herself. But I’ll focus on that later. Did Bachmann reveal classified information at hearing?
Bachmann asks about some drone strikes in Libya. CIA Chief John Brennan and the others from the CIA sitting at the table with him are baffled.
How does she know about any drone strikes? Did Obama in conjunction with the CIA and the military take someone out? Was this information she obtained because she sits on the Intel Committee?
Here’s the transcript (via City Pages):
[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.
For those of you who haven’t got this far, let’s discuss the comedy!
Does she know that the White House cannot ask for a drone strike? They can approve one if the target is high profile and the military, and maybe with the involvement of the CIA, thinks it pertinent.
Is she that dim?
Or is she somehow trying to set Brennan up to somehow score some political points?
Does she want to argue that a drone strike she learned about via the classified data she receives caused the unrest in Benghazi?
Getting to her Iran questions — is she so thunderously stupid that she’d think Brennan would reveal classified analysis of Iran’s nuclear capability?
Did she already know what it was but wanted it out in the public view so the
Iraq Iran Chicken Hawks could cite it as reason we need to invade now?
This is comedy, but comedy of the absurd. It is absurd that Bachmann is in Congress at all.