The White House Christmas party is usually for pleasant small talk among members of Congress and the White House. But that didn't appear to be the case for Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who wasted no time at the party telling the President to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities.
In an interview with the Washington Free Bacon, Bachmann said she wanted to give some “substantive comments” to the President.
“I turned to the President, and I said something to the effect of, ‘Mr. President, you need to bomb the Iranian nuclear facilities, because if you don’t, Iran will have a nuclear weapon on your watch and the course of world history will change,’” she said.
“And he got his condescending smile on his face and laughed at me and said, ‘Well, Michele, it’s just not that easy.’ And I said to him, ‘No, Mr. President, you’re the President. It will happen on your watch, and you’ll have to answer to the world for this.’ And that was it, and then I left. Merry Christmas,” she said, laughing.
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Bachmann, who is retiring from Congress in two weeks, wanted the President to know her top security concern was the prevention of an Iranian nuclear weapon. She told the Beacon her other concerns include cuts to the military budget, the release of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, and the end of the CIA torture program.
As for bombing Iran's nuclear facilities, experts say that could seriously hinder the negotiations between the global powers — U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Russia and China — and Iran, who have been honoring its commitments from previous agreements. According to the Huffington Post, Secreatery of State John Kerry thinks a deal can be reached in three to four months.
"Today, Iran has lived up to every commitment it made in the interim agreement,” Kerry said in a statement this week. “Progress on its nuclear program has been rolled back for the first time in a decade. How do we know that? Because the [International Atomic Energy Agency] and our partners have been able to verify that Iran is indeed honoring [its] commitments. Today, IAEA inspectors have daily access, daily access, to Iran's enrichment facilities ... and we have developed a far deeper understanding of Iran's nuclear program."
Bachmann does not think a diplomatic solution will stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. Expert David Albright testified to the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee that Iran could acquire enough weapon-grade uranium for a bomb in about two months.
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The retiring Congresswoman told the Beacon she plans on using her free time to travel across the country giving speaches and writing op-eds ahead of the 2016 election.