When Michele Bachmann, Steve King and Louie Gohmert make it on the same stage together, then something wrong is bound to happen. The three of them appeared in Egypt, meet with top Egyptian officials and gave their blessing to the military coup. Together they condemned the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group.
That the Muslim Brotherhood is not in power is a good thing. They did not believe in democracy. On the other hand, the Egyptian military’s takeover, despite the Obama administration and triumvirate of Bachmann, King and Gohmert’s claims otherwise, was a coup. If it leads to fair and free election soon, then it may redeem itself. In the meantime, it remains uncertain how friendly the Egyptian military will be in the long run towards human rights. They have already killed thousands in the streets during protests.
Bachmann, King and Gohmert are three of the biggest blowhards in Congress. We can only hope that the Egyptian officials they meet realize that these three are not representative of most Americans. The officials have probably gone back to their offices shaking their heads and feeling relieved that they only had to deal with the Muslim Brotherhood, not these three.
It didn’t take long into their talk before Bachmann needed to rewrite history. Everyone knows that al-Qaeda was responsible for 9/11. Okay, there are still truthers out there blaming the Bush administration for killing thousands at the Twin Towers. That’s a conspiracy as well grounded as the birthers’ fantasies.
For Bachmann, it seems all terrorists must be alike. She claims that the Muslim Brotherhood was responsible for 9/11. All those terrorists, al-Qaeda and the Brotherhood are the same in Bachmann’s mind when she said this:
“Many of you have asked, do we understand who the enemy is? We can speak for ourselves. We do. We have seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed here for the people in Egypt. We have seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed around the world. We stand against this great evil. We are not for them. We remember who caused 9/11 in America. We remember who it was that killed 3,000 brave Americans. We have not forgotten.”
The Muslim Brotherhood does have roots in terrorism, but it has more recently sought to extend its influence through other means, as a social organization or a political party. It is not the same as al-Qaeda. It was not involved in 9/11.
When people like Bachmann exaggerate a position to condemn the Brotherhood as all evil, she does a disservice to those who oppose the Brotherhood on more rational grounds. There’s plenty to condemn the Brotherhood about. America doesn’t need a Congresswoman flying halfway around the world to blame 9/11 on them. This type of disregard for the truth can bring sympathy to the Brotherhood and raise questions about the people Bachmann is trying to support – the military. When someone is this loose with the facts, it is easy to dismiss everything she believes in. It’s also embarrassing when she talks like this in foreign countries.