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Michele Bachmann says the Soviet Union is a threat to America

Published time: August 18, 2011 20:35
Edited time: August 19, 2011 15:24
Michele Bachmann  (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images / AFP)

Michele Bachmann (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images / AFP)

Even with Osama bin Laden out of the picture, America still has some big problems to worry about abroad. For one, there is still that looming threat of the Soviet Union. That’s what Michele Bachmann thinks, at least.

In an interview conducted today by Christian radio host Jay Sekulow, Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann offered up her latest and perhaps funniest flub. According to the congresswoman, the USSR still poses a pretty big threat to the USA — even if the Union disbanded, oh, 20 years ago.

When asked on-air about what different people from coast-to-coast are telling Bachmann on her campaign trail, the GOP hopeful said that jobs and economy are obviously a big concern among Americans. That’s not all that’s on their minds, however.

“What people recognize is that there’s a fear that the United States is in an unstoppable decline,” said Bachmann. “They see the rise of China, the rise of India, the rise of the Soviet Union and our loss militarily going forward.”

It looks like the Cold War is still going on and hotter than ever.

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In Bachmann’s defense, it’s not as if the Soviet Union’s threat of nuclear weaponry put the USSR and America at a nerve-wracking standstill for several decades that historically ended 20 years ago signaling one of the most important and world-shaping disintegrations of a governing body in modern history as we know it. No, no, no. That never happened. Apparently another thing that never happened was Bachmann opening her eyes and ears during, say, most of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Representing herself earlier this year as the embodiment of serial killer John Wayne Gacy was one thing; wishing Elvis Presley a happy birthday on the anniversary of his death this week was another. But to admit that you know nothing about international politics might be the nail in the coffin for a campaign consistently being marred by stupid sound bytes.

Maybe Bachmann just overlooked the dissolve of the Soviet Union 20 years ago, assuming it would have no effect on her or her eventual run for office. Why should foreign matters concern us Americans anyway? After all, as Bachmann previously put it, “not all cultures are equal.”

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