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This is not a joke: Bachmann Warns of Hizbollah Training Camps, Weapons in Cuba

This is just too funny and sad to be true:

Monday, 26 Sep 2011, 5:17 PM CDT

(Wall Street Journal) – CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) claimed Monday during a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that Hizbollah, the militant Muslim group based in Lebanon, had established training sites in Cuba and might even set up missile sites 90 miles from US soil.

Bachmann was referring to a story that ran in an Italian newspaper and was quickly picked up on various blogs earlier this month.

“Hizbollah has been potentially looking at wanting a part of missile sites in Iran,” she said, citing earlier her position on the House Intelligence Committee. “So of course when you’re 90 miles offshore from Florida, you don’t want to entertain the prospect of hosting bases or sites where Hizbollah can have training camps or perhaps have missile sites or weapons sites in Cuba. This would be foolish.”

Bachmann first laid into the less-than-vibrant island nation during last week’s GOP debate in Orlando, noting that Cuba remains on the State Department’s list of terrorist sponsors and condemning any push to normalize relations with the communist country. When asked by a supporter at her rally Monday to clarify her comments, she went into her position in greater detail.

Normalizing trade with Cuba, Bachmann said, would only be rewarding the government there for such behavior. She then compared Cuba to Palestine, saying the US shouldn’t normalize relations with Cuba anymore than Israel should do the same with Palestine — until both renounce terrorism.

She then drove home one of her core campaign messages — she’s the candidate “who understands problems that are going on internationally.”

Cuba was put on the terror list in 1982, when the Reagan administration accused Fidel Castro of aiding communist rebels in Africa and Latin America. The US has kept Cuba on the list, in part, as bargaining chip, saying officially that Havana doesn’t support the US war on terrorism and has maintained friendly ties with other countries on the terror list, such as Iran.

 

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Written by nickbiddlenoe

September 27, 2011 at 6:19 pm

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