This one probably has to take the cake. Via Benen, Bachmann today criticized Obama’s new nuclear weapons policies by saying:
“If in fact there is a nation who is compliant with all of the rules ahead of time and they’ve complied with the United Nations on nuclear proliferation, if they fire against the United States a biological weapon, a chemical weapon or maybe a cyber attack, well then we aren’t going to be firing back with nuclear weapons,” Bachmann said. “Doesn’t that make us all feel safe?”
Harry Truman is one of the Americans I hate most. In the history of the planet, he is the only one ever to give the order to drop nuclear weapons on people. But you may disagree with me. Plenty of people think he was right to destroy cities with nuclear explosions. But Michelle Bachmann thinks Obama’s new policy sucks because it takes the nuclear card off the table in retaliation for a cyber attack. Think about that. And take it away, Benen:
“To be sure, attacks on a country’s computer networks can be severely damaging. But even Bachmann, as confused as she is, has to realize that responding to a cyber attack with a nuclear bomb would be the most insane act in the history of humanity. Does she understand what a nuclear bomb does?
So to answer Bachmann’s question, no, the United States will not use a nuclear arsenal to respond to a cyber attack. That doesn’t mean we’d welcome a cyber attack; it doesn’t mean we’d let a cyber attack slide; it doesn’t mean our conventional weapons couldn’t serve as a sufficient deterrent.”