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The Bachmann-Santorum Rule: We Can Be Extorted

There was one moment in the CBS News debate that has not gotten a lot of attention and should get a great deal of attention.CBS News asked Rick Perry about Pakistan. Perry responded that Pakistan is not being controlled by its political leaders, but rather by its secret police and military. Likewise, Pakistan should not get foreign aid unless it can show it is our friend and right now it looks to be anything but our friend.You can hear Rick Perry in his own words right here.This was followed up by perhaps the most dangerous and willfully naive foreign policy view I have ever heard expressed by Republicans. Michele Bachmann had to disagree with Rick Perry and, by the way, Newt Gingrich. Rick Santorum chimed in to agree with Michele Bachmann.We can call it the Bachmann-Santorum policy. It is to the left of Barack Obama. And if it is implemented, it will see the world turn into a far more dangerous place with many of us getting killed.

You can hear Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum in their own words. I have not edited the clips. What you will hear is two candidates for President of the United States say that because Pakistan has nuclear weapons, we must treat them as our friend whether they are or they are not. Taking their statements together — and they were in agreement disagreeing with Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry — we have two candidates telling the world that if you betray us, if you harbor Osama Bin Laden, if you cooperate with the Taliban and terrorist groups, if you work with China to undermine our national security, we will treat you as our friend if you have nuclear weapons.They say a million monkeys banging away randomly on a keyboard will eventually turn out Shakespeare. We now know what the foreign policy equivalent is: the Bachmann-Santorum Doctrine.Here is Michele Bachmann disagreeing with Rick Perry.She was followed by Newt Gingrich who agreed with Rick Perry.Then Rick Santorum had to open his mouth.

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