Freshman GOP Congresswoman Michele Bachmann of Minnesota told a St. Cloud Times newspaper reporter that she knows of a secret Iranian plan to partition Iraq and turn half of it into a ”terrorist haven” called something like the "Iraq State of Islam" to serve as a training ground and launch site for terrorist attacks in the Middle East and against the U.S.
You can hear the entire interview on the reporter’s podcast which can be found ON THIS WEBSITE. The Iran section is in the last 4th or so of the podcast.
The relevant section has Bachmann saying:
”We cannot let the fact be eclipsed that Iran is the troublemaker right now in Iraq, and they are souping up, this um, this battle between Sunni and Shi’a," Bachmann says. "Because this works for Iran’s ends. Iran is bent right now on serving up a strategic defeat for the United States. That’s their goal. Iran is the troublemaker trying to tip over apple carts all over Baghdad right now because they want America to pull out."
"And you know why? It’s because they’ve already decided that they’re going to territory — they’re they’re going to partition Iraq. And half of Iraq, the western, northern portion of Iraq, is going to be called the United – um, er, the, the, uh, I’m sorry, I can’t remember the actual name of it now– but it’s going to be called, um, the Iraq State of Islam, something like that.
"And I’m sorry, I don’t have the official name, but it is meant to be the training ground for the terrorists. There’s already an agreement made.’ They are going to get half of Iraq and that is going to be a terrorist free – er, a terrorist safe haven zone where they can go ahead and bring about more attacks in the Middle East region and then to come against the United States, because we are their avowed enemy.”
Bachmann represents the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities as well as St. Cloud. In 2006, Bachmann handily defeated Democrat and child-safety advocate Patty Wetterling, who was the first to raise the spectre of ex-Rep. Mark Foley, R-Florida, in her TV ads. During that campaign, Bachmann said of Iran, "We can’t remove any option off the table and we should not remove the nuclear response." She also called President Bush "buff."
Bachmann spokeswoman Heidi Frederickson says Bachmann’s remarks were "misconstrued" and her office will be delivering a statement on the matter shortly.