WASHINGTON — Former congresswoman and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann called on the U.S. to bomb Iran’s nuclear hardware, which she said would “get the attention of these thugs in the Middle East.”
Bachmann, who spent part of her career on the House Intelligence Committee, spoke with The Daily Caller Wednesday while waiting for the rally against the Iran deal to begin. As the sun beat down on the crowd, Bachmann was resolute in her stance that the U.S. should seriously consider bombing Iran to stop their nuclear ambitions.
“As we stand here today, you can end this nuclear program today. All you do is deliver bombs on the nuclear hardware,” Bachmann told TheDC. “We’re not talking about bombing shopping centers and killing innocent kids in Iran. We’re talking about taking out weapons of death. That’s the nuclear hardware.”
“We know where it is,” she continued. “Go take it out, and it’s end of story, move onto something else. That’ll get the attention of these thugs in the Middle East.”
Iran’s main nuclear site is at a location known as Fordow, and the top secret nuclear site is built under a mountain. Fordow has been the subject of much debate about whether or not the U.S. could destroy the mountain military site with conventional weapons or if the U.S. would need to use a nuclear weapon. (RELATED: If Iranian Negotiations Don’t Work Out, The US Has An Explosive Backup Plan)
Bachmann skirted the question when pushed for details about whether a nuclear weapon would be required to destroy Fordow. “The United States of America can take out Fordow. That’s all the further I’ll go.”
TheDC also spoke with a representative from the Ted Cruz campaign, who declined to offer specifics on whether or not the Republican senator thinks a nuclear strike is the only way to destroy the Iranian site at Fordow.
Bachmann also wants the U.S. to pump more weapons into Israel and give them bunker-busting bombs and more access to United States aircraft carriers in case the Israelis want to launch a strike.
Bachmann did acknowledge that Israel likely lacks the means to destroy all the Iranian nuclear sites without help, saying, “It’s extremely difficult if not impossible for them to mount this kinetic effort against Iran.” (RELATED: Iran Rattles Sabers: ‘11,000 Missiles Ready To Launch’ At Israel, US Targets)