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Nov212011

Bachmann: ‘Pentagon Should Prepare a War Plan’ for Iran

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The “Pentagon should prepare a war plan” to handle an ascendant Iran in possession of a nuclear weapon, GOP contender Michele Bachmann said Sunday, at a dinner hosted by a pro-Israel group in New York City.

Bachmann stopped short of advocating for a pre-emptive strike on Iran by Israel or the United States, saying “only a fool wishes for war,” but advocated for a naval blockade of Iranian ports, increased intelligence operations against Iran and “crushing economic sanctions.”

“The Pentagon should prepare a war plan, as a last resort, should all else fail in preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons,” she said.

Speaking before the Zionist Organization of America, the oldest pro-Israel group in the United States, Bachmann said her first foreign policy directive on day one of her presidency would be recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Bachmann said Israel should not cede any land -- “not one acre, not one square foot, not one inch” -- to the Palestinians in order to make peace.

An Iran in possession of a nuclear weapon, she said, posed an existential threat not only to Israel but to the United States.

Bachmann chastised President Obama for failing to stand with Israel.

“President Obama stands with Occupy Wall Street, but he doesn’t stand with Israel.  When Israel looks at President Obama, they don’t see a friend,” she said.

The United States “must sell Israel the additional fighter jets, bunker buster bombs, refueling tankers, and other materials they need to defend themselves,” she said.  She also said the United States should continue its “comprehensive missile system” in the Middle East.

The Palestinians, Bachmann said, “must recognize Israel’s right to exist and renounce violence” if they expect to become a serious partner for peace.

Often during her address, she compared Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Adolf Hitler, calling him a “mad man.”

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