Many Americans are outraged that a group of Members of Congress led by Rep. Michele Bachmann are promoting conspiracy theories that U.S. officials who are Muslim-American, including top State Department official Huma Abedin and several advisers to the Department of Homeland Security, are part of a Muslim Brotherhood plot to infiltrate the U.S. government. Many see Bachmann's actions as part of a broader campaign to demonize American Muslims and marginalize them from participation in our nation's political life.
What has gotten less attention is the impact of Bachmann's actions on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Like the United States, the Middle East suffers from its share of conspiracy theories, and many of the Middle East's conspiracy theories revolve around the United States government. In particular, there is a widespread conspiracy theory in Egypt that the U.S. government has deliberately engineered the success of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt's recent elections.
well, to start off it is an intelligence committee, so why is she there?