But conspiracy theorists in Egypt who claim that the US is behind the electoral success of the Muslim Brotherhood have cited Bachmann's charges as evidence for their claims. Thus, Bachmann's conspiracy-mongering directly undermines US policy in Egypt.
Although many Americans see Bachmann as a marginal figure in US politics, such distinctions are easily lost in translation. Bachmann was "taken seriously" for a time as a presidential candidate and today she is a member of the House Intelligence Committee. Outside the US, her membership in the Intelligence Committee sounds to many like a real credential. And this is why Bachmann's membership in the Intelligence Committee is a serious concern for US policy in the region.
Former US officials, NGO leaders and academics concerned with US policy in the region are circulating a letter to Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi, urging that the anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists on the House Intelligence Committee be replaced. The letter is reproduced below:
To Protect US Interests, Replace Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorists on the House Intelligence Committee