02/19/2012 10:35 am ET Updated Feb 19, 2012

Michele Bachmann: Foreign Policy Is President Obama's 'Worst Act'

Michele Bachmann lambasted President Barack Obama's foreign policy as his presidency's "worst act" in an interview Sunday on CNN, saying that critiques of it may open the door to effective attacks by Republicans in the general election.

"[The GOP candidates] understand foreign policy," Bachmann told CNN's Candy Crowley in the interview on "State of the Union." "Probably President Obama's worst act as president has been on foreign policy. That hasn't begun to have the level of scrutiny that it needs to have."

After Crowley responded by pointing to Obama's successes in drawing down troops in Iraq, as well as the killing of Osama bin Laden, Bachmann dismissed those successes -- which have helped keep foreign policy out of the political discourse in this election cycle -- as a "tactical success."

"His strategic blunder is putting distance between the U.S. and Israel," Bachmann said. "That has a far more calculable impact on the United States and our safety."

Bachmann's remarks echoed the broader Republican belief that Israel is one potential wedge issue in the general election and might allow effective attacks against President Obama.

A recent Associated Press "fact check" pointed out that despite recent Republican claims, under Obama military aid for Israel has either remained stable or gone up from previous levels.

Bachmann also told Crowley that the Republican Party is "extremely pro-women," and that the party had not blundered in the past week in raising issues of contraception and birth control access at the national level.