Perhaps U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is feeling liberated by her decision not to seek reelection and no longer needs to worry — or to worry even less than she used to — about what she says.
But Bachmann really let fly recently with the joyous news that President Obama is now arming Al Qaida-linked terrorists and this is good news — in a certain kind of fundamentalist Christian meaning of “good news” that God’s end days are upon us and the world as we have known it will soon be no more, but in a good way.
Long-time Bachmann watchers know that she has often used interviews with Christian radio stations to say things that can sound a little, um, strange to non-evangelical Christians. But this one is up there with some of her strangest.
First, a grain of truth. As part of the effort to beef up the forces that the U.S. supports in the Syrian civil war, Obama recently issued an order clearing the delivery of nonlethal aid, especially protective gear, that might help troops withstand a chemical-weapons attack. The aid is supposed to flow only to groups that have been “vetted,” which I take to mean that the aid is supposed to flow to the least Islamist, least terrorism-tainted groups available in that horrible mess. And, as I mentioned, it’s nonlethal defensive equipment.
But, speaking Saturday on a show called “Understanding the Times,” Bachmann said: “Your listeners, U.S. taxpayers, are now paying to give arms to terrorists including Al Qaeda.” But rather than this being cause of concern, Bachmann said:
Now what this says to me, I’m a believer in Jesus Christ, as I look at the End Times scripture, this says to me that the leaf is on the fig tree and we are to understand the signs of the times, which is your ministry, we are to understand where we are in God’s end times history…Rather than seeing this as a negative, we need to rejoice, Maranatha Come Lord Jesus, His day is at hand…When we see up is down and right is called wrong, when this is happening, we were told this; these days would be as the days of Noah.
Right Wing Watch broke this story yesterday. Right Wing Watch also posted an audio clip, which is pasted below.
In an interview with Understanding the Times host Jan Markell on Saturday, Rep. Michele Bachmann accused President Obama of giving aid to Al Qaeda, which she said is proof that we are living in the Last Days. Of course, on the same day Bachmann gave the interview, a Delta Force operation approved by Obama nabbed a key Al Qaeda figure in Libya.
But according to Bachmann, Obama is now championing the terrorist group.
The Minnesota congresswoman referred to a decision by the Obama administration to allow vetted Syrian rebels not affiliated with terrorist organizations to help them resist chemical weapons attacks, which was spurred by the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons on civilians.
While the administration’s move is only related to non-lethal, defensive and protective aid, Bachmann falsely claimed that “President Obama waived a ban on selling arms to terrorists.”
“President Obama waived a ban on arming terrorists in order to allow weapons to go to the Syrian opposition,” Bachmann said. “Your listeners, US taxpayers, are now paying to give arms to terrorists including Al Qaeda.”
Bachmann said that the Al Qaeda funding (which isn’t happening) is a sign of the End Times: “This happened and as of today the United States is willingly, knowingly, intentionally sending arms to terrorists, now what this says to me, I’m a believer in Jesus Christ, as I look at the End Times scripture, this says to me that the leaf is on the fig tree and we are to understand the signs of the times, which is your ministry, we are to understand where we are in God’s end times history.”
“Rather than seeing this as a negative, we need to rejoice, Maranatha Come Lord Jesus, His day is at hand,” Bachmann continued. “When we see up is down and right is called wrong, when this is happening, we were told this; these days would be as the days of Noah.”– See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/bachmann-obama-supporting-al-qaeda-proving-we-are-end-times#sthash.5HbfqxkQ.dpuf