During an interview with the Christian radio show "Understanding the Times" on Saturday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) claimed that President Obama was “paying to give arms to terrorists including Al-Qaeda.”
Rep. Bachmann also told host Jan Markell, "We are to understand where we are in God’s end times history,” noted RightWingWatch.org (audio below).
“President Obama waived a ban on arming terrorists in order to allow weapons to go to the Syrian opposition.Your listeners, U.S. taxpayers, are now paying to give arms to terrorists including Al-Qaeda,” said Rep. Rachmann.
In reality, the Obama administration made a declaration that the Syrian rebels would not be classified as officially being affiliated with terrorist organizations, noted The Washington Post.
This declaration allows “the U.S. Government to provide or license, where appropriate, certain non-lethal assistance inside or related to Syria,” states WhiteHouse.gov.
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While there have been reports of some anti-Syrian rebels supporting Al-Qaeda, and there are legitimate concerns about the conflict, there is no proof that the U.S. is directly aiding Al-Qaeda.
“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,” claimed Rep. Bachmann.
However, Rep. Bachmann did not cite any specific Bible verse to back up her claims, but did manage to mangle Matthew 24:37-41 when she said, "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.”
Rep. Bachmann did not mention on the same day that she gave the interview that a Navy SEAL operation ordered by President Obama captured an Al-Qaeda leader in Libya, as reported by McClatchyDC.com.