President Bachmann as Mideast Prophet: Cole/ Truthdig

My column in Truthdig is now out, “President Bachmann: Another Mideast Messiah”


“Bachmann recently alleged that Iran had been “delivered a nuclear warhead” (this assertion, like many of Bachmann’s bromides, is simply untrue). That Bachmann would be a hawk on Iran, favoring at least covert intervention, probably via the MEK, and perhaps even military action, is clear from her speeches on the subject.
Bachmann does not have so much a policy toward Israel as a posture of obeisance. She told the Republican Jewish Coalition of Los Angeles in February 2010:

I am convinced in my heart and in my mind that if the United States fails to stand with Israel, that is the end of the United States. … [W]e have to show that we are inextricably entwined, that as a nation we have been blessed because of our relationship with Israel, and if we reject Israel, then there is a curse that comes into play. And my husband and I are both Christians, and we believe very strongly the verse from Genesis [Genesis 12:3], we believe very strongly that nations also receive blessings as they bless Israel. It is a strong and beautiful principle.

Bachmann appears to believe that God’s blessings on Abraham were actually intended for the Likud Party of Benjamin Netanyahu in contemporary Israel. This theology of Israeli infallibility probably was influenced by Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries, with which Bachmann has had a long relationship. Christian Zionists’ fondness for Israel is bittersweet, since it is wrought up with a belief that the end of the world is around the corner, at which time Jews will become Christians.”

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  1. I dream of a world where articles like this aren’t necessary.

    To clarify, I mean to imply it would be better if you could focus your articles on “real” issues in the Middle East, rather than commenting on policies made up from obvious myth. It’d be much better to debate interpretations of facts, rather than having to go through what’s real/what’s not.

  2. Come now, you don’t consider it a serious possibility that she will get anywhere near the nomination, much less the White House?

    • If US public can elect Bush twice, why the same people cannot elect Bachmann & Palin.

      One prominent author brought his prediction of Fall of USA five years closer after Bush elected second time.

      Bachmann’s election may bring fall of America closer & faster.

      • Agree and with 90% in both houses of what passes for govt. in Amerika today believing close to the same thing as this one crazy person, we’re doomed as a nation. The potus 0 doesn’t help matters any.

        The only I disagree with I don’t think it will matter who wins the POTUS race repug or demodog we are already on the path to the bottom. As empires go we won’t even be a dot on the graph.

  3. [A President Bachmann might or might not get out of Iraq and wind down the Afghanistan War (apparently her fatigue with those efforts could easily be countermanded by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff). But she seems to be looking for other conflicts, especially with Iran. And clearly she would write a blank check of support to the far-right government of Netanyahu for any military adventures it would like to initiate.]

    Now replace Bachmann by Obama – not much of a difference.

    • Sort of. It’s clearly correct on the wars front, but Obama did have the gall to suggest (iirc) that the 1967 borders should be the basis for a future peace deal – something I never realized was remotely controversial. I’m always surprised there isn’t more skepticism about our relationship with Israel.

  4. How naive, stranger things have happened, especially in the political arena in the U.S.A. In case you think otherwise, look around you, do you feel safer with out your privacy, that some whatever you want to call it, reads every E-mail you send & receive, every comment you make to a blog such as this one, that you are being cataloged according to what you right or what others write to you? Before you say this is nonsense, do your homework and you’ll find this is only the beginning.

  5. “This theology of Israeli infallibility”, people’s belief systems are at time difficult to penetrate, but…

    A reminder of the story regarding Israel garnering God’s wrath and sent exiled into Egypt, takes the view of infallibility away. A wall is difficult to tear down, when the wall is built on privilege, elitism and feelings of superiority no matter where it is found.

  6. Prof Cole, you surely as something of a religious scholar must know, however, that Traditional Christian doctrine, and by that I mean both Roman Catholic and Protestant Reformer, not to mention Eastern Orthodoxy, ALL have the Abrahamic Covenant (land promise) as being conditional on obedience to God, and was nullified because the Jews were not obedient, that is, did not accept Christ.

    The “left wing” of the Protestant Reformation is indeed a modernist heresy which did not materialize until the 19th Century and “perfected” its heresy in the dispensationalist
    millenialism aka “Christian Zionism” which reversed 2000 years of Tradition and insisted God gave (paradoxically non-Semitic majority) European Jews the land forever.

  7. Bachman, Palin, Perry, (insert name of fruitcake here) are all shills for people who have real power/money. The Fruitcakes will do anything to get elected and say anything to please the, what shall I call them, the Bakers. The Bakers have ALEX writing state legislation to incarcerate practically anyone who speaks out against the government, except themselves, of course, and then to do slave labor for more profit. With Fruitcakes willing to do whatever it takes to be in office, expect the situation to worsen.

    Since at least 20% of congress has taken the call to visit Israel and get thir marching orders from Likud/AIPAC, there is no possibility of having a Congress that deals with our real needs, such as an economy or a livable climate.

    I really think the place to start is with Israel and the way its politics has crippled this nation.

  8. On the other hand Bill Clinton WAS president and a democrat to boot; he too had a theological/spiritual connection to Israel which I remember he once expressed in very clear terms and makes little sense outside the bible. Israel cuckoo is quite common even among what for the most part are sane people.

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