Update: Now Huma Abedin needs protection from threats to her safety. Congratulations, Rep. Bachmann, you win the asshole of the month award for putting an innocent person’s life in jeopardy so you can get media attention and more money out of your deluded Tea Party followers. I don’t know if it is possible or not, but if Mrs. Abedin can sue for her defamation, she should. BTW, if you’re interested, such behavior is not unknown and it has a name: Stochastic Terrorism
Well, I have to admit, a long-time target of my vitriol finally did something that I approve. Sen. John McCain stood up for an American Muslim woman,
Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was being maligned by GOP Congressional members. Abedin, a deputy chief of staff at the State Department and wife to former Congressman Anthony Weiner (yes, that guy who sent pics of his, well, wiener to his online lovers), has been incredibly quiet throughout all the hubbub around her. Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn) along with 4 others [Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) and Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.)] accused Abedin of having ties to a group called the Muslim Brotherhood and implying that she is some kind of undercover representative for the group. Notice, that one of those idjits is from Arizona–sigh.
The Muslim Brotherhood, while apparently influential in the Middle East, has no power whatsoever in the U.S. Just in case you don’t know who that group is, the Brotherhood had a relatively moderate candidate just win the first democratic (supposedly) presidential election ever held in Egypt. Furthermore, Abedin while undoubtedly Muslim is also undoubtedly liberal–she married a Jewish man, she works for Hillary Clinton, she is very educated and accomplished in her own right which is completely against the philosophy of the Muslim Brotherhood, a conservative group advocating for the imposition of Sharia laws in Muslim countries. Even if she wanted to advocate for the Brotherhood, they wouldn’t let her. And if she lived in a country with Sharia Law, she wouldn’t live very long. And finally, anyone who is as high up in our power structure as Abedin is would not have gotten there without a VERY thorough background check. The Feds probably have a report so detailed they know how many times she’s farted in her life. Seriously. So, the accusation against this poor woman is absurd.
This is just a witch hunt that is so like the McCarthyism of the 1950’s it is disturbing. Let’s face it, the GOP has been blatantly fear mongering since 9/11. One of the things that allowed us to believe Pres. G.W. Bush regarding Iraq and weapons of mass destruction was fear. And we’ve learned, the hard way (no WMD’s, about 37,000 U.S. soldiers dead or injured, an estimated 200,000 Iraqi civilian casualties at a cost of $3 trillion) that making major decisions based on fear is not only stupid but the long-term consequences are infinitely more destructive in ways we have yet to comprehend.
However, since a blackity-black man entered the race for the White House in 2008, the fear mongering has reached a whole new level. Think about it. When we went into Iraq we had information, misinterpreted information as we discovered later, that there were WMD’s in Iraq and that Hussein wouldn’t hesitate to use them. But the recent fear mongering have been based on outright lies and repeated over and over and over again by the MSM and political candidates specifically for the purpose of manipulation. How many stories have you heard or read since 2008 about any of following topics:
- imposition of Sharia Law in the U.S.,
- Manchurian candidates
- Death Panels (‘soshulism’, i.e., foreign)
- Redistribution of Wealth (‘soshulism’, ditto)
- Drones used in the U.S. against citizens
- Mosques allowing an infiltration of terrorists (also see Sharia law above, remember the hullabaloo about the Mosque at Ground Zero, the Mosque being built in TN?)
- “Palling” around with people who hate America
To date, the people that have suffered from these stories have been average people–American Muslim shopkeepers, religious congregations, etc.–who have little or no voice in the larger political body. They certainly don’t command the resources that the conservative wing of the GOP now enjoys. After all, the GOP has their own network and billions of unlimited money from donors in the oil, banking and casino industries. The attack on average Americans is bad enough and we should all be ashamed that it has happened. However, this accusation of Abedin is an attempt to purge her from her position–it is an outright power play. Purging for the sake of gaining more power is a bad, bad sign. And Bachmann and her nutbag colleagues aren’t backing down. I hope that Sen. McCain keeps opposing her and encourages other colleagues on the right to stand up against this escalation in fear mongering. Otherwise, I think in another 50 years my grandchildren will be blogging about the “Bachmann Hearings of 2012”.