July 31, 2012

“Huma Abedin’s Muslim Brotherhood Ties”

Andrew McCarthy, NRO:

Despite mounting evidence of close ties between the Muslim Brotherhood and Huma Abedin, Secretary of State Clinton’s close aide, Republican congressional leaders — particularly Senator John McCain and House Speaker John Boehner — continue to target their ire not at the State Department but at Representative Michele Bachmann.

Representative Bachmann is one of five House conservatives who have raised concerns about Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of our government. Glenn Beck reported Tuesday that GOP leadership is trying to extort an apology out of Bachmann by threatening to boot her from the House Intelligence Committee if she fails to submit.

That got me to wondering: Any chance Speaker Boehner might take just a couple of minutes out of his busy jihad against Bachmann to focus on how the State Department — during Ms. Abedin’s tenure — has cozied up to Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s chief sharia jurist?

Sheikh Qaradawi is a promoter of jihadist terror. His fatwas endorse terrorist attacks against American personnel in Iraq as well as suicide bombing — by both men and women — against Israel. He is a leading supporter of Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch. He also runs an umbrella organization called the Union for Good (sometimes referred to as the “Union of Good”), which is formally designated a terrorist organization under American law. The Union for Good was behind the “Peace Flotilla” that attempted to break our ally Israel’s blockade of the terrorist organization Hamas (the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch) in 2010. That’s rather interesting — at least to me, though apparently not to Speaker Boehner — because Huma Abedin’s mother, Saleha, who is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s female division (the “Muslim Sisterhood”), is a major figure in not one but two Union for Good components. […]


In McCainWorld, these are what are known as “a few unspecified and unsubstantiated associations.” But I digress. Clearly, these significant Muslim Brotherhood connections are of scant interest to Speaker Boehner, who has decided the problem is not the Brotherhood connections but the people who are shedding light on the Brotherhood connections. Nevertheless, since Boehner purports to be all about cracking down on wasteful government spending, at least when he’s not signing off on deals to extend President Obama’s credit card by another trillion or three, I thought I might ask whether the State Department’s Fulbright Scholar Program aroused his curiosity ever so slightly.

Fulbright, by its own account, is “the government’s flagship program in international educational exchange,” promoting “mutual understanding” between the U.S. and other countries. In the 2010–2011 academic year — the year of the Union for Good’s “Freedom Flotilla,” if you need a time marker — one Fulbright scholarship was awarded to a lucky chemistry student from Qatar. Her name is Siham al-Qaradawi, and she just happens to be the daughter of Sheikh Qaradawi.

Now, besides despising America and having lots of global academic connections (at least in countries where he’s not banned), the sheikh happens to be a very wealthy man — the sharia-advisory business can be very profitable. And while the sheikh’s daughter is said to be an exceptional chemist, the world is full of exceptional chemists. How is it that Qaradawi’s daughter gets the State Department prize? I’m just wondering, and wondering if Speaker Boehner is wondering.


[…] since Secretary Clinton’s tenure began, with Huma Abedin serving as a top adviser, the United States has aligned itself with the Muslim Brotherhood in myriad ways. To name just a few (the list is by no means exhaustive): Our government reversed the policy against formal contacts with the Brotherhood; funded Hamas; continued funding Egypt even after the Brotherhood won the elections; dropped an investigation of Brotherhood organizations in the U.S. that were previously identified as co-conspirators in the case of the Holy Land Foundation financing Hamas; hosted Brotherhood delegations in the United States; issued a visa to a member of the Islamic Group (a designated terrorist organization) and hosted him in Washington because he is part of the Brotherhood’s parliamentary coalition in Egypt; announced that Israel should go back to its indefensible 1967 borders; excluded Israel, the world’s leading target of terrorism, from a counterterrorism forum in which the State Department sought to “partner” with Islamist governments that do not regard attacks on Israel as terrorism; and pressured Egypt’s pro-American military government to surrender power to the anti-American Muslim Brotherhood parliament and president just elected by Egypt’s predominantly anti-American population.

So I was hoping maybe the speaker could explain to us: Hypothetically, if Huma Abedin did have a bias in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood, and if she were actually acting on that bias to try to tilt American policy in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood, what exactly would the State Department be doing differently?

Careful, Andrew. You’re going to make Maverick angry, and Boehner cry.  Again.

And by their little balled up old man fists and little orange tears shall ye know them.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 3:29pm

Comments (37)

  1. huma’s for the ummah

  2. Guess it’s time to break out the Photoshop and start making “Crazy-Eyed Bitch” posters of Andrew.

  3. You’re being unhelpful again.

  4. Anyone see that Rashid Khalidi tape laying around anywhere?

  5. – The facys speak for themselves. The more troubling qiestion is why. Whats in it for them?

  6. Btw, lest we forget, Obama’s terrorist pals from the neighborhood are also in the flotilla-organizing business.

  7. OT: Nice to see some people punching back twice as hard.

    “Must those whose personal values do not conform to those of the government of the day move from the city?” {Cardinal Francis} George wondered.

    Suck it, Rahm.

  8. – Ywo possible “whys” come to mind.

    * The Rethugs want Obama to dig his hole as deep as possible, and don’t welcome anything that might interupt that process.

    * The Brotherhood is feeding the US info through contacts, possibly the aide might be one, concerning Syria and Iran.

  9. Let’s not forget that Abedin isn’t all that Bachmann et al were asking about. But she seems to be all that “sensible Republicans” want to talk about.

    How dare that crazy Hobbit bitch do her job?

  10. It’s not just Republicans ignoring this security threat, it’s spread to the conservative media. See Diane West’s account of her Muslim Brotherhood/Huma Abedin column being spiked by the Washington Examiner:

  11. Also, seems Robert Spencer and Pam Geller are getting the cold shoulder from some conservative blogs:

  12. – Again I would ask why? What reason would anyone other than a Lefturd have to protect anything Islam?

  13. World domination.

  14. “World domination.”

    Whatever. We’re barely maintaining a “safe” environment for global trade. I ‘m starting to think that Sci-fi authors are optimists when it comes to how easy running a planet in a stable manner is even with advanced technology applications.

    I mean we’ve been working at global hegemony and cultural unification for 70 years now, and we still don’t even FAKE it well. We are practically splitting here at home.

  15. – Politicians live and die by the self serving rule. Entire administrations do as well, and at times both sides of the spectrum can and do act in unisen.

    – I don’t subscribe to the grand conspiracy ideas simply because they can’t even get local conspiracies right, much less global, so I’d look for something more along the sort of things I suggested.

    – Votes, maybe. Campaign money, maybe. Help with foriegn contries, maybe. Conspiracies? We could only wish governement was anywhere near that efficient and effective. If it were we probably wouldn’t have to watch over them like children in a play pen.

  16. I was being sarcastic with the WD, thing. Like most things people will go to the ends of the Earth for, burning bridges, pissing off friends &c, it’s either all about money or sex. Maybe both.

  17. – Well if its Islamic sex they’re after, they’re going to be “sorely” dissapointed. *snicker*

  18. – And Leigh, I’m hip you were a’foolin. Just in a playful mood today.

  19. Oh, good.

    People get too damned serious bout this stuff sometimes, I mean that, too. My husband frets, and frets and frets some more. Is it fixing anything, the fretting I mean? No. It’s always good to be informed and I’m so glad for Jeff’s site that is full of smart and funny people who know a lot of things and a lot of things.

  20. make that: a lot of things *about* a lot of things.

  21. The funny thing is, the actual Caliphate didn’t last very long as a real power. It became a figure head very rapidly. Moors and Kurds were a bigger deal than the conquering Arabs within 100 years or so. The biggest population of muslims in the world today is Indonesia.

    The caliphate is a dream of a degraded and idiotic people. The universalization of arab culture just ain’t gonna happen. It’s a shitty culture. People flee it faster than they can proselytize it.

  22. – On a more serious note, I am watcheul. not fretting, just watchful, for the “fleas effect”.

    – Which is to say, we’ve been fighting the Lefturds linguistic acrobatics and Illogic for so long we may well start to adopt some of their habits. Only natural.

    – So far I don’t see signs of that, but something like this “right side’ for islamic idea, Malkin and blog bashing over it, could be one sign. I would rather think its a good conspirarcy of a sorts foe more pirposeful ends.

    – Unfortunately if thats the case it will be awhile coming to light probably for obvious reasons.

    – I mean I know McOldFart is half senile but he’s not going to burn his ass with the majority without some reason. Senile doesn’t mean hes not still the same old self-serving Pol hes aleays been.

  23. The Iranians aren’t just going to tolerate a second (28th maybe?) Sufi caliphate again either. They have their own version of a caliphate to assemble.

  24. McLame is an asshole. It’s got to be a tie between him and Schumer as to who is the bigger camera hog.

    He needs to spend more time with his family, already.

  25. Yeah I’m sure his daughter is great company. If I were him I’d have a set of ear plugs on me at all times in case she stops by.

  26. “Oh yeah, that’s really interesting Megan. Say! Why dont’cha borrow my lap top and go in the rec room and blog about it? There’s a sweetheart. “

  27. What happened there? Girl is dumb as a stump. And, shall we say…large.

    It’s gotta be tough when your mother is hotter than you are. Even if she tries to make up for it by tweeting pix of her tits.

  28. BigBangHunter says July 31, 2012 at 5:40 pm
    – Votes, maybe. Campaign money, maybe. Help with foriegn contries, maybe. Conspiracies? We could only wish governement was anywhere near that efficient and effective. If it were we probably wouldn’t have to watch over them like children in a play pen.

    If government anywhere were that efficient and effective we’d all have been fucked long ago. Seriously. Whether it’s our very own would-be Ruling Class or the Islamotards, our greatest asset is their ineptitude. We can turn this around, we just have to be smarter than them, and that won’t take much.

  29. The caliphate is a dream of a degraded and idiotic people.

    Look at their “religion”.

  30. ” Girl is dumb as a stump.”

    Well…most wisdom comes either as a reaction to pain or obedience to the wise. Her dad ain’t particularly wise despite having had a lot of pain in his life, though he is certyainly wider than her. She ain’t really the obediant type, though she’s not a exactly a renegade hot rodding bank robber either. She hasn’t had much pain in life.

    Sheltered people believe their own intuition way too much. They don’t question themselves.

    They tend to be lazy and they tend to assume that if things are good then it must because they are smart. No it’s not favors from Daddy’s friends or dad’s money or anything. She’s just got moxy and a winning attitude. And that’s worth a lot as long as she can hang out in Dad’s long shadow. Without daddy no one would have asked her to be on the View or do a blogging gig about “modern lifestyle issues” for the Derpy Beast.

    But if she had to run anything she’d found out she was a pudding head in a hurry and PROBABLY she’d smarten up fast from all the hard lessons. Of course she also might just curl up into a ball and find a nice faery land to live in like a lot of leftists do.

    But right now she’s just one of a million precious little a hot house flowers telling the junkyard rats and centipedes all about life and she can’t tell if they are laughing with her or at her.

    Also too much make up and bosoms.

  31. Careful, Andrew. You’re going to make Maverick angry, and Boehner cry. Again.

    When’s Rick Lowry gonna fire his raggedy-ass–hating raggedy ass?

    You can’t be on Fox TV when you got an islamophobe writing for you!

  32. ” though he is certyainly wider than her.” -> though he is certainly wiser than her.

    He is NOT certainly wider than her.

  33. We gave that poisonous warthog’s daughter a Fulbright…

    No doubt he considers it jizya.

  34. I ‘m starting to think that Sci-fi authors are optimists when it comes to how easy running a planet in a stable manner is even with advanced technology applications.

    paleo, there’s an additional factor in most sci-fi, and it’s the same factor that kept the US more stable than Europe until about 1945: If a group decides they don’t want to live like their neighbors, they just pack up their Conestogas / spaceships and leave for the West / another planet. Sometimes their neighbors do the packing for them (see Mormons).

    One of the things that will make the upcoming Civil War a lot more like the religious and ethnic wars in Europe is that now there’s nowhere for the losers to go and start over without displacing another large population. It’s going to be much more of a fight to the death.

  35. I’ve come to the conclusion that Fulbrights and Rhodes Scholarships are rigged. Fot ever brilliant, struggling bright eyed young American, there is a foreign national or a Bill Clinton waiting to snap it up.

    Not that Bill isn’t brilliant in a twisted way. But he did know Senator Fulbright so who knows (or is telling) if he got it on merit or his charming smarminess?

  36. I’ve come to the conclusion that Fulbrights and Rhodes Scholarships are rigged.

    You don’t say!

    So are the MacArthur “Genius” awards; I doubt one has gone to an explicit free marketer in decades. They’ll give one to Stallman, but not to Eric Raymond — who says the same things, but in terms of liberty and free markets.