McCain chews out Ga. congressman for ’specious, degrading’ attack

U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, Republican of Georgia, has joined four other Republican congressmen in alleging infiltration of top levels of the U.S. government by the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization that according to the congressmen is “devoted to destroying Western civilization from within” and “is determined to impose shariah world wide.”

Huma Abedin

Huma Abedin

More specifically, Westmoreland and his colleagues have demanded an investigation of Huma Abedin, deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,  whom they claim has tight ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and has perverted U.S. policy on its behalf, producing decisions that may “pose security risks for this nation, its people and interests.”

Westmoreland and his colleagues, including former GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, cite no evidence for that scurrilous claim.

Earlier today, another former GOP presidential candidate took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to condemn Westmoreland and his colleagues. Here are excerpts from the remarks by U.S. Sen. John McCain:

“To say that the accusations made in both documents are not substantiated by the evidence they offer is to be overly polite and diplomatic about it. It is far better, and more accurate, to talk straight: These allegations about Huma, and the report from which they are drawn, are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable citizen, a dedicated American, and a loyal public servant… These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis, and no merit. And they need to stop now….

When anyone, not least a member of Congress, launches specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation, and we all grow poorer because of it….

All Americans owe Huma a debt of gratitude for her many years of superior public service. I hope these ugly and unfortunate attacks on her can be immediately brought to an end and put behind us before any further damage is done to a woman, an American, of genuine patriotism and love of country.”

Thank you, Sen. McCain.

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(Two notes:

One: I have contacted Westmoreland’s office by email requesting any response that he might have to McCain’s statement. If a response is forthcoming, I will post it as soon as I receive it.

Two: Although it is not relevant here, Abedin is the wife of former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned in the wake of his infamous social-media escapades.)

– Jay Bookman

713 comments Add your comment

kitty

July 18th, 2012
3:33 pm

I need the face palm. I live in Westmoreland’s district. What a doofus.

kitty

July 18th, 2012
3:33 pm

Oooh I am first…go kitty.

kitty

July 18th, 2012
3:36 pm

Not sure who the doofus is…me for living there although I lived there before he became our Congressman or him, frankly.

Pass the Cheesy Grits Please

July 18th, 2012
3:37 pm

More xenophobia from the Right.

What a circus the Republican party has become.

Gale

July 18th, 2012
3:40 pm

More public embarrassment for Georgia.

ByteMe - Political thug

July 18th, 2012
3:40 pm

his infamous social-media escapades

aka “Weinergate”

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 18th, 2012
3:41 pm

Huma Abedin

Isn’t she Weiner’s wife?

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Steve

July 18th, 2012
3:43 pm

I really need to consider moving out of this god forsaken state.

kitty

July 18th, 2012
3:45 pm

Steve, I do know how you feel. This place is insane. Westmoreland is a bigger idiot than I thought.

East Lake Ira

July 18th, 2012
3:45 pm

Keep ‘em coming guys.

The more the GOP does this the quicker they take their lumps.

Shawny

July 18th, 2012
3:46 pm

paddle faster, I hear banjo music

Skip

July 18th, 2012
3:46 pm

I feel for you Kitty, that clown is supposed to represent me also. Mr. ‘uppity”

HDB

July 18th, 2012
3:46 pm

Why is it that the dingbats of illogic seem to reside in the GOP…,..and too many of them reside in the South??

Shawny

July 18th, 2012
3:47 pm

and only hypocrites would suggest that this is an exclusively GOP problem

Bob Loblaw

July 18th, 2012
3:47 pm

I recall during the Weiner “thing” learning about this woman. It seemed as if everyone in government, regardless of party had good things to say about this woman. I hope these conservatives have something. Its a lot easier to trust a guy that’s actually been involved in foreign policy like McCain. To take to the floor to defend a Clinton aide vs. GOP attacks is something else.

Lord Help Us

July 18th, 2012
3:47 pm

COOL! ShariaCREEP is BACK!!

New Birther stuff, Shariacreep, heck someone find the whitey tape, quick!

BehindEnemyLines

July 18th, 2012
3:48 pm

McCain has been an embarrassment for a number of years now, this isn’t exactly a surprise coming from him.

Lord Help Us

July 18th, 2012
3:48 pm

‘Westmoreland and his colleagues, including former GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, cite no evidence for that scurrilous claim.’

Well, she LOOKS Muslim…Aint that enough…

kitty

July 18th, 2012
3:49 pm

Shawny, look up the word hypocrite. It doesn’t apply in this case. This is a case of stupidity and yes, the Dems have their stupid idiots as well. Difference is we laugh at them and don’t take them particularly seriously. The GOP takes these idiots seriously.

Erwin's cat

July 18th, 2012
3:50 pm

Kam – Isn’t she Weiner’s wife?

I would have thought ex-wife after that

Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

July 18th, 2012
3:50 pm

…and Tail Gunner Joe is laughing in HELL!

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

July 18th, 2012
3:51 pm

Well, that woman don’t look dangerous to me. But what I want to know is, can she bake a decent cake?

Butch Cassidy (I)

July 18th, 2012
3:51 pm

Quick, whee’s Joseph with a funny link showing an Obama gaffe?

kitty

July 18th, 2012
3:51 pm

Actually I think McCain is the one showing sense, BEL. This woman has high security clearances and there is no evidence anywhere that she is a member or supporting the Muslim Brotherhood except for the right wing nut wish to tar her a Mooslim extremist because she works for Hillary. Sad. Where is their evidence? Just more right wing loony pandering which you apparently swallow hook line and sinker. I pity you really.

Brosephus™

July 18th, 2012
3:51 pm

kitty

Since I’m in Westmoreland’s district, I dedicate this one to you…

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Mr. Dithers

July 18th, 2012
3:52 pm

Where are all the cons to defend Westmoreland’s right of free speech? The silence is deafening.
I live in Tom Price’s district, and once lived in Pat Swindall’s district, so I can’t say much. I just can’t figure out how these bums keep getting elected. Did the death of Paul Coverdell remove the last sensible Republican office holder from this state? Surely we can do better. I hope.

Jerome Horwitz

July 18th, 2012
3:52 pm

I may not agree with the Senator on much, but, he is stand up guy. And to think the people of Arizona almost voted him out for a radio talking head.

Middle of the Road

July 18th, 2012
3:53 pm

Huzzah!. For a brief fleeting moment, a return to McCain the maverick and war hero, the ethical and reasonable Republican I whose campaign I contributed to and whom I almost voted for before he jumped the shark and picked Palin as his running mate.

kitty

July 18th, 2012
3:53 pm

Thanks, Brocephus….Unfreakin’ believeable.

spaceman109

July 18th, 2012
3:53 pm

young mr. mccain might want to watch himself…..he could be called an apostate or even an infidel for defending ms. abedin against the attack dog westmoreland.

PJ

July 18th, 2012
3:54 pm

Butch Cassidy (I) @3:51 pm

“Quick, whee’s Joseph with a funny link showing an Obama gaffe?”

He’s still downstairs stinking, oops linking.

Jerome Horwitz

July 18th, 2012
3:54 pm

Mr Dithers – No one is saying about denying his right to say stupid things. We’re just calling him out on it.

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July 18th, 2012
3:55 pm

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Donovan

July 18th, 2012
3:55 pm

Nice try Bookman. You and your libs hang soft on the Muslim thing and concentrate your attention on trying to weaken the Republican Party at the expense of this country’s defense.

We saw this during the Iraq war and post 9-11.

Unbelievable liberal way of doing things.

Lord Help Us

July 18th, 2012
3:55 pm

Birthers, ShariaCreep Fearmongers, teleprompters…

Ahh, the classics never go out of style.

Recon 0311 2533

July 18th, 2012
3:56 pm

McCain has been known to come quickly off the hip only to be proven wrong. This is a serious accusation and those Congressman making it must know that they will be forced to back themselves up with evidence. We shall see.

kitty

July 18th, 2012
3:56 pm

Middle, I think McCain listened to the wrong people on that one. I think the man actually believes the GOP is smarter than the party it now is and boy, is he getting an education. He gave Palin more credit than she deserved obviously and then was stuck with her. It was funny though. I almost died when Palin was on SNL. That was worth staying up late for. I laughed until I cried at the political desperation in that appearance.

stands for decibels (SfBA)

July 18th, 2012
3:56 pm

Westmoreland and his colleagues, including former GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann,

I don’t really HAVE to read any farther, do I?

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 18th, 2012
3:57 pm

Erwin’s cat

Yeah me too, but I just read an interview and she did the stand by your man thingie. She was pregnant during his shenanigans, and now claims that he’s a changed man on account of the baby.

Gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling, but once a slimeball, always a slimeball but I’m not the one that has to give him a second chance.

kitty

July 18th, 2012
3:57 pm

Donovan, did you check your brain at the door? Gee Whiz….lol.

Brad Steel

July 18th, 2012
3:57 pm

it comes as no surprise to me that michelle bachmann has wiener paranoia.

Joseph

July 18th, 2012
3:58 pm

Ah she’s probably more worried about her Weiner than terrorists…

thebob.bob

July 18th, 2012
3:58 pm

Fear, Hatred, Distortion, Distraction and Division is all Republicans have to offer America.

carlosgvv

July 18th, 2012
3:58 pm

You may be certain that Republicans will get their crazed fundamentalist Christian electorate to believe the following:

1. Abortion is a mortal sin even though it’s not even mentioned in the Bible.
2. Evolution is a product of the Devil prompting liberals to deliberately milslead Christian school children and to put them in danger of Hellfire.
3. Obama was not born in America.
4. Huma Abedin is a Muslim Brotherhood plant and is here to harm America any way she can. Obama, of course, knows all about this.

This is just the warmup. Republicans will come out with more and more insane charges knowing their simple and gullible electorate will believe every word they say.

TaxPayer

July 18th, 2012
3:59 pm

Where’s Paul Broun when Westmoreland needs him. Paul can sprinkle some of his holy water on the poor lady and if she melts, then she must be a witch.

kitty

July 18th, 2012
3:59 pm

Recon, I can’t wait to see the evidence…wanna bet we never do?

PJ

July 18th, 2012
3:59 pm

“We saw this during the Iraq war and post 9-11.”

The only thing I saw post 9 -11 was a bunch of Republicans in the White House asleep at the wheel.

Road Scholar

July 18th, 2012
4:00 pm

Westmoreland…Bachman…stupid brotherhood!

zeke

July 18th, 2012
4:01 pm

westmoreland has iq of turnip

PJ

July 18th, 2012
4:01 pm

“Birthers, ShariaCreep Fearmongers, teleprompters…

Ahh, the classics never go out of style.”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Thanks!

Erly Pete

July 18th, 2012
4:02 pm

Wow – you’d think the GOP would have learned from the catastrophe that is their historic heritage of Joe McCarthy and the Blacklisting… guess not – stupid is as stupid does, said the fictional and Southern Forrest Gump

John D. Picklenose

July 18th, 2012
4:03 pm

Even if Abedin did have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, the liberals wouldn’t care anyway…

Recon 0311 2533

July 18th, 2012
4:03 pm

Kitty, I wouldn’t bet on anything having to do with politics but if there is no evidence there will be some congressman in mighty big trouble.

East Lake Ira

July 18th, 2012
4:04 pm

The evidence:

As evidence, she pointed to Abedin’s late father, Professor Syed Z. Abedin, and a 2002 Brigham Young University Law Review article about his work. Bachmann points to a passage saying Abedin founded an organization that received the “quiet but active support” of the the former director of the Muslim World League, an international NGO that was tied to the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe in the 1970s through 1990s. So, to connect Abedin to the Muslim Brotherhood, you have to go through her dead father, to the organization he founded, to a man who allegedly supported it, to the organization that man used to lead, to Europe in the 1970s and 1990s, and finally to the Brotherhood.

http://www.salon.com/2012/07/16/bachmann_defends_her_witchunt/

Adam

July 18th, 2012
4:04 pm

BOOM

Can anyone see Romney in 4 years being the voice of civility for his party like this?

GT

July 18th, 2012
4:05 pm

I notice Westmoreland’s name suspiciously listed with Bachman and the usual suspects last night.

McCain’s a true gentleman on this one. I imagine the classless congresspeople thought Huma Abedin being married to a disgraced Republican congressman would be easy prey. Man this crowd of congresspeople are a group of mean, classless political hacks, that guess wrong on this one. I am betting this will cost some tea party members some votes.

CJ

July 18th, 2012
4:05 pm

I have contacted Westmoreland’s office by email requesting any response that he might have to McCain’s statement.

Sadly, Westmoreland is representing his constituents’ base distrust of those who aren’t like themselves. Despite Senator McCain’s gracious speech, being bigoted and hateful seems to be a recipe for success in the modern Republican party.

getalife

July 18th, 2012
4:05 pm

mccarthy is back and so is the maverick.

The gop leadership should be calling them out but they are not leaders.They are proven failures.

Sad state of American politics.

Mr_B

July 18th, 2012
4:06 pm

I doubt very much that John McCain would have made a very good president, for a number of reasons. That said, Senator McCain is a decent and honorable human being, which counts for much more in my estimation. He is a vanishing breed: an Honorable Senator/ Congressman.

midtownguy

July 18th, 2012
4:07 pm

I chose my house because it is on the edge of John Lewis’ district. At least I have a Representative who is a true American hero I can be proud. I have to tolerate the two Senators who represent me.

I understand that Georgia is a conservative State and is going to elect conservative republicans to represent them. But why do they keep nominating these embarrassments who make all Georgians look like fools? There are plenty of intelligent, rational conservatives. Westmorland is just a conservative version of Cynthia McKinney.

Zebra

July 18th, 2012
4:07 pm

Huma has Arabian ancestors, she HAS to be in the Muslim Brotherhood. Don’t you liberal socialists know anything?

The Snark

July 18th, 2012
4:09 pm

Have you no sense of decency, rep. Westmoreland, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?

TaxPayer

July 18th, 2012
4:10 pm

Let us not forget the well established facts presented by the Republicans regarding President Obama’s ties to terrorism and their indisputable proof that he is a devout Muslim born in Kenya blah blah blah.

getalife

July 18th, 2012
4:11 pm

I remember him calling out that con calling our President names?

Joe Hussein Mama

July 18th, 2012
4:12 pm

K’Chak — “Isn’t she Weiner’s wife?”

Yes, I believe you are right.

The Snark

July 18th, 2012
4:12 pm

Here is a slightly edited quote from years past. Kudos to anyone who remembers the original:

Bachman’s primary achievement has been in confusing the public mind, as between the internal and the external threats of Islam. We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men … We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home. The actions of the Representative from Minnesota have caused alarm and dismay amongst our allies abroad, and given considerable comfort to our enemies. And whose fault is that? Not really hers. She didn’t create this situation of fear; she merely exploited it—and rather successfully

AU Liberal in ATL

July 18th, 2012
4:12 pm

Stupid people say stupid things. Bachman, Westmoreland, etc, etc, etc.

manster

July 18th, 2012
4:12 pm

Allegiance to a party vs country, how strange but then again, it’s easier to hate or loathe than to love.

Zebra

July 18th, 2012
4:12 pm

It’s just common sense, they ain’t gonna use somebody named Jim Bob Johnson to set up Sharia and overthrow the government, now are they?

King of Everything

July 18th, 2012
4:14 pm

Let’s keep up the personal attacks. His mother names him Lynn. What was she thinking? A boy named Sue? I wonder why he is such a Wuss-Puss…
Why don’t the birthers show us the real proof that Obama was born in Kenya since they know something that we don’t?

Recon 0311 2533

July 18th, 2012
4:14 pm

Four Republican congressman and we don’t even really know as yet the basis for their serious accusation. So now here on the blog we have some swinging a broad paintbrush on all Republicans. Where’s the broad brush cop on this one.

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Joe Hussein Mama

July 18th, 2012
4:15 pm

I seem to recall Congressman Westmoreland calling Candidate Obama “uppity” and then professing ignorance of tthe charged nature of the word.

Well, Condi Rice is just about the Congressman’s age and was born over in Birmingham; so let’s ask her what the word “uppity” means to her and see if we can shake the tree of Westmoreland’s memory thereby

Good on Senator McCain for calling out this crap-sackery on Westmoreland’s part.

Brosephus™

July 18th, 2012
4:16 pm

Are these not the same GOP Congresspeople who staged their Constitution Read-A-Thon at the beginning of their session? Did they not pay attention to what they read?

According to the document they read:

Article 6 of the US Constitution: This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwith-standing.”

Do they not believe in the Constitution of the United States?

getalife

July 18th, 2012
4:16 pm

She is Hillary’s aide.

She is American and worked hard for her country.

Respect.

That Black Guy

July 18th, 2012
4:16 pm

Darn those “lock stepping” republicans.

Moderate Line

July 18th, 2012
4:16 pm

Excellent McCain.

East Lake Ira

July 18th, 2012
4:17 pm

Recon – we do know… from above…

to connect Abedin to the Muslim Brotherhood, you have to go through her dead father, to the organization he founded, to a man who allegedly supported it, to the organization that man used to lead, to Europe in the 1970s and 1990s, and finally to the Brotherhood.

http://www.salon.com/2012/07/16/bachmann_defends_her_witchunt/

That Black Guy

July 18th, 2012
4:18 pm

Steve

July 18th, 2012
3:43 pm
I really need to consider moving out of this god forsaken state
_____________________________________________
ohpleaseohpleaseohplease.

Can I help you pack?

Thomas Heyward Jr.

July 18th, 2012
4:18 pm

The Mooooslim Brotherhood doesn’t incarcerate the largest population of People in..the…world, nor do they use drones to kill wedding party guests.
.
The Republicrat party of Washington does though.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 18th, 2012
4:19 pm

Westmoreland’s getting uppity.

Darwin

July 18th, 2012
4:19 pm

OK – so why do people vote Republican?

That Black Guy

July 18th, 2012
4:20 pm

kitty

July 18th, 2012
3:33 pm
I need the face palm. I live in Westmoreland’s district. What a doofus.
_____________________________________
kitty, as long as you are doing the right thing, you have NO need for a face palm.

Westmoreland, OTOH, should have it super glued on.

Zebra

July 18th, 2012
4:20 pm

Hey Boy, watch yore mouth. These here are good God-fearing Republicans trying to keep you from having to pray 5 times a day. Just cause they don’t show any evidence doesn’t mean they don’t have any. Just like Mitt’s tax returns-they ain’t gotta show you nothing. Better shape your butts up in here.

Thomas Heyward Jr.

July 18th, 2012
4:21 pm

Speaking of degrading attacks——————–
.
“Bomb,Bomb,Bomb,
Bomb,Bomb Iran.

The Freak McCain.

TaxPayer

July 18th, 2012
4:21 pm

Republicans are easily painted with a broad brush given that they walk and talk in lockstep and live under a single big tent.

King of Everything

July 18th, 2012
4:21 pm

If Huma is a Muslim and she is married to a hook nosed Jew Weiner, then just like James Carville and Mary Matalin, they have more in common than they have differences.

Recon 0311 2533

July 18th, 2012
4:21 pm

East Lake,

I don’t know but we all know that the Congressman making this accusation will not be able to escape from backing it up with creditable evidence. If they cannot they will be in very serious trouble.

hariprakash

July 18th, 2012
4:22 pm

Seeing how the state department welcomed the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt which is the parent org of Hamas both terror groups one subtle and one violent but both terror it is obvious now that the Clintons are not thinking straight. Abedin came in with the Clintons and if you look at how dsyfunctional the US foreign policy is it is easy to see that something is not right here. The Muslim brotherhood does have a long term commitment to spreading Sharia destroying the US global reach and is the arch enemy of human rights and the US constitution. Americans are illinformed and naive and that is why they are losing their country and their paradise. Steve Emerson has studied the MB and understands that their goal is long term and depends on naievty of the American people. in Egypt the MB destroys diversity, hurts women and children, destroys the Christian copts and Bahais and sets back progress. The Iranian Shia regime of fanatics and the MB/al Quaeda Sunni fanatics both have the same goal although use different tactics. It is interesting that abedin’s career began with the Clintons at a time when CAIR and other Islamic groups were expanding in america. Reading comments here shows how misinformed and ignorant americans are and that is exactly what those who hate America count on. Abedin was not born here. She became Clinton’s right hand during the Clinton presidency Clinton is pursuing a dsyfunctional ME policy and welcoming the MB is the advice that she is getting!! In Egypt the people threw shoes and tomatoes at Clinton for supporting the MB instead of democratic groups. They accused Clinton of helping the dangerous MB take over in Egypt. Don’t you think that she was influenced by her advisers??? Wake up.

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July 18th, 2012
4:23 pm

Donovan – You is smart. You is kind. You is special.

Bernie

July 18th, 2012
4:23 pm

Westmoreland reflects the mentaility of the typical Georgia Republican politician. Ignorance is a virtue that is extolled in those circles.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

July 18th, 2012
4:23 pm

Good for Senator McCain

That said, seen this from Juan Cole?

Bachmann has recently been charging that the federal government is infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood, and gives poor Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and wife of former congressman Anthony Weiner, as her evidence. I mean, this stuff is reminiscent of the LaRouchies and of Nixon’s dirty tricks, and of course of McCarthyism.

But as Karl Marx remarked, everything in history occurs twice, first as tragedy, and the second time as farce. Bachmann is the farce.

But the irony is that Bachmann is right. There is a figure in the Federal government that has suspicious ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Muslim fundamentalist movement that began in Egypt in 1928. It is Michele Bachmann.

1. Bachmann is a major supporter of the MEK (Mojahedin-e Khalq or People’s Holy Jihadis), an Iranian terrorist group that joined in the taking of US diplomats hostage in 1979-81. The MEK was formed as a mixture of Marxism and Muslim fundamentalism, and was influenced by Sayyid Qutb, a major thinker of the …. Muslim Brotherhood.

2. Bachmann has accused President Barack Obama of ‘leading from behind’ and not being interventionist enough in Syria. She wants the secular, Arab nationalist regime in Syria overthrown. But the major opposition force in Syria is the Muslim Brotherhood, and it would have a good chance of coming to power (just as happened in post-revolutionary Egypt) if the Baath falls. AnsaMed writes

“In spite of ”long years of repression by the regime,” the movement has remained strong in Syria, said Brotherhood leader, Mohammad Riad Shakfa. The biggest force on the Syrian National Council, which is the West’s main opposition interlocutor, and very influential in the Syrian Free Army…

So Bachmann is actually herself a strong ally of the Muslim Brotherhood of Syria.

3. Bachmann is a supporter of the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan and tried to visit with them.. The Northern Alliance was a coalition of forces fighting the Taliban. It consisted in part of the Jami’at-i Islami, to which many of its prominent members belonged. The Jami’at-i Islami is the AFghanistan branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, founded by Egyptian missionaries in the 1960s. Another component of the Northern Alliance was the Shiite Hizb-i Vahdat or Unity Party, which was allied with Iran in the 1990s.

So Bachmann is, once again, closely connected with the Muslim Brotherhood via the Afghanistan Northern Alliance.

4. In fall of 2011 as the US was preparing to withdraw from Iraq, Michele Bachmann opposed the troop withdrawal. She said that the US was being kicked out of Iraq because the Shiite government of PM Nouri al-Maliki was under the thumb of Iran, and taking orders from it.

Iraq’s disgraced former vice president, Tariq al-Hashemi, also accused Tehran of orchestrating the launches of charges against him of being involved in terrorism. Bachmann is therefore an ally of Hashemi, since they have the same analysis and resentments toward Iran’s role in Iraqi politics, and they oppose that role together. Hashemi was for a long time a leader of the Iraqi Islamic Party, which is the Iraqi branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, founded by an Egyptian missionary in 1934 in Mosul.

In all seriousness, the Muslim Brotherhood is not a centralized party. It has its own history in each country where it exists, and the leaderships don’t coordinate. The largest MB party is in Egypt, and it is not only not a terrorist group, it is behind the Freedom and Justice Party, which got 46 percent of the seats in the parliament and won the presidency. The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood made a commitment to non-violence and to civil politics in the 1970s and is not a terrorist organization.

Still, it is very suspicious the way it has managed to recruit a Minnesota congresswoman to its cause.

Peadawg

July 18th, 2012
4:24 pm

What’s the evidence?

GT

July 18th, 2012
4:24 pm

You know what is scary is Bachman and that someone elected her to office. Westmoreland is just a low IQ one term footnote but Bachman actually was leading in the Republican Primaries for a day or two.

Limbaugh’s company is owned by Bain? I never realized that. Things are making a lot of sense all of a sudden. Still scary, our terrorist are domestic, homegrown.

Joe Hussein Mama

July 18th, 2012
4:24 pm

hariprakash — “Reading comments here shows how misinformed and ignorant americans are and that is exactly what those who hate America count on. Abedin was not born here. She became Clinton’s right hand during the Clinton presidency Clinton is pursuing a dsyfunctional ME policy and welcoming the MB is the advice that she is getting!! In Egypt the people threw shoes and tomatoes at Clinton for supporting the MB instead of democratic groups. They accused Clinton of helping the dangerous MB take over in Egypt. Don’t you think that she was influenced by her advisers??? Wake up.”

If you’ve got some *evidence* of double dealings on Ms. Abedin’s part, then trot it on out, Cowboy.

Moderate Line

July 18th, 2012
4:24 pm

Stephanie Cutter, Mr Obama’s deputy campaign manager, said that Mr Romney may have committed a felony if he misrepresented his role at Bain on the SEC documents. And if he was running Bain after 1999, Ms Cutter said, Mr Romney hasn’t been truthful with the public.
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It is interesting that Romney took flak for not denouncing a person saying that Obama committed treason but Obama’s campaign can accuse Romney of a felony without much repurcusion.

rightwingextreme

July 18th, 2012
4:24 pm

carlosgvv

July 18th, 2012
3:58 pm
You may be certain that Republicans will get their crazed fundamentalist Christian electorate to believe the following:

1. Abortion is a mortal sin even though it’s not even mentioned in the Bible.

uh…believe that falls under the thou shalt not murder part of the Bible.

King of Everything

July 18th, 2012
4:25 pm

Anyone who believes anything that Michell O’Bachmann says is 10x as bat-sxxt crazy as her. This is the lady who said HPV vaccine makes people retarded and asked to explain herself she responded “somebody told me so.”

Jay

July 18th, 2012
4:26 pm

“If they cannot they will be in very serious trouble.”

They cannot, Recon. But they will not be in trouble, serious or even minor, for that failure.