Something is rotten in the U.S.


The Huma Abedin flap, as I noted last week, illustrates how unserious Washington’s political establishment remains about the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamism.

Huma Abedin is deputy chief of staff in Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s office, and the troubling aspect of this flap is Republican Sen. John McCain’s conduct. Instead of questioning the Obama administration’s embrace of MB, McCain was quick to condemn those House Republicans raising concerns over Huma Abedin’s position in government.

McCain’s behaviour endears him with the liberal-left mainstream media as a maverick, while conservatives find him increasingly unworthy of respect.

American conservatives are not simply bitter about the 2008 election results, they hold McCain responsible for refusing to vet the questionable record of candidate Obama during the campaign. They see McCain as prime exhibit for term limits in Washington.

Democrats have behaved over the Huma Abedin flap, well, as Democrats. They have leaned to the left so egregiously over time that Democrats from the FDR-Truman-Kennedy-Johnson era would not recognize it, if they are still around, as the party to which they belonged.

The man most responsible for digging deep and connecting the dots surrounding the Huma Abedin flap is Andrew McCarthy. In several timely essays published recently, McCarthy has shown how deeply embedded the Abedin family has been and remains in the politics of MB through their long-term service to the Saudi kingdom.

In the limited space of this column all the dots linking Huma Abedin with the MB cannot be detailed. One has to read McCarthy and others he cites in his recent articles for the National Review Online and

But who is McCarthy? He is a former assistant U.S. attorney responsible for successfully prosecuting the blind Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, a senior member of the MB, for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

McCarthy disclosed the findings that sent Abdel-Rahman to life imprisonment in Willful Blindness (2008), a hugely important book on the war Islamists have declared against the infidel West.

He subsequently published The Grand Jihad (2010), and with this book established himself as the indisputable authority in America on the MB and its insidious jihad against the U.S. Moreover, McCarthy contends with irrefutable understanding of politics and history of the left in America how the left has enabled MB and its surrogates to entrench themselves inside the U.S.

McCarthy has shown Huma Abedin is not simply someone with an exotic background. She worked as assistant editor for the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs from 1996 through 2008 under Abdullah Omar Naseef, a major MB figure known for involvement in the financing of al-Qaida.

The JMMA is an arm of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs through which the Saudi-based Muslim World League distributes financial support internationally.

Abedin’s family, McCarthy reveals, has worked for the Institute and other MB-related organizations, thereby being intimately connected with Naseef at the centre of the Saudi-MB-al-Qaida nexus.

When the political establishment in Washington circles the wagons instead of investigating information on record, it shows that something is rotten, to paraphrase Shakespeare, in America.


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Salim Mansur is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. He is a columnist for the London Free Press, for the conservative blog Proud To Be Canadian and the Toronto Sun, and has contributed to various publications including National Review, the Middle East Forum and Frontpagemag. He often presents analysis on the Muslim world, Islam, South Asia, Middle East. . He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Islamic Pluralism based in Washington, D.C., a Senior Fellow with the Canadian Coalition for Democracies, and an academic-consultant with the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. He has been a consultant with CIDA on development issues and has published widely in academic journals on foreign policy matters and area studies of the Middle East and South Asia. . Mansur is featured on the documentary Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West produced by the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He also unsuccessfully ran for the Canadian Alliance party in 2000. Mansur has been accused by Canadian Islamic Congress of using "provocative, self-serving rhetoric", and for "promoting an anti-Arab and anti-Muslim agenda". . Mansur is an Ismaili Muslim. . At a press conference on October 2, 2008, Mansur stated that "Islam is my private life, my conscience...[but] my faith does not take precedence over my Canada and its constitution, which I embrace freely;" "I am first and most importantly a Canadian;" "only in a free society will you find Islam as a faith and not a political religion." Mansur also criticized New Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton, whom Mansur said "has gone to bed with Islamists", because he is running candidates in Ontario and Quebec who are closely identified with the push for Sharia law.