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John McCain’s Staunch Defense of Huma Abedin and American Muslims

McCain trashes Bachmann over witch hunt of Huma Abedin

I can’t say I’m generally an admirer of John McCain but the statement he delivered on the floor of the US Senate today in defence of Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin against theparanoid accusations of Michele Bachmann and her colleagues really is worth reading.

Here’s an excerpt:

Recently, it has been alleged that Huma, a Muslim American, is part of a nefarious conspiracy to harm the United States by unduly influencing U.S. foreign policy at the Department of State in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist causes. On June 13, five members of Congress wrote to the Deputy Inspector General of the Department of State, demanding that he begin an investigation into the possibility that Huma and other American officials are using their influence to promote the cause of the Muslim Brotherhood within the U.S. government. The information offered to support these serious allegations is based on a report, ‘The Muslim Brotherhood in America,’ produced by the Center for Security Policy.

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.

The letter alleges that three members of Huma’s family are ‘connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations.’ Never mind that one of those individuals, Huma’s father, passed away two decades ago. The letter and the report offer not one instance of an action, a decision, or a public position that Huma has taken while at the State Department that would lend credence to the charge that she is promoting anti-American activities within our government. Nor does either document offer any evidence of a direct impact that Huma may have had on one of the U.S. policies with which the authors of the letter and the producers of the report find fault. These sinister accusations rest solely on a few unspecified and unsubstantiated associations of members of Huma’s family, none of which have been shown to harm or threaten the United States in any way. These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis, and no merit. And they need to stop now.

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31 Comments »

  1. There are things you can’t say in the US. You can’t make threats and you can’t make official accusations without substantial proof.

  2. Yeah, one republican with class

  3. Yeah, one republican with class

  4. @Lynne Hammonds – sometimes.

  5. Senator McCain is old school with a lot of class!

  6. Yay!

  7. Mr. McCain and I may be on separate sides of the political divide, but I respect this man enormously. He speaks out when a situation is inherently wrong, instead of towing the party line. He is willing to work across the aisle, instead of being entrenched in petty party rhetoric. Kudos, Mr. McCain; kudos.

  8. I rarely agree with McCain, but I do respect him for this.

  9. That’s rich coming from Old Man McCain, since he was one of the loudest voices for war with Iraq, wants us to go to war with Syria, and says we should pre-emptively strike Iran.

  10. Its amazing how he changes his position when he is worried about his livelyhood. He is a politican and nothing more!.

  11. An admirable speech by a person who takes the mantle of leadership seriously. I am reminded that during the 2008 campaign he interrupted a stump speech to rebuke a person in the audience who had shouted out some bone-headed comment about Obama: “No ma’am; Barack Obama is not a terrorist. He is an honorable man and a patriot. We just have different ideas about the direction our country should take.”

  12. Michelle Bachmann is probably a Pamela Geller fan. *Rolls eyes*

  13. He’s just earned a bit of my respect. While I disagree with his political views, I totally agree with his real human views. Good man John McCain.

  14. Finally, he’s aboard the “Straight Talk Express”.

  15. Wow, I never thought to see a republican saying that.

  16. I don’t think anyone is able to show the duality of America better than McCain. One minute he’s an asshole and the next a hero.

  17. Thank you, John! You are wise today!

  18. If this statement is genuine, then perhaps theres still hope for mccain after all…

  19. for non muslim fans of this page , this is a three minute video from the holy quran , discover by your heart what is called quran and being leid on in the media all the time http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=141040669341526

  20. This is the Mccain I remember, prior to 2008 elections. I sure pray more people in his position speak out against bigotry & McCarthyism, no matter who the target is.

  21. Yeah, because an Arab, Muslim walked into a movie theater and shot a lot of people for watching Batman. Oh, wait that was no Arab Musilm that was a white American. scarcasm.

  22. It’s been years since I could say “thank you” to him.

  23. huma abedin is a die hard israel supporter. she would have to be to be married to wiener or to come close to a clinton. THAT IS THE ONLY REASON why mccain and everyone in the media (like former top AIPAC lobbyist wolf blitzer) is rushing to her defense. none of these people would ever have done that if her opinions on the middle east were in any way different from those of the likud party.
    for them, bachmann’s only crime is that she didn’t get the memo.

  24. I saw this, I’m glad he and others stood up against her. I enjoyed watching this story unfold on CNN for a few days. Bachmann got in too deep in a lie and now has to go deeper or lose.

  25. Ibrahim you have a right to believe whatever you wish. Interesting what different results the various translations of the Koran come up with.

    Some people believe that if you reject the NT Jesus it will be you that goes to hell. Some believe that if you don’t belong to a certain church, you will go to hell.

  26. Not a big fan of McCain, but he did a great thing here.

  27. Bachmann should be removed from office for a hate crime – the life of Huma Abedin has been threaten – if anything happens it is on Bachmann’s hands. She should not be allowed to remain in Congress, her judgment is extremely poor which should raise questions on her ethics and ability to perform her duties. Bachmann should be removed from all committees and removed from office immediately. And, Huma Abedin should sue her pants off!

  28. Frankly, that’s bold of Senator McCain – BRAVO. But where is the GOP Presidental candidate – why hasn’t he condemned Bachmann?

  29. Respect for this group. Intolerance is everywhere around the world, not only the US, but it’s a good thing you’re fighting against it . keep it up !

  30. Nikki Hecht: “Yeah, because an Arab, Muslim walked into a movie theater and shot a lot of people for watching Batman.” Interesting that you should frame your statement this way. Is it because it would not be surprising to hear (that a Muslim walked into a movie theater and shot a lot of people)?

  31. Big respect for a nonpartisan condemnation of Bachmann’s BS. Ali Hariri is right intolerance is everywhere and I;m proud Americans are standing up to it.

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