One of the people closest to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is linked to an article that asserted former President Bill Clinton launched air strikes against Iraq in 1998 to distract the American public from his affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Huma Abedin, who has been all but inseparable from Hillary Clinton since Abedin started her White House internship at the same time as Lewinsky, was assistant editor and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs when the claim was made.
The editor-in-chief of the journal is Saleha Mahmood Abedin, Huma Abdein’s mother.
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The claims about Clinton were contained in a 2002 article titled “Arab/Muslim ‘Otherness’: The Role of Racial Constructions in the Gulf War and the Continuing Crisis with Iraq” that was attributed to Sina Ali Muscati, who was described as a law student at the University of Ottawa.
“The crisis with Iraq has also probably benefited Clinton, serving as a good deterrent of attention from personal crises, such as his campaign funding scandals, legislative failures, or the Monica Lewinsky affair,” the article in the Abedin-edited journal said.
“By occasionally bombing Iraq in the name of humanity, at least, he has been able to look strong and presidential,” the article added.
Clinton did in fact order four days of booming strikes against Iraq. The timing was at the height of impeachment proceedings against him.
At the time of the air strikes, Republicans in Congress attacked Clinton for using the military to attempt to distract the American people from Clinton’s predicament, and also said the strikes would achieve no lasting military purpose.
The Abedin-led journal article claimed that in the 1991 Gulf War the U.S. government and media ignored the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis who were “demonized” and “characterized as subhuman.”
The article blamed the U.S. for Iraqi deaths after the war as well.
“Iraqi rebellions publicly urged by the then President George (H.W.) Bush, but which received no American support, led to tens of thousands more Iraqis killed or made homeless by their army, almost under the noses of retreating American troops,” the article claimed.
Also during 2002, the Abedin-led journal suggested the United States was fated to be attacked on 9/11 because of “sanctions” it leveled against Iraq and other “injustices” allegedly perpetrated against the Muslim world.
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