Bachmann: “Turn Her Over” drives media frenzy

It seems that Michelle Bachmann has elicited the disapproval of many in Washington, including a number of Republicans, when she asked questions about the Muslim Brotherhood. I wasn’t tracking on this; my recent post on the MB was because of what happened to a former neighbor of mine (he became the new jihadist president of Egypt). In case you’re wondering what a Muslim Brotherhood jihadist was doing in Southern California: he was teaching college. Yes, it’s true that he was only teaching engineering, but Usama bin Ladin was studying architecture when a Muslim Brotherhood professor convinced him to join the jihad.

Representative Bachmann has raised questions about other people in the US associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, and just by raising those questions has apparently earned the censure of many.  Her former campaign director, Ed Rollins (who claims to have never liked Rep. Bachmann and worked for her only after turning her down multiple times) has been a favorite of Democrats since leaving her campaign. While Rollins has commented that he would likely still be a Democrat had Bobby Kennedy lived, he blasted Michelle Bachmann by comparing her to Joe McCarthy. This struck me for several reasons:

  • McCarthy is remembered for exaggerated, emotional allegations, while Bachmann’s group’s letter was calm and reasonable, asking questions about procedure.
  • McCarthy was later proven to have been far more correct than almost anyone at the time realized. We did have a significant number of communist spies in the US government, reporting back to the Soviet Union.
  • And McCarthy’s assistant in these investigations, of course, was Bobby Kennedy.  Kennedy, like his brother, was a staunch opponent of Communism — imagine his reaction to today’s Left, and Barack Obama.

Marco Rubio was said to “condemn” Bachmann (which disappointed me) — but his actual words seem rather less harsh:

“I am not a signatory to that letter,” Rubio said of Bachmann’s letters to the inspectors general of several national security agencies demanding investigations. “I don’t share the feelings that are in that letter. Obviously, every member of Congress has a right to express their opinion and every member of Congress is held accountable for their opinion, if they’re right or if they’re wrong.”

“I can tell you that I don’t share the feelings that are in that letter,” he continued, “And in fact, I’m very very careful and cautious about ever making accusations like that about anyone.”

What, exactly, were Michell Bachmann’s “accusations” with regard to Ms. Abedin? She did not actually make any, and Rubio and others should be very careful and cautious before making such accusations about a Congressperson.  The letters are here. They contain an inquiry into what procedures were followed to vet Abedin, given that her mother, brother, and late father all have strong Muslim Brotherhood and Sharia law associations. Her mother, for example, edited and published a pro-Sharia Law book through an organization connected to Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the extremely popular jihadist imam pushing for the destruction of Israel and America. In this book, Huma Abedin’s mother used Islamic scholarship to support the following aspects of Sharia:

  • Stoning for Adultery when Married; Lashing for Adultery when Unmarried
  • No Death Penalty for the Murder of an Apostate
  • Freedom of Expression Curtailed to What Benefits Islam
  • Women’s Right to Participate in Armed Jihad
  • Social Interaction Between the Sexes is Forbidden
  • Women Have No Right to Abstain from Sex with their Husbands
  • A Woman Should Not Let Anyone Into the House Unless Approved by Her Husband
  • Female Genital Mutilation is Allowed
  • Man-Made Laws “Enslave Women”

The report lays out the support for these points in detailed excerpts, and is worth reading.

As Representative Bachmann notes in her letters, these associations are “not controversial” in the sense that US and Islamic media have discussed the family members’ connection to the MB for years. She is not accusing Ms Abedin of any bad acts, but she wants to know more about how Abedin was determined to be free of influence, according to US state policy.

Her letters are reasonable, the Muslim Brotherhood is a serious issue, and the treatment of Bachmann is far worse than any imagined slight against John McCain’s friend Huma Abedin. (This last is from several sources; McCain is apparently fond of the young lady. McCain’s affinity for Mrs. Clinton has been known for years; a 2005 Time article describes Clinton and McCain as the probable rivals in the 2008 election despite their close friendship.)

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle