Senators Graham and McCain are exactly the wrong people to be talking about Benghazi.
The Senators have disqualified themselves based on their vicious, untruthful and dangerous attack on Michele Bachmann for correctly pointing out that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s longtime aide Huma Abedin has connections to the Muslim Brotherhood and Bachmann’s proper concern that this connection needed to be investigated.
At the time, McCain said on the Senate floor:
[pullquote align="right"]Very few Americans know about the Muslim Brotherhood’s censorship agenda…[/pullquote]
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 have no logic, no basis, and no merit and they need to stop. They need to stop now.
Actually, the accusations were both specific and substantiated. Rep. Bachmann responded by saying she was concerned about “the serious national security concerns I had and ask for answers to questions regarding the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical groups’ access to top Obama administration officials.”
Senator Lindsay Graham also attacked Rep. Bachmann, saying:
The person saying it (Michele Bachmann) has no idea what they’re saying because they’ve never met (Huma.) She is about as far away from the Muslim Brotherhood view of women and ideology as you possibly could get. She’s a very modern woman in every sense of the word, and people who say these things are really doing her a disservice because they don’t know what they’re talking about.
However, Bachmann’s accusation was never the Huma Abedin wasn’t ‘a modern woman.’ It was that Ms. Abedin had connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, a fact that neither McCain nor Graham can dispute.
The Harm & The Coverup
Here’s the part that you won’t hear Sen. McCain or Graham talking about; WHY did the Obama administration cover-up the attack and why blame the video? Very few Americans know about the Muslim Brotherhood’s censorship agenda working its way through the United Nations that appears to be the reason behind the Obama administration cover-up.
About a week after the 9/11 attack in Benghazi, an event happened that went largely unnoticed in the election-focused United States. A French magazine published cartoons of Muhammed that fueled more Islamist ire. Reuters reported:
Essam Erian, acting head of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, told Reuters: “We reject and condemn the French cartoons that dishonor the Prophet and we condemn any action that defames the sacred according to people’s beliefs.”
Calling for a U.N. treaty against insulting religion, he added: “We condemn violence and say that peaceful protests are a right for everyone. I hope there will be a popular western and French reaction condemning this.”
That U.N. treaty against ‘insulting religion’ that the head of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood called for is something that the Obama administration has been actively work WITH Islamist nations to ratify.
As (not conservative) Professor Jonathon Turley has pointed out:
…the Administration is legitimating the prosecution of religious critics and dissidents with this initiative. It should immediately end its support for the standard and reaffirm the protection of religious critics in the United States.
And that’s what Senator McCain and Senator Graham aren’t telling the American people : the Obama administration used the Benghazi attack to promote the Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda of silencing the critics of Islam. That was the purpose of President Obama’s speech to the United Nations on October 25th, where it’s no coincidence that he mentioned the YouTube video six times.
This wasn’t just theory; the Obama administration put this affront to American First Admendment freedoms into action. Hillary Clinton told Charles Woods, the father of slain ex-SEAL and Benghazi hero Ty Woods that the Obama administration would “make sure the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted.”
Got that? Huma Abedin’s boss Hillary Clinton said that the filmmaker would be arrested and prosecuted. And, of course, the filmmaker was arrested and prosecuted and sentenced to a year in prison, just as Secretary of State Clinton said would happen.
Contrary to the crazed cover-up, Rep. Bachmann never said Huma Abedin was ‘a spy’. Rep. Bachmann actually said:
The Muslim Brotherhood is not shy about their call for jihad against the United States. We seek answers through these letters because we will not tolerate this group and its affiliates holding positions of power in our government or influencing our nation’s leaders.
This what Senator Graham and McCain attacked; the clear truth that the Muslim Brotherhood is influencing our nation’s leaders. The truth was evident at the time and after Benghazi, it’s glaring.
I’ve been tweeting about this for a few days now. This morning, I started some rabble rousing:
— Lee Stranahan (@Stranahan) November 19, 2012
— Lee Stranahan (@Stranahan) November 19, 2012
Help me rouse the rabble. This is a total outrage. Bachmann was right. Her concerns were not just real, but prescient. Graham and McCain need to acknowledge it.