According to an article on the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, where Huma Abedin served as assistant editor for 12 years, former president Bill Clinton bombed Saddam Hussein to divert attention from his affair with Monica Lewinsky.
Abedin is former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s closest aide. The story was covered by the Daily Mail.
The article titled “Arab/Muslim ‘Otherness’: The Role of Racial Constructions in the Gulf War and the Continuing Crisis with Iraq” was written by Sina Ali Muscati, who at the time was a second-year law student. In the article, Muscati wrote about the 1991 conflict.
Huma Abedin: Served as assistant editor of journal for 12 years
“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,” Muscati wrote. “By occasionally bombing Iraq in the name of humanity, at least, he has been able to look strong and presidential.”
During his impeachment trial following the admission of his “not appropriate” relationship with Lewinsky, Clinton gave instructions to bomb and strike using cruise missiles.
The Gulf War of 1991, the article goes on to say, occurred for political gain. The U.S.-led coalition force responsible for the invasion, ordered by President George HW Bush, saw his support rating increase by a whopping 90 percent after the war. The article says hundreds of thousands of Iraqis died “directly from the war, from subsequent civil strife, or from the American and British enforced UN sanctions.”
“Following the Gulf War, Iraqi rebellions publicly urged by the then President [HW] George 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 says.
On one hand, the article describes Hussein as a “brutal aggressor” for invading its neighboring countries while the U.S., criticized by the United Nations, had invaded Grenada and Panama in the 1980s.
“In fact the Panama invasion claimed between 1000 and 4000 lives, making it even bloodier than Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait,” according to the article.
The editorial board of the journal includes Abedin’s mother serving as the editor-in-chief, her brother as associate editor, and her sister Heba as another assistant editor.
However, Abedin said she didn’t serve on a working role at the journal. Her name first featured in the journal in 1996 and was dropped in 2008. Earlier this week, a Clinton spokesman said Abedin’s name “was simply listed on the masthead in that period. She did not play a role in editing at the publication.”
Abedin’s involvement in the email scandal surrounding Hillary Clinton has come to light. In one case, Abedin left classified information, consisting of documents whose sensitivity is not clear, in the front seat of the car and asked another aide to put in a secure place, as reported by the Washington Times.
“I’m going to have ambassador ride on next drive,” Abedin wrote in the email to Lauren Jiloty of Clinton’s personal staff. “There’s a bunch of burn stuff in the pocket of my front seat. Can u put it in trunk.”