EXCLUSIVE: Bill Clinton bombed Saddam to distract from the Monica Lewinsky scandal – what Huma Abedin’s Muslim journal claimed about her boss’s husband
- Huma Abedin, Clinton’s right-hand woman, was for 12 years the assistant editor of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs
- In 2002 the supposedly academic journal published claims by a Canadian law student about the 1998 bombing Bill Clinton ordered in Iraq
- Sina Ali Musati claimed he did it as a distraction from the Monica Lewinsky scandal – which was then at its height
- Clinton campaign claims Abedin was not involved in actually editing the magazine saying she was ‘just on the masthead’
- But did not explain how that squared with her being on the editorial board
- Her mother is editor-in-chief and suggested U.S. was responsible for 9/11 while another article said Jews were ‘adept’ at influencing politics
An article in the Muslim journal where Huma Abedin was assistant editor claimed Bill Clinton bombed Saddam Hussein to deflect from his Monica Lewinsky affair.
The claim made made in an article published in the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, where Abedin was a member of the editorial board – the group of people who decide what is published in the academic journal.
It is the latest bombshell to emerge from the archives of the journal, whose editor-in-chief is Abedin’s mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, an academic in Saudi Arabia.
Abedin, who is not an academic, has been Hillary Clinton‘s closest aide since spending time as an intern at the White House, at exactly the time the Monica Lewinsky scandal was unfolding.
Affair: Bill Clinton’s ‘not appropriate’ relationship with Monica Lewinsky led to his impeachment – and as the House moved towards the articles, he ordered airstrikes on Iraq
Strike: An Arleigh Burke-class destroyer launches a Tomahawk cruise missile as part of Operation Desert Fox – which Abedin’s journal says was ordered to distract from Bill Clinton’s scandals
Address: Bill Clinton used an Oval Office address to tell the nation of the airstrikes on the Saddam regime, to degrade his alleged ability to produce weapons of mass destruction
But the version of events published in her journal is one which is unlikely to be embraced by the presidential candidate, and especially not by Bill Clinton.
It is outlined in a provocative article published in 2002, and headlined: ‘Arab/Muslim ‘Otherness’: The Role of Racial Constructions in the Gulf War and the Continuing Crisis with Iraq.’
The article was written by Sina Ali Muscati who was the time described as a ‘second year law student’ at the University of Ottawa. His academic credentials were not declared.
Key role: Huma Abedin, like her sister and brother, was a member of the editorial board of the journal and therefore responsible for selection what was published
Muscati wrote about the 1991 conflict and its aftermath, which saw Saddam Hussein remain in power throughout the 1990s, despite being bombed twice – in 1996 and in December 1998.
‘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,’ he said.
‘By occasionally bombing Iraq in the name of humanity, at least, he has been able to look strong and presidential.’
Clinton’s bombing of Iraq in December 1998 was widely mocked as ‘Monica’s war’.
He ordered four days of strikes by bombers and cruise missiles at the height of his impeachment trial, brought in the wake of his admission that he had had a ‘not appropriate’ relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
The strikes – known as Operation Desert Fox- were ordered the day after the House of Representatives issued a report accusing the president of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ and ended on the day the articles of impeachment were passed.
Previous strikes in 1996, Operation Desert Strike, were ordered during a campaign finance scandal.
Among the other allegations leveled in the article are claims that the Gulf War of 1991 was driven by a desire for profits and political gain, with the U.S. government and media glossing over the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis who were ‘demonized’ and ‘characterized as subhuman’.