Bill Clinton’s former right-hand woman, Huma Abedin, was an assistant editor for 12 years at the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs.
The Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs is a peer-reviewed based journal launched by the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs in 1979.
And in a recent article in the Muslim journal, Huma Abedin claimed that Bill Clinton bombed Iraq and Saddam Hussein in December of 1998 to deflect from his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Abedin had also been Hillary Clinton’s closest aide since spending time as an intern at the White House at exactly the time the scandal was unfolding.
The claim was made in an article published in the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, where Abedin was a member of the editorial board.
Sina Ali Muscati — a second year law student at the University of Ottawa — wrote the article, but Abedin did oversee the publication and editing responsibilities of the journal during that time.
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. Hussein was not officially dethroned until post-9/11 when we officially declared war against Iraq.
“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.
By occasionally bombing Iraq in the name of humanity, at least, he has been able to look strong and presidential.”
Bill Clinton’s bombing of Iraq in December 1998 was actually mocked by many as ‘Monica’s war’.
In the attack, Bill ordered four days of strikes by bombers and cruise missiles during the chaos of his impeachment trial when he admitted to cheating on his wife.
The strikes were known as Operation Desert Fox and were ordered the day after the House of Representatives issued a report accusing the President of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’. Coincidentally, the strikes ended on the day the articles of impeachment were passed.
But the previous strikes in 1996, which were known as Operation Desert Strike, were ordered during a campaign finance scandal.
I guess that is the United States’ government motto; if you’re in trouble, divert their attention and kill thousands of people.
The article also claims that the Gulf War was designed for profits and political gain, and by doing so, the U.S. government and media glossed over the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis who were demonized.
The article claimed that President George HW Bush, who ordered the invasion, saw his approval-rating jump 90 percent following the war. But, in fact, he was voted out of office after his first term – only to be succeeded by a president who would do the exact same thing multiple times.
Even more bizarre, this type of fake-war-to-divert-attention-scandal was popularized by Larry Beinhart in his 1993 novel, Wag the Dog, and then went main stream in the Hollywood movie, Wag the Dog, starring Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman, and directed by Barry Levinson.
Wag the Dog’s plot is about a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer who join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a presidential sex scandal.
And it ends up working.