The Muslim Brotherhood – Whether You Like It Or Not

I can’t believe that people even listen to Michele Bachmann anymore. In my view, Michele Bachmann is a pathological liar and a charlatan at best. Lately, she has been badmouthing a civil servant who happens to be a Muslim-American working at the Department of State, for having personal ties to people connected to the Muslim Brotherhood – as if that would present any inkling of treasonous behavior.

The latest to pop out from Bachmann’s bassinet of lies is a smear campaign against Huma Abedin, the deputy chief of staff to Hilary Clinton. Huma has served under Clinton in several roles, and is a personal friend of John McCain, who defended her reputation characterizing her as, “what is best about America.” (That is an awesome compliment!)  That Muslim-American Huma is married to Jewish former Congressman Anthony Weiner* should attest to her ultimate American-ness. (Melting pots rule!)

The Muslim Brotherhood is not our enemy. And, like it or not, the Muslim Brotherhood is a democratically elected political party heading the newly formed parliament in the single most populous and only recently freed country in the Middle East (Egypt, for those who live under a rock). The United States must solidify diplomatic ties with Brotherhood leadership and any other party that may come to head the Egyptian Parliament – via a fairly contested election process – to protect our national security interests. To make an enemy out of the Muslim Brotherhood would be disastrous for U.S.-Middle Eastern diplomacy.

The real fact is, Michele Bachmann is quite simply a McCarthy-like conspiracy theorist, a religious fundamentalist, a liar, and an alarmist who will do anything she can to protect and codify her far-from-mainstream religious beliefs, even if her actions are unpatriotic and damaging to our nation.

In contrast to Bachmann, Huma Abedin has a reputation of personal loyalty, trustworthiness, patriotism, openness and plain old hard work and perseverance. She is a noble, stalwart woman.  That is something to be commended.

*I sure do miss Anthony Weiner in Congress. That man is a firebrand! I can’t wait to see his next steps in public office.