WEINSTEIN: Let’s stop the crazy Huma Abedin conspiracies

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      Jamie Weinstein

      Jamie Weinstein is Senior Editor of The Daily Caller. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the New York Daily News and The Washington Examiner, among many other publications. He also worked as the Collegiate Network Journalism Fellow at Roll Call Newspaper and is the winner of the 2011 "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest. A regular on Fox News and other cable news outlets, Weinstein received a master’s degree in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University in 2006. He is the author of the political satire, "The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer."

While most of America is thinking of stupid jokes to make about Anthony Weiner’s most recent wiener scandal, some see the imbroglio as a diversion from the real issue: That Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, is a stealth jihadist seeking to destroy Western civilization from the inside.

“What’s amazing to me is that we’re wasting time debating schmekelgate, OK, when Huma Abedin who has connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, who is connected to the chief financier of al Qaida, is his wife and has top security clearance,” political commentator Brooke Goldstein declared on Fox News’ “Hannity” during a discussion of the Weiner scandal last week.

“What Brooke points to, that’s the real Huma Abedin story,” political commentator Monica Crowley interjected, agreeing with Goldstein. “It’s not about Weiner’s weiner, it’s about Huma Abedin and her ties to Islamic supremacists.”

Abedin’s worldview is certainly fair game. She was a top aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and is likely to remain in high-level politics even if her husband fails in his bid to become mayor of New York.

But people like the National Review’s Andrew McCarthy use what are some seemingly troubling personal and familial connections to suggest Abedin is the font of all the horrible policies the Obama administration has pursued while Clinton was at the State Department.

During the time Abedin was working for Clinton as deputy chief of staff at the State Department, McCarthy noted in a recent post at National Review Online, “the State Department strongly supported abandoning the federal government’s prior policy against official dealings with the Muslim Brotherhood.”

So suspicious. I wonder what could account for that other than Abedin’s nefarious influence. Maybe nothing. Or maybe it was the fact that Clinton was at the State Department at the time the Arab Spring engulfed the Middle East, toppling dictators and propelling Muslim Brotherhood-aligned parties into power. Agree or disagree with the policy, there is a context to it.

What’s more, Abedin’s influence must be more widespread than even her most virulent critics recognize because it wasn’t only the Obama administration that was willing to deal with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt after the country’s 2011 revolution. A top Mitt Romney foreign policy adviser told me in December 2011 that the U.S. had to “to deal with them but as part of the Egyptian government.” In fact, rightly or wrongly, the administration of George W. Bush made limited contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt even before the 2011 revolution.