In early 2010 the Arab Spring had sprung and Al Baghdadi had just taken the reins at the Islamic State.
It was an important time in the Middle East and every US public utterance was closely monitored for clues as to US directions and plans - both by Islamist authorities and those who'd prefer freedom.
US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, USFS officer Sean Smith and two CIA contractors Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty still had two and a half years to live before they were killed in action in the Battle of Benghazi.
That also meant two and a half years for the US to put its stamp on the region, to protect its interests and to project its authority.
On 16 February 2010 Hillary Clinton had the chance to make a landmark speech on what the US stood for.
What actually happened in deciding what went into that speech speaks volumes about the broader foreign policy failures under Clinton's watch in the Arab world.
Here's the introduction.
Remarks At Dar Al-Hekma College Town Hall
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
February 16, 2010
DR. AL-QURAISHI: (In progress) — engage in a dialogue with our students in this exciting town hall meeting. As you can see, they are all enthusiastically waiting for what I referred to in my email to them, “a rare opportunity.”
We commend your choice in coming to a woman’s college, and thus supporting our noble and challenging undertaking to provide the highest quality education to our young women in Saudi Arabia. Dar Al-Hekma literally means, “the House of Wisdom,” and has the special honor of being inaugurated by our great King, Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. (Applause.) We hold him the Man of Wisdom. Since his ascension – (applause) – since his ascension, the Kingdom has experienced enormous growth and prosperity on national and international levels, and wide world recognition for our efforts and achievements. And, if I may add, as women, as well — particularly as women.
Case Button was Hillary Clinton's official state department speech writer.
Huma Abedin was Clinton's personal assistant.
She's also the daughter of Pakistani-born Saleha Mahmood Abedin, a leading member of the women’s branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Muslim Sisterhood (full bio notes with attribution below).
So who set the tone for this important US Foreign Policy speech?
It wasn't Hillary.
So was it Case Button? Nope - Case deferred to Huma. And Huma deferred to her mum.
How did Huma respond? With glee.
Case did all that and Huma dutifully sent it all off to the Muslim Brotherhood's sister.
How did Mrs Abedin's react to the official US position that was to be conveyed in the speech?
Hack away and edit she did. Ferociously.
Freedom - gone.
Democracy - gone.
Elections - gone.
Empowerment of women - gone.
IN fact Mrs Abedin much preferred that the US didn't talk about the way we in the West see the fact that women in Islam are treated differently from men. She thought - on behalf of the students of course - that those issues were in-house Muslim issues that the US had no business addressing.
And so Hillary didn't. Which suited Mrs Abedin.
And the Muslim Brotherhood.
Here's a link to the speech as then Secretary of State Clinton delivered it.
Search for "freedom", "democracy", "empowerment" - you won't find them. There's a passing reference to the Organisation for Islamic Countries supervising elections in Iraq but beyond that no lofty ambitions expressed for giving people the chance to vote in elections.
Let all that sink in for a moment, then read Saleha Mahmood Abedin's resume below - and ask yourself this question.
How would the media treat this if it was Trump not Clinton who'd outsourced the tone of a significant US Foreign Policy speech to his PA's mother?
Australia was at war in the Middle East alongside our ally the United States fighting the Islamists Mrs Abedin was so close to. At least now we know how close Hillary was to them too.
Huma Abedin’s mother, Pakistani-born Saleha Mahmood Abedin, is a leading member of the women’s branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Muslim Sisterhood. Saleha Abedin is in fact a member of the Presidency Staff Council of the Muslim Brotherhood’s International Islamic Council for Da’wa and Relief alongside leading Muslim Brother, Abdullah Omar Naseef, who played an integral role in both al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood, the same Naseef who co-founded Said Abedin’s Saudi-based Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs.
Though the Muslim World League’s financial arm in the United States—Rabita Trust—was shut down for its terror ties, it still exists under the name Rabita al-Alam al-Islami. Saleha Abedin is also a member of this organization.
Saleha is also Chairwoman of the International Islamic Committee for Woman and Child (IICWC). Her IICWC is in turn a subsidiary of the Saudi-financed Muslim World League controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood. The charter of Saleha Abedin’s IICWC was drafted by Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader, Yusuf al Qaradawi.
In a 2009 speech aired on the pro-Muslim Brotherhood Al Jazzerra in Qatar, Qaradawi declared, “Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the [Jews] people who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by Hitler. By means of all the things he did to them – even though they exaggerated this issue – he managed to put them in their place. This was divine punishment for them…”
Salema Abedin’s IICWC official policies include support for marital rape, child marriage, female genital circumcision and polygamy. The Position document of Salema Abedin’s International Islamic Committee for Women and Child (IICWC) states: “The criminalization of female genital circumcision completely clashes with Islamic law, which did not provide for this prohibition, as confirmed by Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who was one of the drafters of the Charter… ”
In 2010, just as she was about to launch the Arab Spring wave of Islamic Color revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went to the Saudi Arabian Dar al-Hekma college for women at the Red Sea port city of Jeddah. Her hostess there was Abedin’s mother, Dr. Saleha Mahmood Abedin. At the time, Saleha Abedin, mother of Hillary’s closest associate and keeper of some 650,000 emails now being investigated by the FBI, was Vice Dean of the college. Saleha Abedin co-founded the college along with Yaseen Abdullah Kadi—a Saudi who was named in 2000 in UN Security Council Resolutions as a suspected associate of Osama bin Laden’s terror network, al-Qaeda. Saleha’s college also enjoyed support from members of the bin Laden family.
Huma Abedin is in no way estranged from her Muslim Brotherhood family. She is an integral part of it. Huma served as Assistant Editor of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, whose editor was mother, Saleha and whose brother Hassan Abedin was Associate Editor. Huma joined the journal, founded by her late father, also tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, in 2002 and officially remained there until September, 2008, shortly before taking a top position with Obama Administration Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. At the time she joined the journal of her mother, in 2002, designated terrorist, Muslim Brotherhood leading figure, Abdullah Omar Naseef sat on the Advisory Editorial Board.
Moreover, in 1997 while she was a student at George Washington University and serving as White House intern for Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin was on the executive board of the George Washington branch of the Muslim Students Association (MSA), the most influential Muslim student organization in North America, founded in 1963 by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. That was also the same time that Huma Abedin, Vice Campaign Manager and decades-long intimate of candidate Hillary Clinton, was an assistant editor at Naseef’s journal.
If you'd prefer a toned down version, here's the Saudi news service Al Arabiya's version.