10 Things Weiner did Worse than Storing H. Clinton Emails on his computer

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

WaPo is reporting that it was the FBI investigation of Anthony Weiner that caused new emails between Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin to come to light, which apparently might include forwarded State Department memos or correspondence related to State.

Nothing produces upchuck in the throat like another headline with the name “Anthony Weiner” in it. But here’s an opportunity for me to reprint a column I once did on the things Weiner has said and done worse than sexting. The FBI was investigating him for sending suggestive messages to an under-aged girl.

The nation is fixated on Trump’s groping and Clinton’s email server (uh, the State Department and the NSA got hacked folks, so it isn’t the case that government servers are secure) and, well, maybe it was fixated for a brief second on Weiner’s sexting. But we don’t seem interested in serious policy questions like Syria and Iraq. Oh, the public got all het up about ISIL in 2014 and demanded something be done, but now it has lost interest.

So here’s an actually important policy issue on which Weiner shaped public opinion and helped make policy:

The real scandal surrounding Anthony Weiner is that he is bigoted against Palestinians and has misused his position in Congress to support punitive policies against them. Americans appear to be bored by policy, titillated by private peccadilloes. But it is the policies that are important. Mahatma Gandhi was once kicked out of a brothel in South Africa. No one judges him by his lapses. Weiner, in contrast to Gandhi, has not worked for peace but has rather given knee-jerk support to the worst policies of the most far rightwing parties in Israel toward Palestinians. A social liberal in American terms, Weiner is so blinded by his allegiance to Israel and so studied in his ignorance of the Middle East that he has played a uniformly sinister role in that aspect of foreign policy. . .



1. Called for Columbia University professor Joseph Massad to be fired for being critical of Israel; Weiner thus spearheaded a new McCarthyism.

2. On the Israeli attack, in international waters, on the Mavi Marmara relief ship, Weiner sputtered: “”If you want to instigate a conflict with the Israeli navy it isn’t hard to do. They were offered alternatives. Instead they chose to sail into the teeth of an internationally recognized blockade.” The blockade of Gaza civilians is a breach of international law; it is not internationally recognized and has on the contrary been condemned by almost every nation and human rights organization.

3. Alleged that the New York Times is anti-Israel: “Amnesty International in particular, has always had bias against Israel, and frankly I would argue that in many cases, the New York Times has, as well.”

4. Alleged that the Palestine Liberation Organization is still listed by the US as a terrorist organization. It was dropped from the list over 2 decades ago.

5. Tried to bar the Palestinian delegation to the United Nations from New York.

6. Alleged that Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestine Authority, is not the head of the PLO. He is.

7. Refused to condemn the use by Israel of cluster bombs on the civilian farms of south Lebanon in 2006.

8. Alleged that the Israeli army does not occupy the West Bank and that there is no Israeli Army presence in the West Bank.

9. Called Israel’s [2009] war on Gaza a “humane” war. 400 children were killed.

10. Voted for Iraq War authorization in 2002, before later turning against the war.

Related video:

Hillary Clinton Emails Found During Probe Into Anthony Weiner | MSNBC

15 Responses

  1. Oh come on prof, you know what you are saying is disingenuous. Weiner no doubt has faults but you are blaming the messenger when you should be examining the Clinton emails instead.

    • Thank you Juan for pointing out how mainstream news is addicted to these useless stories that get ratings and obscures the truth. News coverage in the US,( I include CNN and MSNBC ) keeps America uninformed and dumb. To listen to the endless (” supposedly balanced to keep it fair) ” talking heads is an affront to intelligence and does a great disservice to all who watch.

  2. Just want to point out, Juan, that this is the company Mrs Clinton kept, until he became toxic due to his Internet proclivities. Are her policies and attitudes towards the Palestinians any better? Her racist statements against the Palestinians during the NYC debate with Bernie Sanders were breathtaking.

    • “…..[a]re her policies and attitudes towards the Palestinians any better?……….”

      Recent Wikileaks disclosures indicate that Hillary Clinton may appoint her confidante and estranged wife of Anthony Weiner as her secretary of state should she be elected.

      That estranged spouse of Weiner, Huma Abedin, a Muslim raised in Saudi Arabia has been critical of pro-Israel groups in the United States and there is suspicion she may be sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood movement:

      link to dailymail.co.uk

      link to washingtonpost.com

      link to nypost.com2016

      link to powerlineblog.com

      • It seems she really never lived in Saudi Arabia. She attended a British Public (private) girls school during those years. Her visits to Saudi Arabia were probably short and since she is a woman probably mostly at the family home.

  3. I am not sure if the readers are familiar with the ‘If Only Americans Knew’ website. If not, it is informative and harrowing at the same time.

    What I will insist is that nothing will change until we stop voting for the Republicrats. They are both stooges of a foreign government.

    It makes me sorry that the evidence is everywhere yet people who should know better like Professor Cole, Michael Moore, etc. return again and again to supporting the Democrats.

    We only have two choices because we always vote for either of the two choices.

  4. Why are we even talking about Anthony Weiner? I would imagine that a lot of high ranking Hillary people’s computer might be worth an FBI investigation. Remember Weiner is just a spouse (or was) of a Clinton Aid. What Anthony does bring to the table is tabloid sexual content, to a story that so far lacks that PR appeal. While Trump’s tick tack grabbing sexual private parts was front and center in the news, it provided Hillary some really great coverage to cover the out coming Podesta email discoveries. So now that Anthony provides the sexual component to Hillary’s email scandal America will finally listen. Hey, it’s American politics after all, and that makes this story that much more exceptional and indispensable, and with that so goes the news.

  5. Comey, as a Bush appointee, is playing politics or trying to protect himself while he ignores his boss Director Lynch head of the Dept. of Justice. The media ignore all of Trump’s crimes giving him free media for 2 years while Clinton is investigated non-stop using tax-payer money. Time to send the GOP out of office.

  6. Clinton has been crooked for a long long time. Sure Weiner is trash, but shame on you for not addressing Clinton’s grave irresponsibility

  7. The fact that the opinions of this being are solicited or listened to by anyone shows the lack of interest in truth in so many media eg NYT.

  8. Sure appears that the FBI is after Huma Abedin (who knows possibly Weiner other than the sexting issue) To think that U.S. National Security having to do with Pakistan, Afghanistan was on Abedin/Weiners home computer. Talk about mishandling of U.S. National Security information.
    link to newsweek.com

  9. I would only add that New Yorkers have something else to hold against Weiner; his opposition to rent regulation and his insistence that (as he said during one of his runs for mayor) you can’t govern New York without the support of the real estate industry (which supported him with campaign donations throughout his political career).

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