A Syrian, posing as a refugee, entered France to participate in the worst attack on French soil since World War II.
President Barack Obama's response was to ignore the obvious and welcome hundreds of thousands of "refugees" into the U.S. While the press has focused on the number being only 10,000, this is ignoring Mr. Obama's own words in which he has clearly stated that he will admit 80,000 next year and 100,000 in 2017.
Ignorance may be bliss for the president, but ignorance will kill many Americans. "Will" is the operative word, not may.
[sharequote align="center"]We are at war with radical Islam. Why can't the president and many liberals admit this?[/sharequote]
We are at war with radical Islam. Why can't the president and many liberals admit this? Doing so would require the president to admit that his foreign policy, if any, is a complete failure. Mr. Obama's chief character flaw is an inability to ever admit that he is wrong. Political considerations override reality and no one on his staff has the courage to stand up for what is right instead of what is politically expedient.
Most compelling is the fact that the five wealthiest countries on the Arabian Peninsula have refused to accept even a single refugee. Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain have stated that accepting refugees is a threat to their safety. Terrorists could be hiding within an influx of people, they argue. None of the Gulf States signed the 1951 Refugee Convention.
Once again, the president has sent his minions to the airwaves describing the tremendous vetting that Homeland Security, the CIA and the State Department are going to do to make sure that no terrorist slips into the U.S.
Really? Please tell me how they are going to check into the background of a Syrian. Are they going to call an employer of the unemployed? Are they going to check with the government of Bashar al Assad? Are they going to ask for police records? From whom are they going to get any credible information?
U.S. President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the killing of journalist James Foley in Syria during a statement in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. The president said the U.S. will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite Foley's brutal murder. Obama said he spoke Wednesday with Foley's family and offered condolences. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
The answer is that they have no idea who these people are and what training they may have received from Islamic State or any other terrorist organization. If the five richest Muslim countries believe that it is a risk to their national security to allow even one Syrian into their country, why would we believe that we can eliminate that risk?
Why isn't anyone in the press holding Mr. Obama responsible for the Syrian refugee crisis? Early in the Syrian civil war, the president warned Mr. Assad that he would intervene to stop Assad from murdering his own people. As with Iran and the infamous red line that Mr. Obama proposed, the President threatened, but failed to follow through with his threats. Had he destroyed the Syrian Air Force early on, the civil war would have been over before millions of people would have been displaced and hundreds of thousands killed by Mr. Assad.
So for those who desire to welcome these "refugees" I have a suggestion. Welcome a refugee into your own home. Empty bedrooms from kids off to college or who have left home to enter the work force should provide ample room for a mere 200,000 refugees. Liberals are quick with rhetoric and slow with action. So let's ask everyone who is in favor of allowing potential terrorists into our country to allow them into their homes. Perhaps they will sleep well at night knowing that our government has done all they can to make sure that the refugee sleeping in the bedroom next to theirs is not going to slit their throat while they sleep.
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