The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was once referred to by President Obama as the “jayvee team.” More recently the president said that ISIS has been “contained.” The reality is ISIS has become the apex terrorist movement on the planet, claiming or being assigned responsibility for bringing down a Russian airliner, bombing major cities from Turkey to Lebanon, and unleashing multiple simultaneous attacks in Paris killing 130 people, all within roughly 30 days.
Now the president that completely underestimated the threat from ISIS wants Americans to rest assured that there is little to worry about concerning the admission to the U.S. of at least ten thousand refugees from the ISIS dominated Iraq and Syria war zones. Unfortunately, we have much to be concerned about, and Congress should take action to pause the refugee program.
While President Obama may believe the refugees are no more dangerous than your average tourist, his Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, warned some weeks ago that “As they descend on Europe, one of the obvious issues that we worry about, and in turn as we bring refugees into this country, is exactly, what’s their background? We don’t obviously put it past the likes of ISIL [Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant] to infiltrate operatives among these refugees.”
Clapper was not speculating. ISIS publicly proclaimed it had already infiltrated the refugees with its operatives. Federal security agencies have also warned Congress repeatedly that screening of people coming from the war zones in Iraq, and especially Syria, is extremely difficult, if not impossible.
The reason screening the refugees is so difficult is simple: conducting ...
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...ates should be working with our allies in Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, and elsewhere to find safe havens in countries close to the refugees’ homes so they can more easily return there when the fighting stops. Above all, the best way to protect the refugees, and the American people, is for the Obama Administration to develop a real strategy with NATO and our Sunni Muslim allies to destroy ISIS, both physically and ideologically, and help end the civil war in Syria.
Anyone who thought that radical Islam was on the decline in the post Osama bin Laden era should have been disabused of such a notion after the Boston Marathon bombings of 2013. Those bombings were carried out by two brothers who came to the U.S. as innocent children of asylum seekers. That attack and the rise of ISIS are stark reminders that our compassion can be exploited by a cunning and ruthless enemy.
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