Last night, President Obama could have taken his second press conference opportunity to reassure Americans that the Syrian refugees he’d like to see resettled within our borders would be fully vetted and screened in a complex process designed to maintain the government’s commitment to preserving our national security, after all, that’s mainly what Americans are concerned about.
Instead, as he has for three days straight now, Obama took the opportunity to have a foot-stomping hissy fit over Republican objections to his foolproof plan, accusing detractors, including a number of Democrats (Chuck Schumer!) of being terrified of a bunch of children and old women.
President Obama is lashing out at Republican politicians who oppose allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S., accusing them of being “scared of widows and orphans.”
Speaking to reporters Wednesday morning in the Philippines, Obama scoffed at attempts to block refugees following the Paris terror attacks as “political posturing” that “needs to stop.”
“Apparently they are scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America,” Obama said of Republicans. “At first, they were too scared of the press being too tough on them in the debates. Now they are scared of three year old orphans. That doesn’t seem so tough to me.”
Now, obviously, I’m not the guy’s biggest fan, but lately, he’s grating on me even worse than before. As France and Russia join forces to pound the ever-living snot out of Raqqa, and Vladimir Putin is giving interviews about his mission to send terrorists to the pearly gates, President Poutypants is engaging in campaign-style rhetoric, ignoring polls and common sense. Obviously, there are many valid arguments in favor of embracing Syrian refugees, not least of which that they’re running from a situation Obama himself created by meddling in a Middle Eastern civil war. And Obama may very well not want to involve the United States in yet another conflict we have no intention of actually winning.
But if the refugees really were orphans and widows, there might not be so much concern among Americans. And if the refugees were being vetted under a specific system designed to weed out terrorists riding the wave, so to speak, Republicans and Obama allies might be less nervous about opening our arms wide. As it stands, though, we don’t know that the system is ready and able to work, Obama’s own close advisors say it has a lot of kinks to work out, and the President sees no reason to be a “reassurer-in-Chief” over the whole deal. Meanwhile, France is encountering female suicide bombers, and Turkey is nabbing ISIS operatives sneaking in to the country, posing as Syrian refugees.
Police sources said one of the suspects had a hand-drawn picture of a planned route from Turkey to Germany, via Greece, Serbia and Hungary.
It is believed the group are Islamic State militants planning to make their way to Germany posing as refugees.
The arrests come after an ISIS terrorist bragged about how easy it was to smuggle thousands of covert jihadists into Europe under the guise of being a desperate refugee.
The Syrian operative claimed more than 4,000 covert ISIS gunmen had made it into western nations, hidden among innocent refugees.
He said members of the blood-thirsty group were following the well-trodden route taken by refugees and migrants fleeing Syria, travelling across the border of Turkey then on to boats across to Greece and through Europe.
Maybe Obama’s just completely checked out, I don’t know. But he isn’t projecting strength and calm so much as he’s laying bare that he is simply dumbfounded by the whole thing – and the general reticence to accept his theory that simply doing nothing is the way to go.
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