President Donald Trump’s executive order for the extreme vetting of visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries is deeply troubling, and for all the reasons many have outlined. It’s un-American to deny entry to the United States based on a person’s religious or ethnic background, whether they are doctors, filmmakers, businessmen or tourists.
While the vetting of our visitors should be taken seriously, this program was ill-conceived, at best. But at worst, it puts some of the world’s most vulnerable in even worse peril than ever before.
Syrian refugees, one of the seven groups Trump has designated for extreme vetting and possibly indefinite barring, have miraculously survived a modern-day genocide perpetrated by their own government, proxy governments and Islamic terrorist groups who have seized on the chaos in the region.… Seguir leyendo »
In the years that I’ve been writing and talking about politics and public policy, I have learned one very sobering lesson: It’s nearly impossible to get people to care about even the most troubling and horrific problems if they are happening on the other side of the world.
It’s understandable. We have our own problems as a nation and as individuals. Whether it is people finding a way to pay the bills, caring for an aging parent, helping a friend get sober, surviving a divorce, or coping with cancer … the list goes on and on of the immediate and daily concerns we often confront, leaving little room in our heads and our hearts for the plight of people a world away.… Seguir leyendo »
Tras dos años de conflicto en Siria, el presidente Obama finalmente decidió que es el momento de explicarlo al pueblo norteamericano durante el discurso que dará desde el Despacho Oval el martes. Sin embargo, desde el principio, la estrategia de Obama respecto a Siria, si alguna vez ha existido, ha sido confusa.
Años de titubeos, límites que no se respetan y el no poder convencer a nuestros aliados internacionales y al público norteamericano para comprometerse con el plan sin plan del presidente han dado como resultado, de manera no sorprendente, un Congreso confundido.
Del lado republicano, el Senador John McCain estaba en contra del plan del presidente de una intervención limitada; sin embargo, el miércoles cambió de opinión.… Seguir leyendo »