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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Have it both ways

Two weeks ago Republicans were bitching because Biden had left Afghan allies in their country in the clumsy and inept withdrawal. Secretary Blinken responded that people coming into our country needed to be vetted and checked out and that it took time. I can understand that. But the GOP really went after the administration for forsaking their friends.

Several congressional Republicans have said the United States should welcome refugees fleeing the country to prevent a humanitarian crisis, especially Afghans who assisted the United States. “We need to care for them,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told a local Kentucky television station last week. “We owe it to these people, who are our friends and who worked with us, to get them out safely if we can.”

In Texas, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) offered his support and prayers to refugees, especially those granted special visas after assisting the U.S. military. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) also voiced his support despite advocating for limits on refugees in the past. “We have an obligation not to leave people to die at the hands of the Taliban for the crime of helping America," Cruz told reporters in Dallas last week. Several governors across the political spectrum also offered aid and messages that refugees would be welcome in their states.

Now, Trump is taking the opposite tack, Biden's willingness to take Afghan allies and refugees will bring terrorists into the country.

Former President Donald Trump, in an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital, suggested that terrorists "absolutely" were airlifted from Afghanistan as part of the U.S. evacuation effort from Kabul last month, questioning the Biden administration's vetting process. 

The former president, during the interview, called the Biden administration’s effort to resettle Afghan allies "incredible." 

"There has never been a war — win, lose or draw — and you bring everybody into your country," Trump said. "That’s a lot of people, and at a tremendous cost already—they’re talking about billions and billions of dollars." 

Which way is it going to be? I think it is fair to ask my GOP brethren to pick a side on this one, either we resettle these people or we don't but this mealy mouthed, damned if you do, damned if you don't hypocrisy helps no one and merely confirms that you stand for nothing except for hurting the opposition, no matter how irrationally. Stop with the mixed messaging.

If there is no quorum or majority on this issue within the Republican party, how about you figure it out in house before you start attacking Joe Biden? It is one way or the other.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

right on crap or get off pot!!!

Unknown said...

I AM NOT SAYING WE SHOULD NOT HELP AFGANS BUT WHAT ABOUT ALLL THE HOMELESS AMERICANS ON OUR STREETS. WHY DO WE HAVE A PROBLEMS SOVING THAT SITYUATION>

Blue Heron said...

I am not saying do one or the other. I am saying, pick a side, you can't argue for and against at the same time. And there will always be homeless Americans, to a large extent because many druggies and alkies are psychos and would rather be on the street. Throwing money away trying to help some people. At least the hispanic immigrants work their asses off.