Friday night, Angie Craig, one of 3 DFL candidates who are running to replace John Kline in the US House of Representatives, appeared on Almanac to debate Mary Lawrence and Roger Kittelson. One of the things Ms. Craig said was that she was “proud of Gov. Dayton” for standing up for “American values” when he announced that Minnesota would accept Syrian refugees.
At the time Gov. Dayton announced he’d accept Syrian refugees, he criticized Republican governors for grandstanding the issue. Gov. Dayton insisted that they were showboating because he’d been “assured by the White House that all refugees are subject to the highest level of security checks of any category of traveler to the United States.” Apparently, the Obama administration’s assurances aren’t worth much.
The New York Times just reported that Tashfeen Malik, one of the San Bernardino terrorists, “passed three background checks by American immigration officials.” They also reported that the Obama administration failed to discover that Ms. Malik “talked openly on social media” that she wanted to participate in a “violent jihad.”
Malik moved to the United States from Pakistan, which is an ally. Pakistan has one of the best intelligence operations in that part of the world. Despite that fact and despite the fact that they’re an American ally, they didn’t uncover the fact that Ms. Malik broadcast to the world that she wanted to be a jihadist.
If the Obama administration misses something that out in the open, why should anyone think that the Obama administration would tell the difference between an ISIS terrorist and a Syrian refugee? That doesn’t make sense. Syria isn’t an ally. They don’t share their intelligence with the United States like US allies share intelligence share with the US government.
These facts lead to a simple conclusion. The Obama administration’s statement that Syrian refugees “are subject to the highest level of security checks” is either a lie or it’s proof that the Obama administration is woefully incompetent.
If Ms. Craig trusts everything Gov. Dayton and President Obama says, that should fire off red flags galore. Another possibility is that she isn’t that interested in national security. If that’s the case, that should set off red flags aplenty, too.
If Ms. Craig is that incurious, especially at a time when terrorism is increasing, then she isn’t qualified to be a congressman. Americans, whether they live in Minnesota’s Second District or a district in California, need policymakers that get it right when it comes to getting terrorism right.