This afternoon, just as General Petraeus is telling Congress that things are looking up in Iraq, I see the Denver Post is reporting on 1400 Iraqis on their way to the US as refugees. The article is your typical story with accounts of injured translators used as the reason we must bring 12,000 Iraqis here by next year. You can bet all 12,000 are not injured scared translators. Echoing one of my concerns:
I don’t trust the (government) to vet them correctly,” said U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo.
We’re directly affected by what’s happening in Iraq and the rest of the world. … I’d like to see what tangible we can do to help fulfill our moral obligations,” said Colorado state Rep. Joe Rice, a Democrat who served as a civil affairs soldier in Iraq and hears regularly from Iraqis wanting out.
But Rice said he’s also deeply conflicted. Many of those fleeing Iraq “are the very people who are needed to try to stabilize things, to build a new society there,” he said.
“If all the good people leave, who’s left to build a new society?”
We need to set up a safe refugee camp in the region, perhaps in Kuwait, and take care of people until the country is stabilized and they can return home to rebuild Iraq. While our soldiers are fighting and dying for their country, we don’t need to bring thousands of Iraqis here to live on welfare.