Rohrbacher on Refugees

Here's Rep. Dana Rohrbacher (R-CA) explaining why folks like Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) who are trying to help Iraqi refugees are wrong:

They’re wonderful people who’d like to live here, especially the ones who have helped us, but the last thing we want to do is to have people who are friendly to democracy . . . moving here in large numbers at a time when they’re needed to build a new, thriving Iraq.



That comes to me via Justin Logan who remarks: "So Rep. Rohrabacher knows better than these Arabic-speaking, living-in-Iraq Iraqis what’s best for them. And, as it happens, what’s best for them is to stay in the hellish maelstrom of violence that is Iraq, despite the stated views of these folks themselves." But of course that's the point, right? To admit that we ought to be helping refugees would be to admit that even post-surge Iraq is pretty terrible so Iraqis who cooperated with Coalition forces will just have to suffer in order to maintain the pretense that all is hunky-dory.