On Syrian refugees, are the Liberals deliberately courting controversy?

In 1933, Franklin Roosevelt told Americans that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” That summed up the dynamics of an economic downturn where people stopped borrowing and spending, for the simple reason that they were afraid. The Great Depression was so miserable because policy-makers repeatedly failed to understand the enemy, that most basic of human emotions: fear.

h/t Marvin

  • andycanuck

    The Glib And Pale website mysteriously down for that link. Hmm.

  • Clink9

    It was up a while ago. I guess their masters didn’t like it.

  • terrence

    Here is what the head of the USA’s FBI says:

    From the Hill

    Federal officials say “gaps” remain in their ability to screen Syrian refugees headed into the country, even as their ability to check incoming migrants has improved.

    During a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on Thursday, FBI Director James Comey sounded a cautious note that is likely to be picked up by critics of the White House’s plan to welcome more refugees into the U.S.

    “My concern there is there are certain gaps … in the data available to us,” Comey said.

    “There is risk associated of bringing anybody in from the outside, but specifically from a conflict zone like that,” he added.

    “There is no such thing as a no-risk enterprise and there are deficits that we face.”

    In particular, the lack of solid on-the-ground intelligence assets in Syria has clouded the U.S.’s ability to crosscheck the backgrounds of every refugee hoping to come to the U.S., Comey and other national security officials told the Senate panel.

    “The intelligence that we have of this particular conflict zone is not as rich as we would like it to be,” said Nicholas Rasmussen, the head of the National Counterterrorism Center. “We’ve got a much more streamlined and effective system to make sure that all of our intelligence holdings are brought to bear as these decisions are made, but you can only review against what you have.”

    “We are building that fact into our analysis as well,” he added, “so that we can at least identify what more questions we need to ask.”

  • Bataviawillem

    Correct there only 2 emotions that determine the stock market, and that is greed and fear.

  • Minicapt

    The G&M editors appear to believe that their little enclave(s) in Toronto are safe and off limits to the bad people.