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Bob Goodlatte Talks Like There’s A Terrorism Crisis, Acts Like We Need An Oil Change

Representative Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is fanning the flames of panic.

Yesterday, a week and a half after a terrorist incident that killed 130 people in a foreign country an ocean away, Goodlatte sent a letter to President Obama warning that, “ISIS will seize every opportunity to exploit the vulnerabilities inherent in this Obama Administration’s reckless open border immigration policies, including the irresponsible effort to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States despite the real dangers presented by ISIS operatives posing as refugees.”

If the Islamic State truly will seize every opportunity to exploit security vulnerabilities in the United States, then we are facing an enormous problem. After all, the United States is an open society. There are vulnerabilities all around us.

If Bob Goodlatte is right, then we will be facing terrorist attacks every day. Just look around you, and you’ll see what I mean. There are opportunities for terrorist attacks practically everywhere.

So yes, look around you. Look around you again.

There are opportunities for terrorist attacks practically everywhere. Yet, there are terrorist attacks practically nowhere.

Bob Goodlatte talks about “the real dangers presented by ISIS operatives posing as refugees,” but the truth is that there hasn’t been a single case of an Islamic State terrorist caught entering the United States while posing as a Syrian refugee. It just hasn’t happened.

Certainly, an Islamic State terrorist could pose as a refugee. But then, an Islamic State terrorist could pose as a fan of the New York Yankees. An Islamic State terrorist could pose as a shopper at a grocery store. An Islamic State terrorist could pose as a Republican.

Are we going to prohibit people from attending Yankees baseball games? Are we going to outlaw grocery shopping? Are we going to start surveillance programs against Republicans?

Bob Goodlatte talks as if there are grave dangers of terrorist attacks by Syrian refugees. He talks as if there’s a crisis, but to get accurate sense of the actual danger, we need to take a look at how politicians actually behave.

In action, Bob Goodlatte is behaving as if the possibility of an Islamic State terrorist attack by Syrian refugees is only a minor theoretical possibility, which bears some discussion, but not any urgent action.

Representative Goodlatte had originally planned to hold a hearing on The Syrian Refugee Crisis And Its Impact On The Security Of The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program on October 7. Goodlatte then decided to postpone that hearing for a month and a half, however, because the issue wasn’t as urgent as other important matters.

Now, the day after Goodlatte sent a letter to the President warning that Islamic State terrorists are poised to exploit every single opportunity to attack the United States, in a bloody onslaught that will devastate our country from coast to coast, Goodlatte has closed up his committee, left Washington D.C., and is preparing to settle in with his family tomorrow for a peaceful Thanksgiving turkey dinner followed by a nice long nap.

That’s not what Goodlatte would be doing if he really thought that Islamic State terrorists were prepared to launch attacks across the United States at any moment. If Goodlatte truly believed that the United States was on the verge of a Homeland Security crisis, he would be back in Washington D.C. with his staff, holding meetings throughout the night with staffers, desperately preparing for the carnage about to come.

Instead, Goodlatte is on vacation, and the next action his committee will take on any subject related to Syrian refugees is a bureaucratic oversight hearing, to have discussions about minor operations issues at the Executive Office for Immigration Review.

Ho hum. So much for the “crisis”. Pass the gravy.

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7 thoughts on “Bob Goodlatte Talks Like There’s A Terrorism Crisis, Acts Like We Need An Oil Change”

  1. ella says:

    “Yesterday, a week and a half after a terrorist incident that killed 130 people in a foreign country an ocean away,…” Jut a reminder that it is ‘a small world after all’. 10,000 miles isn’t so far any more. It was nice of all of the soldiers and officers who took care of us this Thanksgiving, to take that day to see we could do so peacefully. Thank you. It was a good day.

    You make a good point. Consider that the terrorists really are a small minority of the global population holding the world hostage to fear and revulsion. They can slink in where unexpected,do relatively little harm, kill a hundred here and there. At the same time relieve the world of punishing them for it by killing themselves. Their advantage is keeping people wondering who they will arbitrarily kill next, and exactly where. So of course they will not go everyday and take the psychology out of their plans.

    We here in America are fortunate to have many who will step out to defend our rights to a peaceful existence, at the same time we lose some freedoms, but we find it an acceptable exchange – or have so far. This is a quote from “BREITBART” “Muslim Countries Refuse to Take A Single Syrian Refugee, Cite Risk of Exposure to Terrorism” (title of article)

    “Instead the countries, all of which are within the Top 50 list of wealthiest nations by GDP, have opted to donate aid to those affected by the crisis. According to the Daily Mail, the UAE has funded a refugee camp in Jordan giving shelter to tens of thousands of Syrians, while Saudi Arabia and Qatar have donated funds, food, shelter and clothing to Syrians in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan.”

    “Total donations from the Gulf States are believe to total £589 million, less than a quarter of America’s £2.8 billion, and a fraction of the £65 billion they spent on defense (I corrected the spelling, you know how bad mine is) in 2012 alone. The UK has handed over £920 million so far, but the Prime Minister yesterday pledged to increase that figure to £1 billion. He also promised to take in thousands more refugees.”

    Where all of this money is going, I wonder? And where are the donations going? Who is receiving the donations and for what purpose?

    1. J Clifford says:

      10,000 miles isn’t so far any more.


      Go walk that distance.

      Did you hear any bullets being fired in Paris?

      10,000 miles is a VERY long distance.

      You’re being given stories very selectively about what’s happening 10,000 miles away – and for a political reason.

      Politicians are telling us that we need to give up our freedoms because of an attacks that was small in the historical perspective, in a place far, far away. They depend upon your feeling that the problem is right at your doorstep.

      It isn’t.

      The world actually is a big place.

      The exchange of liberty for the illusion of security is not at all a fair one, Ella.

  2. ella says:

    I agree, we are losing more freedom everyday, and it has long been of concern to me as well. We are living in a world that is getting smaller, though, it is closing in around us, so it seems. (Gives me chills) Right now the FBI is following 48, in the lower 48: “”There is a very significant number of people that are on suspicious watch lists, under surveillance,” Republican Indiana Sen. Dan Coats, a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, told Fox. “The FBI, together with law enforcement agencies across the country, are engaged in this.

  3. ella says:

    And one more note for curiosities sake:
    This 9/11/09 article and photos reflect an earlier occurance (that of course did not happen to some.)

    1. Jim Cook says:

      The headline of that “Citizens for Trump” article says Trump was right to say that there were thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating in the streets on September 11, 2001. But as evidence it provides a video inside a mosque that isn’t in the state of New Jersey, dated eight years later in 2009.

  4. ella says:

    For sure it looked like a group in a mosque. Well, not one I have seen pictures of lately, but… Who did the investigating? And when was is investigated. Did the FBI, CIA, or local police say this is a picture inside a Mosque? And what did they say the Muslims were talking about or what was the meeting for. They are not bowing and there are chairs arranged in this room, it is not for worship, abeyance to Allah. But those are just observations.

  5. ella says:

    BY the way, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. First frost wasn’t cold enough to cover the grass, but the red leaves have fallen off the flowering bushes. I know you have covered the ‘mosque’ thing before, but what state was it in, or country? I’d really like to have some information, not just someone did something end of story. That just does not tell anything.

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