Monday, February 13, 2006

Al Gore Doesn't Care About National Security

What person thinks it is a good idea to go to Saudia Arabia --the home country of fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers-- and make remarks specifically intended provoke anger towards the United States?

Al Gore certainly does.

He traveled halfway around the world to Saudi Arabia to alert the Saudis and other Arabs of the United States' "abuses" of their fellow countrymen:


JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Former Vice President Al Gore told a mainly Saudi audience on Sunday that the U.S. government committed "terrible abuses" against Arabs after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and that most Americans did not support such treatment.

Gore said Arabs had been "indiscriminately rounded up" and held in "unforgivable" conditions. The former vice president said the Bush administration was playing into al-Qaida's hands by routinely blocking Saudi visa applications.

"The thoughtless way in which visas are now handled, that is a mistake," Gore said during the Jiddah Economic Forum....

Gore told the largely Saudi audience, many of them educated at U.S. universities, that Arabs in the United States had been "indiscriminately rounded up, often on minor charges of overstaying a visa or not having a green card in proper order, and held in conditions that were just unforgivable."

"Unfortunately there have been terrible abuses and it's wrong," Gore said.


First of all, Mr. Gore, do you have any facts to back up these preposterous statements? No? I didn't think so. But it's certainly still alright to make baseless remarks in front of people who aren't too fond of us to begin with, damaging our national security in the process, right? Why let a few inconvenient facts get in the way of a chance at political gain?

Secondly, Mr. Gore, do you really consider overstaying a visa or not having a green card as not that big of a deal? Actually, Mr. Gore, it is a big deal. That's why there are laws requiring foreign students and immigrants to have valid student visas or green cards.

In fact, some of the 9/11 hijackers were still in America courtesy of expired student visas. If the United States had cracked down harder on these "minor charges," 9/11 may not have even happened. So there is every reason to regard this as a very, very serious issue.

Finally, in the GWOT we must seek to create peace with the Muslims who are not the radical jihadists that are waging a war on western nations. But we cannot do this effectively if they see the United States as hostile to their faith. Making foundationless acusastions that the United Sates "abused" Arab Muslims after 9/11 is as irresponsible as it is reckless.

It is also completely untrue.

Al Gore has done a diservice to our national security, and can only have weakened the ever-shaky relationship the United States has with the Arab Muslim Middle East.


UPDATE:

Michelle Malkin has much more, including details about detention policies after 9/11, and links to reactions from all over the blogosphere.