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Immigration, ISIS terrorism, NATO and Trump

Written By | Mar 23, 2016
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton celebrates with America's Libyan allies after the fall of Gaddafi.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton celebrates with America’s Libyan allies after the fall of Gaddafi.

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2016 — “These terrorists seek to undermine the democratic values that are the foundation of our alliance and our way of life, but they will never succeed. Today’s attacks will only strengthen our resolve to stand together as allies and defeat terrorism and radical jihadism around the world.”

So said Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in reaction to the terrorist bombings in Belgium that killed 31 and wounded more than 180.

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz used the attack as an opportunity to criticize President Obama, then on a state visit to Cuba, stating. “We have seen for seven years a president that cannot distinguish between our friends and our enemies, a president who cannot distinguish between the nation of Israel and Islamic terrorists who seek to murder us.”

Cruz also condemned his GOP presidential rival Donald J. Trump for suggesting that a quarter of a century after the fall of the Soviet Union, the U.S. should reconsider its role in NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization).

“Donald Trump is wrong that America should withdraw from the world and abandon our allies,” Cruz told CNN. “Donald Trump is wrong that America should retreat from Europe, retreat from NATO, hand Putin a major victory and while he’s at it hand ISIS a major victory.”

Cruz, of course, is all wet.

It was NATO that facilitated Europe’s current Muslim immigrant crisis when in 2011 it, along with the United States, toppled the regime of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi.

It was a time when President Obama said Gaddafi’s “brutal repression” threatened to bring about a “humanitarian crisis” that compelled him to send U.S. “warships into the Mediterranean” and that our “European [NATO] allies declared their willingness to commit resources to stop the killing.”

Senators Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graha and John McCain in Libya shortly after the fall of Gaddafi.

Sens. Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham and John McCain in Libya shortly after the fall of Gaddafi.

Shortly after the U.S. and NATO entered the fray, their “humanitarian” military intervention forced 686,000 Libyans to flee their country to neighboring Egypt. The subsequent chaos eventually cost four Americans their lives in Benghazi and later forced the U.S. to close its embassy in Tripoli.

Since then, many more Libyans have joined with Syrian refugees in finding their way to Europe by any means possible.

Last year, Buzzfeed News reporters Mike Giglio and Munzer al-Awad filed a story that said an ISIS operative in Turkey smuggles “covert [ISIS] fighters to Europe – as did two smugglers who said they have helped… in cargo ships filled with hundreds of refugees. He said the fighters intend to fulfill ISIS’s threat to stage attacks in the West.”

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump

The independent Republican candidate running for president, Donald J. Trump, who was roundly criticized by the media and politicians in both parties for suggesting the U.S. temporarily halt all Muslim immigration to the U.S., said of the Brussels bombing, “Do you all remember how beautiful and safe a place Brussels was? Not anymore, it is from a different world!”

He told Fox News, “We have to be smart in the United States when people come in. We’re taking in people without real documentation, we don’t know where they’re coming from… they could be ISIS-related. And we just don’t learn. We don’t learn… This is what I’ve been saying for a long time, and I guess it’s at least a small part of the reason why I’m the No. 1 front-runner.”

After last December’s ISIS-inspired shootings in San Bernardino, California, Trump said, “They [his critics] want to be politically correct, but here’s another case where it’s Islamic terrorism… We can’t allow ourselves to be just decimated.”

You see, it isn’t Trump who needs to defend his assertion that “NATO is costing us a fortune,” that “I don’t think we should be nation-building anymore” or that America needs to “rethink” its membership in NATO.

The Libyan intervention, the horrific humanitarian crisis it triggered, Europe and America’s suicidal immigration policies and the mishandling of ISIS are proof positive that Trump is right in his assessment that America’s bipartisan leadership and our NATO allies, once considered the “policemen of the world,” have devolved into the globe’s Keystone Cops.

Steven M. Lopez

Originally from Los Angeles, Steven M. Lopez has been in the news business for more than thirty years. He made his way around the country: Arizona, the Bay Area and now resides in South Florida.