USA Today explains why Bush is ignoring the Iraqi diaspora.
WASHINGTON -- The United States admitted 68 Iraqi refugees in the six months through March, a tiny percentage of those fleeing their homes because of the war, State Department figures show.
The United States has been unable to accept more Iraqis in part because of the time needed for background checks, which have become more stringent since 9/11, Ellen Sauerbrey, assistant secretary of State, told USA TODAY.
The U.S. government may not have enough personnel to process refugees, said David Mack, vice president of the Middle East Institute, a Washington think tank. "But it's clear that the administration is not making a serious effort to do so because this undercuts the message they want to get out: that security in Iraq is improving," Mack said.
I first explained the magnitude of the Iraqi Diaspora a few days ago. At that time, I didn't have a clear grasp on why the Bush administration would be ignoring the plight of the millions of refugees that have been displaced by his ill-fated invasion of Iraq.
Well, now we have the answer. Iraq's 4 million refugees are living proof of the failure of our mission in Iraq and the blithering incompetence that got us into that godforsaken country in the first place. So the Bush administration's response is to pretend that the refugees simply don't exist and so far it's working because most people are completely unaware that there are any Iraqi refugees at all. Thankfully, the MSM is finally starting to wake up and come to grips with a humanitarian crisis that will have reverberations across the Middle East for decades to come.
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