President Barack Obama on Monday shot down the suggestion that only Christian refugees from Syria should be granted asylum in the United States.
As more than half of the nation's governors rallied in opposition to his plan to allow thousands of Syrian refugees into the country in light of the recent terror attacks in Paris, Obama slammed the suggestion that only Christian Syrians should be welcomed.
"When I hear folks say that, well, maybe we should just admit the Christians but not the Muslims, when I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which person who's fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted, when some of those folks themselves come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing political persecution, that's shameful," said Obama at the G-20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, on Monday. "That's not American. That's not who we are. We don't have religious tests to our compassion." more >>
While calling for greater global cooperation on terrorism Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said financing for the Islamic State is coming from 40 nations, including some G20 states.
I provided examples based on our data on the financing of different Islamic State units by private individuals. This money, as we have established, comes from 40 countries and, there are some of the G20 members among them," Putin asserted, answering questions posed to him by the press at the summit in Antalya, Turkey.
According to Russia's government-funded media outlet Russia Today, Putin provided satellite imagery to other heads of state at the G20 leaders summit, disclosing the black market sale of oil by the Islamic State: <em "I've shown our colleagues photos taken from space and from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the scale of the illegal trade in oil and petroleum products," Putin said. more >>
GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson has said he is opposed to the U.S. welcoming 45,000 Syrian refugees, due to security concerns, but indicated that he's open to the idea of sending ground troops to combat the Islamic State terror group.
"There is currently no ability to vet these people. By letting refugees into our country without vetting we are putting America at risk. If our president cannot see the risk, then we must rise to the challenge and protect our country," Carson said in a statement on Monday.
"This morning President [Barack] Obama announced at his press conference that it was our responsibility to accept these refugees. He is wrong. He took an oath to protect and defend this country. There is simply not a way to vet these refugees," he added. more >>
The Islamic State has ruthlessly targeted Yazidi minorities in Iraq and the Obama administration has moved to label attacks against them "an act of genocide." But is the Administration counting Christians as being among the terror group's victims?
Yahoo News reports that President Barack Obama was prompted by a report released Thursday by the U.S. Holocaust Museum that chronicles the murders of Yazidis, calling it a genocide. Other Iraqi minority groups are also mentioned in the report.
Nina Shea, who is the director of the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, is questioning why Christians are omitted as victims of genocide by the Administration. more >>
President Barack Obama has defended the U.S.'s anti-terror campaign in Syria against the Islamic State, insisting that it remains on the right track despite the "setback" of the attack on Paris Friday that left 129 people dead and over 350 injured.
"There will be setbacks and there will be successes. The terrible events in Paris were obviously a terrible and sickening setback," Obama said Monday at the G20 summit.
"We are going to continue to pursue the strategy that has the best chance of working even though it does not offer the satisfaction, I guess, of a neat headline or an immediate resolution," he added. more >>
The Nov. 13 Paris terrorist attack was well-coordinated with suicide bombings, grenade attacks, deadly shootings and hostage taking. As body counts rose, France's borders closed and a state of emergency declared. Hours later, the Islamic State threatened that was just the first with more to follow.
Seated somewhere in a parallel universe the day before the attacks, President Obama told ABC News he believed ISIS was contained and controlled. Granted, that was prior to the Paris attacks, but it was as if he was completely unaware of the group's expansion worldwide with recent ISIS-related bombings in Beirut, the downed Russian passenger jet in Sinai, recent beheadings of women and a child in Afghanistan, and massacres in Pakistan, Iraq and Syria.
For reasons only they can explain, President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton chose to ignore ISIS back before it grew into the scourge of the civilized world. Token drone hits, like the supposed recent drone killing of "Jihadi John," are positive, but fall far short of the action needed in the region to make a significant difference. more >>