There’s been discussion about what to do regarding the Afghans who worked with us over the past 20 years and the usual battle lines are drawn between those who want to get them all here as quickly as possible, no real questions asked, and those of us figuring we should think about this.
First and foremost, we didn’t find Afghans to work with in order to discover a future pool of immigrants. We were working with them in order to build a better Afghanistan for Afghanis. Presumably, these patriotic Afghans were working with us for the same goal, right? I mean, there’s no chance they were doing it for purely mercenary reasons in order to get a green card, right?
Well, yeah. Whatever.
Now, to be sure, there are some whom we should definitely bring in if they want to come. I understand that about 600 Afghan soldiers are helping us to guard the airport as we complete our withdrawal. Head of the line, as far as I’m concerned. Their immediate family, too, because we know the Taliban will massacre them. There are probably a good number of others. But what is being proposed, at least in some quarters, is that pretty much every Afghan who ever acted in any capacity with our forces be taken in. That is ridiculous. Doubly so when we see that the Afghan army ran away…and we’ve seen the pictures of C-17 transport plans packed to the walls with fit, military aged males who abandoned their mothers, wives and daughters to the Taliban. Who the heck wants a pack of cowards as immigrants?
We need to take care. We are not morally obligated to every person out there. The United States is not the reserve homeland for every person who comes in second in a tribal supremacy fight. We tried that and we got Ilhan Omar. Now, faced with that stark fact, I have seen a person argue that Omar is mouthing the platitudes of upper class white women rather than the cultural background of Somalia. Fine and freaking dandy – it doesn’t matter where she gets her views from. What matters is that the United States of America, at high cost, rescued her worthless ass from Somalia and now she stands up in my Congress of the United States and calls me and my nation racist. That she’s also a vile anti-Semite just makes it all worse. Trust me, hating the United States is a job plenty of Americans are willing to do. We don’t need immigrant help in that quarter. I must, perforce, put up with America-hating Americans…but I am under no obligation to put up with America-hating foreigners.
It is entirely legitimate to question the number and sort of immigrants who are to be brought in. We willy nilly bring in everyone who ever took a dump in an American latrine and we’re going to get people who hate us. We’re going to get people who will work with the Islamists to attack the United States. It isn’t a question of “if”. It is for certain it will happen. We can place some reliance upon Afghans who actually bled alongside our troops. Everyone else needs to be very carefully vetted. And Afghan soldiers who deserted their posts? Send them right back to Afghanistan if no other nation will take them. I don’t care what happens to them – they clearly didn’t care what happened to Afghanistan; we’re entirely square with them.
Enough of this idea that we owe unlimited debts to people who never for a moment felt they owed unlimited obligation to us. Enough of this idea that there is endless room in the United States. This is our country. We’re allowed to be as patriotic and exclusive as every other nation out there. America is for Americans and for that small selection of foreigners we determine are worthy of us.