Trump World Grab-Bag--A Collection

Thursday, November 17, 2016

HATAWL 3: Everything He Said He Would Do

So among things that are now happening with what potential Trump say out loud where the people can hear--let's talk about the possibility of a Muslim registry--the US had something similar during the Bush Administration for tracking people (males, specifically, over the age of 16) who came from a list of suspect countries. That program survived court challenges regarding its Constitutionality but didn't so much catch would-be terrorists so much as people who overstayed their visas. (It was ended largely because other DHS tracking systems made it redundant.) A part of an anti-immigration policy, it seems like using terrorism as a pretext to discourage Muslims from coming to the US, even to work or go to school--a step in the direct of a Muslim ban, without being an outright Muslim ban.

But rhetoric that cites Japanese internment camps as a precedent is alarming. It gives the impression that the system would be used  to ultimately "round up" people for mass deportation or detainment. The incoming Administration used campaign language that doesn't really encourage me to give them the benefit of the doubt. GOP Senator Tom Cotton has been floated as a possible Secretary of Defense pick:

Cotton made a name for himself soon after arriving in Washington by penning a letter to the Ayatollah of Iran disputing the Obama administration’s right to engage in negotiations over the Iran nuclear deal — a deal Trump has called “terrible” — and pulling almost all Senate Republicans on board. Sessions, meanwhile, is renowned for being one of Congress’s most uncompromising voices on immigration enforcement, which fits in well with the president-elect’s plans to build a southern border wall.

Both Cotton and Sessions believe that the United States should have kept more troops in Iraq, and agree with Trump that waterboarding should an available tool to U.S. interrogators — Cotton recently went so far as to argue that waterboarding doesn’t constitute torture — a stance considerably more hawkish than that held by most members of Congress.
I don't think it's reassuring that someone who has said there are too many empty beds in Guantanamo, that detainees can all "rot in hell", and advocates for torture is considered appropriate for that position. But it's not at all out of line with Trump's own comments about Guantanamo Bay and torture (even "taking out"suspected terrorists' families which sounds like a call for murder).  It doesn't sound like anything that would "make America great" to me--

But ISIS seems to like the sound of it:

"This guy is a complete maniac. His utter hate towards Muslims will make our job much easier because we can recruit thousands," Abu Omar Khorasani, a top Isis commander in Afghanistan, told Reuters.

"Our leaders were closely following the US election but it was unexpected that the Americans will dig their own graves and they did so," Khorasani continued, describing President Barack Obama as a moderate infidel with a little more intelligence than Mr Trump.
 "A complete maniac". Who is surrounding himself with more of them.

*How A Trump Administration Will Look= HATAWL

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