Dan Roberts and Tom McCarthy, reporting for The Guardian:
Barack Obama has hit back at Republicans who want to stop the US taking in Syrian refugees – with the president saying some of the language used in the wake of the Paris attacks only serves to strengthen the Islamic State terror group.
Obama rounded on Republicans in Congress who are preparing legislation that threatens to suspend a US refugee program for Syrians – and on state governors who have said threatened to try to block the refugees’ entry. The Obama administration has revealed details of its screening system to reassure sceptical lawmakers worried about terrorist infiltration.
“Isil seeks to exploit the idea that there’s war between Islam and the west, and when you see individuals in positions of responsibility suggesting Christians are more worthy of protection than Muslims are in a war-torn land, that feeds the Isil narrative. It’s counter-productive. And it needs to stop.
“And I would add, these are the same folks who suggested they’re so tough that just ‘talk to Putin’ or staring down Isil [will work] … but they are scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America as part of our tradition of compassion. At first they were too scared of the press being too tough on them in the debates. Now they are scared of three-year-old orphans. That doesn’t seem so tough to me.”
Glad he's not backing down on this extremely important issue. Republicans want to cower in the corner and say they're "being tough." There's nothing tough about locking yourself in a bomb shelter and not helping those in need as the world falls apart around you. That's selfish, which appears to be the modus operandi of the GOP as of late.
End of second term Obama is the Obama I wish we had all eight years. Unfortunately, this Obama would've ensured he was a single-term President. Shitty Catch-22 right there.