The Rosett Report

Defenders of Democracy Out, Old Friends of Saddam In

No, it’s not Iraq we’re talking about here. It’s the U.S. State Department. In an editorial on “Banishing Our Friends,” The Wall Street Journal reports that the State Department has revoked the diplomatic visas of a number of officials from Honduras, where the interim government is part of a struggle to defend democratic institutions against the Hugo Chavez-style aspirations of the ousted president, Manual Zelaya.

Meanwhile, urged on by the United Nations, the same State Department has been quietly busy batch-processing some 1,300 or more Palestinians in Iraq, former favored guests and beneficiaries of Saddam Hussein, for permanent resettlement in the U.S.  Basically, State is proposing to import to the U.S. almost the entire population of a refugee camp located along the Iraqi border with Syria. I’ve always been in favor of admitting as many refugees to the U.S. as safely and reasonably possible — especially refugees who have put their lives on the line to stand up for democratic values. But about these Palestinians, whose interests were long entwined with Saddam’s, may we at least hear more on why the administration believes there is no security risk?  More in my column for Forbes.com , on “Your Tired, Your Poor, Guests of Saddam.”