On today’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough said that “extreme vetting” would not have stopped yesterday’s terror attack by Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov.
Julie Pace of the Associated Press then upped the ante, saying: “there may not be anything you can do to prevent what we saw last night.”
Wait a second: Scarborough said that extreme vetting wouldn’t work. Pace agreed, adding that temporary bans from certain Muslim countries wouldn’t work, either. Didn’t they thus unwittingly suggest a solution?
As Ann Coulter tweeted last night: “how about a zero immigration quota” from countries with large Muslim populations? We would still have to address people who have already entered the country, but going forward, wouldn’t such a policy, presumably with some tightly-drawn exceptions, prevent almost all Islamic terrorists from immigrating here?
Note: Pace echoed the defeatist sentiment of London mayor Sadiq Khan, who called Islamic terrorist attacks “part and parcel of living in a big city.”
Note segundo: How far has Western determination to defeat its foes fallen? Pace epitomizes liberal, defeatist thought. Compare and contrast with Winston Churchill. Defying the Nazi juggernaut, he vowed: “We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”
And here was JFK in his inaugural address: “We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”
JOE SCARBOROUGH:This suspect came here seven years ago. Right? And obviously, regardless of what vetting process Donald Trump had in the way, this would not have stopped this particular attacker, would it?
JULIE PACE: There is one of the realities that we’re dealing with right now. You can put in so-called extreme vetting as the president says, you can ban entry from certain countries for six months, a year, but you’re never going to be able to put in all of the safeguards that would prevent someone who could pass all of those screens, comes to the US, is either radicalized here, inspired here, is acting completely on their own. We see the president use extreme vetting, trying to take this tough stand after these attacks. But one of the things he has to grapple with, like President Obama had to grapple with, is there may not be anything you can do to prevent what we saw last night, and that’s a really difficult thing for a president to say to the country. Is that, we will be vigilant. We will put all the safeguards in place. But this, to some extent, is a reality we have to deal with as Americans.