Former CIA Director Jim Woolsey added: "They should have vetted everyone in a reasonable manner before they gave them asylum. Instead, as the saying goes, we may have left our most important work undone."
Although a bipartisan group of 75 congressional representatives opposed the Iraqi POW resettlement in the 1990s on economic, equity and national security grounds, the program continued unabated. All Washington could muster up was a pair of measly, non-binding House and Senate resolutions objecting to this dangerous reward plan for potential Iraqi infiltrators.
Fast forward to 2003.
The FBI is desperately seeking thousands of high-risk Iraqi aliens who've disappeared into the American mainstream. A recently declassified report from the U.S. judge advocate general's office heightens concern about Saddam's sleeper agents lurking among the Iraqi POW/refugee population. "Few Iraqi prisoners of war (from Gulf War I) provided their real names, ranks, or other vital information," the JAG report stated, according to Newsweek. "Now, according to Iraqi opposition sources, Saddam has been issuing new identity documents under different names to thousands of his people . . . "
So far, we've captured more than 4,500 of Saddam's soldiers during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Some may face U.S. military tribunals or special courts in Iraq. Irregular paramilitaries, captured in combat wearing civilian clothes, could be sent to Guantanamo Bay. And like thousands before them, countless other Iraqi POWs are hoping to win asylum in America.
We need a pre-emptive strike against another taxpayer-subsidized Iraqi POW invasion: Keep them off our dole. Keep them off our soil. Send the wretched refuse of the Iraqi military to a friendly welfare state where they'll be assimilated by appeasers with open arms:
Ship them to France.