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Ilhan Omar Wants to Overhaul U.S. Foreign Policy From the 'Perspective of a Foreigner'

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Anti-Semitic Democrat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who blames the current crisis in Venezuela on the United States, wants a "Green New Deal" style overhaul of U.S. foreign policy. Omar argues she is best suited to lead the charge for major foreign policy changes because she has "the perspective of a foreigner."

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From the Star Tribune

The Somali-born Minnesota Democrat, saying she brings “the perspective of a foreigner” to her new role, believes that American foreign policy needs to be changed in fundamental ways.

“When I think about foreign policy, we need something equivalent to the Green New Deal,” Omar said in an interview, drawing a parallel to the sweeping climate change plan from New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, another high-profile member of the Democratic freshman class of 2018.

As Omar considers how a Green New Deal-style approach might be brought to reshaping U.S. foreign policy, she leans on her own background. The first Somali-American and the first naturalized U.S. citizen in Congress, the one-time inhabitant of a refugee camp described herself “as someone who has seen the United States from the perspective of a foreigner.” She’d like to see a vastly downscaled U.S. military presence around the world, and much less direct intervention in the domestic politics of other countries.

“Our focus should be on diplomacy, in cultural and economic exchange,” Omar said. “I think we are seen as a leader, and we have an opportunity for people to follow if we are leading with moral conviction.”

A few things. First, the United States provided Omar and her family refuge after they fled a violent, war-torn country, for which she is deeply ungrateful. What exactly does "the perspective or a foreigner" mean? Last time I checked Omar was a naturalized American representing a U.S. Congressional District in Washington D.C.

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Second, the U.S. provides more economic aid around the world than any other country. Currently, truckloads of food and medicine are sitting on the Venezuelan border and waiting for distribution to a starving population. Dictator Nicolas Maduro, who Omar supports, is refusing to allow humanitarian aid into the country. Further, the United States is the number one advocate for human rights around the world.

Third, Omar sits on the House Foreign Relations Committee with a dangerous blame America first attitude. Is she asking questions on the Committee "from the perspective of a foreigner?" Or as a representative in the United States Congress? After all, she downplayed 9/11 as "some people doing something" and regularly holds fundraisers for terror connected organizations.

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