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What alternative did Trump have?

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Submitted by Gene Taglia, Feb 12, 2017 at 11:48

I generally agree with Dr. Pipes' assessment, other than his disapproval of Trump's order temporarily prohibiting entry into the US of people from seven specific countries. While it could probably have been promulgated in a less objectionable manner and form, there really isn't any practical alternative if Trump wishes to keep terrorists and their supporters out of the US. The countries in question are either hostile to the US, or in a state of anarchy, so that if there is any source of information regarding who, or what these people might be, it is not available to US immigration authorities.

The sort of prolonged, detailed questioning that Dr. Pipes suggests, even if it could be effective (which I doubt), would require an inordinate amount of time, a great deal of money, and numbers of highly trained personnel that don't yet exist -- making it impractical, other than for rather small numbers of people (and, even then, more expensive than its worth).

The only problem with Trump's order is that his political enemies (including those in the courts) are misrepresenting it in an attempt to destroy him.


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Ban the terrorist group "muslim brotherhood" [61 words]FranceMar 7, 2017 17:28237210
Good fight, Daniel. Also, promise of a good year ahead of us [692 words]Michael SFeb 16, 2017 14:20236767
The Arab PA Must also be classified as a terror Organization [225 words]YJ DraimanFeb 12, 2017 11:51236663
1What alternative did Trump have? [186 words]Gene TagliaFeb 12, 2017 11:48236662
The judges are small... small... small [154 words]Michael SFeb 20, 2017 15:53236662
Iran Oil Wealth Over Iran & Venezuela [167 words]DENNIS ALLEN DURKOPFeb 11, 2017 23:15236643

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