Thursday, May 02, 2013

and this is a guy who fancies himself a foreign policy expert on those sunday talk shows

john mccain wants to amend the immigration bill to ban or limit immigrants from "countries with radical islamic extremism." what countries are those? there are probably "radical islamic extremists" in every country, including this one. what level of radical islamic extremism is the threshold for the limit? are we going to go with percentages or gross numbers of people? and how do we know radical islamic extremist data is legit? quite a lot of countries call anyone in the opposition a radical islamic extremist.

it's even stupider because mccain is saying this stuff in reaction to the boston bombing and specifically yesterday's revelation that two kazakh friends of dzhokhar tsarnaev were arrested for disposing of evidence. kazakhstan is hardly a country known for much radical islamic extremism. (see, for example, these charts taken from the pew survey of muslim views in different countries around the world). dzhokhar tsarnaev is a naturalized u.s. citizen, but previously he had russian citizenship. is mccain talking about barring people from st. petersburg from coming to the u.s.? i don't think he is. mccain also seems to believe that dagestan and chechnya are countries.