You have to submit ALL your documents. Birth certificates, report cards from school, IDs, driver licenses, passports, old utility bills.— Arnessa (@Rrrrnessa) November 18, 2015
You have to provide their contact information as well. If some of them are dead you have to provide proof they are dead or missing.— Arnessa (@Rrrrnessa) November 18, 2015
You tell your story again to a different official. And again. And again. And then again. Lets call this month 18 now.— Arnessa (@Rrrrnessa) November 18, 2015
They ask you to submit more proof. You have to do a retina eye scan. You have to get a medical exam. You do another interview.— Arnessa (@Rrrrnessa) November 18, 2015
And on and on.
This is not a secret to Republican elected officials and right-wing political insiders. It's known to them, or at least it's knowable.
But their prime directive is to make Americans hate the president, the Democratic Party, and liberalism, as well as Muslims, of course, and they know the public doesn't know any of this. So they cynically portray the system as likely to be run by incompetents who do a half-assed job.
We've been through this before, in the run-up to the Iraq War. There were inspectors in Iraq -- and they knew what they were doing. Bob Drogin of the L.A. Times reported on how much they were able to learn and how certain they were -- based on real evidence -- that the defector known as Curveball was fabricating stories about sites with which he was somewhat familiar:
The raid by the American-led biological weapons experts lasted 3 1/2 hours. It was long enough to prove Curveball had lied.The abilities of the inspectors are made abundantly clear in Drogin's book Curveball. They'd have been able to detect trace elements of weapons activity even at scrubbed sites. They had the time to inspect many sites to their satisfaction. They were clear on the fact that what they were told they'd find wasn't there.
Djerf al Nadaf was on a dusty road lined with auto repair shops and small factories, near the former Tuwaitha nuclear facility and a sewage-filled tributary of the Tigris River.
Behind a high wall, a two-story grain silo adjoined the warehouse that Curveball had identified as the truck assembly facility.
"That's the one where the mobile [bioweapons] labs were supposed to be," said a former U.N. inspector who worked with the U.S. and other intelligence agencies. "That's the one we were interested in."
The doors were locked, so Boston microbiologist Rocco Casagrande climbed on a white U.N. vehicle, yanked open a metal flap in the wall, and crawled inside. After scrambling over a huge pile of corn, he scraped two samples of residue from cracks in the cement floor, two more from holes in the wall and one from a discarded shower basin outside.
Back at the Canal Hotel that afternoon, he tested the samples for bacterial or viral DNA. He was searching for any signs that germs were produced at the site or any traces of the 1998 bio-weapons accident. Test results were all negative.
"No threat agents detected," Casagrande wrote in his computer journal that night. "Got to climb on a jeep and crawl into buildings and play second-story man, but otherwise spent the day in the lab."
A British inspector, who had helped bring the intelligence file from New York, found another surprise.
Curveball had said the germ trucks could enter the warehouse from either end. But there were no garage doors and a solid, 6-foot-high wall surrounded most of the building. The wall British intelligence saw in 1997 satellite photos clearly made impossible the traffic patterns Curveball had described.
U.N. teams also raided the other sites Curveball had named. They interrogated managers, seized documents and used ground-penetrating radar, according to U.N. reports.
The U.N. inspectors "could find nothing to corroborate Curveball's reporting," the CIA's Iraq Survey Group reported last year.
On March 7, 2003, Hans Blix, the chief U.N. inspector, told the Security Council that a series of searches had found "no evidence" of mobile biological production facilities in Iraq. It drew little notice at the time.
The invasion of Iraq began two weeks later.
They were right. We know that now. But in America, Dennis Miller, speaking for the entire pro-war right, got the last word:
With regard to the inspectors in Iraq, Miller asked, "How long do we have to wait for these morons?" He compared Hans Blix to Inspector Clouseau--and pictured the U.N. teams "driving around in the Scooby-Doo van" looking for weapons. "The only 'smoking gun' I need to see is the one they use to kill Saddam Hussein."It's happening again. Refugee vetters can't possibly know what they're doing! They must be bumbling idiots! The people saying this know better, or ought to. But they know the public doesn't know better. And so they cynically take advantage, because that's what they do.