I suppose this is one way to look at things, but it’s certainly not the slightest bit accurate.

Sunday, President Obama accused Republicans of helping ISIS (though he always uses ‘ISIL’) by attacking Syrian refugees. Unsurprisingly, not one Republican has attacked any Syrian refugee.

What Republicans have done is vocalize the same concerns articulated by U.S. intelligence agencies on the refugee vetting process. Namely, that because our intelligence ground game in Syria has been so weak, we have no data with which to vet an influx of refugee status seekers properly, at least not for the time being.

However, that little factoid didn’t stop President Obama from continuing his verbal assault on Republicans and a bevy of Democrats who’ve vowed to halt the president’s refugee plan.

Politico reported:

ISIL’s still not the varsity team, President Barack Obama said Sunday, but if Republicans running for president and in Congress continue to respond to attacks by playing off fears, they’re doing the terrorists’ work for them.

A Republican reaction that’s tried to block refugees from entering the country — and members of the media whom he blamed for lacking perspective in coverage over the past week — give in to fear as the terrorists want, help them recruit and let a group of people who’d have no hope of actually defeating American forces on the battlefield win anyway.

Upending American policy and talking about Christian-Muslim tests for entry that he said accept ISIL’s terms of a religious war will increase the threat of more attacks.

“Prejudice and discrimination helps ISIL and undermines our national security,” Obama said.

Mind you, speaking from Turkey following the Paris attacks for which ISIS has claimed credit, President Obama admitted he has no interest in, “pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning.” But we’re supposed to believe it’s the Republicans undermining the freedom-fighting efforts.

As we noted last week, the President’s latest demagoguery is nothing more than another red herring to distract from his failures to combat ISIS and other radical Muslims players. Had this administration any semblance of a strategy to defeat ISIS or even the will or desire to win, this refugee “crisis” might not be a crisis at all.

Beyond the Obama administration’s foreign policy ineptitudes lies the fact that the refugee stampede also reflects ISIS’ failure to establish a true Caliphate. If ISIS or Daesh is perceived a failure because Syrians are fleeing en masse, how are Republicans “helping the terrorists,” as President Obama claims? (Spoiler: Republicans aren’t.)

Asian Image explored this angle last month.

Developed to reclaim the digital space from ISIS (known in the region as Daesh) and to challenge their lies, the latest issue of Haqiqah claims how the terrorist group is failing socially and economically.

Shaukat Warraich, Editor-in-Chief Chief of Haqiqah, said: “Daesh is failing on multiple fronts, it is becoming increasingly desperate.

“The mass exodus of refugees has exposed their false claim of having established a ‘Caliphate’ for Muslims in the region.”

Incensed by the images, which have travelled around the world, of civilians of all ages dying as they flee unspeakable horrors, British Imams are taking the lead to reach out to Muslims across the world to join them in raising their voices, to say we know Daesh is failing, we know that their claims are hollow and we reject them absolutely. Shaukat Warraich, added: “A global message needs to go out from every corner of the world rejecting Daesh. If you agree then spread the messages; share Haqiqah magazine; pass it on to your young people and join us in our declaration of Daesh’s failure.”

…“In its desperation at its own failings, it has told Syrians that they are committing a ‘major sin’ in Islam if they seek protection in the West. According to Daesh, this makes thousands refugees apostates. This is a wicked and inhumane lie.”

Facts have never prevented President Obama from politicizing even the most tragic of circumstances. It’s foolish to assume he’d behave any differently regarding the Syrian refugee crisis.

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