Carson Uses ‘Rabid Dog’ Analogy Discussing Syrian Refugees
Republican presidential Ben Carson is talking crazy again. A common theme for a man that accused the Chinese of invading Syria.
Now, Carson is comparing Syrian refugees to rabid dogs.
“We must always balance safety against just being a humanitarian,” Carson said. “For instance, if there’s a rabid dog running around your neighborhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog, and you’re probably going to put your children out of the way. It doesn’t mean you hate all dogs by any stretch of the imagination, but you’re putting intellect into motion and thinking, ‘How do I protect my children?’”
“At the same time, I love dogs and will call Humane Society and hopefully they can come take this dog away and create a safe environment once again,” Carson continued. “By the same token, we have to have in place screening mechanisms that allow us to determine who the mad dogs are, quite frankly, who are the people who want to come in here and hurt us and destroy us. Until we know how to do that, just like it would be foolish to put your child out in the neighborhood knowing that’s going on, it’s foolish for us to accept that.”
The Hill reports:
It’s an analogy that will likely give more ammunition to Carson’s critics, who have questioned his foreign policy expertise. The retired neurosurgeon has stumbled on some national security questions in the wake of the terror attacks in France.
Carson also made another controversial assertion on Thursday, arguing that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) poses a greater threat to the U.S. today than al Qaeda did in 2001, when terrorists killed thousands of Americans in a series of coordinated hijackings.
“[Al Qaeda] weren’t nearly as developed as [ISIS] are now at that point. … ISIS is so much greater a threat to us than that was,” Carson said.
Carson sought to diminish the sophistication of the 9/11 terrorists.
“Being responsible for what happened on 9/11 didn’t require a great deal of sophistication because we were not paying attention or coordinating efforts,” Carson said. “You didn’t have to be that great. You had to fly planes and get people in here. You’re going to have to be a lot more sophisticated to do that now.”
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