Quantcast
Connect with us

Trump tried to start a war over an American killed in Iraq — except he would have never let him in the country in the first place

Published

on

- Commentary

If Donald Trump had his way, Nawres Hamid would never have been allowed into America. Hamid was the U.S. military contractor killed on a military base in Iraq on December 27.

No group has taken responsibility for the attack. Indications are ISIS, which is said to “operate a small insurgency” in the area, may have carried out the deadly rocket attack. Despite the lack of evidence, Trump blamed Iraq’s next-door neighbor. “Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will,” Trump said days later.

ADVERTISEMENT

A week later Trump assassinated Qasem Soleimani, a senior Iranian official, pushing Iran and the United States to the brink of war.

The irony is Trump started the war over Hamid’s death, but he would have never let him into the country in the first place.

Trump’s presidential campaign whipped up hatred towards immigrants like Hamid, called for them to be barred from entering the United States, and then as president Trump put in place policies to block them from immigrating here.

In December 2015, Trump called for “the total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” following a mass shooting in San Bernardino by a Muslim-American couple

Trump’s proposed Muslim ban would have prevented Hamid from coming to America. Hamid, who was born in Iraq, immigrated to the United States in 2011 with his then-pregnant wife, Noor Alkhalil. He was buried in the Sacremento Muslim Cemetery on January 4 in servicesdescribed as “devastating to witness.”

ADVERTISEMENT

But Trump wouldn’t have stopped Hamid just because of his Muslim faith. Trump tried to stop all Iraqis such as Hamid from entering the United States.

One week after being inaugurated on January 20, 2017, Trump issued a ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations traveling to the United States, including Iraq. The ban created chaos at U.S. airports. Hundreds of travelers were kicked off flights, scores of travelers who were in-flight when the ban was enacted were detained and handcuffed upon arriving in the United States, and at least 60,000 visas approved by the State Department were revoked.

Among those denied entry were Iraqi and Afghan interpreters who risked their lives working for the U.S. military, just like Nawres Hamid. U.S military officers say the interpreters went through “extreme vetting,” pushing back against Trump’s false charges they were not properly screened.

ADVERTISEMENT

Within one day judges blocked parts of Trump’s first travel ban. Later, Iraq was dropped from revised bans apparently after senior officials had to explain to Trump that Iraq’s help was needed in fighting ISIS.

The Supreme Court upheld Trump’s third ban despite his biased statements such as “Islam hates us,” and their assimilation is “very, very hard.” The ACLU blasted the decision by the High Court, packed with far-right ideologues, as a “travesty.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Trump was far from done, however. He took more measures to deny military translators such as Hamid entry into the United States. Having regularly referred to Syrian refugees as poisonous snakes during the 2016 campaign, Trump in office drastically cut refugee admissions by 80 percent. Refugees from Muslim-majority countries such as Iraq were cut by some 95 percent.

Trump’s antipathy towards refugees, Muslims, and countries like Iraq meant that while 325 Iraqi military translators immigrated in 2016, just two Iraqi interpreters were allowed entry into the United States in 2018.

This shows Trump’s breathtaking cynicism. He deploys vicious racism against people Hamid. Trump would have denied him entry despite him risking his life for U.S. forces. And then uses his death to provoke another “forever war” with no evidence of Iran’s involvement in his death.

ADVERTISEMENT

Welcome to the 2020s.

 


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Former acting CIA director explains why Trump’s inaction on Russian bounty scandal will make things worse

Published

on

It was revealed nearly two weeks ago that the Russian government is paying a bounty to the Taliban for killing American soldiers.

Since then, President Donald Trump has denied that he and his administration didn't know anything about it. Then he claimed it was a hoax. Now it has become clear that the stories are not only true but that if Trump read his presidential daily briefing in 2019, he would have been aware of the problem.

Speaking to the House Thursday, Trump's former acting CIA director Michael Morell explained that things are being made far worse by the president's denial.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Here are 7 hilarious videos about wearing COVID-19 masks to send people who won’t wear them

Published

on

While late-night shows are off for a Summer break, Americans are glued to TikTok and Twitter for their humor and every folks have delivered.

The latest trend is to mock fools who refuse to wear masks. While many people who refuse to wear a mask tuck their tails and sulk as they walk away, some take it to a whole new level of fury. Those precious souls are being mocked and shamed all around the world.

Here are seven videos that are hilarious or adorable that encourage wearing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Wearing a mask is like wearing a lifejacket.https://twitter.com/mattbooshell/status/1280933495674732544

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Trump tells Fox News the ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign on Fifth Avenue is like he’s being ‘prosecuted’

Published

on

President Donald Trump appeared to reveal another quid pro quo during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell pointed it out during an interview with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA).

"I was very nice to Mayor de Blasio. I got him ventilators when he needed them... I got him the gowns. I got him the masks. I got him everything. Then he throws a big Black Lives Matter sign right down in the middle of Fifth Avenue. I was so good to him and to Gov. Cuomo, like nobody's ever been good. And then all you end up doing out of that place is getting prosecuted."

Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image