A False Choice on ‘Extreme Vetting’

Ever since Donald Trump called for a complete ban on Muslim travel to the United States, the Republican presidential candidate has been gradually moving away from that extreme and morally repugnant proposal. The latest twist on the idea came in his foreign policy speech on Monday in which, among other things, he called for a change in the U.S. immigration system to include “extreme vetting”—something that might be described as an ideological test to keep supporters of radical Islamic terrorism out of the country. The reaction to it has been predictable. Liberals decried it as merely a fig leaf on his original idea that still smacks of religious prejudice. Others, meanwhile, pointed out the massive cost and the likely complications for relations with U.S. allies, whose citizens would seemingly come under the pall of Trumpian suspicion no matter whether their nation was working with the U.S. against the terrorists or not.

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A False Choice on ‘Extreme Vetting’

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