Rand Paul says we should have suspected 10 years ago that the Tsarnaev boys would become terrorists
Sen. Rand Paul has proved once again that he’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
Paul has sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid asking a question about the Tsarnaev brothers, the suspected bombers in the Boston Marathon case:
Why did the current system allow two individuals to immigrate to the United States from the Chechen Republic in Russia, an area known as a hotbed of Islamic extremism, who then committed acts of terrorism?
Glenn Kessler, the fact-checker at the Washington Post, gives Paul’s question Four Pinocchios, as we see HERE:
When asking provocative questions, it is important to get the facts correct.
Paul appears to suggest that U.S. immigration officials, in granting an asylum petition from the father, could have discerned that two minor children, after living in the United States for a decade, would eventually commit a terrorist act. That would require an extraordinary amount of clairvoyance.
In any case, the key question for immigration officials was the asylum case made by their father; the minor children had nothing to do with it.
Moreover, Paul misidentified the region from which the Tsarnaev family emigrated. The boys who allegedly turned into terrorists may have been ethnic Chechens but they did not emigrate from Chechnya. Paul is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Commitee; one would expect he would know more about such elementary geography.