Keep Iraqi POWS Off American Dole

Will President George W. Bush allow Iraqi troops to
come to America, enjoy better welfare and health care
benefits than our own soldiers, and endanger national

It has happened before.

After Gulf War I, the first Bush administration and

Clinton administration
recklessly opened our borders

former Iraqi prisoners of war
—from conscripts to
elite Republican Guardsmen. The resettlement program was
launched in response to pressure from the United
Nations, the Saudi government (which balked at taking in
the captured soldiers), and our own feckless

State Department
(which has, and always will, act
like a hostile foreign entity).

As a result, an estimated 6,000 enemy Iraqi soldiers
have resettled in the U.S. at

public expense
since 1993. Their welcome gifts
included air travel, Medicaid, job and language-training
assistance, health care,

Supplemental Security Income

food stamps

Refugee Cash Assistance,
and other welfare and
housing benefits worth about $7,000 per person.

In total, the resettlement of Gulf War I-era Iraqi
POWs and their family members in America soaked up some
$70 million in taxpayer funds. No such aid was offered
to American troops and their families who sacrificed
during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

"We find it disturbing that American taxpayers
must fund the travel of former Iraqi soldiers (who took
up arms against our own soldiers) to the U.S.,"

Rep. Donald A. Manzullo, R-Ill., in a 1993
letter to then-President Clinton. "Ironically, we
provide the (POWs) with welfare services while asking
our own veterans and service personnel to bear the
burdens of deficit reduction."

Even more outrageous: the laxity of screening
procedures for these enemy prisoners of war before they
were allowed to settle across our home front, from
Florida to Michigan, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas and

Advocates for the Iraqi POWs claimed that most were
Shiite deserters who had participated in the
U.S.-encouraged uprising against President Saddam
Hussein; other combatants allegedly claimed they would
face religious and ethnic persecution or would be
executed for helping allied forces.

But one former State Department official and former
Army counterintelligence officer who oversaw interviews
for Iraqi POWs seeking asylum, Rob Frazier, recently
told Los Angeles Weekly that "(most) of the people he
saw had no documents to verify their stories."

Saddam`s sleeper agents could have easily blended into
the refugee population because "we really couldn`t
background a lot of these guys, and I was getting all
those reports (of sleeper agents) from inside the (POW)

Former CIA Director Jim Woolsey

: "They should have vetted everyone in a
reasonable manner before they gave them asylum. Instead,
as the saying goes, we may have left our most important
work undone."

Although a bipartisan group of 75 congressional
representatives opposed the Iraqi POW resettlement in
the 1990s on economic, equity and national security
grounds, the program continued unabated. All Washington
could muster up was a pair of measly, non-binding House
and Senate resolutions objecting to this dangerous
reward plan for potential Iraqi infiltrators.

Fast forward to 2003.

The FBI is desperately seeking thousands of high-risk
Iraqi aliens who`ve disappeared into the American
mainstream. A recently declassified report from the U.S.
judge advocate general`s office heightens concern about
Saddam`s sleeper agents lurking among the Iraqi
POW/refugee population. "Few Iraqi prisoners of war
(from Gulf War I) provided their real names, ranks, or
other vital information,"
the JAG report stated,
according to

"Now, according to Iraqi opposition sources, Saddam has
been issuing new identity documents under different
names to thousands of his people . . .

So far, we`ve captured more than 4,500 of Saddam`s
soldiers during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Some may face
U.S. military tribunals or special courts in Iraq.
Irregular paramilitaries, captured in combat wearing
civilian clothes, could be sent to

Guantanamo Bay
. And like thousands before them,
countless other Iraqi POWs are hoping to win asylum in

We need a pre-emptive strike against another
taxpayer-subsidized Iraqi POW invasion: Keep them off
our dole. Keep them off our soil. Send the

wretched refuse
of the Iraqi military to a friendly
welfare state where they`ll be

by appeasers with open arms:

Ship them to


Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores

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