Pentagon is compiling list of names of Iraqi citizens who have worked w/ US military w/ recommendation they be exempt from Trump travel ban.
— W.J. Hennigan (@wjhenn) January 30, 2017
Bannon Trump hadn’t been in such a hurry to get his bigly ‘He-Man Muslim-Haters’ Club’ proclamation out, maybe this could’ve been done in advance.
But then, if the grownups at the Pentagon had been given any warning, they’d probably have gone all boringly OMG WORST IDEA EVER, and who needs that hassle?
ETA: From Buzzfeed:
… Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, who was not consulted before the executive order, defense officials said, asked that the list be compiled. It was immediately unclear how many categories would be in the request or whether it applies to those who worked alongside US troops during the 2003–11 Iraq War or only those currently part of the US–Iraqi campaign against ISIS.
US troops are currently fighting side by side with Iraqi troops in the ISIS-controlled Iraqi city of Mosul. There also are hundreds of US Special Forces in Syria, whose citizens also are now banned from entering the United States.
Navy Captain Jeff Davis later clarified to reporters the list will include individual names as well as broad categories and would include Iraqis who aided US forces during the Iraq War. The White House offered the Pentagon the chance to make exemptions “sometime over the weekend,” Davis said, after the order was signed…
Mattis had no obligation as defense secretary to comment about the order. But as a Marine veteran and one one-time general who worked alongside interpreters during the war, and whose troops depended on Iraqis to stay alive during the wars, his silence on the issue was notable.
I’d been wondering if Rep. Moulton’s comments this weekend might’ve been intended as a challenge…
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) January 29, 2017
DOD better hope to freakin' God that roster never gets hacked. It becomes an ISIS kill list if it does. https://t.co/denUzTkNag
— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) January 30, 2017
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