January 17, 2018
Unfortunately, Dr. Rhee turned out to be an unpopular hothead who frequently threatened to invade North Korea. Distrust of Rhee influenced U.S. secretary of state Dean Acheson to disastrously leave South Korea off his public list of Asian countries that the U.S. would fight to defend, which encouraged Stalin and Kim to invade South Korea in 1950.
After 9/11, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan and won a quick victory. The U.S. hired as Afghan leader Hamid Karzai, the brother of Washington-area restaurateurs Qayum Karzai and Ahmed Wali Karzai. If you can’t trust immigrant restaurant-owners, whom can you trust?
On the plus side, Hamid Karzai proved a snappy dresser. On the minus side, the Karzai family stole huge amounts of money and alienated most Afghans. Seventeen years later, the U.S. is still sort of fighting in Afghanistan.
Perhaps the most spectacular example of an immigrant manipulating American foreign policy for his own purposes was Ahmad Chalabi, who persuaded the neocons to have America invade Iraq for him so he could replace Saddam Hussein as president. But Chalabi, who was notorious among his countrymen for a bank fraud while in exile in neighboring Jordan, proved so unpopular with Iraqis that the U.S. couldn’t install him in office.
Visas for the relatives of seemingly American-friendly foreigners have long been part of Washington’s policy quiver.
For example, Washington has allowed Turkish cult leader Imam Gülen to hole up in the Poconos and rip off American charter schools through immigration fraud because he might someday prove useful as ruler of Turkey.
Similarly, the Tsarnaev family who blew up the Boston Marathon in 2013 were admitted to the U.S. because their Uncle Ruslan, a Washington-area lawyer, was a potential minister of energy in a hypothetical independent Chechnya. And Uncle Ruslan was married to the daughter of longtime CIA insider Graham Fuller.
So it’s often hard to distinguish strategic brilliance from nepotistic idiocy, but nobody is very interested at all in investigating how the American Deep State has abused immigration for its own purposes.
In contrast, other countries may be exploiting America’s disregard for immigration security. For instance, this week The Wall Street Journal headlined:
Officials said the businesswoman could be trying to further Beijing’s interests, people familiar with the matter say
Wendi Deng Murdoch is a six-foot-tall Chinese adventuress who was married to Rupert Murdoch (the owner of the WSJ), has been seen with former British prime minister Tony Blair, and is sometimes rumored to be having an affair with Vladimir Putin. She had gotten her green card from her marriage to her “first known husband,” the American husband of her English-language tutor.
Whether or not Ms. Murdoch is really a Chinese agent, she might go down in history for playing a key role in endangering the Trump administration by having reunited Ivanka with the hapless Jared.