by Joseph Klein
A telling pick for the Clinton VP post.
Hillary Clinton settled on Virginia Senator Tim Kaine to be her running mate. Senator Kaine’s self-effacing description of himself is “boring,” a trait that Hillary appears to relish. “I love that about him,” she told CBS News. Hillary also was looking for someone with knowledge of national security issues. Senator Kaine serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Arms Services Committee. What she really found in Senator Kaine is a running mate who epitomizes the Democratic Party’s increased willingness to turn on our close ally Israel and give the benefit of the doubt to Iran and the Islamists.
“Boring” is not the first trait that comes to mind when describing Senator Kaine. His moral cowardice and faulty judgment were on full display as he supported the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran. Kaine obsequiously followed the direction of President Obama and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid in supporting a filibuster to block the Senate majority opposed to the deal from conducting an up-or-down vote on Obama’s appeasement pact. Bipartisan majorities in both houses of Congress opposed the deal. Senator Kaine himself admitted to having reservations in light of Iran’s past record of cheating and state sponsorship of terrorism. Yet he gave the thuggish Iranian regime the benefit of the doubt.
When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had previously accepted an invitation to address a joint session of Congress regarding his concerns about the path the negotiations leading to the final deal was taking, Senator Kaine joined seven other Senate Democrats in boycotting Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech.
During an interview with the Forward in March 2015, Kaine claimed that “I’m a strongly pro-Israel Democrat.” If Kaine were such a “strongly pro-Israel Democrat,” he would not have been one of only 12 senators whom, as the New York Sun recounted, “refused to sign a letter to President Obama warning of legislated legal constraints on funding the Palestinian Arab authority after it struck its alliance with Hamas.”
By elevating Senator Kaine as her choice for vice president, Hillary Clinton demonstrated how the Democratic Party she aspires to lead is moving towards breaking the decades-long bipartisan support for the Jewish State of Israel. However, it gets even worse than that. Hillary’s running mate exemplifies the Democratic Party’s willingness to risk the security of the American people by opening the door to admit large numbers of Islamist “refugees” from Syria. Hillary Clinton herself has called for a 500 percent increase of admissions over Obama’s irresponsible target of 10,000 Syrians to be admitted by the end of this fiscal year. Kaine appears to agree with those who do not think that the Obama administration has been processing the applications for asylum fast enough. And he opposed a bill passed by the House of Representatives that would have required more careful vetting of Syrians and Iraqis before they can be admitted to the United States as “refugees.”
“These refugees are people who are terrorized, not terrorists,” Kaine said in an interview conducted by Vox Media following the ISIS attack in Paris last November. Kaine made this statement even though he has no way of knowing whom the “refugees” from jihadi terrorist-plagued parts of the Middle East seeking to enter our country really are. Top U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials have acknowledged that they have no real way of determining whether jihadist groups are infiltrating their fighters into the flow of refugees, as ISIS indicated it had every intention of doing. In particular, there is no reliable database to use in vetting Syrian refugees. Yet Kaine thinks he knows better, just like the top of his ticket thinks she does. He claimed that “the refugee vetting process is one of the safest areas that we have.” And he is willing to put American lives at risk to test his unfounded assumption.
Indeed, Kaine thinks the United States has a moral duty to welcome the Syrians seeking asylum here with open arms. In a speech on the Senate floor last December, Kaine actually cited the Book of Job to explain his opposition to legislation calling for more robust vetting. “I look at this refugee crisis as a test. It's a test about whether we, like Job, will be true to our principles or whether we’ll abandon them,” Kaine said. Then he turned to the story of Indians helping the early settlers in Virginia to survive as a lesson in compassion. “My state of Virginia began when English, who were starving, were helped out by Indians down near Jamestown Island,” Kaine lectured. “There was an extension of a hand to strangers in a strange land that enabled them to survive unlike earlier parties that had been wiped out by starvation or battle with Indians.” This is not only an example of revisionist history. It has nothing to do with trying to take appropriate precautions against allowing into our country jihadists who want to kill us.
As Breitbart has reported, Senator Kaine has a record of embracing Islamists.
The same week that Hillary chose Kaine as her running mate, the senator chose to participate in a meeting sponsored by the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling, Virginia. Kaine had also attended a groundbreaking for the expansion of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Sterling worship center back in February. Either Kaine failed to do his own vetting of the organization or he simply did not care.
ADAMS’ Executive Imam is Mohamed Magid, a former president of the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). In 2011 President Obama appointed Magid to serve on the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Violent Extremism Working Group, a position he used to pressure government officials to purge law enforcement training materials of any criticism of Islam or of any suggestion that acts of terrorism were linked ideologically to Islamic law.
As the governor of Virginia, before Kaine entered the Senate, he appointed the president of the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Muslim American Society, Esam Omeish, to Virginia’s Immigration Commission. As more information about Omeish’s radical Islamist ties became known, Kaine bowed to pressure and accepted Omeish’s resignation, admitting that certain of Omeish’s remarks “concerned” him.
In 2010, then Governor Kaine agreed to attend the annual banquet for Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center, the Falls Church Virginia mosque which had reported ties to the 9/11 highjackers and other radical Islamists.
Shortly after the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 Islamist terrorist attack on our homeland, Tim Kaine, who was at the time running for a seat in the U.S. Senate, spoke at an event honoring U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leader Jamal Barzinji. Barzinji was reported to have been closely associated with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas. He also had ties with the New Dominion PAC, which donated $43,050 to Kaine’s gubernatorial campaign between 2003 and 2005.
Tim Kaine, who is willing to give the Iranian regime and Islamist refugees the benefit of the doubt and to throw Israel under the bus, is whom Hillary Clinton decided to choose as her running mate. This says all one needs to know about the dangerous direction of the Democratic Party’s foreign policy priorities.
Joseph Klein is a Harvard-trained lawyer and the author of Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom and Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam.
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