An observer of from Mars, untutored in the ways of Washington, might conclude that the administration was suffering from multiple personality disorder. Even as the New York Times reported that Syria was becoming the new extremist haven for Jihadis, Foreign Policy wrote that the US will now let in thousands of Syrian refugees.
With conditions continuing to deteriorate in Syria, the Obama administration is making a major policy shift by agreeing for the first time to allow thousands of new Syrian refugees into the United States … The numbers are relatively small: just 2,000 refugees, compared to an estimated two million peoplewho have fled Syria during the civil war. But it’s a significant increase from the 90 or so Syrian refugees who have been permanently admitted to the U.S. in the last two years. And it’s not entirely uncontroversial. The refugees, mostly women and children, will be screened for terrorist ties — a process that could take a year or more to complete.
Just as the administration confidently announced that al-Qaeda was on the run the Washington Post announced its expansion. “Al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen is focusing on expanding its presence in a remote eastern province that is the ancestral homeland of Osama bin Laden, even as the group remains the target of U.S. drone strikes and Yemeni military assaults, according to Yemeni officials.”