As all three branches of government, the president, the Congress and the Courts, debate whether Iraqi citizens should undergo “extreme vetting” prior to admission to the United States, one ‘no-longer-active’ Marine – because there is no such thing as an ex-Marine – has spoken out in brutal honesty about what the Iraqis he knows really think of Americans.

And that brutal truth is not reassuring.

With over 44 million Facebook views, 1.6 million shares and 68,177 comments, Steven Gern – who worked in Iraq when his active duty days were over – says President Trump is more than justified in imposing a temporary ban on travel into the U.S. by Iraqis, in addition to citizens from six other predominantly Muslim countries – Iran, Libya, Somalia Sudan, Syria, Yemen.

Leave it to someone who has been there, on the ground and worked with the people to know what they really think of America – and Americans.

Gern said the Iraqis he works with “feel like they’ve been betrayed by the United States” by Trump’s proposed travel ban, but readily admitted to him that he would not be safe if he were to leave the relative safety of his protected work area.

Gern had asked if the locals would accept an American “with open arms.”

The Iraqis, who knew Gern and worked with him on a friendly basis, replied, “You absolutely would not be welcome.”

Curious, Gern asked, “What would happen to me?”

He was told he would be filmed while being tortured and killed, possibly by beheading, and the video would be posted to social media.

In his Facebook video that has gone beyond viral, Gern doesn’t sugarcoat the reality of what Iraqi Muslims really think of Americans.

“The point of it is, the point I’m trying to make is, this is the local populace who would do this. This isn’t ISIS, this isn’t Al-Qaeda, this isn't the PMU, this isn't a militia from the Iranians, or anything like that. This is the local populace that would do this.”

“So, maybe there's something you all need to think about back there. If this is the way that these countries feel about Americans, why would you be so naive as to believe that if they came into the U.S., they would do anything any different than what they do right here in their own country?”

Good question – and one the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals should be required to answer before ruling on President Trump’s effort to keep Americans safe in their homeland.

 
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