Thousands of Iraqis, many hunted as traitors because they assisted America’s war effort, are finding the bridge to safety blocked. Their admission to the United States as refugees is being delayed by a tortuous application process and lumbering bureaucratic reviews.
This latest failure was detailed in a cable sent to the State Department earlier this month by America’s ambassador in Baghdad, Ryan Crocker, and first published Monday in The Washington Post. (Mr. Crocker did not mention the problem in his happy-talk presentations on Capitol Hill last week.) And it is only part of a much larger refugee crisis that is already threatening to spread Iraq’s chaos throughout the region — and one the Bush administration refuses to accept as its responsibility.
Washington has insisted that candidates for refugee status must first be vetted by the United Nations, which has already identified
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