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Ret. Lt. Col. Jeffrey Addicott: High Court May Be Signaling Travel Ban Ruling

(Newsmax TV's "The Joe Pags Show")

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 08:52 PM

The Supreme Court could be hinting how it will rule in the case of President Donald Trump's travel ban, according to law professor and retired Lt. Col. Jeffrey Addicott.

In an interview Wednesday on Newsmax TV's "The Joe Pags Show," the director of Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary's University said the high court's ruling Tuesday, which allowed Trump to broadly implement a ban on refugees entering the country from around the world, was the right call.

"We can debate whether it's good, bad or whatever, but I've always said from day one: The president has this authority," he said. "It's completely legal."

Trump signed an order March 6 that banned travelers from six Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen — for 90 days and locked out most aspiring refugees for 120 days in a move the Republican president argued was needed to prevent terrorist attacks.

"As I tell my law students, there's difference between whether a law is good or bad and whether it's a law," Addicott said. "The president clearly has the support and the Supreme Court, apparently there's no dissension when this ruling came out that they said we're going to strike down the Ninth Circuit of the Appellate Court until we hear the full case.

"So they kind of predicted very early on."

Addicott also decried the war against terrorists that began with 9/11 "is still going on."

"President Trump is facing the same thing that President [Barack] Obama faced," he said. "'What am I doing in Afghanistan?'"

"It appears that he's falling into the same trap that President Obama fell into and President [George W.] Bush — 'Let's send in more troops.' I don't think that's the solution.

"I think we have to actually have a strength force but putting soldiers on the ground unless you're willing to put them there indefinitely — that's the only way you're going to keep the lid on. It's a tribal situation in Afghanistan. . . . They're going to go back to tribal, antagonisms, and conflict."

Addicott said Obama, after the death of Osama bin Laden, should have declared victory "because then we could get out with victory."

"We need to have another narrative where we can declare victory and go home," he said. "The narrative might be over in Syria and Iraq once we eliminate and eradicate the evil of ISIS. Then we can say we're pulling back to fixed positions, we're going to do this. But just the same old, same old feeding more troops in 16 years later . . . it's not going to cut it."

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Addicott said he believes Americans fully understand "and make the distinction" between radical Islam and "the vast majority of Muslims that have nothing to do with these lunatics."

"But I think the previous administration didn't want to give us that credit," he said. "I think President Trump expects us to understand the distinction and to make that distinction, and I think we have as American people. We don't go out and persecute Muslims. We never have. Even after 9/11."

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