Ben Carson went to visit Syrian refugees in Jordan:
After meeting with refugees at a camp in Jordan, Carson, 64, told CNN that “their true desire is to be resettled in Syria.”
“But they are satisfied to be in the refugee camps if the refugee camps are adequately funded. Recognize that in these camps they have schools, they have recreational facilities that are really quite nice. And there (are) all kind of things that make life more tolerable,” he added.
Speaking from Jordan, told ABC’s “This Week” program: “We’re hearing that they all want to come here to the United States, and that’s not what they want. They want to go back home.”
In the ABC interview, Carson called for increased U.S. aid for regional refugee efforts such as those in Jordan.
“I believe that the right policy is to support the refugee program that is in place, that works extremely well but does not have adequate funding,” Carson said. “If you do that, you solve that problem without exposing the American people to a population that could be infiltrated with terrorists who want to destroy us.”
Of course they want to go home, but there’s a bit of a problem–Syria’s in the midst of a civil war involving at least three sides. What about that?
Carson said that Islamic State should be defeated quickly and criticized the current U.S. strategy as “piecemeal.”
“I think we need to work in close conjunction with our Department of Defense, with our Pentagon, with our experts. Ask them what do you need in order to accomplish this? And then, let’s make a decision,” he told NBC.
Carson went over to Jordan because he is perceived, rightly, as being very weak on foreign policy. Somehow I don’t think announcements like this will help. He has no idea of what defeating ISIS involves and he seems to have no idea that the refugees might want to go home but know they can’t right now. They also might be satisfied with being in a refugee camp, but they don’t want to live there long term–Carson might have noticed that more than a million have tried to make their way into Europe. Or maybe he hasn’t noticed.