Kasich: ‘Human Tragedy’ Unfolding Due to Obama Walking away from Red Line
STEPHANOPOULOS: "You mentioned, Syria, let me ask you about that. That refugee crisis so heartbreaking. Many now calling for the United States to take in more of those refugees. Should they?"
KASICH: "Well, I think we have a responsibility here, but I think this fundamentally falls on Europe. And, you know, as tragic as this event is, and it is, maybe this is an opportunity for the United States and the western world to get its — to work together to solve what is an unbelievable crisis. And I think we do have a responsibility in terms of taking some more folks in, making sure they assimilate, and at the same time helping people to actually be safe as they move. That’s logistical support.
But this is fundamentally an issue that Europe has to come to grips with. We can provide some humanitarian aid to them. But here’s the story, George, when the United States does not lead we get chaos in the world. We should have been supporting the Syrian rebels years ago. I pitched Boehner and McCain on it, the administration ignored it. And the simple fact of the matter is we should have been supporting the opposition to Assad. This thing could be over by now. But when the United States draws red lines and walks away and we don’t have any solid policy, it sows confusion, disarray, and we see human tragedy unfolding right before our eyes.
But hopefully they’ll get their act together. And people will be able to have a decent life."