Eric Greitens, Republican candidate for Missouri Governor, released the following statement blasting President Obama for the Syrian refugee crisis:
If you want to help Syrian refugees, defeat ISIS. The refugee crisis is a consequence of the Obama administration’s failed strategy in Iraq and Syria. The administration has claimed that ISIS is “contained,” but if you ask the people who suffer from ISIS beheadings, terror attacks, and suicide bombs, ISIS is very clearly not contained, and with horrible human consequences.
Unfortunately, the Obama administration failures and inaction also extend to their inability to properly screen refugees. As the FBI Director has recently pointed out, there is no way for this administration to properly vet refugees for ties to radical Islamic terrorist organizations, and this is happening at a time when a Syrian passport can be bought on the black market for $200.
America has always been a land of liberty for those who flee from tyranny, but that has only been possible because of American strength abroad and competence at home. Unfortunately, this administration has exhibited neither. I’ve worked with refugees in Bosnia, in Rwanda, and around the world who see America as a beacon of freedom. No doubt many of those who are fleeing from Islamic terrorism see us the same way. If we really want to help them, then launch a campaign to defeat ISIS, and put in place a plan to properly screen refugees for ties to radical Islamic terrorist organizations."