Syrian Refugee Policy

Former U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker talked about the Syrian refugee crisis at a forum hosted by the Arab Center Washington DC. He criticized the Obama administration for its lack of leadership on the issue calling the situation a rare moment when “America’s core values and its interests coincide.” He said the U.S. should welcome 100,000 Syrian refugees – 10 times the number the Obama administration had called for – and also warned that the crisis would deepen if more action was not taken. Ambassador Crocker also criticized Republicans for a lack of support. He served as U.S. ambassador to the countries of Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kuwait, and Lebanon throughout the Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama administrations. This event was held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

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