An ongoing issue across the world and influencing American policies has been involving the disastrous civil war in Syria. As a result of the war, millions of Syrians have been seeking refuge across the world.
Many have attributed much of these issues to the reckless and unclear foreign policy of the Obama Administration. Recently, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul penned a piece entitled “President Obama, what on God’s green earth is our policy in Syria?”
In his writing, the former Republican Presidential candidate raises his concerns about what is going on in the region. This sentiment his held by many, as individuals from across the political spectrum are concerned with the impact the Obama Administration’s policies have had on the region.
Despite these clear issues, President Obama is not willing to accept the blame for what is going on. To be fair, much of it is beyond the control of the United States. Yet, the policies enacted by the United States certainly have not made matters better.
While discussing the issue of climate change with actor Leonardo DiCaprio, President Obama stated:
“There’s already some really interesting work — not definitive but powerful — showing that the droughts that happened in Syria contributed to the unrest and the Syrian civil war. Well, if you start magnifying that across a lot of states, a lot of nation states that already contain a lot of poor people who are just right at the margins of survival, this becomes a national security issue. And, that’s why even as we have members of Congress who scoff at climate change at the same time as they are saluting and wearing flag pins and extolling their patriotism they’re not paying attention to our Joints Chief of Staff and the Pentagon who are saying this is one of the most significant national security threats that we face over the next fifty years.”
Despite the clear issues in the region, it is interesting to see how American leaders respond to the issues that have occurred.