As you might expect, our paltry offer of charitable refuge for Syrians (and Iraqis, etc.) does not sit well with humanitarian-minded groups, who are asking the U.S. to admit around 70,000 Syrian refugees alone. The State Department states it takes 18 months to two full years to “process” a single refugee. Perhaps we need to immediately hire a lot of Syrian refugees to staff the State Department and speed up the processing. And as you might expect, American Republicans, except for, sort of, Donald Trump, are leery of admitting a lot of new foreigners, and Sen. John McCain is blaming Pres. Obama’s lack of leadership for causing the violence that is causing the refugee crisis. McCain, as always, wants to see more U.S. military involvement, though this would merely increase the scope of the violence in Syria and likely lead to more refugees, not less.
What Sen. McCain and the rest of Congress should do is call for the generous opening of our nation to the refugees of the Syrian war and other wars. The Syrian revolt began as a nonviolent protest against the brutality and oppression of the Assad regime, but the opposition eventually turned to war. We must do all we can to help those fleeing from this war and do all we can to prevent war and violence from beginning and increasing in the first place.