Dr. Ben Carson has taken considerable criticism during his run for the White House over his seeming lack of understanding in the field of foreign relations. This criticism was probably the impetus for his visit to a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan to find out more about the refugee situation which has dominated recent political discussions, debates and interviews. According to a Sunday article on Yahoo.com, Dr. Carson says that, contrary to what the public may think, the Syrian refugees do not want to come to America. He said they want to go home.
Carson was impressed with the refugee camps already in place, and he thinks the United States and the rest of their allies should continue to help fund these efforts where the refugees are provided schools, recreational facilities and much of what they need for the time being. He stressed that this option made more sense than bringing all the refugees to the United States because the refugee camps were already in place. With adequate funding, he thinks they would work well.
On another note, this news story actually highlights one of the strengths of Dr. Ben Carson’s presidential profile that his supporters have long touted. His incredible intellect exhibited by his measured responses in debates and public appearances is a sign of his ability to analyze situations in a careful, thoughtful manner, discovering options that might have been previously overlooked in a more hasty response. He has approached the Syrian refugee program in a totally different manner than any other candidates or governmental officials. As most people understand, being smart and capable does not mean you know everything but that you know how to find the answers and make careful, thoughtful decisions.