Dick Cheney suggested that the European refugee crisis is a direct result of Barack Obama creating “a huge vacuum” in the Middle East.
Cheney, appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” argued that because Obama is “not going to use military force to any effective extent,” a “vacuum that was created once the Caliphate was formed and so forth, and enormous violence that’s gone forward in Syria has contributed directly to the refugee crisis.” (RELATED: Cheney: Middle East Problems Are ‘A Direct Consequence’ Of Obama’s Policies)
Chris Wallace: Let me pick up, because this is obviously a huge story right now, Mr. Vice President. The migrant crisis.
Dick Cheney: Right.
Wallace: Do you hold the President Obama and his policies responsible for what’s happening across Europe now?
Cheney: I think what’s happened is, he’s created a huge vacuum. He’s made it very clear, he’s not going to use military force to any effective extent. The vacuum that was created once the Caliphate was formed and so forth, and enormous violence that’s gone forward in Syria has contributed directly to the refugee crisis. I think when the U.S. played a major role in the region when we were there on a significant basis, it would have been much easier to manage this kind of situation. Today, what you have is a crisis of major proportions in Syria supported primarily by the Iranians and that’s driven hundreds of thousands of people to look for refuge someplace else. They’ve all headed for Europe. And it’s a terrible tragedy.