Sen. Bernard Sanders said Sunday that he is dead-set against “perpetual warfare” in the Middle East and that countries like Saudi Arabia and Turkey will have to “get their hands dirty” in settling unrest that has torn apart Iraq and Syria and led to a refugee crisis in Europe.
Mr. Sanders, Vermont independent who is polling strongly against former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, said the U.S. should do its part and accept its fair share of refugees from Syria alongside those Arab states and European countries that are doing likewise.
“The world has got to respond, the United States has to be part of this process,” he told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
However, he said, “I disagree that the United States should have combat troops in that area.”
Mr. Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, was trying to prove that he has foreign policy views in addition to his platform on income inequality.
Last week, he said he was “stunned” by his rise in some recent polling on the Democratic nomination race, saying that while he thought his message would resonate with Americans, he didn’t think it would happen so quickly.
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