Kaine Offers Strategy Against ISIS
Senator Tim Kaine says he has few concerns about Syrian refugees, and offers a strategy on ISIS.
RICHMOND, Va. (WVIR) - Virginia Senator Tim Kaine's take on how to fight terrorism is closely in line with President Obama’s. The two are also on the same page when it comes to accepting Syrian refugees, as Kaine says he has few concerns about the security of the process.
Kaine says the recent ISIS (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIL) attacks in Paris and Beirut, along with the downing of a Russian plane all confirm a global coalition is needed. He believes America can provide resources to allies in the Middle East and refugees fleeing ISIS, but he draws the line on one issue.
"There need to be ground troops, but they shouldn't be U.S. ground troops," said Kaine.
When it comes to combating ISIS, he says he's all for America contributing through air strikes, training, and assistance to allies, but he says even in light of the latest terrorist attacks, sending American ground troops to Syria would be a mistake.
"ISIL isn't because of the United States. ISIL is a terrorist threat that's grown in that region. If the region won't stand up to it, there's no amount of American ground troops that can go in and rearrange the situation in a nation that won't help itself," Kaine said.
Kaine also disagrees that the United States should block Syrian refugees from entering the U.S.
"The vetting is very intense and the likelihood of somebody coming here as a refugee doing anything bad is extremely low," he said.
Instead he says it would be much easier for a potential attacker to take advantage of the Visa Waiver Program. While he says the program helps the economy by promoting travel and tourism, he hasn't ruled out some changes, like insisting all 38 countries involved should share information about their no-fly lists.
He added that Congress should back off from criticizing the president's military strategy for the region, as it still hasn't voted to authorize the nearly 16 months of airstrikes against ISIS. Kaine says representatives in Washington should act on that before picking apart the plan.