Five of the dumbest things Republicans said about the Middle East last night

Published November 11th, 2015 - 02:53 GMT
At last night's GOP debate, some pretty ridiculous comments were made about Syria. (AFP/File)
At last night's GOP debate, some pretty ridiculous comments were made about Syria. (AFP/File)

Between US presidential hopeful Donald Trump wanting to close mosques and fellow Republican candidate Ben Carson’s awkward comment about Egypt’s pyramids, we’ve heard quite a lot of absurdities from the right side of the aisle lately. Last night, the GOP held their fifth presidential debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, adding to an already-impressive list of ridiculous comments about the Middle East.

Here are our favorites.


Ben Carson on how to tackle Daesh (ISIS):

“We have to say, how do we make them look like losers? And I think the way to make them look like losers, we have to destroy their caliphate.” 


Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee those "Syrian refugees":

“We have no idea who these people are. What we do know is that only one out of five of the so-called ‘Syrian refugees’ who went into Europe were actually Syrian.” 


Here's Carson again, on Syria's complexity. Those factions, the Russians and...China?

“We also must recognize that it’s [Syria] a very complex place. You know, the Chinese are there, as well as the Russians, and you have all kinds of factions there.” 


And Huckabee, who thinks Daesh does not deserve the free sandwich everyone gets when they enter America.

"Are we going to open the doors so ISIS can come in and we can give them a good job and a sandwich?"


Jeb Bush on the board game that is the Middle East:

"The idea that it’s a good idea for Putin to be in Syria... that’s like a board game. That’s like playing Monopoly, or something." 


Finally, we may not have any Syria quotes from this debate, but Donald Trump, on the Middle East in general:
By Elizabeth Tarbell

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