By Bradford Richardson - 11/15/15 10:14 AM EST
Republican presidential candidate Ban Carson is calling President Obama’s decision to allow 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country over the next year a “suspension of intellect.”
“Bringing people into this country from that area of the world I think is a huge mistake, because why wouldn’t they infiltrate them with people who are ideologically opposed to us?” Carson asked on “Fox News Sunday.” “It would be foolish for them not to do that.”
The Republican presidential hopeful held out the option of putting U.S. boots on the ground to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) if he is elected commander in chief.
“I don’t want to put a specific number on it, or indicate what types of people there are, because those are decisions that I think are made by people who have a tremendous amount of military experience and capability,” Carson said.
The retired neurosurgeon said he did not want to “pretend” he has the military acumen to make such a decision.
“For me to pretend like I have all that knowledge and the ability to formulate all the specific plans and how to do it I think is foolish, and I think anybody else who thinks they know it all is foolish also,” he said.
Carson also said religious leaders in the Muslim community should be speaking out against ISIS’s actions in the wake of the deadly Paris attacks.
“The clerics, we need to be putting pressure on them to disavow what ISIS is doing,” Carson said. “You know, they can’t sit on the sideline here.”