"In those situations in the past, the default position has been to look to the interests of the refugee. I think after Sept. 11 that is an impossible circumstance," he said. "There are some people where it's just not going to be possible."
"The overall system is grievously broken," he said. "Saying the Iraq program is a model — it's the model for a failing system overall, that doesn't work. The Syrian situation is marked by an absence of all of the things you need for a program to be successful."