Farage Cautions Against Regime Change in Syria: 'What Happens When Assad Is Gone?'
During a Fox Business Network exclusive interview on Wednesday, President Trump said he has no plans to enter Syria, despite ordering airstrikes on a Syrian military base last week.
Trump ordered the strikes after a deadly chemical attack on the country’s civilians, which U.S. officials blamed on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“We’re not going into Syria,” Trump told host Maria Bartiromo. “But when I see people using horrible, horrible chemical weapons … and see these beautiful kids that are dead in their father's arms, or you see kids gasping for life … when you see that, I immediately called [Secretary of Defense] Gen. Mattis.”
Nigel Farage, a key figure behind Brexit and Fox News contributor, believes that Trump is right to be cautious about getting involved in Syria, particularly in efforts to oust the Assad regime from power.
"We did this in Iraq, we did this in Libya. I just wonder what the alternative is," Farage said on "Varney & Co." today.
Farage acknowledged that Assad has undoubtedly done "horrible things" to the Syrian people, but he wondered who would replace him.
He pointed out that ISIS - one of the main belligerents in Syria's years-long civil war - would certainly be worse than the Syrian dictator.
"I think it's a real problem in this part of the world trying to pick the good guys and the bad guys," Farage said. "What happens when Assad is gone?"
He noted that many Western leaders are loudly calling for regime change, but he has yet to hear a "sensible explanation" of who or what would replace Assad.