February 17th, 2014
09:38 PM ET

Eric Cantor on Syria: America’s reputation as a leader is severely tarnished

Officials estimate there are roughly 2.5 million Syrian refugees and many of them split up from families.

As for the death toll, the United Nations has stopped counting because it can no longer verify the numbers.

The U.N.'s last count in late July was more than 100,000

It's been eight months since the White House admitted that Syrian President Bashar al Assad had crossed a red line by using chemical weapons on the Syrian people.

But only 11% of those weapons have been destroyed, according to U.N. officials.

There has been a loud silence from America since that red line. And the world and the U.S. are running out of time and options.

"They have refused to open up one line of discussion legitimately about the transition government and it is very clear that Assad is continuing to try to win this from the battlefield rather than come to negotiating table in good faith," Secretary of State John Kerry said.

The security situation there is spinning out of control. For months we've heard reports about atrocities being carried out by a rebel group of al Qaeda inspired extremists.

CNN's Erin Burnett spoke to Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor about his foreign policy speech at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va.

Cantor says America's reputation as a leader has been severely tarnished by our inaction in Syria.

"There’s a residue of America drawing a ride line and failing to live up to its word," Cantor said.

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  1. Vet2004

    I think Eric Cantor is the most dumbest congressman on capitol hill. As a Republican there should be a push to get rid of him. The only thing out of his mouth is how bad Obama is, no fan either but do Cantor has an original thought of his own. I tell you there is something deeply troubling behind this guy!!!!

    February 18, 2014 at 3:33 pm | Reply

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