Ben Carson, who is at the top of the Republican presidential candidate pile along with Donald Trump, is calling for the United States to take a more active role in opposing Russia and supporting jihadist terrorists in Syria.

“My much bigger plan involves, you know, Putin and Iran also,” Carson said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday. “Those are the forces that are propping up the Assad regime. And even though Putin came in there and said he was going to fight ISIS, he’s really fighting the anti-Assad forces. What we need to be thinking about is how do we oppose him?”

Carson said the United States needs to impose a no-fly zone over Syria. “I think it’s a good idea, I actually agree with that,” Carson said. “But I think that that’s only a small part of it, we need to have a much bigger plan when it comes to battling the global jihadist—because they have big ideas about what they want to do to us and to our way of life.”

Carson also said the U.S. should go up against the Russians in their own backyard, in Ukraine and the Baltics.

“We need to reestablish ourselves in that area,” Carson said. “We need to give Ukraine offensive weapons. We need to reestablish a missile defense system in the eastern bloc of countries so that we oppose him.”

He then said the United States must engage in economic warfare against Russia.

“Let’s keep him on the run, we need to recognize that, you know, his fuel is oil. And we need to do everything we can to develop our energy resources at an economical rate so that we keep the oil prices down, which keeps him in his little box.”

If corporate media polls can be believed, Carson is favored by 23% of voters with Donald Trump at 26%.

In a Gallup poll, Carson was liked by 42 percent of those polled. The candidate with the next closest score to his was Hillary Clinton, who is liked by 43 percent of the electorate.

The poll did not ask if they American people favor world war with the possibility of nuclear conflagration.


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