Why Obama Is Standing by the Syrian Refugees

The president isn’t speaking to his opponents—he’s talking to history.

U.S. President Barack Obama listens to a question during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 22, 2015. In Southeast Asia, Obama has taken a softer tone on human rights and corruption in a part of the world that rights groups claim is rife with abuses.
AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin