Rubio’s race to the bottom which has basically accused President Obama of treason with these words spoken in New Hampshire earlier this month.
“It’s now abundantly clear: Barack Obama has deliberately weakened America,”
“He has made an intentional effort to humble us back to size,” the GOP presidential hopeful said. “As if to say: we no longer need to be so powerful because our power has done more harm than good.
“Happiest of all have been America’s enemies,” “[It is] because when America steps back, it gives darker forces the space they need to rise. And rise they have.”
The irony of this statement of course is that Rubio has put his own ideological or personal considerations with regards to Cuba and Iran over national security. He has taken the side of foreign governments that seek to influence American policy rather than either backing American policy or giving constructive, non-politicized critiques of this administration. He has not adhered to the policy of stopping critiques at water’s edge. If Rubio were a Senator during World War II, he would have accused the Roosevelt Administration of weak prosecution of the war, would have demanded an American invasion of Western Europe earlier and likely would have been a vicious critic of General Eisenhower’s brilliant mixing of diplomacy and political considerations with military strategy. I can point to several instances in the war where Eisenhower’s handling of matters rankled right-wingers in the military, but those leaders like George S. Patton didn’t have a political mouthpiece back home willing to articulate their concerns.
Marco Rubio isn’t a team player. He’s not interested in American safety and security. This is after all a man who even used his recent purchase of a handgun to justify his politically motivated view that America has been left unsafe by the current President.
With the Presidency a place for mature, accomplished leadership, Rubio is a clear mismatch for the office. He has no business running for President, given his scant accomplishments and his unwillingness to to serve as a unifying figure of any sort. Rubio’s contribution to this debate has been to raise the volume and finger point. He’s proven incapable of the sort of mature leadership many in the media felt he could provide.
Since Senator Rubio has proven time and again he cannot make independent judgements about foreign policy without strong political or ideological considerations, how can he be trusted to keep our nation safe. The simple answer – he cannot.
He would put his partisan political benefit first, like Dubya did. You think the Iraq War was anything other than one great big photo op?
Excellent points, Kartik. As George Friedman from Strategic Forecasting has pointed out, Cuba occupies a critical geopolitical position. Continuing to treat Cuba as a domestic political football shows a lack of strategic depth or vision.
According to Friedman, “Cuba occupies an extraordinarily important geographic position for the United States. It sits astride the access points from the Gulf of Mexico into the Atlantic Ocean, and therefore is in a position to impact the export of U.S. agricultural products via the Mississippi River complex and New Orleans (not to mention the modern-day energy industrial centers along the Gulf Coast). If New Orleans is the key to the American Midwest’s access to the world, Cuba is the key to New Orleans.”
As a Hillary supporter, the insanity displayed by the GOP candidates is a positive. Rubio, however, rankles me in a different way. He is non-responsive to constituents, whether by e-mail or in personal visits to his office. JR Sanchez, his aide, has always been accommodating to visitors, but, is unable to deliver anything, when he advises, “I’ll discuss it with the Senator.’ I, for one, will be ecstatic to see Rubio go. He is, simply, looking to promote himself, at the expense of our country’s immigration, domestic, and foreign policies. Be Gone!!!
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