Rubio: US needs to be “leading voice in the world” on Syria

posted at 2:55 pm on May 11, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

With the Obama administration apparently sneaking up on a decision to demand that Bashar Assad step down from power in Syria, Senator Marco Rubio told CBS News this morning that the US has been far too silent on the issue.  Rubio told CBS that the world looks to Washington for leadership on issues of freedom and liberty, and that our voice has an impact on the ground.  While rejecting the notion of military action, Rubio demanded action from the White House:

Jennifer Rubin has a two-part interview with Rubio, and in the first part, she reported that Rubio had indicated he would introduce a resolution on Syria, including a demand to withdraw diplomatic recognition of Assad’s regime, as discussed here. In part 2, Rubio tells Rubin that the tone of Republicans on foreign policy has him worried:

I ask him about last week’s Republican debate in which more than half the candidates advocated slashing defense and adopting a more isolationist foreign policy. Is he concerned about the direction of the party? He says bluntly, “That’s the wrong direction for America. There has never been a time when we could waste money on defense or foreign aid. We need to make sure the money is wisely spent. . . . On the other hand, to withdraw or retreat from the world will create a vacuum that will be filled by actors” not nearly as desirable or capable as the United States. He says isolationism and defense-cutting are shortsighted. “Disengaging from the world will end up costing us more,” he says. He is concerned that “21st-century American conservatism does not become the politics of neo-isolationism, of retreat. In the last century the U.S. has been a force for good. If you talk to people around the world, they’ll tell you the same thing.”

Finally, Rubio sets the tone pretty clearly for Republicans in pushing back on Barack Obama’s call to take up immigration reform. Few in Congress know immigration issues on such a personal level as Rubio, so he understands the importance of immigration policy, especially as it relates to national security. In an almost offhand manner, though, Rubio tells CBS that the focus should be on jobs rather than legitimizing more illegal workers, calling into question Obama’s priorities.

So far, Rubio has been impressive, and this is yet another impressive performance. Small wonder Democrats feared him so in 2010.


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I rather not.

Blake on May 11, 2011 at 2:57 PM

RUbio is proving to be as awesome as I’d hoped he’d be.

Rubio 2020?

ornery_independent on May 11, 2011 at 2:58 PM

I do like what Rubio has to say. Leadership appears to be there, and the message is good. Can’t wait to see what he can do with a little more experience.

search4truth on May 11, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Sweet Neocon! :)

thebrokenrattle on May 11, 2011 at 3:03 PM

We need less involvement not more. A sternly worded letter to Syria is meaningless, but if we go down that path where do we stop?

sharrukin on May 11, 2011 at 3:04 PM

He’s not as good a Sarah…etc..etc..

C4P blog spammer

rickyricardo on May 11, 2011 at 3:07 PM

No we don’t. Let them kill each other.

Machiavelli Hobbes on May 11, 2011 at 3:09 PM

C4P blog spammer

rickyricardo on May 11, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Your infatuation with Palin, C4P, and Unseen is noted for the record.

portlandon on May 11, 2011 at 3:10 PM

What happened to “Tea Party Favorite” Marco Rubio.

MSM isn’t too hot for associating him with the Tea Party anymore with him being so impressive and all.

forest on May 11, 2011 at 3:10 PM

I known that sounds horrible but why replace something bad with something worse?

Machiavelli Hobbes on May 11, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Remember this phrase?

Its the economy, stupid!

Forget about Syria – another smokescreen from a guy who
I used to like but is proving to be just another politician-

We need to reduce spending big time, pay down our debt,
reduce corporate taxes (I believe the US is the largest in the world), reform entitlement programs, get rid of waste
and fraud in ALL government programs, secure our borders,
find a way to deal with illegal immigrants which doesn’t
lead to a 12 million line to get back into Mexico and
deal with domestic production of energy. I probably missed
a few – however, when and only when we handle the above
should we write a letter to Syria.

Our politicians are mostly all idiots!

Amjean on May 11, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Nice sentiments, but before we start pimping “Rubio 2012/2016/2020″ let’s see him get some executive experience.

OhioCoastie on May 11, 2011 at 3:12 PM

He’s not as good a Sarah…etc..etc..

C4P blog spammer

rickyricardo on May 11, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Do you want to pull her pigtails as well?

Get over her and move on.

sharrukin on May 11, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Rubio

*Yum*

cmsinaz on May 11, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Syria is the key to Iran.

If we want to bring Iran out of the terror ring it belongs too then regime change in Syria guided by us is one of the best options.

A successful Persian spring in Iran would be a tremendous coup and Syria is the stepping stone.

Speakup on May 11, 2011 at 3:15 PM

President Gutsybama is going to hold another “ME Spring” speech, soon.

What “Arab spring”? It’s all icicles, except for a few fools who still believe otherwise.

Syria killed a bunch again today. The pirates hold 500 hostages, and are building/supporting terrrorism, while Obama watches.

Iran is Iran.

Libya is a clusterfark.

Egypt goes Muzzie Brotherhood.

Saudi and its satellites do what Syria does, but ‘better’.

Where is that spring?

Name one people who are free, due to Obama (don’t name the Black Panthers – I know about them already).

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2011 at 3:16 PM

I am proud to call Marco Rubio my Senator.

And he’ll be an outstanding choice as the GOP’s VP pick in 2012. Book it.

Cain/Rubio, baby. Watch the race-bating libs’ heads explode!

jondun5 on May 11, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Rubio was not so impressive on Libya.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2011 at 3:18 PM

West/Rubio

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Amjean on May 11, 2011 at 3:11 PM

You have to be able to multi-task, man. Unless you’re an isolationist.

Vince on May 11, 2011 at 3:29 PM

“… Rubio tells CBS that the focus should be on jobs rather than legitimizing more illegal workers, calling into question Obama’s priorities.”

Obowma’s priorities…?

BBBBBBBBWWWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on May 11, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Name one people who are free, due to Obama (don’t name the Black Panthers – I know about them already).

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2011 at 3:16 PM

I know a whole lot of illegal aliens that sure have their hopes up…

/

Seven Percent Solution on May 11, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Rubio, my senator, needs to distinguish between LEGAL immigrants and ILLEGAL immigrants. Just the blanket term immigrants isn’t clear enough.

wb-33777 on May 11, 2011 at 3:37 PM

“on the side of the Syrian people”

Hmmm…like being on the side of the “Egyptian people”?

How about we mind our own business for a change?

As for the rest, same old same old politician blather.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 11, 2011 at 4:35 PM

You have to be able to multi-task, man. Unless you’re an isolationist.

Vince on May 11, 2011 at 3:29 PM

You also have to be able to pay for it, man. Unless you’re an interventionist… then, you just run it up on your Beijing MasterCard.

JohnGalt23 on May 11, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Bashar Assad is indeed a really nasty piece of work. However, there is no proof and considerable question whether we will get someone even worse in the aftermath of the bloodshed.

Do remember that the Muslim Brotherhood is the parent organization for most of the terrorism or more in the world today. (Hezbollah is the parent of the most of rest.) They are in no way something that could be called “Moderate Muslims” or just plain “Moderate Persons.”

{^_^}

herself on May 12, 2011 at 6:33 AM

Amjean,

Real leadership doesn’t work that way. You don’t slate a list of objectives and then work on #1 until it’s finished, ignoring everything farther down, then start on #2. A real President will know that foreign issues must be addressed in real time, not ‘when the top priorities are settled’. Given the partisan nature of Washington, even the best visions for addressing the important problems you name will not be brought to fruition in a brief timeline.

Ignoring Middle East problems in the meantime is bad for us.
Isolationism is bad for us.
Misguided interventionism is bad for us.

But making clear statements of our principles and direction of support keeps everyone aware of where we stand. That has been utterly lacking in the last 28 months, leading the international bad guys to feel they can act with impugnity, that the U.S. has no leadership.

They are right, today. But we cannot let them continue to be right for very much longer. Like it or not, we are the stabilizing force in the present world, if only we would accept and engage the role.

Freelancer on May 12, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Another air head blonde.

V-rod on May 12, 2011 at 5:46 PM