Marco Rubio explains why Iraq and ISIS are America’s problem

posted at 8:41 pm on June 18, 2014 by Noah Rothman

On Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) addressed what he said he sensed was his constituents concerns about the escalating violence in Iraq. He said that many do not understand why it was America’s responsibility to address the situation in Iraq. In his speech on the Senate floor, he set out to address his constituents’ concerns, to explain why the problem in Iraq was and will be America’s problem, and why President Barack Obama must “lead” on this issue.

“Imagine for a moment if we could go back in time to the year 1997, or 1996, or 1998, 1999, and had known about al-Qaeda then what we knew by September of 2001,” Rubio began. “We would have realized that this was a dangerous group that had the capacity and the deep willingness to attack Americans in order to terrorize us so that we would leave the Middle East and turn it over to people like them.”

“If we had done something about it, it is fair to say that eventually there would have been some terrorist attack, but maybe there wouldn’t have been one on September 11, 2001,” he continued.

“While this is not the time to point fingers or throw blame around, I certainly think it’s the time to learn the lessons of that history and apply them to the challenges of our time,” Rubio asserted.

The Florida senator said that the rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq is reminiscent of the rise of al-Qaeda. He added that their goal is to found an Islamic caliphate which will serve as a “safe haven” in order for them to plan and mount attacks against the United States and its allies.

Rubio went on to call on the president to address this crisis soon. “I know the president likes to go around saying ‘The war is over,’ but no one told ISIL that,” he said. “They don’t think the war is over.”

“So, while I understand that he doesn’t want us engaged in another conflict, and neither do most Americans, he knows – he must know – that we are going to have to do something about this,” Rubio insisted. “The issue before us is whether we do something about it now, or we do something about this later when the problem will be much harder and much costlier to address.”

“Mr. President, on this issue, you must lead,” the senator concluded. “You must put aside all these domestic political debates that are going on in your office about how this is going to poll, or whether this runs contrary to what you said on the campaign trail. This is too important. It’s too vital. It’s too serious, and it’s too dangerous.”


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If I were Putin, I would TOTALLY be stepping in to stir things up in Iraq. Talibama has proven he’s completely inept, I would be working to highlight and take advantage of that.

Meople on June 18, 2014 at 8:48 PM

This one herein above, the “amnesty senate bill” that caused this rush over the southern border, this one above will not stand the ground, this one above is about his mirror and his pot of gold and his ego, the rule of law, a secure border, an end to Mexico allowing their freight trains to haul 350 to 500 illegals for each of 8 to 10 trains a day,, thousands upon thousands of wage slaves and worse,,,,, he is not of U.S. he is only for himself.

A brown Obama not much more.

Sly, slick and guile to boot, do not trust this one.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 18, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Why doesn’t Rubio explain why the thousands, soon to be millions, of illegals flooding across the border are America’s problem. And I assume Rubio’s “solution” is the same that Cantor offered: give them amnesty!

anotherJoe on June 18, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Marco Whobio?

Murf76 on June 18, 2014 at 8:50 PM

And does any one think Obama would take his advise on any thing at all. Even this Rube above knows it is just bs for the TV cameras and trying to get back in the Pres. game.

NOT

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 18, 2014 at 8:51 PM

“Imagine for a moment if we could go back in time to the year 1997, or 1996, or 1998, 1999, and had known about al-Qaeda then what we knew by September of 2001,”

Would you, or any politician have banned Muslims from entering the country?

Would you, or any politician have ended cooperation and training of Muslims inside the United States?

If not then what possible use would such information have been? As much use as the three Russian warnings about the Boston Bombers were…nothing.

We know now that groups like ISIS mean to do harm, and yet they are armed, financed, and trained by US proxies and allies. Their friends in Libya were given air cover by NATO air forces.

sharrukin on June 18, 2014 at 8:52 PM

One knife in the back of the U.S.A. is more than should be allowed.

Done with this snake in the grass.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 18, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Funny how the Washington people are insisting on ISIL after ISIS already became the accepted usage. Maybe they were afraid it would look like “war on women”, because Isis was some chick in a comic book, or something.

Buddahpundit on June 18, 2014 at 8:54 PM

A firm grasp of the obvious.

katy the mean old lady on June 18, 2014 at 8:55 PM

On the other hand, a Muslim civil war is an opportunity to eat more popcorn.

rbj on June 18, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Shut up Screwbio, just shut up. We are fed up with your pandering.

We are broke. Maybe you should have thought about that before you got on board with Shamnesty.

We Floridians know your word means nothing and that you are morally bankrupt. Pack your bags. You’re out of there.

Tell Jebbie to get Ed Gillespie and Haley Barbour ready lining up that lobbyist job for you.

Jayrae on June 18, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Well said, Rubio

V7_Sport on June 18, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Report: ISIS Now In Complete Control Of Iraq’s Largest Oil Refinery After Week-Long Siege…

According to reports from Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham is now in control of the Bayji oil refinery, the largest facility of its kind in Iraq. The Iraqi military has claimed it repelled the ISIS assault, which began late last night after a weeklong siege, but The New York Times cites eyewitness reports telling just the opposite:

Reports from Bayji sharply contradicted that assessment [the Iraq military's claim that it repelled the assault]. A refinery worker who gave only his first name, Mohammad, reached by telephone, said that the refinery had been attacked at 4 a.m. and that workers had taken refuge in underground bunkers. In the course of the fighting, 17 gas storage tanks were set ablaze, although it was not clear by which side. After taking heavy losses, the troops guarding the facility surrendered and at least 70 were taken prisoner, he said.

Refinery workers were sent home unharmed by the extremists, Mohammad said.

A lieutenant from the battalion guarding Bayji, also reached by telephone and speaking on condition of anonymity, said he had fled his unit when it became clear that it would not be able to hold out against ISIS forces.

Eyewitnesses in the area also reported seeing ISIS checkpoints controlling access to the sprawling refinery area, and smoke rising over the complex from numerous fires.

Resist We Much on June 18, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Plus if Rubio’s call to action results in another 10,000 American boys dying, we got ready replacements for American manhood streaming across the Rio.

catsmeow on June 18, 2014 at 9:01 PM

we should play the sunni off the shiite and vice/versa and let alluh sort them out

dmacleo on June 18, 2014 at 9:06 PM

He’s trying to sound presidential. Nobody in their right mind thinks Obungle is going to lead anyone anywhere.

crankyoldlady on June 18, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Why not wait to see if ISIL can hold what they have? Let the dogs fight it out and deal later with a weaker foe.

ROCnPhilly on June 18, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Wait until women voters read in the paper that Obama let Al Qaeda take over Iraq.

faraway on June 18, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Screw Rubio. Did he serve in the military? Is he a combat vet? Nope, he is just another big government amnesty douche but with a tan.

MoreLiberty on June 18, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Wait until women voters read in the paper that Obama let Al Qaeda take over Iraq.

faraway on June 18, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Women? Just wait until obaME finds out! He’s gonna be madder than hell! And yes I do believe obaME is mad……………….

VegasRick on June 18, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Marco “I’ve lost all credibility” Rubio “explains” stuff … for some reason …

Pork-Chop on June 18, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Screw Rubio. Did he serve in the military? Is he a combat vet? Nope, he is just another big government amnesty douche but with a tan.

MoreLiberty on June 18, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Well, Rubio is worse because he said over and over and over that he was against amnesty, but once elected… you know the story. Others at least practice what the preach, and say they are for amnesty before trying to swindle us with it, like Kevin McCarthy, who is has gone ahead and said he is for amnesty, and now is apparently going to be elected Majority Leader tomorrow. (Btw, even Bill Kristol is lamenting McCarthy: http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/06/18/Bill-Kristol-on-McCarthys-Succession-of-Cantor-Unfortunate)

anotherJoe on June 18, 2014 at 9:21 PM

“Imagine for a moment if we could go back in time to the year 1997, or 1996, or 1998, 1999, and had known about al-Qaeda then what we knew by September of 2001,” Rubio began.

What we know about ISIS now– that we funded, armed and helped train themand how we armed them, in violation of our own laws-- is frightening beyond measure. Because it is our own government, the Obama regime, that created this monster. Got an ambassador killed doing it, too.

de rigueur on June 18, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Fox News and HA love to pump up Rubio.

Wigglesworth on June 18, 2014 at 9:28 PM

I wish politicians would stop making it seem like these guys hate us and want to attack us simply because were Americans. If you step outside of American media you can find the issues that these groups have us. Now we can debate the reasoning behind WHY they hate us and discuss their demands but if its true that they hate us simply because were Americans then politicians mind as well ask for a never ending war because were not going anywhere and neither are they. Every time war n the middle east comes up I realize how ignorant Americans are. You cant beat symbol, especially one that we help grow. Some of these people are raised beliving America is evil, we kill their moms, dads, siblings, destory their neighborhoods, etc…do you not think those actions are creating other jihadist? If they want us out their countries, F it! Lets go. These people have been fighting amongst them selves for 1000′s of years. WE cant change that. Recently you have the Iraq army who wont even stand up for themselves but politicians will keep asking our own soilders to go stand in harms way? It doesnt make sense. People dont want the government meddling in our affairs here but are quick to send them to another country to meddle in theirs then act suprised when the citizens of that country dont greet us with open arms.

I cant understand the logic

Politricks on June 18, 2014 at 9:29 PM

From last
nights earlier morning news:

Oil price up,..and, Sunni.Goons attack, er, secure Oil Refinery?
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Iraq violence
Bayji, Saladin Province, IQ
21m
Oil up 22 cents to $106.58 as militants attack Iraq’s largest oil refinery – @MarketsTicker
End of alert
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Energy & Oil Prices
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Crude Oil & Natural Gas
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Commodity Units Price Change % Change Contract Time(ET)
Crude Oil (WTI) USD/bbl. 106.59 +0.23 +0.22% Jul 14 05:16:39
Crude Oil (Brent) USD/bbl. 113.39 -0.06 -0.05% Aug 14 05:16:43
TOCOM Crude Oil JPY/kl 68,910.00 +10.00 +0.01% Nov 14 05:14:35
NYMEX Natural Gas USD/MMBtu 4.71 +0.01 +0.11% Jul 14 05:16:36

Refined Products
=================
Commodity Units Price Change % Change Contract Time(ET)
RBOB Gasoline USd/gal. 308.71 -0.40 -0.13% Jul 14 05:16:04
NYMEX Heating Oil USd/gal. 301.89 +0.09 +0.03% Jul 14 05:16:07
ICE Gasoil USD/MT 929.50 -1.25 -0.13% Aug 14 05:16:11
TOCOM Kerosene JPY/kl 83,860.00 +70.00 +0.08% Dec 14 05:13:18

http://www.bloomberg.com/energy/

Bayji, Saladin Province, IQ
52m
Sunni militants have taken control of most of Iraq’s largest oil refinery, located in Baiji in northern Iraq, official says – @Reuters

The Associated Press @AP · 1m
Militants lay siege to Iraq’s largest oil refinery, threatening facility key to domestic supplies: http://apne.ws/1ijF4QW

Militants lay siege to Iraq’s largest oil refinery
By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA
— Jun. 18, 2014 5:26 AM EDT
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http://bigstory.ap.org/article/iraq-us-struggle-response-militant-push

canopfor on June 18, 2014 at 9:30 PM

So Rubio lost the conservative vote so he is going full whore for defense contractors so he will have a $6M war chest a la Lindsey Graham.

iwasbornwithit on June 18, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Iraq
4h
US now using F-18s for surveillance flights over Iraq as part of a 24-hour surveillance mission, defense official tells NBC News – @NBCNightlyNews

https://twitter.com/DeptofDefense

Retweeted by U.S. Dept of Defense
Department of State @StateDept · Jun 16

Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary RADM John Kirby on @DeptofDefense Support to @USEmbBaghdad: http://go.usa.gov/9xDj

canopfor on June 18, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Rubio is a JOKE and just his latest attempt to get press coverage..disgusting little prick, I hope he ends up a one termer.

celt on June 18, 2014 at 9:35 PM

I wish politicians would stop making it seem like these guys hate us and want to attack us simply because were Americans.

I cant understand the logic

Politricks on June 18, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Then allow them to explain it.

You are not the first to ask such a question.

In March 1785, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams went to London to negotiate with Tripoli’s envoy, Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdrahaman (or Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja). When they enquired “concerning the ground of the pretensions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury”, the ambassador replied:

It was written in their Koran, that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every mussulman who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise.

sharrukin on June 18, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Maliki getting the Booty????????????????

Iraq violence
Iraq

47m
Report: US signals Iraq’s Maliki should go as insurgents continue to make progress, officials tell @WSJbreakingnews
Read more on t.co
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U.S. Signals Iraq’s Maliki Should Go

The White House Is Convinced the Shiite Leader Is Unable to Reconcile With the Nation’s Sunni Minority and Stabilize a Volatile Political Landscape.

By
Jay Solomon and
Carol E. Lee
connect
Updated June 18, 2014 8:38 p.m. ET
**********************************

http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-signals-1403137521

canopfor on June 18, 2014 at 9:40 PM

But the bible also says some rough things about Non Christians.

That doesnt mean people have to follow it and in more recent times some of their leaders have given different demands.

Politricks on June 18, 2014 at 9:42 PM

But the bible also says some rough things about Non Christians.

I am not a Christian so why would I gave a damn what the bible says, or doesn’t say?

What does that have to do with Islam?

That doesnt mean people have to follow it and in more recent times some of their leaders have given different demands.

Politricks on June 18, 2014 at 9:42 PM

The borders of Islam are bloody. Wherever they show up in any numbers, blood follows. That isn’t true of Hindus, or of Christians. This is the reality on the ground.

So stop with the silly BS of trying to compare Islam to Christianity.

sharrukin on June 18, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Everything that Rubio said is correct… But you morons cannot get off your stupid childish hate for the man… You morons have no principles, you are just driven by your stupid emotions and if you hate a man then if he tells you 1+1=2 you disagree with him… F*** you morons…

mnjg on June 18, 2014 at 9:55 PM

I just don’t agree. I think we can leave iraq alone, let their neighbors all hash it out (IE; kill each other till they are so weak it’s all they can do to get food in their bellys).

Leaving Iraq to it’s own devices will only work however, IF WE ACTUALLY HAVE A FRIGGIN SOUTHERN BORDER.

I’m 1/1000th of an inch from declaring and openly advocating war on our southern border, and the death of every stinking filthy illegal in this country right now.

This is Obama’s doing.

Diluculo on June 18, 2014 at 10:04 PM

mnjg on June 18, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Nah, I just hate lying RINO pieces of crap, AND those that try to push the RINO pieces of crap on me.

F*** you, moron.

Diluculo on June 18, 2014 at 10:07 PM

So far Marco seems to be the adult in the 2016 field.

kcewa on June 18, 2014 at 10:12 PM

It may be good advice, but Rubio’s dead to many Republicans because he wanted to be one of Chuckie Schumer’s Republicans instead of one of ours.

formwiz on June 18, 2014 at 10:23 PM

https://twitter.com/AP

The Associated Press @AP · 44s

US arraigns Iraqi man at Guantanamo on war crimes charges for attacks on US and foreign troops http://apne.ws/1imT5xf

canopfor on June 18, 2014 at 10:37 PM

“…so that we would leave the Middle East and turn it over to people like them.”

In other words, so that we would leave a region on the far side of the planet and turn it over to the people who live there.

Horrors!

The Left has always waxed eloquently moral over “blood for oil” but the fact of the matter is that our national interests in the Middle East are oil and…nothing else. Al Quaeda are the homeboys in the Middle East, we are the aliens. If they are hell bent on not letting us have their oil, screw ‘em. We’ll drill here at home and let them return to the stone age they long for.

jbspry on June 18, 2014 at 10:38 PM

So is Marco Rubio going to run on going back into Iraq and amnesty in 2016…that should be a winner (LOL). Better hope Hillary campaigns for the same things if Rubio somehow gets to the general election. That might confuse the people enough to give Rubio a slim chance I suppose.

So tell me Neo-Cons and “Adults in Room” how do you plan to go after ISIS? I know you guys sure won’t go after Saudi Arabia (they are an ally as you have said). Are you going to side with Iran? Or is this another one of those we will fight everyone plans like the last time in Iraq. This time we will fight ISIS, prevent the Iranians from gaining control in the Shia part of Iran, and pay off the Sunnis (with American tax dollars) in the western part of Iraq like we did during the famed “surge”.

What about the Kurds? Do they get a separate state, or is the dream of united Iraq with a Jeffersonian Democracy (purple fingers and all) still making neo-conservative hearts flutter?

It is easy for Rubio to mouth off about getting America back into Iraq, but I don’t think America is going to be down for another big bug hunt and nation building project in that part of the world. So how are you going to convince them?

Also how can you assure us the Russians and Chinese, seeing us pinned back down in Iraq, won’t take advantage of us? If they do…will you be able to rally the American people to fight China for control of the South China Sea, or to help our ally in Japan if attacked while we are fighting in Iraq again?

Also after we pull out again, and we will because we have something called elections, how are we going to prevent Sunni Jihadist from returning considering the oil rich arabs keep funnelling money to them. How are we going to prevent Iranians from going back into the Shia areas? Simply bombing ISIS, or using ground forces to chase them out of Iraq does not solve the problem. As long as there are wealthy Sunni Arabs willing to donate money to the cause of Islamic Jihad, there will be Sunni Jihadist groups.

Here is an alternative….containment. Keep the Jihadists out of infidel lands, drive Islam back at the borders by supporting infidels (like in Southern Sudan) with weapons and money, and let the Muslims fight all they want in Islamic lands.

That makes more sense then keep doing the “Rubio plan” over and over and over again…forever….

William Eaton on June 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM

On Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) addressed what he said he sensed was his constituents concerns about the escalating violence in Iraq.

I love ya, Noah, but now that you’re in the Big Leagues, you have to cross each t & dot each i.
Especially in your first sentence.

Here’s how it should have been written:

On Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) addressed what he said he sensed were his constituents concerns about the escalating violence in Iraq.

Were, not was.
And don’t forget the apostrophe after constituents.

P.S.
If there are mistakes in this comment, keep in mind that I’m not a professional writer, & I can’t go back & correct it after I hit “submit.”

:)

itsnotaboutme on June 19, 2014 at 1:51 AM

Everything that Rubio said is correct… But you morons cannot get off your stupid childish hate for the man… You morons have no principles, you are just driven by your stupid emotions and if you hate a man then if he tells you 1+1=2 you disagree with him… ____ you morons…

mnjg on June 18, 2014 at 9:55 PM

HotAir comment writers often have knee-jerk reactions to those they have disagreed with in the past.

“He’s wrong on ‘amnesty’ so he’s eeeeeeevilllll!”

Rubio is right on this issue, & he’s right most of the time, but many on our side treat him like an enemy.
Rubio is an ally…most of the time.
If he’s wrong, oppose him for being wrong, not because he was wrong on another issue.

However, mnjg, you are doing the same thing, I’m afraid.
Our fellow conservatives are not ‘morons,’ & they do have principles.
Let us appeal to those principles.

itsnotaboutme on June 19, 2014 at 2:14 AM

mnjg on June 18, 2014 at 9:55 PM

itsnotaboutme on June 19, 2014 at 2:14 AM

It doesn’t matter if Rubio is right “most of the time,” he’s wrong on one of the two most fundamental issues facing our nation: amnesty.

I don’t need to applaud this man for giving a speech, especially on something as obvious as the TOTUS’s foreign policy failures.

Rubio is a traitor, both to his party and his country, and he will get no support or accolades from me.

Ted the Average on June 19, 2014 at 7:13 AM

people can admit it now ow admit it later, but every gain our soldiers fought for is lost forever.
kaput.
no getting it back.
ever.
we gave the iraq people an opportunity, they made their choices.
so now we either kill them all or goad them all into killing each other.
then we need to foment the house of saud meeting its fitting end….

dmacleo on June 19, 2014 at 7:35 AM

Everything that Rubio said is correct… But you morons cannot get off your stupid childish hate for the man… You morons have no principles, you are just driven by your stupid emotions and if you hate a man then if he tells you 1+1=2 you disagree with him… ____ you morons…

mnjg on June 18, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Want to talk about hate? Your comment is the epitome of hate.

rplat on June 19, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Everything that Rubio said is correct… But you morons cannot get off your stupid childish hate for the man… You morons have no principles, you are just driven by your stupid emotions and if you hate a man then if he tells you 1+1=2 you disagree with him… ____ you morons…

mnjg on June 18, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Do us a favor and recruit him to run for office in your state.

How’s that “Battered Conservative Syndrome” working out for you! LOL

When he screws you again just suffer quietly, em k!

Jayrae on June 19, 2014 at 10:20 AM