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Wednesday, Feb 17 2016

Struggling With Foreign Policy, Rubio Again Misrepresents His History On Syria

Feb 17, 2016

Foreign policy is no exception to Marco Rubio’s bad habit of grasping for straws on his accomplishments. At tonight’s CNN town hall, Marco Rubio again misrepresented his position on authorizing the use of force in Syria because he wanted stronger action.

Rubio on Foreign Relations experience
In reality, Rubio in 2013 said that he never supported any use of American forces in Syria. It’s yet another example of Marco Rubio’s nonexistent foreign policy experience — something even he knows to be true because he relies on his Foreign Relation and Intelligence Committee seats as examples of his experience, as he did tonight.

Read more on the position Rubio doesn’t want you to hear:

Rubio Said That He Had Never Supported The Use Of American Military Force In Syria.Speaking at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rubio said, “[W]hile I have long argued forcefully for engagement in empowering the Syrian people, I have never supported the use of military force, of U.S. military force in this conflict, and I still don’t. I remain unconvinced that the use of force proposed here will work. The only thing that will prevent Assad from using chemical weapons in the future is for the Syrian people to remove him from power. The strike the administration wants us to approve, I do not believe, furthers that goal, and in fact, I believe that U.S. military action of the type contemplated here may prove to counterproductive. After a few days of missile strikes, it will allow Assad, for example, to emerge and claim that he took on the United States and survived. And by the way, I also think this action could unleash a series of events that could further destabilize the region.” [Federal News Service, 9/4/13]

Published: Feb 17, 2016

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