Senator Marco Rubio
Interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper
March 19, 2013
Senator Marco Rubio: “The first part of the question is how far are we willing to go? I’m only willing to go as far as our national interests are concerned. In essence, why do we get involved in anything around the world? It’s because it’s in America’s best interest. It is in America’s best interest for Assad to fall. Because if Assad falls, it takes away a major sponsor of terrorism, it takes away a major ally of Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism around the world and so that’s why it’s important for Assad to fall.
“As far as the rebels are concerned, I am concerned about people that have links to Al-Qaeda. And that’s exactly why I think we need to be involved, because there is a group of rebels that do not have links to Al-Qaeda and there is a group that does. And I want to make sure that the best organized, best funded, best equipped group are the ones that don’t have links to Al-Qaeda. I want them to be the guys that take over when Assad falls as he eventually will. What I don’t want to see happen is that the people with all the guns and all the training are the bad guys, are the Al-Qaeda affiliates. And that’s unfortunately what I think would happen if countries, like ourselves, don’t get involved in some way to be helpful to the people that are not linked to Al-Qaeda.”