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Rubio: Mismanagement May Have Left Us With No Good Options Left In Syria

Sep 4, 2013 | Press Releases

Excerpt from Interview on CNN with Jake Tapper
Senator Marco Rubio
September 3, 2013

Senator Marco Rubio: “I’m concerned that no matter what we do at this point we are not going to get the outcome that is in our national security interest. I think military intervention is one of the tools in the toolbox of our foreign policy. I’m just concerned that there is no military intervention at this stage that could actually lead to that possible outcome. For example, what the President is advocating is basically a symbolic action. By his own admission he’s called it a ‘shot across the bow.’ And now they are saying the stated purpose is to prevent Assad from using weapons in the future, but I’m not sure the type of strike that they have in mind would do that. Assad is using these weapons because he is trying to survive, I mean literally survive both physically and politically. I don’t think three days’ worth of missile strikes is going to dissuade him from doing whatever it takes to survive in the future. And so, I think that is a problem that we face. Look, I hate to keep going back to this point, but we may have reached a point now where there is no good outcome possible in this conflict, and again, it is the direct result of the mismanagement of this administration.”