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ublican presidential hopeful tells Council on Foreign Relations only US can lead resistance to Islamic State, Chinese expansionism and Russian aggression
Marco Rubio filled a lecture hall at the Council on Foreign Relations with imagery about warships, fighter jets and weapons shipments in an appearance on Wednesday to lay out his vision for a significantly more muscular US foreign policy – one that he said would prevent a global descent into “chaos” but stop short of making America the “world policeman”.
“America plays a part on the world stage for which there is no understudy,” the senator and Republican presidential hopeful told a standing-room-only crowd on New York’s upper east side. “When we fail to lead with strength and principle there is no other country, friend or foe, that is willing or able to take our place. And the result is chaos.”
While most of the policy prescriptions Rubio made Wednesday – arm the Ukrainian military, pull back from negotiations with Iran, increase air strikes in Iraq, increase naval activity in the China Sea, reverse the “normalization” of relations with Cuba – were hawkish in nature, on the most hotly contested foreign policy issue of the last decade – the Iraq war – the candidate seemed to reverse himself in the direction of restraint.
When we fail to lead with strength and principle
originally posted by: tothetenthpower
Marco, are you setting yourself up to be Jeb's VP pick?
Sorta sounds like you might be...