Rubio: Syria situation would be different ‘if I had been in charge’

By David Ferguson
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 8:48 EDT
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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) offered stern criticism of the Obama administration in an interview with Brett Baier of Fox News saying that if he were president, the situation would be very different now. According to Talking Points Memo, Rubio said that he is skeptical of the efficacy of President Barack Obama’s planned military strikes.

“I don’t believe we should take military action unless we have a clear and achievable goal in mind,” Rubio said. “And one of the clear goals of this action he’s arguing for is to impede Assad from using chemical weapons in the future. I am highly skeptical. Now we have a closed hearing tomorrow where classified information will be discussed, and I’ll wait until then to reserve judgment. But I remain very skeptical that the kind of attack they’re contemplating, this limited attack, is going to actually achieve that goal of preventing Assad from using chemical weapons in the future.”

He also said that if he were commander in chief, the situation would never have gone this long without some form of U.S. action.

“Well, first of all, we have to outline what should have been done because that’s important,” Rubio said. “We have to understand, if I had been in charge — or someone else, hopefully — we’d have never gotten to this stage. So if we inherited this mess, which we have now, I think our obligation is to try to figure out what is the least worst option available to us because they’re all bad. And part of that equation, I can’t tell you right now until we go through that intelligence briefing tomorrow because one of the key questions we have to ask ourselves is, ‘Who are these so-called moderates on the ground in Syria and are they even capable of taking control of the country and giving us a rational, secular, stable government?’ That’s a key question.”

Watch the video, embedded below via TPM:

David Ferguson
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David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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