Rubio embraces interventionist foreign policy

Rubio embraces interventionist foreign policy

By Jack Kenny

The New American

April 30, 2012

In the circular world of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, you have to go further right to get to the left.

“I recently joked that today, in the U.S. Senate, on foreign policy, if you go far enough to the right, you wind up on the left,” the Florida Republican said in a widely publicized speech on foreign policy to the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. on April 25. Rubio, a freshman senator and a Tea Party favorite when he won election in 2010, is being talked about these days as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney in this year’s presidential election. And he made it abundantly clear that his views on America’s role in the world pose no threat to the interventionist foreign and military policies favored by the leaders of both political parties.

He began with high praise of Senator Joe Lieberman, who introduced Rubio to the audience, Lieberman was an early and ardent supporter of the invasion of Iraq, has warned against an accelerated withdrawal from Afghanistan and is a highly vocal supporter of a confrontation with Iraq, including military intervention if necessary, over that country’s alleged program for the development of nuclear weapons. The Connecticut Senator was the leading hawk among Senate Democrats before losing a primary and winning reelection as an independent in 2006. In his 24-year Senate career, he has supported military interventions in Grenada, Panama, Kosovo and Libya. He has called for arming the rebels in Syria’s civil war and has backed U.S. military actions in Yemen. To Rubio, he is a Senate colleague “whose statesmanship sets and example for the rest of use. He represents a view of America’s role in the world in the tradition of Democratic leaders from Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman through John F. Kennedy and [former Senator Henry] Scoop Jackson.”

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