Marco Rubio Wants to Be Your Daddy — And Bomb Iran
Think Progress reports this afternoon on a talk Sen. Marco Rubio (R – FL) gave at the Council on Foreign Relations last week. The lede is that Rubio endorses a strike against Iran. This is no surprise, as he’s been saying this for months. What I find compelling about the story is glaringly condescending tone Rubio takes regarding how we “prepare” the
American people for this inevitability.
RICHARD STENGEL (Moderator): But you would — just to be straight about it — but you would sanction a strike before you would tolerate a nuclear Iran?
RUBIO: Yes and I think that we need to begin to prepare people for that.See, I think that the — not just the people of the country, but the people of the world appreciate when their leaders walk them through this process and explain this is what we’re working on, and more importantly, these are the stakes of a nuclear Iran.
The freshman senator seems to already consider himself a world leader — and goes so far as to prescribe how the masses need to be walked through this so that we’ll come to the correct conclusion. Unfortunately for Rubio, it is not at all clear that he is correct. In fact, a strike against Iran could very well serve to accelerate, rather than arrest their nuclear development.
I’ve scoured his background, and can find no substantive reason why a man who has been in the Senate for all of 16 months is suddenly being lauded for his foreign policy chops. Aside from a short internship for Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R – FL) who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, he has no real qualifications. D.C. always loves a little saber rattling, but only his supposed standing in the Veepstakes that can explain the seriousness with which he is being regarded.