Saturday, February 28, 2015

Marco Rubio, in self-destruct mode … by gimleteye

Marco Rubio's Drinking Water Gaffe. Ironic for Someone Who Won't Address Florida's Water Safety.
What's happened to Marco Rubio? At Eye On Miami, we speculate that Senator Rubio's presidential bluster is like a pace car circling ahead of the pack until the Jeb Bush campaign gets moving. Marco could act as a blocker, to prevent the circus show of a GOP primary. That would make Marco's role, more roller derby swing-man than NASCAR. Anyhow, you get the drift. We have never taken Marco Rubio seriously as a presidential candidate, tracking back to our dismal observances of his climate change denial and refusal to meet with scientists on the topic.

But maybe, just maybe, we are wrong. Not that he isn't a climate change denier but that he takes himself seriously in the presidential game. If we are wrong -- that Marco genuinely thought he could be competitive with Obi-Wan (Jeb), then it must be a shock to discover that he doesn't have a prayer. That news might just have penetrated through to Senator Rubio last week. If that is the case, it could also be the reason that Senator Rubio has stumbled so badly in recent days?

Marco Rubio Tries To Lecture Obama On ISIS, Commits Epic Error

Potential 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) inexplicably told a conservative audience on Friday that President Barack Obama lacked a military strategy to confront ISIS because he feared upsetting Iran, a country that has actually committed itself to defeating the terrorist group.

Speaking before the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland, Rubio told radio and TV host Sean Hannity that “if we wanted to defeat them militarily, we could do it. [Obama] doesn’t want to upset Iran.”
Referring to the United States’ ongoing negotiations with Iran to contain that country’s nuclear program, Rubio continued, “In [Obama’s] mind, this deal with Iran is going to be the Obamacare of the second term, and he doesn’t want them sending military to the region because they think the region belongs to them.”

There’s just one problem: Iran has been fighting ISIS just like the United States and has publicly urged America to take a larger role in the operation. Obama has even sent a letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei suggesting anti-ISIS cooperation.

As the Obama administration and its global partners have “dropped more than 8,200 bombs and missiles on ISIS targets in 2,500 air strikes” in Syria and Iraq and are now preparing to train moderate Syrian forces and the Iraqi army to take on the combatants, Iran, which sees Iraq as a strategic buffer against Sunni Arab states, has worked to ensure that Iraq does not pose a military threat to its influence in the region.
Tehran has launched military strikes against ISIS militants. It has tried to prop-up the Iraqi government, sent General Qassem Suleimani, commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, to coordinate the defense of Baghdad and has worked with the country’s Shiite militias to stop the militants’ advance. Last month, more than 2,000 Iranian troops traveled to Iraq to tackle the insurgency and publicly Iranian officials urged the world to fight.

“The expansion of terrorist elements of [ISIS] and their violent acts in Iraq was a warning for the region,” Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, said in June. “There is a need for attention and action from governments and the international community.”

In the Senate, Rubio is a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Select Committee on Intelligence.


Anonymous said...

What exactly qualifies a little boy from Westchester pushed by lobbyists into politics to be an authority in intelligence matters? No wonder the entire European block of nations mock and shakes their heads at our foreign policy decisions. Too bad all that criticism never makes it across the pond. It would be a game changer.

Anonymous said...

So your problem with Rubio is that he doesn't buy into Al Gore's nonsensical global warming computer models? Are you freaking kidding me?

Mr. Freer said...

"nonsensical models"? Hilarious! What's nonsensical about it?

Anonymous said...

Ref. above anon. It is not Al Gore's computer models or any sort of political party allegiance. Read last month's National Geographic article on rising seas and see for yourself the effect of global warming on our climate and the coming sea level rise. This may come as a surprise to you but the ocean front area of Sunny Isles is the number one area in the world that will be affected by global warming and rising seas. By the year 2100, most of South Florida will be inundated by as much as 5 feet of water. Of course, for some it is easier to bury their head in the sand and distrust science while placing their full trust on religion.

Pep said...

I just read this article. You maintain that Rubio, an attorney and U.S. Senator sho sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, knows nothing about foreign policy, especially the conflict in the Middle East. You know this because you were once the coordinator of the local Sierra Club.

Did I sum it up correctly?

Anonymous said...

Jeb has promised Marco a valet job at the White House.

Anonymous said...

Judging from comments, methinks Eye On Miami cut a little too close to the truth.

Anonymous said...

Marco Rubio he's our man!
If he can't find it on a map,
No one can!

Anonymous said...

Could it be you don't like Rubio because he's Cuban?

Geniusofdespair said...

And we don't like Jeb because he is a Cuban? Stupid thing to say to anyone who has dozens of Cuban friends. We don't like Rubio because of his politics, his opinions, his denial of global warming, among other things.

Anonymous said...

He is not the only one in a self-destructive mood. Congresswoman Wilson didnot boycott the meeting in Congress with the leader of Israel in violation of established protocol. She went to the meeting even though she knew it was a kick in the face to the President. So two days after she pimped a ride to Miami with him on AirForce One, when he really needed her, she kicked him in the butt. Whoever told her to go to that meeting is not her friend, and is trying to get her out of office. But she was stupid enough to go.