Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) “lashed out at the Obama administration’s Libya policy on Thursday, saying that the United States looked weak and naïve in hoping that the U.N. Security Council would act to protect the Libyan people,” The Cable reports.
“The United States, quite frankly, looks weak in this endeavor, it looks unwilling to act,” he said at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Thursday, highlighting that Britain, France, the Arab League, and the Libyan opposition are all calling on the United States to support stronger measures to stop Libyan leader Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi’s assault on rebels and civilians.
“The president has specifically said that Qaddafi must go but has done nothing since then except for having general debates about it for a week and a half or two,” Rubio said. “Congressional leadership has strongly called for a no-fly zone and nothing has happened.”
The stance of Rubio, the committee’s newest Republican, is exactly opposite of the committee’s top Republican Richard Lugar (R-IN), who said at the same hearing that a no fly zone was not a good idea and would require a Congressional declaration of war.
Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Bill Burns “emphasized that the United States was pushing for stronger action at the Security Council, with [a] new resolution coming as early as today.”
But Rubio “was extremely skeptical that the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council would endorse military intervention in Libya.”