Rubio Asks Senate Leaders to Support Resolution on Libya

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sent a letter yesterday to “Senate leadership requesting their support for bringing a bipartisan resolution to the Senate Floor that would authorize military action in Libya and the removal of Muammar Qaddafi from power,” according to a press release from his office.

Rubio also wants the resolution to “urge the President to recognize the Interim Transitional National Council as the legitimate government in Libya.”

Full letter linked here.

Update: According to the Washington Post, spokesmen for Rubio and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) have engaged in some back and forth on this call for a resolution.

Spokesman Alex Burgos was responding to comments from the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that Rubio’s plan could force the United States to commit U.S. troops and billions of dollars for years as part of nation-building efforts.

“The cold hard fact is that we have attacked Gaddafi, a tyrant with a history of brazen support for terrorism against Americans and who was on the verge of a nuclear weapon less than a decade ago,” Burgos said Thursday.

“If Gaddafi survives our military engagement against him and hangs on to power, Senator Rubio believes we will then have to deal with an angry and emboldened Gaddafi all over the world for years to come,” Burgos added. “We are already in. Now we have no choice but to win.”

Earlier Thursday, a Reid spokesman had dismissed the freshman senator’s call for a resolution.

Rubio “seems oblivious to the troops’ lives his plan would put on the line,” Jon Summers said. “Moreover, he seems to have forgotten that the Libyan people have made it clear they don’t want foreign boots on the ground. The Obama administration rightly recognized that a broad international coalition with limited goals would not only lend legitimacy to an intervention in Libya, but also improve our chances of success and limit the burden on U.S. taxpayers.”

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One response to “Rubio Asks Senate Leaders to Support Resolution on Libya

  1. Florida Home

    Sen. Rubio seems to be willing to commit anything/everything to removing Gadhafi….a totally open-ended commitment to US military action in Libya.

    Regarding his demand to recognize the rebels as the legitimate government, on March 30, the day he signed his resolution letter, he appeared in a televised interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC. Rubio said: “ We need to learn more about who the rebels are. If we engage with them, in terms of who they are and what they want, the likelihood of a positive outcome is a lot higher.” WHAT ?? So, he does not know who they are or what they want, but he is eager to commit our treasure and blood (but not his blood) to their support?

    Rubio had previously said of the Libyan rebels that they “simply yearn to usher in a new era of freedom.” What gives him that supreme confidence in the Libyan rebels? Senator Rubio needs to be aware of another quote: “The single word most expressive of our aim and spirit is simply—freedom. First of all and most of all, we are fighting to do away with dictatorship …. and to establish the foundations of genuine representative government.” That was Fidel Castro in his article “Why We Fight” published in Coronet magazine in Feb. 1958.

    Before Rubio issued his resolution letter, he should have studied the Colin Powell Doctrine: “You break it, you own it.” We are already neck-deep in two other countries that we broke, and Rubio wants to start on a third. No thanks.

    Senator Rubio needs to forget about nation-building and get back to his original focus on Government spending controls. Apparently he is ready and willing to cut domestic spending at home in order to fund his Libyan rebels.

    Rubio has been pointing out the obvious about Government spending …even before he was elected Senator. We spend more than we take in. The big items are Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and Defense. OK, we get it, Senator, we really do get it. . Now Rubio needs to ante up with a specific recommendation on the budget. What would he do exactly? If his plans were implemented, how long would it take to get the country back to a balanced budget.? The devil is in the details, and Rubio does not produce the details. It seems that he cannot get beyond the high level concepts of budget control, and down to the nitty gritty actionable details that are needed to make progress.

    Senator Rubio has been getting a lot of television face time with the public lately. It was all fluff, and the only thing new that we learned is that he likes to listen to the hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj.

    Rubio talks a lot at a very high, generic level, but actually produces nothing of substance, no details, no depth. Instead of listening to Nicki Minaj, he might try listening to Elvis: “A little less conversation, a little more action, please.”

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