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Marco Rubio Lays Out His Vision For American Foreign Policy

At a standing-room-only crowd on New York's Upper East side, Marco Rubio filled a lecture hall at the Council on Foreign Relations. He discussed his vision for American foreign policy by saying, “America plays a part on the world stage for which there is no understudy. When we fail to lead with strength and principle there is no other country, friend or foe, that is willing or able to take our place. And the result is chaos.” Rubio instead would like to arm the Ukranian military, end negotiations with Iran, boost air strikes in Iraq, increase naval activity in the China see and reverse the "normalization" of relations with Cuba.

In 2010, Rubio stated that the Iraq war made the U.S. safer “because Saddam Hussein is no longer in charge.” On Wednesday, he did modify his earlier position by saying “Not only would I not have been in favor of it, President [George W] Bush would not have been in favor of it. And he said so. President Bush has said that he regrets that the intelligence was faulty. I don’t think Congress would have voted in favor of the authorization if they didn’t know that.” Rubio also said:

“Most threatening of all...we have seen Iran expand its influence throughout the Middle East, and threaten to annihilate Israel, as it moves closer to a nuclear weapon capability. The president’s proposed deal with Iran will likely lead to a cascade of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, and it could force Israel to take bold action to defend itself, making war with Iran even more likely.”

He then talked about the artificial islands being built by the Chinese saying, “We should never accept it as a truth that they control that. And I would in fact take all sorts of naval actions – not military actions, per se – but military naval vessels transiting through that zone, to clearly show this is international waters, open to transit to anyone who wants to go through there.” In addition, he discussed Hillary Clinton by stating “We simply cannot afford to elect as our next president one of the leading agents of this administration’s foreign policy. A leader from yesterday whose tenure as secretary of state was ineffective at best, and dangerously negligent at worst.”

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