Thursday, April 25, 2013

Obama too passive on Syria, Rubio claims

Obama too passive on Syria, Rubio claims, President Barack Obama's policy toward Syria is too passive, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Thursday.

Citing administration reports that the United States and some allies believe Syria has used chemical weapons against its own citizens, Rubio said Syria has crossed the "red line" previously set by Obama.

“It is in the vital national security interest of our nation to see Assad’s removal," Rubio said. "He is Iran’s closest ally in the region and a tyrant who has been murdering his own people for more than two years, while threatening regional stability. We must not allow Assad to continue violating all international norms by using these vile weapons and allowing Syria to descend further into chaos and instability. This will have disastrous consequences for U.S. interests for decades to come."

Rubio did not offer a plan to deal with Syria in his prepared statement, but called on Obama to explain what he plans to do.

“I urge President Obama to explain to Congress and the American people how he will ensure Syria’s chemical and biological weapons stockpiles are secured, how we’ll work with our allies to prevent further use of these deadly weapons, and what additional measures he is ready to take to follow through on his previous statements,” Rubio said.

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