Marco Rubio Shifts Stance on Syria, Decides He’d Rather Play Partisan Politics

marco-rubioWhen I first read this story I had to make sure I wasn’t reading something from The Onion, because it was just so pathetic.  I mean, I joke often about how Republicans would probably instantly become Democrats if President Obama decided to switch parties one day, but really the means at which some of these people will go to oppose anything he supports is simply absurd.

So when I read that Marco Rubio has switched positions on Syria, I literally laughed.

Of course he did.  

But what prompted this shift?  Was it new information coming from Syria?  Was it public opinion?  Was it his concern for the aftermath following our involvement?


He’s apparently decided to join Rand Paul and Ted Cruz in voting “no” on Obama’s resolution for military involvement in Syria because “it isn’t enough.”  Apparently, he’s saying now that it’s too late—the administration “has missed the boat.”

Now don’t mistake things, Rubio still believes we should send our military into Syria — he’s just apparently not going to vote for Obama’s resolution on the matter.

“But that doesn’t make sense,” you say.  Well, it does if you’re a Republican.

According to Rubio, the delay in getting involved in Syria (he believes we should have gone in 2 years ago and apparently believes we should send our troops into any Middle Eastern country experiencing turmoil) was a catastrophic failure by the Obama administration, and his calls for “limited airstrikes” will only “make things worse.”

Well, Rubio should know something about “making things worse.”  He is a Republican, after all.

But his response is nothing that should really surprise anyone.  A man who’s advocated for military action seemingly opposes calls from Obama to take that action—“because it’s not enough.”

So while Obama sat back and hoped the Syrian conflict would work itself out (as inhumane as that sounds, we simply cannot be the world’s police the instant conflict arises) Rubio would have sent our military full-force into Syria two years ago.   

Because that’s exactly what we needed was a third war to contend with.

Rubio called for Syria involvement for two years, then as soon as the tide started to shift with the Obama administration and the “writing was on the wall” that the president would soon call for action—now it seems Rubio decided to move away from supporting involvement in the country.

He’s decided to turn Obama’s call for action into a catalyst to launch yet another Republican attack on the president.  Which, of course, is what you should expect.

While Obama came out and made his intentions clear about his desire to use our military in Syria (something very unpopular with many liberals), Republicans like Rubio, Paul and Cruz would rather use this situation to further their 2016 presidential aspirations.

Though you might not want to ask Senator Paul what happens when you try and stage campaign posturing in a debate about war, seeing as he got flat out embarrassed by Secretary of State John Kerry.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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