COMMENTARY | Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL, addressed the CPAC convention with some much needed truths about foreign policy and the danger the world faces from multiple threats even if many in the United States are war weary.
Rubio sweetened his talk by reminding the audience that the major reason why the world is unsettled is because of the fecklessness of President Obama’s foreign policy. The implication is that calming the world would be accomplished, not by retreating from it, but rather by electing someone with a clear eyed vision and a realistic regard for what the threats are and how to deal with them.
Rubio is clearly on to something. One of the reasons President Reagan is well regarded was that he won the Cold War and took down the Soviet Empire. A little of that Reagan magic might be useful in dealing with rogue states like Russia and Iran. Rubio likely has someone in mind to work that magic.
The speech likely also sets up at argument with another possible 2016 contender, Sen. Rand Paul, who favors a more isolationist approach to foreign policy. Paul will clearly try to capitalize on America’s war weariness to advocate a retreat from the world, upon the theory that America can ignore foreign threats. Rubio will beg to differ and will argue that America is safest when she remains engaged. All that it will take is someone in the White House who knows what he’s doing.
Russia’s rape of the Ukraine may have provided a wakeup call. It is too much like what Adolf Hitler was doing in the 1930s, as ironically Hillary Clinton reminded us, to be ignored. World leaders tried to ignore Hitler as some people suggest ignoring Vladimir Putin. That policy did not turn out well.
President Obama’s presidency has more than two and a half years left to go, so he will have plenty of more opportunities to make blunders overseas. Just think of what will happen if Iran gets the Bomb. Such an event will be frightening indeed.