Unqualified, And Should Be Disqualified
The Paris terrorist attack was a "positive development."
Isn't this just what you'd want to hear from a presidential candidate? It is to the GOP. After all, their current crop of candidates are a train wreck, so they see the chance to return to the Bush, Cheney era of terrorism scare campaign tactics as a positive last resort for electoral advantage and they're more than willing to stoke fear for their political advantage now. And if that isn't bad enough, those leading the charge have zero foreign policy experience, which makes them that much more dangerous than Bush and Cheney were. And that's saying something.
Case in point, Marco Rubio.
WALLACE: Senator, do you think that your foreign policy credentials are giving you a boost with voters as they focus more on choosing a commander in chief with all of these terror attacks?
RUBIO: Well, on these polls, obviously, you want good news, not bad news. But we’ve not gotten too excited or too depressed about them. They’re going to fluctuate between now and Election Day, especially in early states where voters wait until the last week, the last day oftentimes to make their decision.
As far as national security, let me just say, I obviously am not happy about the events from last week in Paris, but I think it’s a positive development that it suddenly has cast — forced Americans to confront more carefully the issue of national security, because it is the most important thing a president will do and that is the most important function of the federal government.
And I hope we focus on that more, not just for political advantage, but because the world has become a very dangerous place.
Here again, Rubio uses his routine style of doublespeak where he denounces something first, followed by a "but," after which he proceeds to say pretty much what he claimed to denounce just moments before.
"I obviously am not happy about the events from last week in Paris, but I think it’s a positive development.
Americans have been focused on national security for years, especially in light of 9-11. This isn't something new. What is new is the "positive development" in Rubio's mind to take "political advantage" of the situation, and Rubio is all over it. He's been trying to tell Americans "the world is a dangerous place" (in case they hadn't noticed) for a while now, and just when he was sinking in the polls, along comes a terrorist attack and boom! Rubio could not get in front of a FOX camera fast enough. Be afraid! Rubio will save the day.
And just on the heels of his FOX appearance above, out comes a Rubio ad that both seeks to stoke fear, while playing into the terrorists hands calling this a "civilizational struggle", which is, of course, just the message the terrorists would like to get across and Rubio is only happy to give them what they want.
For an added bonus, he says they hate us because we let women go to school and drive, perhaps a distraction form the GOP's ongoing war on women, in which Rubio himself would also force a women to give birth to her rapist's baby. But I digress.
Then Rubio adds "What happened in Paris could happen here." Yes, that's been the case for years. A terrorist attack could come at any time. But here's a newsflash for Rubio: Attacks do happen here all the time. They're called mass shootings, and as of October there had been 294 of them in 2015 alone. We've had school shootings, Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012 being one of the worst, where most of the victims were children age 7 and under. Where was Rubio when this "happened here?" Back then (as now) Rubio, along with his GOP partners in crime were busy defending 2nd Amendment rights of course. Other than that, he was mostly silent. American toddlers now either shoot themselves or others about once a week. Despite this, Rubio has never made a campaign video saying we need to do something about domestic terrorism and shootings in our own country every day. Nope. And here's something else he's not doing anything about: Making it harder for terrorists to buy guns.
There's also the "political advantage" for fundraising off the victims of the Paris attacks, and naturally Rubio has that covered too. Because if there's one thing any observer of Rubio knows, it's the fact that he will fundraise off of anything and everything. Be it his own mother or a terrorist attack. All are equal in his mind as far as dollar signs go, yes sir!
His love of the almighty campaign dollar has kept him away from his day job for years, only more since he announced his presidential run. And just last week, he missed an intelligence briefing on the Paris attacks in favor of one. (He also made lots of scary speeches against the Iran deal while fundraising off of his opposition to it, then didn't even bother to show up to vote against it.) Because apparently intelligence on this "civilizational struggle" as he calls it isn't part of the Rubio plan against it.
And finally, we have another brilliant idea from the King Of No Foreign Policy Experience Whatsoever:
The Republican presidential hopeful on Monday said that the U.S. not only needs to fight ISIS in Syria and Iraq, but needs to upload videos of the America's exploits to the Internet in order to combat ISIS' slick propaganda and recruiting tactics.
"I want the world to see how these ISIS leaders cry like babies when they're captured," the Florida senator said at a town hall event in Iowa. "I want the world to see how these ISIS leaders, once captured, begin to sing like canaries if they survive."
One could ask, after hearing this, if Rubio wants to join ISIS rather than fight them, because this sounds like it comes right out of the terrorist propaganda playbook. It's one thing to give in and show the fear the terrorists are seeking not just from Americans, but from one who has his eye on the Oval Office, but it's another entirely to go so far as to become just like the terrorists by adopting their tactics.
Yes, Rubio loves to talk tough, but here's one thing you won't see Rubio doing, besides his job, voting, and attending intelligence briefings. You won't see him volunteering his own boots on the ground in order to go make ISIS leaders "cry like babies." He also wouldn't be sending his own children to fight his "civilizational struggle" for him as he would yours. He would, however, be creating more veterans for the chicken hawk GOP back home to ignore as he's done during his short stint in the Senate. (Look at his voting record on veterans.)
Perhaps if Rubio showed up for some of those intelligence briefings he would learn something. Maybe if he showed up to do his job and listened to people who do know what they're taking about, like President Obama, instead of merely criticizing everything he does, he would learn that wars aren't video games. That stoking fear and using irresponsible and dangerous rhetoric have real consequences not just for the country, but for those who are fighting the endless wars the GOP demands we embark on.
The highest office in the land is no place for someone who uses terrorist attacks, victims of terrorist attacks, wars, and the troops that do the fighting and dying in them, as political campaign and fundraising fodder.
Saying that a terrorist attack is a "positive development" to focus on "not just for political advantage" isn't something a presidential hopeful should say. It's something that should disqualify them from seeking office in the first place.
It's also shameful and disgusting, but Marco Rubio has no shame.
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