WASHINGTON — Potential GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio offered a glimpse into how he would act as commander in chief, saying the US should “overtly” arm Syrian rebels.
The Florida lawmaker is reportedly mulling a run at the Republican nomination in 2016. And along the way, he and other potential candidates are staking out policy positions on a slew of national security issues and situations President Barack Obama’s successor will inherit.
Rubio continues to describe a national and foreign policy that is more in line with the hawkish interventionism of 2008 presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., than Obama’s narrower approach that requires a direct and clear US interest.
That includes on Syria’s years-long bloody — and complicated — civil war. Forces loyal to the nation’s strongman leader, Bashar al-Assad, are battling a hodgepodge of opposition forces that include pro-freedom groups, al-Qaida cells and other extremist Islamic groups.