Tags: Syria | runio | putin | strong | us

Rubio Hits Back at Putin: US Must Remain 'Strong and Engaged'

Friday, 13 Sep 2013 12:56 PM

By Melanie Batley

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Russian president Vladimir Putin was wrong to suggest in an op-ed piece this week that America is not exceptional and that American leadership does not make the world safer, according to Sen. Marco Rubio.

In an op-ed piece of his own for the National Review, the Florida Republican argues that the United States, as the world's only superpower, is uniquely positioned "to lead the free world" and that America must continue to maintain its military influence to that end.

"The U.S. won the Cold War because of our willingness to lead the free world, and today we remain the world's sole super power. The question facing our nation now is whether we will continue to lead in the future. I believe we must," Rubio wrote Thursday, referring to potential U.S. strikes against the Syria government over its reported use of chemical weapons against civilians.

Rubio, a possible 2016 GOP presidential hopeful, said "a strong and engaged America is a source of good in the world." The U.S., he added, remains "a beacon of hope for people around the world."

The freshman senator went on to dispute Putin's assertion that unilateral military action by the U.S. in Syria would "constitute an act of aggression" and said America cannot afford to rely solely on the international community to protect its own national interests.

"The United Nations is a fine forum for debate, but time and again it has proven unreliable when it comes to actual action. The U.S. should never abdicate our national security to anybody — especially an international body that includes many who don't share our democratic ideals," he said.

American foreign policy, Rubio continued, should instead be focused on deepening relationships with U.S. allies.

"If we follow these principles, the world will be safer, freer, and more prosperous, and the 21st century will be another American century," he concluded.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Report: Emails Show Justice Dept. Involved in IRS Tea Party Probe

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 19:01 PM

Embattled former IRS official Lois Lerner last year discussed working with the Justice Department to prosecute nonprofit . . .

White House Census Changes Mask Obamacare Impact

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 13:55 PM

The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than 30 years, is revising its annual surv . . .

Tributes Planned to Mark Boston Marathon Bombing

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 06:17 AM

The anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings promises to be a day of tributes to the three people who died, the more  . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved