Marco Rubio: Obama's Weak Foreign Policy 'Based on Politics'

Saturday, 03 May 2014 07:21 AM

By Cathy Burke

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
President Obama's foreign policy lacks a strategic approach that stands up to global bullies and protects American values and "our ability to conduct trade and commerce with any market in the world," Sen. Marco Rubio said Saturday.

In the weekly Republican address, the Florida Republican said reclaiming the American Dream depends on an effective foreign policy.

"Today, foreign policy is an important part of our domestic policy," he said. "And our economic well-being is deeply dependent on our national security."

Story continues below video.



And though Rubio acknowledged Americans are tired of wars overseas, and "anxious to focus on problems here at home … the truth is that now, more than ever before, a crisis halfway around the world can have a bigger impact on our pocketbooks than some crisis halfway across town.

Yet, Rubio charged, Obama "doesn't seem to understand this."

"Instead of shaping world events, he has often simply reacted to them," he said. "And instead of a foreign policy based on strategy, his foreign policy is based on politics."

Rubio said Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Crimea when he failed to "bully the Ukrainian people" over their moves "to create stronger economic ties with the West."

“We cannot allow the precedent to be set that in order to engage the West in trade and commerce, smaller nations must first seek the permission of their more powerful neighbors," Rubio said.

The president "talks tough" about Putin, he said. "But his actions have not gone far enough to change Putin’s calculation that the benefits of his aggression outweigh the costs."

Rubio is urging passage of a bill introduced by Senate Republicans to provide Ukraine with defensive military assistance, impose new sanctions and urging the president "to speed up deployments of missile defense in Eastern Europe" and sell more American natural gas to Europe.

Related Stories:


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

George Will: I Am a 'Low-Voltage Atheist'

Monday, 22 Sep 2014 23:54 PM

In a wide-ranging interview, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer George Will discusses baseball, politics, and his status as a . . .

Dick Morris: Obama Has Secret Agenda

Monday, 22 Sep 2014 22:53 PM

What is Obama's real end game?
Now, for the first time, noted political strategist Dick Morris reveals Obama's secr . . .

Ex-UN Ambassador Wallace: US Should Just Say It - We're at War

Monday, 22 Sep 2014 19:55 PM

The United States should stop going out of its way to avoid calling the military initiative against the Islamic State (I . . .

Most Commented

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

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