Rubio Blasts Obama on Syria Inaction

Friday, 29 Apr 2011 09:02 AM

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Sen. Marco Rubio is stepping up the push for more American involvement in Syria, and lambasting President Barack Obama for his lack of action.

Rubio made the argument in an article published Thursday on the website of the magazine Foreign Policy.

rubio, obama, syriaHe wrote that the president must stand firm backing the Syrian people in their fight against the repressive regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, which has been using his army to kill innocent demonstrators.

“U.S. President Barack Obama needs to make clear whose side America is on, back up our rhetoric with action, and clearly articulate why Syria matters to the United States,” Rubio said.

Rubio called for the U.S. to sever ties with Syria, and for the administration to recall its ambassador to the Damascus at once.

“Clearly, we should be on the side of the Syrian people longing for freedom and challenging the regime's corrupt and repressive rule. Unfortunately, the Obama administration's hesitancy to weigh in has been mistaken for indecision at best and indifference at worst.

“The president needs to speak directly to the Syrian people to communicate American support for their legitimate demands, condemn Assad's murderous campaign against innocent civilians, and sternly warn Assad and his cohorts that they cannot continue grossly violating human rights, supporting terrorism, and sowing instability among Syria's neighbors.”

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