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Sen. Marco Rubio: Obama Strategy on ISIS 'Deeply Flawed'

By    |   Monday, 13 Oct 2014 02:02 PM

The Obama administration developed a "deeply flawed strategy" in its campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS) by depending on airstrikes led by the U.S. combined with ground forces from other countries to defeat the militants, Sen. Marco Rubio told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."

"You cannot defeat an army on the ground simply from the air. And to put all your eggs in the basket of hoping that local ground forces will be able to do the job was a deeply flawed strategy from the beginning," the Florida Republican said Monday.

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President Barack Obama "ultimately reluctantly" decided to take action against the threat ISIS posed to the United States since he had campaigned "as being the president who can brag about disengaging us from the Middle East," Rubio said.

As ISIS forces advance toward Iraq's capital of Baghdad and the Syrian town of Kobani bordering Turkey, Rubio said the militants' successes were "what happens when your decisions on foreign policy are driven by politics, domestic politics, rather than what's in the best interest of the outcome, which is victory."
 
Rubio predicted it would take a "coalition of ground forces from outside of Iraq" to defeat ISIS, adding that if militants were able to seize Kobani and Baghdad, it would have a demoralizing effect on "our ability to rally any sort of forces on the ground to confront them."

Rubio was concerned that Secretary of State John Kerry dismissed the importance of losing Kobani to the Islamic State when he said during a press conference on Monday that "Kobani does not define the strategy of the coalition."

Rubio said it showed the Obama administration did not understand the psychological importance of holding the city against ISIS.

"It would be deeply demoralizing to this effort to allow them to take territory. And for John Kerry to say that proves to you how out of touch they are about this reality. They will do anything they can to disengage us from this process by doing the least amount possible. And it's leading to this terrible outcome," Rubio said.

Rubio claimed it was time for the U.S. to develop a serious plan in the campaign against the Islamic State.

"We need to seriously begin to move forward on a plan that involves not just U.S. Special Operations forces, but Jordanians and Turks and Saudis, and all these other countries, to put some sort of ground element in place that can at least confront these guys and stop this spread and growth until these local forces are capable to do the job themselves," he said.

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The Obama administration developed a "deeply flawed strategy" in its campaign against ISIS by depending on airstrikes led by the U.S. combined with ground forces from other countries to defeat the militants, Sen. Marco Rubio told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."
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