Rubio: If I Were President We Would Never ‘Have Gotten to This Point’ In Syria


Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) said if he were “in charge” the situation in Syria would have never become as deadly and chaotic Sunday on ABC.

Rubio contended he would have identified moderate elements within the Syrian opposition earlier and sought to increase their viability against Assad’s forces:

JONATHAN KARL: […] What would President Rubio do right now? Would you commit U.S. forces to a no-fly zone?

SENATOR RUBIO: First of all, if I was in charge of this issue we would never have never gotten to this point, we would have identified elements that we could have worked with, and we would have made sure that those elements, not the Al Qaeda elements, were the best armed, best equipped and best trained. That being said, I think we need to continue to search for elements on the ground that we can work, and we should try to do the best we can to increase their viability and their strength, so that if and when Assad falls, and we hope that he still will, they’ll be the ones on the ground with the best ability to kind of manage a future hopefully democratic Syria and a peaceful Syria.

Rubio’s critique that failing to take earlier action in Syria complicates the current situation on the ground has been echoed by many in Congress across the political spectrum.