Unfit for President: Rubio urges attacks against Russian aircraft in Syria
Rubio has declared, in a little-noticed TV interview, that the United States should go to war against Russia, merely to block a flood of Muslim immigrants that can otherwise be stopped by a few European border guards.
Rubio wants to create a “No Fly” zone over Syria to prevent the Syrian air force from bombing rebel and civilian targets. Any Russian sortie into the no-fly-zone would be “no different than any other adversary,” Rubio said Oct. 5 in a CNBC interview.
His urge to shoot down Russian aircraft is a sharp break in the nation’s national security policy — and the public’s preferences —that were adopted once Russia developed its nuclear bomb in 1949. Since then, direct conflict with Russia has been avoided, and is viewed as extremist in popular and commercial culture, such as the 1964 move, “Dr. Strangelove.”
However, Rubio’s combative approach to Syria reflects his need to build up his foreign-policy support among GOP votes and donors to compensate for the polling damage he’s taken since 2013. That’s when he allied with Democrats and GOP donors to push the hugely unpopular “comprehensive immigration reform” amnesty bill that stopped by voters in 2014.
So far, Rubio is running in fourth place in the GOP nomination process. He’s also doing poorly in fundraising, and raised only $6 million in the third-quarter of 2015. So far, his funding has been limited because he and rival Jeb Bush are wooing the same set of donors, including many wealthy Wall Street investors.
Rubio’s daring announcement came Oct. 5, during a friendly interview with CNBC’s John Harwood, who asked him how he would respond if Russian strongman Vladimir Putin dispatched combat aircraft into a U.S.-declared “no-fly zone” in Syria.