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Rubio 'Skeptical' of Obama's Proposed Syria Strike

8:04 PM, Sep 3, 2013 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Appearing on Special Report with Bret Baier Tuesday night, Florida senator Marco Rubio said that he's "very skeptical" that President Obama's proposed strike on Syria could achieve the president's stated objectives.

“First of all let me say that this Syrian situation is a mess because of the President’s actions leading up to this point," Rubio said. "This conflict has been going on for more than two years. There was a time early on when Assad was literally on the ropes and the U.S. should’ve engaged in identifying moderate rebels and helping the Syrian people get rid of him themselves, but he led from behind. Now Islamists have poured into Syria, and we really have very few good options available to us at this point."

"I don’t believe we should take military action unless we have a clear and achievable goal in mind," Rubio added. "And one of the clear goals of this action he’s arguing for is to impede Assad from using chemical weapons in the future. I am highly skeptical. Now we have a closed hearing tomorrow where classified information will be discussed, and I’ll wait until then to reserve judgment. But I remain very skeptical that the kind of attack they’re contemplating, this limited attack, is going to actually achieve that goal of preventing Assad from using chemical weapons in the future."

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