Friday, January 29, 2016

Maybe he was too young to remember 9/11

Marco Rubio in last night's debate (transcript via New York Times) --

ISIS is the most dangerous jihadist group in the history of mankind. ISIS is now found in affiliates in over a dozen countries. ISIS is a group that burns people alive in cages; that sells off little girls as brides. ISIS is a group that wants to trigger an apocalyptic showdown in the city of Dabiq — not the city of Dubuque; I mis-said — mis-said that wrong once (inaudible) time — the city of Dabiq in Syria. They want to trigger an apocalyptic Armageddon showdown. This group needs to be confronted and defeated. They are not going to go away on their own. They’re not going to turn into stockbrokers overnight or open up a chain of car washes. They need to be defeated militarily, and that will take overwhelming U.S. force.

Thus in one debate segment he: forgets completely about Al Qaeda, notes that ISIS wants a massive military showdown in Syria, and then promises to give it to them! Besides stepping into a similar contradiction that Cruz caught him in last time, both he and Cruz said they wouldn't vote to authorize the use of force in Syria in 2013 ("red line") because that would have been against Bashar al-Assad, not ISIS  ... even though there was no ISIS before Bashar al-Assad started killing protestors. Rand Paul had, as usual, the intellectual consistency to argue that it was futile to bomb either of them.

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