Are you wondering why Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has spent so much of his time campaigning talking about national security? Well, wonder no more. While speaking to a crowd of supporters in Marshalltown, Iowa Rubio excoriated the Obama administration for showing such feckless disregard for our safety over the last seven years. He hammered President Obama for pushing policies that have done nothing but strengthen our enemies, while simultaneously acting to weaken our abilities to defend our selves from those enemies.
Interestingly, Rubio pivoted mid-statement to remind his audience that the now resurgent Bill Clinton (who his wife’s campaign has begun trotting out more and more frequently in recent days) even lobbied the Obama administration to allow him to travel there for a speech some years ago. (Bill doesn’t mind giving speeches as long as he gets paid… and he certainly doesn’t care if the man paying him is a brutal dictator who has enslaved millions of people.)
“This administration has done nothing about [North Korea]. And Bill Clinton wanted to give speeches in North Korea a few years ago, by the way. It’s reckless what has happened under this administration, and what happened under Hillary Clinton’s watch at the State Department. And in the face of all of these dangers the president is destroying the U.S. military.”
It seems like a strong argument for muscling up our national defense, but what about the fiscal and long-term ramifications of Rubio’s plan to spend an extra $1 TRILLION on the military over the next ten years? Where is that money coming from? Who’s footing the bill? We already spend more money on defense than the rest of the world. Perhaps the answer isn’t more money, but a wiser use of that money?
What do you think? Yay or Nay – Rubio is right on national defense?