It’s common for Republicans to be utterly clueless. 47 of them recently proved that when they violated the Logan Act. During CPAC, nearly every one of them proved it every time they opened their mouth.
Marco Rubio was one of them. The Florida senator and potential presidential candidate pilloried President Obama over the Middle East during his CPAC speech and, in the process, proved he knows nothing about the Middle East. The takeaway sentence was “The reason Obama hasn’t put in place a military strategy to defeat ISIS is because he doesn’t want to upset Iran.”
Yes, Iran, a predominately Shi’ite polity, is going to be upset over President Obama waging war on group of Sunni extremists who’ve time traveled from the 16 century and are trying to resurrect a Caliphate for purposes of bringing Jesus back so he can repudiate Masih ad-Dajjal and trigger Yawm al-Qiyāmah, The Day of Resurrection (that the goal of ISIS is so scarily similar to the goal of Christian Dominionists and Reconstructionists is purely coincidental).
And that’s before acknowledging that President Obama already has an anti-ISIS military strategy in place. Naturally, Iran is cool with this. Right now, I feel confident in assessing Iran as the only honest ally the United States has in the Middle East, since we know precisely what their intentions are.
And Rubio wasn’t misspeaking, either. He continued to push his weird, anti-reality, Realstupid (that’s the Republican answer to Realpolitik) geopolitical theory. At one point during a recent hearing, he directed a statement at Secretary of State John Kerry on the point, telling Kerry that “I believe that much of our strategy with regards to ISIS is being driven by a desire not to upset Iran so they don’t walk away from the negotiating table on the deal that you’re working on.”
Then, like a the cocky student who thinks they know more than the teacher, Rubio told Kerry to “Tell me why I’m wrong.”
Well, you can’t say the little right-wing punk didn’t ask for it.
KERRY: What’s important, senator, with respect to your question is to understand this. And I think this has been a misread by a lot of people up here on the Hill, to be honest with you. There is no grand bargain being discussed here with regards to this negotiation, this is about a nuclear weapon potential. That’s it. And the president has made it absolutely clear they will not get a nuclear weapon. Now the presumption by a lot of people up on the Hill here has been that we somehow aren’t aware of that goal even as we negotiate that goal. Our negotiation is calculated to make sure they can’t get a nuclear weapon. It’s really almost insulting that the presumption here is that we’re going to negotiate something that allows them to get a nuclear weapon.
RUBIO: Well I haven’t discussed about the nuclear weapon but I – and I’m not saying there is a grand bargain – what I’m saying is that I believe that our military strategy towards ISIS is influenced by our desire not to cross red lines That the Iranians have –
KERRY: Absolutely not in the least.
I’ll give Kerry credit: the only possibly way I could’ve mustered that patience is dealing with an ignorant teen. And to be clear — I do not expect all teenagers, or even most, to be ignorant.
Rubio, however, is not an ignorant teenager. He just plays one in Congress.
Not willing to let the point go, Rubio insisted that many of the Sunni allies in the region feel as if we’ve kept them “in the dark” on the nuclear talks with Iran. It reduces our “trust level” in the region.
That’s adorable. He thinks that countries in that region trust the United States.
Kerry again explained to Rubio, telling him that “Senator, that is actually flat wrong.”
With due deference to Secretary of State Kerry, Rubio is a Republican. At this point, the party is so far gone that “flat wrong” is an improvement.
You can watch Kerry school Rubio below: