Rubio backing Qadaffi ouster
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is taking on reluctance in his own party to backing the White House on military intervention in Libya, but pushing the administration to go all out for regime change, the Weekly Standard reported. The newly elected Florida Republican sent a letter to Senate leaders suggesting that the Senate authorize President Obama’s use of force in Libya and urged the Senate to state that the aim of the use of force should be the removal of the regime of the regime of Muammar Quaddafi.
Rubio’s office confirmed the contents of the letter in an email Thursday morning.
“For more than four decades, Qaddafi has terrorized the Libyan people, sowed instability among its neighbors, plotted assassination attempts against heads of state and supported terrorist enterprises such as the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 innocent people – including 189 Americans,” Rubio wrote in the letter. “As long as Qaddafi remains in power, he will be in a position to terrorize his own people and potentially the rest of the world. In fact he has vowed to turn rebel strongholds into ‘rivers of blood.’ If he succeeds, it will provide a blueprint to repressive regimes across the Middle East in the use of force against unarmed civilians. And unlike the conflicts in other nations in the region, the rebels in Libya have requested and welcome our support.”