[crscore]Marco Rubio[/crscore] blasted Barack Obama for how the president supposedly treats Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “with less respect than he gives the Ayatollah in Iran.”
Appearing at the Fox Business Network Republican debate on Tuesday, Rubio also criticized Vladimir Putin for being “an organized crime figure that runs the country [of Russia].”
“I’ve never met Vladimir Putin but I know enough about him to know he is a gangster” explained Rubio. Putin “controls a $2 trillion economy and is using to build up his military in a rapid way despite the fact his economy is a disaster. He understands only geopolitical strength. And every time he is acted anywhere in the world, whether it’s in Ukraine or Georgia before that, now in Middle East, she testing their weakness, his calculation in the Middle East is he is seen what the president has done, which is nothing, the president has no strategy, our allies in the region do not trust us.”
“For goodness sake, there is only one pro-American free enterprise democracy in the Middle East, it is the state of Israel, we have a president that treats Prime Minister of Israel with less respect than he gives the Ayatollah in Iran so our allies in the region don’t trust us,” said Rubio.
“Vladimir Putin is exploiting that weakness, for purposes of edging the Americans out as the most important geopolitical powerbroker in the region.”
We do have a vested interest,” claimed Rubio, “And here’s why because all those radical terrorist groups that by the way are not just in Syria and in Iraq, ISIS is now in Libya, they are a significant presence in Libya and Afghanistan, and a growing present in Pakistan, soon they will be in Turkey, they will try Jordan, they will try Saudi Arabia, they are coming to us, they recruit Americans using social media, and they don’t hate us simply because we support Israel, they hate us because of our values, they hate us because our girls go to school, they hate us because women drive in the U.S., either they win or we win, we better take this risk seriously, it is not going away on its own.”