Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has a four-point plan to defeat ISIS, or ISIL, the alternative acronym he uses to refer to the Islamic State terrorist group.
In a Nov. 19 Op-Ed for Politico, Rubio laid out his strategy as he criticized President Barack Obama for maintaining a “strategy of weakness and neglect” against ISIS following the Nov. 13 Paris, France terrorist attacks.
Rubio said that he will do “whatever it takes” as president to defeat ISIL, and that it would depend on what Obama does in the next 15 months.
“If Obama begins acting with strength, the next president could face a more manageable crisis; but if he continues to fail the test of leadership, the next president will face a challenge of enormous proportions,” Rubio said.
In order to defeat ISIL, Rubio intends to stop Syrian refugees from entering the United States.
“…Not because refugees fleeing conflict are unwelcome, but because it is currently impossible to verify their identities or intentions,” Rubio said.
He would also reverse military budget cuts made under sequestration; make the U.S. armed forces mission a “total destruction of ISIL,” which will include sending in ground troops; and declare no-fly zones in Syria in order to “ground Assad’s air force” while implementing coalition-controlled “safe zones” to stop his military.
Rubio believes all of these measures should be taken immediately by Obama, but does not believe the president will do so.
“All of this and more must be done immediately to defeat ISIL,” Rubio said. “Obama will likely refuse to take these actions. As a result, ISIL will continue its death march across the Middle East, Americans will remain at risk, and America’s next president will inherit an even larger challenge than the one we face today.”
In addition to his op-ed, Rubio appeared on the “The Kelly File” on FOX News Nov. 19 to discuss Syrian refugees in the United States (video below).
“You can’t let people in unless they can pass a background check,” Rubio told Kelly. “What’s so outrageous about that?”
“This is not about slamming the door on anybody,” Rubio added. “This is about the reality that we should not allow anyone into the country unless we know who they are and they can pass a background check.”