The following is an excerpt from Rob Garver | January 5, 2016 | Thefiscaltimes.com |
As the diplomatic showdown between the Persian Gulf powers Iran and Saudi Arabia continues to spread to other nations in the Middle East, Marco Rubio, the Republican presidential candidate with the strongest foreign policy resume, took the opportunity to pen a blistering op-ed in the conservative magazine National Review attacking President Obama’s handling of Iran. In it, the first-term Florida senator suggests that the deal that the U.S. and other world powers reached with Iran earlier this year to scale down its nuclear program somehow led to the current crisis.
Like much of the overheated rhetoric at this stage of the presidential campaign, the Rubio piece is at times a bit over the top.
Last week, Iran surrendered tons of radioactive material that could have been enriched to weapons grade, handing it off to Russia, one of the partners in the negotiation. At the time, Rubio notes, Secretary of State John Kerry called the move “one of the most significant steps Iran has taken” toward implementation of the deal.
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