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The ‘Rubio Doctrine’: Sen. Marco Rubio Gets Serious About Russia

His policy speech on how to handle the Putin regime is well-considered.

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May 5, 2012 - 12:00 am
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The three remarks highlight the central fact about U.S./Russia policy which President Obama and his Russia advisor Michael McFaul stubbornly refuse to face: Russian interests are fundamentally opposed to American interests. Russia is ruled, likely for life, by a proud KGB spy who is the living embodiment of anti-American hatred.

Clear in the statements is the arrogant notion that Russians know better than Americans what is proper for U.S. security. Both statements also imply that Americans are so foolish they don’t understand how to advance their own interests. Perhaps the most unsettling feature of this arrogance is the extent to which it mimics the attitude of the former USSR.

Russia does not want America to be the world leader; it wants to lead instead. Russia does not want low oil and gas prices to fuel the American economy; it wants high prices to fuel the Russian dictatorship. Russia does not want stability in the Middle East; it wants tumult because tumult leads to higher prices and more chances for Russian influence over corrupt dictators.

For the last four years, Obama and McFaul have been lying to Americans about the threat they face in Russia. These lies have been devastatingly effective, causing polls to show Americans are dropping their guard and expressing trust in the Kremlin.

The announcement of the Rubio Doctrine has come not a moment too soon.

Rubio is a wise choice for vice president: he gives Romney a southern strategy, a conservative credential, and a strong echo of Romney’s newly found voice where Russia is concerned. Even if Romney does not choose Rubio as his running mate, he should encourage Rubio to develop the Rubio Doctrine by offering him either a cabinet position related to security policy or the ambassadorship to Russia.

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