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U.S. Senator from Florida

Marco Antonio Rubio
Born: May 28th, 1971  (age 45)

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Marco Rubio on Afghanistan

"I think we are on the timeline this year to have some real good news and make some significant progress," the Florida Republican said Monday in a conference call with reporters from Kabul. "But I think if you attach a date to it … you are really creating a difficult situation. The bad guys, the Taliban and even al-Qaida, must know all they have to do is wait."

"There is no way to overestimate how serious the challenge is, but we are headed in the right direction."
Rubio said. "One thing that's clear from these visits is that 2011 is going to be a critical year for Afghanistan security forces to step up and play a bigger role."

Criticizing what he called an "artificial timeline" of withdrawal, Rubio said the benchmark should be territories where the Afghans are successful in establishing security forces, courts and other government infrastructure.

Leary, A. (2011, January 17).
Sen. Marco Rubio visits Pakistan, Afghanistan; criticizes Obama's drawdown plan.
Retrieved September 21, 2015, from

“I have two thoughts. The first is my preference would be that people would refrain from writing these sorts of things until the president is out of office, because I it undermines the ability to conduct foreign policy. That being said, I don't think we can ignore what is in that book. The motivations in Afghanistan was primarily political:

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the president had that this is not his war. And you saw that reflected in the decision that he made at the same time that he announced the surge, he also announced an exit date and strategy, thereby emboldening Taliban to believe they can wait us out. And the result is now evident across the globe. Our allies see us as unreliable and our enemies feel emboldened. And I think that this is--confirms our worst fears that this is an administration that lacks a strategic foreign policy and in fact largely driven by politics and tactics.”

12 January, 2014: Marco Rubio on Face the Nation

“The Mission to target Bin Laden would have been impossible without a U.S. troop mission in Afghanistan.”

23 September, 2014: Rubio on Fox News Live

Voting Records:

There were no meaningful voting records discovered with regard to the Afghanistan issue during Rubio's tenure as Senator from 2011-2015.

Rubio speaks about the Middle East and Foreign Policy (Does Not Directly Reference Afghanistan)
Marco Rubio's Foreign Policy Vision.
13 May, 2015: A Conversation with Marco Rubio Speaks at the Council of Foreign Affairs

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