Sunday, 8 January 2017

SunSentinel: Judge Marco Rubio by how he judges Rex Tillerson | Editorial

SunSentinel: Judge Marco Rubio by how he judges Rex Tillerson | Editorial


"The task for Rubio and other hawks — and perhaps it is an impossible task — is to find a series of policies, economic sanctions and other actions that put pressure on our adversaries without tipping entire regions — or the entire world — into a conflagration. Rubio has portrayed himself as a foreign policy expert. His second term in the Senate — where he begins as an influential member of the party that controls both houses of Congress and the White House — should give him ample opportunity to try to prove it's true.

Russia has been a central cause of the bloodbath in Aleppo. A question for Tillerson and for Trump — and therefore for Rubio — is whether Trump and Tillerson are Putin's patsies or are capable of not only standing up to Putin but also prevailing over him in a confrontation that, everyone must hope, would play out solely in the diplomatic arena.

We have been one of Rubio's harshest critics, particularly for his reluctance during his first term to show up for work. But Rubio struck the right tone by expressing concern about Tillerson while remaining neutral and promising a thorough hearing. Follow-through will be the key. Until the hearings, it is too soon to draw conclusions about Tillerson — or about Rubio."

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