Marco Rubio: Rand Paul Wrong on IraqSubmitted by ron_paul_is_awesome on Sun, 06/22/2014 - 14:14
By Greg Richter
22 Jun 2014 01:40 PM
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio parted ways with fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky over the use of American air power in Iraq, saying Paul was over the top in his characterization.
Paul wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Thursday that U.S. airstrikes would amount to America serving as "Iran's air force" if Iran commits ground troops to the battle against the terror group ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which has taken over large sections of northern Iraq in recent weeks.
"I think that's quite an exaggeration," Rubio said Sunday on "Face the Nation."
If the United States does nothing Iran still will be involved, Rubio said, and if Iran helps overthrow ISIS without American help, "You can rest assured that a future Iraqi government will be completely, 100 percent under the influence and in the pocket of Iran."