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If anything, Obama did not respond swiftly enough to oust Qaddafi, he says. “The United States quite frankly looks weak in this endeavor,” he said at a March 17 hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
“The president of the United States has specifically said Qaddafi must go, but has done nothing since saying that, except to have internal debates about it for a week and a half or two,” he added.
While some moderates worry that the Libyan opposition might be hijacked by extremists, Rubio has no such qualms. In a Feb. 24 opinion essay in the National Review, he called on the US to “immediately engage willing partners to limit the regime’s ability to wage war against its own citizens,” including imposing a no-fly zone, sending humanitarian aid, and pressing border states to stop the flow of mercenaries into Libya.