- The Washington Times - Friday, August 8, 2014

President Obama’s decision to order air strikes on Islamist militants in Iraq may not be enough to deal with a growing threat that could eventually target the U.S. and its allies in Europe and the Middle East, according to Sen. Marco Rubio.

The Florida Republican was the first of the major 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls to weigh in on Mr. Obama’s moves, warning that the threat of fundamentalist Islam extends beyond the Islamic State group in Iraq, and that demands a better presidential strategy.

Islamic State, “with thousands of foreign fighters, many of them from the West, will not rest once it has taken Erbil or Baghdad,” Mr. Rubio wrote in a editorial for Time. “Its expansionist ideology will lead it to attack U.S. allies in the region and eventually Europe and the United States.”

Mr. Rubio commended Mr. Obama’s authorization of the air strikes and humanitarian aid, but accused the president of waiting too long to act.

“He has let the civil war in Syria simmer for years, creating the space for this jihadist threat to grow and letting instability spread to Syria’s neighbors,” Mr. Rubio wrote. “Even after [Islamic State] captured Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, in June, the president was hesitant in his response.”




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