Face the Nation guest host Norah O’Donnell tried to pin down Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) on his proposed response to the deteriorating situation in Iraq sunday morning, asking what the “urgent action” he kept calling for specifically entailed.
“The urgent action is to draw up plans that allow us to begin to degrade their supply line, their ability to continue to move forward,” Rubio said. “We’ve got to figure out way to isolate ISIS from Syria, from Iraq. Then I’d leave rest to military tacticians. …To do nothing and allow ISIS to establish a base of operation like what al Qaeda had before Afghanistan places us in a very dangerous position from a counterterrorism point of view and puts Americans’ lives on the line down the road.”
“I hear you saying that ‘We can’t do nothing,'” O’Donnell said. “But what I’m not hearing from you is what we should be doing: whether we should have more boots on the ground, whether we should do airstrikes immediately. I’m hear cutting off supply lines. What else?”
“I think that we should cut off ISIS’ access to their command and control structure in structure in Syria, and I think primarily that involves air power,” Rubio said, going on to criticize Obama for announcing limits on the U.S.’s response, such as no ground troops.
Watch the clip below, via CBS News:
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