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Rubio: Obama ‘Can’t Seem to Understand’ Putin

The Republican Party loves to blame President Barack Obama for anything that it can. On Monday, Marco Rubio criticized Obama for failing to understand Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

“Ever since then-secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a ‘reset’ of relations with Russia in 2009, the consequences of six years of failed U.S. policy towards Russia have played out in the annexation of Crimea and the battlefields of Ukraine,” wrote Rubio.

“This policy has also helped prolong the humanitarian and strategic nightmare that Syria has become,” he added.

“Somehow, as the evidence of failure grows, President Obama still can’t seem to understand Putin’s goals,” wrote Rubio. “Putin wants nothing less than the recognition of Russia as a geopolitical force.

“He has already achieved this in Europe, and he is now pursuing the same goal in the Middle East, exploiting the vacuum left behind by President Obama’s ‘leading from behind’ approach.”

The Hill reports:

Rubio argues that Russia’s involvement with Syria is especially troubling, given Moscow’s support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Putin’s support of Assad, Rubio charges, will likely increase the level of bloodshed resulting from Syria’s brutal civil war.

“In the absence of American leadership, Syria has become a playground for malign, anti-American forces such as ISIS, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Iranian Quds Force — and now Russia,” Rubio writes.

“The situation will only get worse until the U.S. provides leadership to counter the forces of extremism,” he adds. “We must work with moderate elements of the opposition and step up training of rebels to fight not only ISIS but also Assad.”

Rubio’s op-ed follow reports earlier this month that Russia is expanding its military presence in Syria and helping Assad’s forces fight rebels and terrorists.

Rubio, one of 16 Republicans running for the 2016 nomination, has repeatedly tied Obama’s foreign policy decisions to those made by his former secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for next year’s Democratic presidential nomination.

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