Sen. Rubio Marks the Death of Muammar Qaddafi
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) – a tea party favorite – seemingly offered congratulatory remarks to the British and the French for the killing of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi Thursday on Fox News, The Hill reports.
“Well, first of all, I’m glad it’s all working out. Ultimately, this is about the freedom and liberty of the Libyan people,” Rubio said. “But it’s the French and British that led on this fight and probably even led on the strike that led to Qaddafi’s capture or, you know, to his death.”
Rubio went on to acknowledge that he had “criticized the president” over U.S. efforts in Libya but later said that Obama “did the right things, he just took too long and didn’t do enough.” The consequences of the delay in U.S. engagement, Rubio said, resulted in the disappearance of thousands of weapons, significant erosion of Libyan infrastructure and unnecessary loss of life.
The Florida senator said he would like to see limited U.S. support in a post-Qaddafi Libya in the form of medical aid for the treatment of their “wounded warriors.” He also said he hopes the new Libyan government will abide by their pledge to reimburse the U.S. for military costs through the recovery of frozen assets belonging to the Qaddafi regime.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked about Sen. Rubio’s comments during an afternoon press briefing.
“I just think this is not the day for politics,” said Carney. “I did note that Senator Rubio did issue a statement shortly after that commending American servicemen and women. And I think that’s important.”
Rubio later released this statement on his website:
"Justice has been done today. For decades, Muammar Gaddafi terrorized the Libyan people, bankrolled international terrorism and spread instability among its neighbors. He masterminded numerous terrorist attacks that resulted in the death of hundreds of fellow Americans. We are impressed with the tenacity of the Libyan people in reclaiming their freedoms and honor the service of American and NATO forces that courageously assisted on this endeavor. Gaddafi has now joined the list of failed and disgraced tyrants that have faced justice from their own people. We still have a long and arduous road ahead as we partner with the free Libyan people to build a more prosperous and democratic future."