February 25th, 2014
01:23 PM ET
4 years ago

Rubio: U.S. in a 'geopolitical battle for influence'

(CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio said Tuesday the Defense Department's plan to reduce troop levels comes at a time when there's great unrest in parts of the world.

"In the middle of all of this, the U.S. announcing that we may have troop levels as a low as they've been since World War II. I think that's a pretty startling contrast in terms of where our priorities are and where the world's challenges look like," the Florida Republican told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

He cited tensions between Japan and China, North Korea and South Korea, as well as unrest in Ukraine and Syria. He pointed to instability in the Middle East because of Iran's nuclear program as another example of a challenge the U.S. faces overseas.

He also argued Russia has violated "every significant arms treaty."

"We are certainly in the midst of a geopolitical battle for influence around the world," he added.

Watch the rest of the interview on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" at 5 p.m. ET.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Silence DoGood

    Bush's random, costly, deadly, and lying war campaigns will take many years to overcome.

    February 25, 2014 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. rs

    just asking
    Rudy NYC
    Besides, it is not our job to start wars. We're supposed be the ones who end them.

    pretty hard to do with a decimated military thanks to obama. do you think you can just mix up a batch of instant military the next time you need them? it happens every time a democrat gets in the white house. the military gets destroyed. i gues this is the flexibility he was offering putin before the election?

    i guess obama wants to use all of the money to pay for free healthcare and food stamps for all the people he has kept unemployed for years.
    A cut of manpower by less than 1/5th is badly "decimating- especially as we are now post-war. We are not at war. Right now, after 8 years of Bush cut-taxes and spend economics, the unfortunate reality is we cannot afford a bloated military (most expensive in the world). It is a simple budget problem. The GOP wants a big army- raise taxes.

    February 25, 2014 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. rs

    Sorry JS auto spell- that should be "hardly decimated"- but you got the idea.

    February 25, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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