Remarks by Rubio at CPAC:
If you inherit a world where the Chinese gets to decide who gets to ship products to the South China Sea and all the countries in that region or tributaries to them… If you inherit a world where North Korea can blow up California or the West Coast of the United States with a nuclear weapon… If you inherit a world where Iran can reach the east coast of the United States or can wipe Israel off the face of the earth with a nuclear attack…
What I’m trying to say to you is that without American engagement the world I just painted to you is not just a possibility, it is a real probability.
That doesn’t mean that we’re going to be involved in fifteen wars or that American foreign policy needs to involve armed conflict with every corner of the planet, it also doesn’t mean we can solve every conflict.
We do not have the luxury of seeing the world the way we hoped it would be, we have to see the world the way it is, and we must address these issues before they become unmanageable.