Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who has recently been campaigning with GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, advocated for a strong, active foreign policy stance for the United States in a wide-ranging speech at the Brookings Institution, Wednesday.
He told the audience that the United States must continue to play a leadership role because there is not another power that is capable of taking up the cause.
"International problems do require effective coalitions, and on that point, this administration is right," Rubio said. He went on to say that coalitions don't form themselves and that the United States needed to take an active role in creating them.
He criticized the "one nation, one vote" system of the U.N. General Assembly and Human Rights Commission, which, he said, gave outsize power to small nations, and said that while the U.N. Security Council played an important role in the world, the U.S. had to be prepared to act unilaterally.
Sen. Rubio warned against the rising power of China, and said that Iran was looking to become the dominant power in the Middle East, something that the U.S. must act to prevent, in his opinion.
"Preventing a nuclear Iran, may sadly require a military solution," Sen. Rubio said, while also advocating for a more aggressive stance towards Syria, citing the many benefits of a post-Assad Middle East, including more stability in the region and the loss of a key Iranian ally.
Sen. Rubio advocated for more attention to regional relationships and for growing cooperation with other democratic governments throughout North and South America.
The Florida Senator, who is being talked of as a potential Vice Presidential candidate, criticized President Obama's stance towards Russia, saying that he didn't think the U.S. was getting very much out of the relationship. He wants to re-energize an American-European coalition, and work to help Western Europe reduce their dependence on Russian gas and oil reserves.