Marco Rubio Introduces his New Foreign Policy: The Liam Neeson Doctrine

It has been said that “the prime mover of American interrogation doctrine is none other than the star of Fox television’s 24: Jack Bauer.” Jack, you will remember, ran around torturing suspects for information about their nefarious schemes, information he would then use to save the day. The folks at Guantanamo loved themselves some Jack Bauer.

If Marco Rubio became president, we would be replacing Jack Bauer with Bryan Mills. You might better know Mills as Liam Neeson’s character in Taken (2008). Here, shedding the gentle Jedi image, Neeson took to the dark side as he hunted down human traffickers who had taken his daughter.

At the South Carolina Freedom Summit on Saturday, Rubio showed about as much imagination in battling the terrorist state as his Republican pal, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who said if he could lick those nasty old labor unions, he could lick the Islamic State.

Rubio told the gathering,

“On our strategy on global jihadists and terrorists, I refer them to the movie Taken. Have you seen the movie Taken? Liam Neeson. He had a line, and this is what our strategy should be: ‘We will look for you, we will find you, and we will kill you.'”

This earned him thunderous applause, if you can believe it.

In the film, Neeson’s spiel is this, and you can see why chickenhawks like it:

Bryan: I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.

Oh dear. Really? That’s it?

I mean, let’s ignore for a minute that this is exactly what the Obama administration did to Osama bin Laden. But that’s not a foreign policy. It is a special forces op. Your entire foreign policy cannot be one extended special forces op.

That’s now how this works. It’s not how any of this works.

And these are the guys criticizing Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy cred?

The thing is, we don’t have to look for ISIL. We know where they are. We don’t have to find them, because they’re not hiding.

Well…okay, maybe Republicans with their horrible geography skills, like Tom Cotton wanting to go after Iran without knowing where Tehran is, need to look for ISIL, but normal people – that is, people who do not watch Fox News – don’t.

Sadly, though Rubio wants to make like Liam Neeson, he lacks the writing talents of French filmmaker Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element).

Neeson reprises the role of Bryan Mills in Taken 2 (2012) and Taken 3 (2014). Rubio, however, will be unlikely to have any sequels because he won’t get the first film made, if you get my meaning.

Not with a foreign policy based on a movie.

34 Replies to “Marco Rubio Introduces his New Foreign Policy: The Liam Neeson Doctrine”

  1. I cannot think of Walker without thinking of his roll out gaffes and how unready for Governor he is, let alone POTUS.

    That bit about him being able to handle anything because he busted unions, and then the bit about how he was an EAGLE SCOUT and that was experience, you know, in lieu of an actual college degree for the highest office in the land.

    What a marrooon, as bugs bunny says.

  2. on the plus side…

    at least they’ve moved beyond Rambo and Chuck Norris’ cartoon movie Delta Force for their foreign policy ideas…

  3. Rubio is such a little boy who tries over and over to talk big and tough. This movie quote is more in line from quitter governor Palin, only she would be holding a gun across her fake boobs.

  4. My 15 year old daughter makes more sense when we talk about foreign policy that these clowns.

    Its telling that, I would bet a room full of colored people would applaud this idiocy.

  5. lol.

    but sadly, no. Norris is all over the Jade Helm thing and they are still buying into cartoon politics. Comedic gold.

  6. no no no…

    that would be the Republicans referring to Chuck for DOMESTIC policy…

    remember… Chuck is ready to be president of Texas when they finally secede.. no telling who he’ll have to fight for that privilege…

    Cruz, Ghomert, Abbott… Rick Perry is looking for a job…

  7. An interesting mental dichotomy when it comes to Republican thinking (?).

    Hollywood is evil beyond the pale when it comes to doing unto others as you would have them do unto you.

    But then,

    Hollywood is a message sent from on high when it comes to ‘Bearing a Sword”.

  8. I may not agree with Rubio (obviously you guys don’t) but at least he’s telling me his position on ISIL so I can make a decision on who to vote for. What is Hillary’s position on ISIL?

  9. WTF do you mean? You people have no basis in reality on what’s going on. We have allies like Turkey and the gulf states that is supporting them and that’s Ok with you dumbasses. We have Iran that is fighting them but you, the 47 traitors in the Senate including stay thirst Rubio want to go to war with Iran and that’s OK with you dumbasses. Just admit you don’t know shit and whatever you dumbasses do is just makes eat a bigger shit sandwich that you created

  10. Hi Buddy,

    How is your candidate, J. Warren doing? How do you have the nerve to show your face? Cut and Paste your talking points more carefully next time…

    Did you get fresh troll notes?

  11. Unlike the repub endless look at me tough guy platitudes, Hillary is communicating quite a few of her presidential priorities.

  12. Got a link from JCBlUES (thank you) that answered my question. Hillary’s foreign policy on ISIL is:
    1) No troops on the ground
    2)Use the Air Force
    3)Use regional soldiers to do the ground work, especially from Iraq
    4)This will be a “long term.” struggle.

    That’s all I needed to know.

  13. Marco’s philosophy to solve the problems facing America and the rest of the world:
    Hire someone to write a movie script wherein all of society’s ills are solved within two hours.

  14. Gosh Rin, I’m doing the best I can. I’m just so grateful to be able to read these threads and have the opportunity to learn and grow…

  15. Well, I assume the bad guys are now going to make sure that all of their ammo has rattlesnake poison in it (The joke here is that the poison bullet is what killed Liam Neeson’s character in A Million Ways to Die in the West).

    In all seriousness, ‘cowboy’ diplomacy failed us once already. Why dredge that crap up again?

  16. Yeah the threads about Rubio do not have much of an issue driven discussion. We can talk about reversing Cuba diplomacy, but nobody wants to go back to the 50 year old past ideas that didn’t work, except Rubio.

  17. Rubio’s far from ready to wear the daddy pants, he’s barely into big boy pants. So he wants to send our kids into a war that needs to be fought by the actual people that live in the region. They have to step up and protect themselves sometime.

  18. Teddy Roosevelt said to “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” Rubio is talking loudly, and I doubt he has a big stick, or the intelligence and the gumption to carry out his plan. He abandoned immigration reform as soon as he realized that it would hurt his chances at getting the gop nomination, even though he had “championed” it and crafted a bill for immigration reform. That’s not the action of a strong, wise person; it’s the action of a weak fool. Had he been strong and wise, he would have stuck with his own bill, and tried to convince the gop base that it was the right thing to do.

  19. So now in my search for a president, I can now compare Rubio’s and Clinton’s policies concerning ISIL.

    Rubio: Look for them, find them, kill them.

    Clinton: Look for them, Find them, (from the air) and have Iraqi soldiers kill them.

    Rubio didn’t say he wouldn’t put boots on the ground. He needs to say. Clinton believes other soldiers will do our dirty work for us. I will need to know how that happens. What if they lack the will? What if they suck at it and runaway?

  20. Hi Gary. Give me the bigger picture here. Israel seems to be fighting their own battles just fine. Maybe I’m missing something. Tell me what you mean.

  21. I will believe these GOP/TP presidential candidates like Rubio, Graham, and Rand Paul mean business about going after ISIS when they bring the president’s request to increase military action against ISIS to the floor of the Senate for a vote. They’re standing before crowds talking tough, but neither of them has moved to take action on the president’s authorization request. It has now been about two months since the president submitted the request, and it appears that republicans in both houses have been running away from it since then. They want Pres. Obama to do the heavy lifting in regard to ISIS while they do the tough talking, and I think the reason is that deep inside they know Iraq was a major debacle and don’t want their votes recorded approving a more robust military response to ISIS, which might further destabilize the Middle East. They say one thing about ISIS in public, but in Congress, they run as far away, as fast as they can from the issue. Cowards.

  22. “You were out to make yourself a reputation, weren’t you? That sort of dime-store hero went out with Billy the Kid.”
    (Gene Autry: “Loaded Pistols” – 1948)

  23. No Robert, Hillary believes and rightly so that ME problems are for ME peoples to resolve. In other words rather than have us do the fighting for them, they fight for themselves.

    We will help them, we will assist them, but we will not lose American lives to fight for them. Got it, get it? – no more shoot first and ask questions later policy.

    And, if they, the ME people run away from their problem and give in to their Religious Fanatics – that is their problem to live with.

  24. Oh, oh…isn’t this type of thinking What got us involved in the SHOCK AND AWE Iraq version? With Bush thinking like RAMBO?
    Now we have this Man (wet behind the ears)junior Marc Rubio who wants to be President with Juvenile thinking!——“Yeah, let’s do a Liam on them ISIS dudes, because I’m Baaaaad. So you ISIS MF’ers better watch out for me, IF the Americans want me as President to come kick some of your a$$, with my boots on the ground strategy. “——— Marco’s thinking.
    Wow, Marco telegraphs his windmill punches. Not good Commander-In-Chief strategy, but for the sake of getting applauses from the Right Wing hard core warmongers who would just love to get into a fight with ISIS NOW! ON THE GROUND in Syria, Iraq, Libya, all of the Middle East! Because:——– ” We will WIPE THEM ALL OUT! You hear me!”—— MARCO, CALM DOWN BROTHER….. Get out of your Bryan Mills alter ego character (Liam Neeson). ;)

  25. Rubio makes me think of a little kid on a trike, trying to catch up with the big boys on their two-wheelers, peddling his little heart out and yelling “guys, wait for me. Wait for me!”

  26. ISIL is a made up enemy designed to keep ignorant Americans in fear and distract from their terrible living conditions. Our only interest in the region is oil. Which is obsolete as an energy source.

    We are there to wage a religious war, which just happens to vampire off our commonwealth into private hands.

    Any enemy who is 5,000 miles away is not a threat. It is an excuse.
    The domino theory is BS.
    America is not a Christian country.
    Ignorance is fatal to freedom.

  27. Do you just hang on to your lies of old and knee jerk your attitude and stances to just oppose dems, with a whole cloth?

    Google the republican members of congress calling for war with Iran. How did you miss it, didn’t your Fox cover that?

    Enter your stupid talking points below.

    Do you have newspapers where you live?

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