Putting himself at odds with some conservatives in his party, Rubio is calling for a resolution to authorize military action in Libya and Muammar Qaddafi's removal. He also wants President Obama to recognize the interim Transitional National Council as the legitimate government in Libya.
"As long as Qaddafi remains in power, he will be in a position to terrorize his own people and potentially the rest of the world," Rubio said. "In fact he has vowed to turn rebel strongholds into ‘rivers of blood.’ If he succeeds, it will provide a blueprint to repressive regimes across the Middle East in the use of force against unarmed civilians. And unlike the conflicts in other nations in the region, the rebels in Libya have requested and welcome our support."
The push come as Rubio steps up his national profile and the conservative Weekly Standard takes note, suggesting its a "striking bid by a freshman senator to exercise foreign policy leadership, in the face of opposition from some in his own party and reluctance by the Obama administration."