Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) answers the question “Why do we even care about Syria? Why do we want to get engaged in an issue that involves another country and another people at a time when we have so many problems here at home?”

(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)
(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

The answer to every GOP reform plan from the president is that it has to increase revenue. “Republicans and President Obama have finally found an issue they can agree on, and it may just be the most arcane bit of legislating Washington ever does — corporate tax reform. But, reflective of the institutional sluggishness that has characterized the modern Congress, the measure still might not become law, should corporate tax reform become mired in a bid toward a larger overhaul of the tax code.”

How will the president answer this? “The chairs of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees said Tuesday briefings lead them to believe Syrian President Bashar al Assad has crossed President Obama’s ‘red line’ and used a chemical weapon on his citizens, and that U.S. military action should be taken once this is confirmed.”
Too bad we don’t have a qualified secretary of defense.

Unfortunately, the president’s answer is always to retrench, avert his eyes and delay acting. “A  world in which the U.S. abnegates its leadership will be a world of unrestricted self-help in which China sets the rules of politics and trade in Asia, mayhem and chaos is the order of the day in the Middle East, and timidity and appeasement paralyze the free European states. A world, in short, where the strong do what they will, the weak suffer what they must, and those with an option hurry up and get nuclear weapons.”

Whatever the question, the answer is not the Senate budget. “Minority Budget Committee staff estimate that the new Senate budget could actually raise taxes by over $1.5 trillion in the next 10 years. . . . Higher corporate tax rates are the exact opposite path taken by most other industrialized countries. The United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the world, and its competitors have been reducing their corporate tax rates”

The answer to “Who botched Iraq?” is now clear. Charles Krauthammer: “Obama was handed one task to preserve the gains by negotiating an agreement to leave behind a residual force to mediate between the sects, to train the army, and to exert American influence. And that would have left us with Iraq as a strategic ally in the region, and Obama botched it.” It’s almost like everything he and Hillary Clinton did in the first term is turning out to be a disaster.

The Marines answer Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who claimed the sequester caused the death of seven Marines in a training exercise. “Marine Corps officials this afternoon are taking a strong exception to what Harry Reid implied, saying that this exercise for example was planned well in advance, had nothing to do with the budget cuts, there were no corners cut, and if they couldn’t afford to have all the safety precautions into place, they wouldn’t do the exercise. In fact, one Marine Corps official told us a short time ago that he considers this nothing but pure political posturing on the backs of those dead Marines.” Has there ever been a more shameful character than Reid as Senate majority leader?

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.