tv U.S. Embassy in Cuba Flag- Raising Ceremony CSPAN August 14, 2015 8:40pm-9:01pm EDT
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rick santorum and lincoln chafee will be speaking on the des moines register candidate soapbox. donald trump arrives at 1:30 in the afternoon. democrat bernie sanders, 3:00 eastern on the soapbox sponsored by the des moines register. our live coverage here on c-span. now, it's florida senator and republican presidential candidate marco rubio. he spoke today about national security and foreign affairs at an event hosted by the foreign-policy initiative in new york city. topics include the iran nuclear agreement and u.s. relations with cuba. this comes as part of c-span's road to the white house coverage and runs about 50 minutes.
>> make sure your phones are turned off or muted so we can get our event started. the foreign-policy initiative was established in 2009 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan toanization committed educating policymakers, opinion leaders, and the public about the importance of continued american engagement and leadership in world affairs. the importance of standing up for democratic allies, standing up against world regimes that threaten them. from owning human rights for those oppressed by their government, and maintaining a
strong defense and open economy. it's an honor to be joined this morning by senator rubio for a conversation about these ideas and how to effectively promote them. before we get started, i want to take a moment and thank the many members of our leadership network. these are the alumni. [applause] these are the alumni from our programs in washington dc and new york. i invite you to chat with me and network or any member of our staff. on october 1, we have a forum where we will be continuing this kind of conversation with other national security leaders. senator marco rubio is well known to this audience. elected in 2010 to represent the state of florida in the u.s. senate, his duties in that body
include service on the senate committee on foreign relations and the select committee on intelligence. he is chairman of the subcommittee of the western hemisphere foreign relations committee. before his election to the senate, he served the state of 2005 to 2009rom was the speaker of that body. after his remarks, he will be joined on stage by kathleen .cfarland she will hold a conversation with the senator before moderating your questions for him. you should find on your tables index cards and pens. as we look forward to that portion of the conversation that you write any questions you may have on those cards. if you could put a one word or two word topic at the top to get them sorted.
ms. mcfarland is fox news national security analyst. [applause] she is also the anchor of death con three on foxnews.com. -- defcon 3 she was awarded the defense department's highest award for her service in the reagan administration. i thank her for serving as our moderator today and ask all of you to please join me in welcoming senator rubio. [applause] thank you very much. i am honored to be here at the foreign-policy initiative again. thank you very much for this opportunity. as we gather here today, there are two historic event in progress. the first is the arrival of john kerry in cuba. the second is president obama's continued campaign to secure congressional approval for his deal with iran.
numerous crises around the globe will require the attention of america's next president, i would like to focus my remarks today on these two dangerous developments with iran and cuba, because i believe they represent the convergence of nearly every flawed strategic moral that hazard and president obama's foreign policy and as such, are emblematic of sony crises around the world during his time in office. demonstrate how this administration has failed to anticipate and pending crises, ignore the realities of the globalized economy, and stopped to make america liked rather than respected. the way it has placed politics before policy and adversaries before allies and political legacy before leadership. the way it has confused weakness for restraint, concessions for
compromise, and most simply of all, wrong for right. [applause] to fully understand what we are doing with -- dealing with, we have to understand who we are dealing with. in iran, we are facing a radical shiite cleric who wish to one day unite the world under islam. their version of islam. and believe it will only happen after a cataclysmic showdown with the west. leaders who have been directly responsible for the deaths of --dreds of americans who harbor fugitives from american justice, and who stand
in opposition to nearly every value our nation holds dear. by violating the basic human rights of their own people, by preventing democratic elections, and by depriving their nation's opportunity. the world has missed having an american president who speaks honestly about the world in which we live. in the eyes of barack obama and --lary clinton, they are silent about the fact that minor offenses in iran and cuba are punishable by indefinite detention, torture, or even death, and these
offenses also include nothing more than speaking out with the wrong political opinion. instead of focusing his criticism on these illegitimate governments, the president has chosen to attack opponents of his policies here at home, going so far as to demonize critics of the iran policy as "lobbyists with money and warmongers." he has criticized those of -- opposed to his cuba policy as "tradition or's -- and is derogatory rhetoric it should have no place in our democracy, especially from our president. [applause] affairs tellglobal us that the best way to affect an outcome with volatile leaders is through strength and for example. while the worst is the weakness and concession. yet, weakness and concession are the preferred tools of this administration.
president obama has not only permitted iran to retain its entire existing nuclear infrastructure, he has also endorsed the construction of a full-scale industrial sized nuclear program within 15 years. he has conceded a vast enrichment capacity, preserved iran's fortified underground facilities, and failed to secure anytime, anywhere inspection. he has virtually guaranteed iran becomes a regional power with the ability to build long-range missiles capable of hitting the united states homeland. on top of all of this, he wants to hand iran and $100 billion in sanctions relief which will be used in part to fund hamas and hezbollah, promote instability in bahrain and yemen, and prop up syria. he has given all of this away without any commitment that iran will end its support for terrorism, except israel's right to exist or return a single
american hostage. in short, the deal with iran isn't a deal at all. it is a string of concessions to a foreign adversary of the united states. haveegotiations with cuba proven equally one-sided. president obama has rewarded the castro regime for its oppressive tactics and its persistent opposition to american interests. he has unilaterally given up on a half-century worth of policy towards the castro regime that was agreed upon by presidents of both parties. he has ensured the regime will receive international legitimacy and a substantial economic boost to benefit its repression of the cuban people, which has only increased since the new policy was announced. as a symbol of just how backwards this policy has turned out to be, not a single cuban dissident has been invited to today's official flag raising ceremony at the new u.s. embassy in havana.
cuban dissidents have fought for decades for the very democratic principles president obama claims to be advancing through these concessions. their exclusion from this event willn short -- ensured it be little more than a propaganda rally for the castro regime. i will make this pledge here now. president, as a symbol of our solidarity between my administration and those who strive for freedom around the world, i will invite cuban , iranian dissidents, chinese dissidents, and freedom fighters from all around the world to be honored guest at my inauguration. [applause] our current president has made no such effort to stand on the side of freedom. he has been quick to deal with the oppressors, but slow to deal with the oppressed. and his excuses are paper thin. he has made the argument that if
the embargo has worked for 50 years, why shouldn't we try something new? my question is, why haven't he made a similar argument for the castro regime? for over 50 years, they have tried to tear communism and it has worked either. the cuban people have a standard of living well below that of virtually every other nation in the hemisphere. he has also made the claim that the people of cuba do not have access to 21st century technology because of the u.s. embargo. .his is patently false they don't have access because the castro regime has made this technology illegal. the notion that the cuban people will be allowed freedom of speech and freedom of information now that president obama has made concessions to the very government denying them these rights is complete fiction. cubaoncessions to iran and both endanger our nation. [applause]
here is how. deal with cuba threatens america's moral standing in our hemisphere and around the world. it brings legitimacy to a state-sponsored terror and further empowers an ally of china and russia that sits just 90 miles from our shores here it if the effort to stop the iran deal in the senate fails, the threat posed will truly be historic. a nuclear arms race will likely overtake the middle east, and the national security states of the election before us will become higher than any of -- election since the end of the cold war. it is important to note that hillary clinton not only supports these two deals, but chino brags about her instrumental role in bringing them to fruition. of the matter is, hillary clinton will not overturn these deals as president. i will. [applause] beginning on day one, i will
undertake a three-part plan to roll back president obama's deal with iran and repair the damage done to america's ending in the middle east. first, i will quickly reimpose sanctions on iran. i will give them a choice, either you have an economy, or you have a nuclear enrichment program, but you cannot have both. i will also ask congress to pass new measures that target human rights abusers and iran's leaders involved in financing and overseeing iran's sponsorship of terrorism. [applause] second, i will and sure our forces in the middle east have position to signal readiness. this will be bolstered by my administration's efforts to ending our military by
the sequestration once and for -- some would say, there will be no room for negotiation. but history proves otherwise. iran may not return to the table immediately, but it will return. when its national interests require it to do so. i will also undertake an equally bold plan to go back president obama's concessions to the castro regime. first, -- thank you very much.
to restore the safety and security president obama has cost us through his diplomacy of dictators. when it comes to the challenges posed by iran and cuba, our task is straightforward. we must prevent iran from gaining a nuclear weapon, and we must guarantee that the united states stands on the side of the cuban people, not the side of their oppressors. but we also know that the straightforward, is not based in for easy. confronting these challenges and the many challenges we face around the world will require what has always been required. leadership. principal leadership. based on strategy and security, .ot politics or legacy that is what i intend to offer our nation and the world in the years ahead. thank you for having me today and i look forward to answering your questions. [applause]
>> i am the mother and grandmother of five. i will give senator rubio his water. thank you. now the hard part. you have talked very eloquently about what you would do now. let's fast-forward to win you are president, if you become president, we have already established relations with the american flag flying over havana and you have said you would roll back the relationship. how realistic is that? 18 months from now, the u.s. will have business interest, contracts, major american companies that will have already started building hotels and tourist trade and investments. how do you undo all that?
>> i don't think that is what's going to happen. there is no such thing as the cuban economy. when we talk about the economy, we talk about our own. there is the gaesa. it is run by the cuban military. telecommunications, rent cars, gas stations. every major industry is owned or operated by a company held within this larger company. when you open up to the cuban economy, you open up to this holding company run by raul castro's son-in-law. so what american companies will find it cuba, they will find a government that says we will let hotel underag in a