Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has built a name for himself as a foreign policy guru on Capitol Hill, a reputation that will bode well for the freshman senator if he chooses to go ahead and jump into the 2016 presidential fray in a cycle where ISIS and Iran are at the forefront.
During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Wednesday focused on the president's request for the Authorization to Use Military Force against ISIS, Secretary of State John Kerry, however, made it clear he still thinks Rubio has a thing or two to learn.
Instead of talking strictly about an AUMF, Rubio redirected his line of questioning and accused the Obama administration of tailoring its policies in Iraq and Syria to ensure that it could get a nuclear deal with Iran. One of 47 Republicans to send a letter directly to the Iranian government discounting President Obama's authority to negotiate, Rubio has often chided Obama for taking too weak a posture with Iran.
"I believe that much of our strategy with regards to ISIS is being driven by a desire not to upset Iran so they don't walk away from the negotiating table on the deal that you are working on," Rubio said during the hearing. "Tell me why I am wrong."
Kerry quickly lobbed back, "The facts completely contradict that."