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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Senator Bob Corker: Action Is ‘Imminent’ In Syria

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,  is pictured April 2, 2013. (Kristin M. Hall/AP)

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is pictured April 2, 2013. (Kristin M. Hall/AP)

There are now four United States Navy destroyers positioned in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea — each equipped to fire cruise missiles at targets up to 1,500 miles away.

In a speech yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry called the use of chemical weapons on Syrian civilians “a moral obscenity,” signaling a toughening stance by the Obama administration on the Assad regime.

I would prefer that we would come back and take ownership over this, because that’s the responsible thing for Congress to do.
– Sen. Bob Corker

U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told Here & Now he believes U.S. military intervention in Syria is “imminent.”

“I don’t think there’s any way our Secretary of State could have made the kind of speech that was made yesterday, talking about all that has happened there — and the way that he did — and us not take action there,” Corker said. “I do think it’s imminent, and I think it’s going to be happening in a very short period of time.”

Corker said President Obama has been given several options for military intervention, and is still considering them. He hopes the president will seek authorization from Congress before acting, but notes that it’s not required under the War Powers Act.

“I think it would be much better, since we know this action is going to occur, and since there’s not an immediacy if you will — we’ve got a few days, the president is building support among NATO allies and Arab world leaders — I would prefer that we would come back and take ownership over this, because that’s the responsible thing for Congress to do,” Corker said.

Corker supports the U.S. providing support and equipment to “vetted moderates,” in Syria, but opposes any deployment of U.S. forces to Syria.

“I do hope, as I’ve said several times, that what we do is surgical, it’s proportionate to what has happened,” Corker said. “But what I do not want to see us do is involve ourselves in a civil war.”

He also expects the Obama administration to declassify intelligence on Syria before any strike, “so that the American people have the opportunity themselves to know what the administration knows.”

Guest

  • Bob Corker, U.S. Senator for Tennessee and ranking Republican on Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He tweets @SenBobCorker.

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  • it_disqus

    We should definitely get involved because of all the success we have had in the past of winning over the hearts of those in the middle east through our military intervention.

  • Remember Iraq

    Even if chemical weapons have been used in Syria, our highest priority should be saving lives at home. In the past three years, 90,000 lives have been lost in Syria to violence. In the past three years 90,000 Americans have been killed by Anericans using guns.

    And interfering in Middle Eastern countries ALWAYS gets us into trouble.

  • Upset citizen

    We should NOT go through with any military action against Syria. This is ridiculous. We cannot afford another military intervention. I have also emailed/called/facebook messaged my two senators as well as slew of other United States Senators. But honestly, will they listen? I do not know how to get our opinions out there. Ironic how United Kingdom has followed through the democratic process and here we are forcing democracy all over the world and our President wants to act unilaterally. One man show, huh President Obama?

  • Rhonda

    We do not need to get involved in Syria . We need to take care of America and stop trying to police the whole world, whom of which does not wish to be policed. We can not fix our own failed corrupt government .

  • dan_rather_2012

    another classic false flag op … same old demonic BS … the govt acts like they are gods and can do whatever the f they want. someday a real American army will rise up and show them who is the boss around here

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