The ranking Senate Foreign Relations Committee Republican is urging a “surgical” U .S. air strike against Syria in reprisal for Bashar Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons.
Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee told NBC’s “Today” show Monday that “I do think action is going to occur” militarily in response to the purported chemical weapons use last week in a Damascus suburb.
“I don’t think there’s any question in the administration’s mind that chemical warfare has been used and that when we’re involved, it’s surgical, proportional to what has occurred,” Corker said on CBS’ “This Morning.”
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“I think response is imminent,” he added on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Corker said he understood the public’s hesitancy for intercession.
But, Corker said, “It’s up to us to intervene.”
Corker also said he supported a policy of allowing “the moderate, vetted opposition” who oppose the Assad regime to carry out activities on the ground.
“I think the way we go about that so we don’t escalate this to something far beyond what it is today is important,” he said on CBS. “My sense says we have that ability and certainly need to not back the regime’s use of something all countries disdain — that is, use of chemical weapons against especially their own population.”
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