Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez says President Barack Obama and Congress are in a rush to war and should take more time to consider actions against arming the Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS).
"I do believe that this is a rush," Sanchez, of California, said Thursday on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
"A rush to war?" Tapper asked.
"A rose by any other name," Sanchez replied. "I believe that we are getting ourselves into another war."
Sanchez voted against arming the Syrian rebels and said Congress should have stayed over the weekend and continued working next week to discuss the issue rather than leaving today to return to campaigning for the midterm elections.
Sanchez earlier scolded Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in a hearing in which he was making the case for paying to train the Free Syrian Army.
"I've been through this, you guys," an animated Sanchez said in the hearing. "I saw the coalition in Iraq, and we used to sort of like chuckle at each other, seeing some of these countries with one person, I don't know, training dogs, maybe a bomb expert."
She scoffed at the administration's suggestion that 40 coalition partners already have been lined up.
"Who? What? How much? Which are the combat troops? How are they going to get there?" she asked.
Sen. Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, told Tapper he doesn't think there is a rush to war, but added the does believe there is a rush for the president to appear to be addressing the ISIS threat. Corker has repeatedly said he doesn’t think the administration's plan is serious.
Secretary of State John Kerry told Congress he is not concerned with what it is called as long as action is taken.
"I care about making sure we defeat [ISIS]," Kerry said. "And if you're more comfortable calling it a war against this enemy of Islam, then please do so."
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