Corker Statement Following Obama Administration Briefings on Assad Regime’s Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria


WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement after participating in a conference call with senior Obama administration officials regarding evidence of the Assad regime’s continued use of chemical weapons in Syria. Early this morning, Corker received a separate classified briefing from the administration that was also about intelligence on Syria.

“While I’m opposed to American boots on the ground in Syria, I would support surgical, proportional military strikes given the strong evidence of the Assad regime’s continued use of chemical warfare. Whatever limited action is taken should not further commit the U.S. in Syria beyond the current strategy to strengthen the vetted, moderate opposition,” said Corker. “While the administration has engaged in congressional consultation, they should continue to be forthcoming with information and would be far better off if they seek authorization based upon our national interests, which would provide the kind of public debate and legitimacy that can only come from Congress.”

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