Corker Wants Case For Syria Spelled Out, Beyond Chemical Weapons

Corker referred back to a recent visit he made to a refugee camp near the Syrian border, saying he's dismayed more hasn't been done to help arm moderate, "vetted" Syrian rebels. (Image via Senate Foreign Relations)

Corker referred back to a recent visit he made to a refugee camp near the Syrian border, saying he’s dismayed more hasn’t been done to help arm moderate, “vetted” Syrian rebels. (Image via Senate Foreign Relations)

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker says chemical weapons aren’t the only reason the United States should step up its involvement in Syria.

In the first public hearing on potential strikes, Corker said he’s generally in favor, while pushing Obama Administration officials to build out their case on broader grounds.

Corker says whether to back U.S. force in Syria is the most important choice many in the Senate will make.  And while he called the use of chemical weapons “reprehensible,” Corker wanted Secretary of State John Kerry to offer a broader argument.

“…To make a case as to why Syria is important to our national interest, why Syria matters to the region, why it’s important for us to carry out the stated strategy, and how we’re going to continue to carry out that stated strategy.”

Corker pressed Kerry as to why the U.S. hasn’t done more to vet and arm Syrian rebels – something Corker has been urging for months.  Kerry said he’d have to give part of his answer in private, because it’s secret, but that it was a slow process.


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