Corker Votes To Arm Syrian Rebels Despite Calling Administration’s Plan ‘Unserious’
Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee. Credit: Office of Sen. Bob Corker via Facebook

Corker Votes To Arm Syrian Rebels Despite Calling Administration’s Plan ‘Unserious’

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee. Credit: Office of Sen. Bob Corker via Facebook
Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee. Credit: Office of Sen. Bob Corker via Facebook

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker ultimately supported the Obama Administration’s short-term plan to arm Syrian rebels, even after berating Secretary of State John Kerry during a committee hearing this week. Corker continues to say the White House approach to defeating militants known as ISIS is – in his words – “sophomoric” and “vague.” But he also notes he’s been calling to arm Syrian rebels for more than a year.

“This whole process is about as messed up as one could possibly imagine,” Corker told WPLN. “And it’s unfortunate because no matter what you do, you’re sending a lot of mixed signals.”

Earlier this week, Corker called the Obama Administration’s planning “unserious.” During a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Corker – who is the ranking Republican – made a comparison to a dog and its owner, accusing Secretary Kerry of hiding the ball while Congress chases its tail.

“To say that you’re going to do this regardless of what we say — you’re not going to ask for buy-in by the United States Senate or House of Representatives on behalf of the American people in a conflict that you say will be multi-year, some people say a decade. Taking us into another country with a different enemy is exercising the worst judgment possible.”

Corker says the administration would be exercising “extremely poor judgment” if it doesn’t return to Congress for approval of a broader campaign against ISIS.

Tennessee’s senior senator – Lamar Alexander – also voted Thursday to arm Syrian rebels.

Blake Farmer

Blake Farmer is WPLN's assistant news director, but he wears many hats - reporter, editor and host. He covers the Tennessee state capitol while also keeping an eye on Fort Campbell and business trends, frequently contributing to national programs. Born in Tennessee and educated in Texas, Blake has called Nashville home for most of his life.
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