Sen. Bob Corker continued to predict a U.S. strike against Syria on Monday, appearing on two morning news shows to discuss growing pressure for an international response to the recent use of chemical weapons in the conflict.
Commenting on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Corker, who is ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he thought the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the attack, which reportedly killed hundreds of Syrians in areas near the capital of Damascus.
"I think a response is imminent," the senator said, appearing via satellite feed from a Chattanooga news station. "I talked last evening with the [White House] Situation Room, and I think obviously we're building support with our NATO allies, our assets are in place, and I don't think there's any question in our administration's mind that chemical warfare has been used. And so I hope they come to Congress for an authorization at some point, but I think you're going to see a surgical and proportional strike against the Assad regime for what they've done, and I support that."
Corker added his thought that any U.S. response should not interfere with policies already adopted regarding the conflict, such as its recent decision to provide lethal aid to "vetted," moderate Syrian rebel groups. Appearing on NBC's "The Today Show," Corker said he hoped the current U.S. policy of assisting opposition forces would continue, even if a strike occurs.
"I don't want us to get involved in such a way that we change that dynamic on the ground," he said.
The senator and former Chattanooga mayor also expressed hope that any U.S. action would be carried out in a way that avoided the possibility of becoming "mired in a conflict."
"I think we can get that right without getting us mired in a conflict, which is obviously something we do not want to do," he said.
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