In an interview on CNN’s “OutFront,” Senator Bob Corker called on President Obama to call Congress back to Washington to seek approval for possible surgical, proportional military action in Syria.
“[T]he administration has consulted and we have been aggressive, candidly, about being consulted…. I do think we would be so much better off if the administration would come to Congress, call everybody back and let Congress authorize this activity,” said Senator Corker.
In terms of the U.S. foreign policy goals in Syria, Senator Corker said, “I don’t want what we may be getting ready to do with Syria to take us away from the stated strategy and policy of insuring that we don't get directly involved in any kind of quagmire relative to civil war. I think what the president is proposing, a surgical, proportional strike, is called for here assuming the intelligence briefing that I get justify those actions.”
Rep. Scott DesJarlais said, "I am of the firm opinion that the United States does not need to commit our military until the president comes to Congress and clearly outlines his goals and objectives regarding Syria. While Bashar al-Assad is nothing short of a despot, his opposition is comprised of a group with direct ties to al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. In fact, the enemies of America in the Middle East would love nothing more than to drag us into another military conflict, causing us more damage financially and risking our personnel abroad.
"Unless there is solid intelligence to suggest that American interests need to be protected through our actions, I will continue to oppose military intervention."