Corker: President Obama’s Comments On Syria “Completely Divorced From Reality”

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Senator Bob Corker, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said President Obama’s comments on CBS about the decision not to use military force in Syria are “completely divorced from reality.”

Senator Corker said, “The president is contradicting his own decision to request congressional authorization for the use of military force in Syria, saying a few strikes would not have made a difference.

This new version of events is completely divorced from reality, coming six months after he called for military force in order to ‘stand up for the kind of world we want to live in; the kind of world we want to leave our children and future generations.’ It was my understanding that in degrading the Assad’s regime ability to deliver chemical weapons, the additional benefit was changing the balance on the battlefield that would have been a significant boost to the moderate opposition.”

In announcing his decision to seek authorization for targeted strikes in Syria on August 31, 2013, President Obama said, “I’m confident we can hold the Assad regime accountable for their use of chemical weapons, deter this kind of behavior, and degrade their capacity to carry it out.”

The president added: “I respect the views of those who call for caution…But if we really do want to turn away from taking appropriate action in the face of such an unspeakable outrage, then we must acknowledge the costs of doing nothing.”


3rd Edition Of Popular Stokes Photo Book To Be Issued

With a second edition of the popular Stokes Photo Book selling out, Chattanoogan.com will publish a third edition of 1,000 copies. John Wilson, publisher, said, "We continue to get calls and emails inquiring about the availability of this remarkable Chattanooga photo collection. So we have asked College Printing at Collegedale to put the almost 600-page book back on the presses. ... (click for more)

Fire Damages Vacant Home On Camden Street

Chattanooga firefighters were called to a house fire around  7:30  Sunday morning at 2105 Camden Street. Captain David Brooks with Engine 4 said smoke and flames were visible when they arrived. The firefighters got the fire out fairly quickly. No injuries were reported. Captain Brooks estimated the loss at $15,000. The owner of the house told firefighters that ... (click for more)

Obama Doesn't Want You To Save For College

Over the past few decades, federal aid for post-secondary education has decreased and transitioned largely from grants to guaranteed student loans.   At the same time, the cost of college has far exceeded the cost of inflation creating a situation in which college has become less affordable and causing students to pile up debt that is at an all-time high.   This debt ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Great Peace Pipe

There is a serious rift between our state legislators and Erlanger Hospital that has me worried. If I worry about something, it doubles the power of the worry. My problem? I am convinced we have the best collection of people at the State Legislature in Nashville we’ve ever had – I adore each of them. I am also blessed to believe Erlanger is back on track and, after a sensational ... (click for more)

Notre Dame Earns State Duals Berth With 45-33 Win

The Notre Dame wrestling team is peaking at the right time. It's been an up and down season for the Fighting Irish and for the first time all year, they have a full lineup. And now they can start making plans for next weekend's State Duals in Franklin after beating East Ridge for the second time in three days. The Irish beat East Ridge by eight points on Thursday night ... (click for more)

UTC Wrestlers Top VMI, 35-3

Highlighted by a victory at 285 pounds in a battle of the unbeatens, Chattanooga defeated visiting VMI, 35-3 Sunday afternoon at Maclellan Gym. In the final match of the day (285), UTC's Jared Johnson (24-6, 4-0) edged Juan Adams (16-10, 4-1), 9-7. Johnson, who has now won eight straight, used two takedowns and a 2-point near fall to lead 6-1 after one period and needed ... (click for more)