WBIR- Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Monday he thinks the U.S. will take some sort of military action in Syria in response to the suspected use of chemicals weapons by the Syrian regime against its own people.
Corker said during a NBC's "Today" show appearance he talked with senior Obama administration officials Sunday night. He said he thinks the White House believes there was little question chemical weapons were used and is working to rally support behind NATO's allies.
"Hopefully they'll (The White House) come to congress with an authorization as soon as we get back, but I do think action is going to occur," Corker told NBC's Savannah Gutherie.
Coker, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he hopes the U.S. will continue to support "vetted, moderate opposition on the ground." He stressed the importance of the US using a "surgical and proportional strike that does not change the dynamic on the ground."
"I think it should be surgical. It should be proportional. It should be in response to what's happened with the chemicals, but the fact is I don't want us to get involved in such a way that we change that dynamic on the ground," Corker explained on the "Today" show.
According to Corker, United Nations inspectors aren't trying to determine whom is to blame. Instead its focus is on whether the use of chemical weapons actually occurred. A sniper shot at a vehicle carrying U.N. chemical weapons investigators Monday morning.
A U.N. spokesperson told USA TODAY no injuries were reported, but the lead vehicle was 'deliberately shot at."
Syria agreed Sunday to allow a U.N. investigation into the alleged chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of people. A White House official told USA TODAY Syria's offer comes too late. Corker told Guthrie a line has been crossed.
"A red line for us has been the use of chemicals against people that has occurred. We need to obviously respond to that, but I don't want us to change our overall policy."
Corker stressed, however, how important it is for the U.S. maintain a fine line of action, but not too much action.
"I think there is a way to do that. I know the administration is working on that. . . I think we can get that right without us getting mired in a conflict that is obviously not something we want to do," said Corker.