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(WBIR - Knoxville) U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker both released statements on Saturday responding to President Obama's announcement that he will ask Congress for authorization to take military action in Syria.
Sen. Corker said the President made the right decision by waiting to get approval before taking action. In addition, he stated its imperative for the President to now make his case to the American people as to why we should get further involved in Syria.
Sen. Alexander on the other hand said he was concerned about the consequences of a military strike in Syria and what could follow.
He added that there may be a variety of other ways to show our country's disgust with the Syrian government's apparent use of chemical weapons.
Sen. Alexander also said during the upcoming congressional debate he will assess whether a military strike would do more harm than good by setting off what could be another long-term Middle Eastern conflict.
Here's Sen. Corker's full statement:
"U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement after President Obama asked for congressional authorization to take military action against the Assad regime in Syria.
"I am very pleased that the president has listened to the suggestion we and many others have made to bring this authorization to Congress. At this point in our country's history, this is absolutely the right decision, and I look forward to seeing what the Administration brings forward and to a vigorous debate on this important authorization. Further, now that the president has decided to use force and seek authorization, it is imperative that he immediately begins using every ounce of his energy to make his case to the American people," said Corker. "
Here's Sen. Alexander's full statement:
"Under our Constitution the president should seek authorization from Congress before his proposed military action. I'm concerned about the consequences of a military strike in Syria, and what happens with step two, three and four after that. There may be a variety of ways, some military and some not, to show our disgust with the Syrian government's apparent use of chemical weapons against its own people. Since the president's proposed action appears not to be for the purpose of overthrowing the Assad government, during the congressional debate I will assess whether a military strike would do more harm than good by setting off a chain of consequences that could involve American fighting men and women in another long-term Middle Eastern conflict."