Tennessee lawmakers weigh in on crisis in Syria

Tennessee lawmakers weigh in on crisis in Syria

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"A military strike he heard from me and most members of Congress is something we would not support," Alexander said. "A military strike he heard from me and most members of Congress is something we would not support," Alexander said.
"The president has not made the kind of case that I would have hoped relative to the importance of Syria to our national interest," U.S. Sen. Corker told 6 News. "The president has not made the kind of case that I would have hoped relative to the importance of Syria to our national interest," U.S. Sen. Corker told 6 News.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander have both disagreed on how the U.S. should handle the crisis in Syria, but said they did agree President Obama lacked leadership in addressing the nation on the issue.

"The president has not made the kind of case that I would have hoped relative to the importance of Syria to our national interest," Corker told 6 News.

Corker is the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and helped write the surgical military strike proposal.

Tuesday, the president told the nation the strike is in the country's best interest.

"The purpose of this strike would be to deter [Syrian President] Assad from using chemical weapons, to degrade his regime's ability to use them, and to make it clear to the world that we will not tolerate their use," Obama said. "That's my judgment as commander-in-chief."

While Corker said he agrees with the president's proposal to use a military strike, he believes the president should have better enforced the need to establish credibility in Syria.

"I've spent a lot of time with him over the course of the last week and-a-half and I really thought he had gotten to a strong place when he came in for lunch with Republican Senators Tuesday and I was really disappointed," Corker said.

Unlike Corker, Alexander has said he would vote against a military strike in Syria because of the uncertainty that would follow.

"A military strike he heard from me and most members of Congress is something we would not support," Alexander said.

Congressman Jimmy Duncan is also against a military strike, saying he believes the country can't afford another war.

"I think it's very sad that we're spending trillions of dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan when we have so many needs here at home," Duncan said.

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