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Engel, Corker push for U.S. action in Syria

Top lawmakers on Sunday  urged President Obama to take quick action against the Syrian government.

On "Fox News Sunday," Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the ranking minority member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) pushed for a quick U.S. response to the Syrian government's reported use of chemical weapons though disagreeing on the role Congress should play in that response.

"We have to move, and we have to move quickly," said Engel on U.S. military action, adding that "Congress needs to be involved, but perhaps not initially."

Engel advocated for the use of surgical airstrikes, not necessarily "boots on the ground" to eliminate Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's military advantage.

"We could wipe out the Syrian air force if we wanted to," Engel said.

While Engel urged Obama to act decisively without necessarily including Congress immediately, Corker encouraged authorization.

"I think we will respond in a surgical way," Corker added. "And I hope the president as soon as we get back to Washington will ask for authorization from Congress to do something in a very surgical and proportional way. Something that gets their attention, that causes them to understand that we are not going to put up with this kind of activity."


Ruth Tam is a writer based in Washington, D.C., where she web produces for The Kojo Nnamdi Show.



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