He said U.S. options could range from missile attacks by naval destroyers off Syria’s coast to employing the help of American and allied forces in nearby countries.
“You’re aware that we have people on the ground in very nearby locations,” Corker said. “But obviously not (U.S.) boots on the ground.”
Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, senior Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the United States may not be able to wait until Congress reconvenes, and that the president should be able to act without first obtaining its permission.
“I think we have to act rather quickly,” Engel said. “I think the horrific killings of people, murdering his own people he’s been doing it for a while now, but obviously the gas that was used to kill his own people, I think we have to respond...in conjunction with our NATO allies.”
Engel said Obama does not need congressional authorization for the initial U.S. response.
“I do agree with Sen. Corker that I think Congress needs to be involved, but perhaps not initiallyâ€¦But we cannot sit still,” he said. “We’ve got to move, and we’ve got to move quickly.”