Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) yesterday called out three former Senators while grilling one of them – Secretary of State John Kerry – at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. The other two were President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, though he neglected to include Kerry’s predecessor Hillary Clinton or wackobird John McCain.
The reason for Corker’s indignation? Well, because there is no coherent plan to deal with ISIS, which Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is also fighting:
The degree to which Corker is justified in his criticism of Kerry today is either diminished or outright belied by Corker’s position last year, when he called for launching air strikes on the Assad regime. If Corker thinks there is no coherent strategy to deal with ISIS now, imagine where he’d be if the most effective army currently fighting them – Assad’s forces – was eliminated based on Corker’s stated desires last year?
Several months earlier, Corker had the opportunity to grill then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about Benghazi; he did not. Evidence is mounting and virtually ironclad at this point that Benghazi was about a weapons trafficking operation to get arms into the hands of Syrian rebels. Lost on Corker and others is that ISIS has grown since. How does he think that happened? Perhaps they got their hands on U.S. weapons that were covertly shipped to ‘moderate’ rebels?
It was Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) who asked the toughest questions of Hillary and it was Hillary who denied knowing anything about a weapons trafficking operation being run out of Benghazi. She couldn’t even say yes or no (perjury?):
Corker did not seem interested in this angle. Was it because he would have approved sending weapons to the ‘moderate’ rebels?
Then of course, we have Senator McCain, perhaps the most politically schizophrenic Senator on the issue. Twice this month, he delivered classic freudian slips. First, during an interview with Greta Van Susteren, McCain said the national security team “recommended funding ISIS”. Greta missed it:
Two weeks later, while appearing on Hannity, McCain did it again. After being confronted with a report that ISIS and the FSA are increasingly collaborating, McCain simply said, “it’s not true”. He then proceeded to criticize Rand Paul’s contention that the U.S. is supporting ISIS by implying that he (McCain) had met with… ISIS and he knows they’re moderate:
Perhaps if the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution had never been passed, there wouldn’t be so many doofuses in the U.S. Senate. Prior to its passage, State Legislatures voted on U.S. Senators. That power was taken away with passage of the 17th Amendment.