The Washington Times - September 12, 2013, 09:37AM

Republican Sen. Bob Corker said Thursday he wants President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to succeed in their negotiations over Syria but that a muddled message from the White House is making it difficult.

Mr. Corker of Tennessee reiterated that he is proud the Foreign Relations Committee, where he serves as ranking member, voted to authorize Mr. Obama’s bid for military force in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad for the use of chemical weapons last month.

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He said Mr. Obama has sounded like a commander in chief in meetings on Capitol Hill, only to give a lackluster address to the American public late Tuesday.

The president needs to lay out a strategy and endgame for intervention in Syria, but “he just cannot bring himself to do it,” Mr. Corker told MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.”

“We’re not perceived to be reliable. … I hate that as a guy who’s really, really proud of his country,” he said.

Nonetheless, Mr. Corker said he hopes something good will come out of Mr. Kerry’s meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey V. Lavrov, in Geneva, Switzerland

“I wish him Godspeed,” he told MSNBC. “I said that to him personally, and I hope there is a good outcome here.”