- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee’s Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations committee, is vocally criticizing President Barack Obama’s plan to train Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic state militants in the Middle East.

Corker in a Wednesday committee hearing confronted Secretary of State John Kerry over what he called the “unserious” rhetoric and lack of details about the proposal.

Corker noted that no other country in the region has agreed to send in ground troops and called the administration plan a “political answer” to public outrage to the brutality of the Islamic State militants.

Corker ended up voting for the final version of the bill that passed the Senate Thursday evening. The measure passed the House Wednesday.

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