Syrian President Bashar Assad delivers a speech at an Iftar dinner with political and religious figures in Damascus, Syria. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranking Senate Foreign Relations Committee Republican is urging a "surgical" U .S. air strike against Syria in reprisal for Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons.
Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee tells NBC's "Today" show Monday that "I do think action is going to occur" militarily in response to the purported chemical weapons use last week in a Damascus suburb.
Corker says the Obama administration "feels like there's no question chemicals were used" and says it is seeking to rally its NATO allies to support a military response.
He adds, quote, "I think it should be surgical, it should be proportional. It should be responsive to what happened on the ground."
But Corker also said, "I think we can get that right without us getting mired in a conflict."