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September 13, 2013 - 9:26 am

A key GOP supporter of U.S. action in Syria went off on President Obama for just not being able to articulate anything to the world as commander in chief.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) crafted the amended version of Obama’s use of force authorization that passed committee 10-7-1 and is on hold in the Senate.

Obama said this week that any amended version that might be considered after negotiations with the Russians would again be up to Corker and Menendez.

Still, the Tennessee Republican isn’t very happy about how Obama has been handling his end of things.

“I really do think they’ve hurt our credibility around the world just in the muddled way that they have dealt with this Syrian issue… the president just seems to be very uncomfortable being commander in chief of this nation,” Corker told CNN yesterday.

“It’s just the results. We have these conversations. It appears that it has an impact. I would think that most Republicans who were at the luncheon yesterday would believe — would ever believe last night he was going to make the greater case, the strategic case for us in Syria,” he continued. “I heard no word, not one word of it. He’s very good in an interpersonal setting. He just cannot follow through. He cannot speak to the nation as a commander in chief. He cannot speak to the world as a commander in chief. He just cannot do it and I don’t know what it is.”

“And I sent an e-mail over this morning to Denis McDonough, his chief of staff, telling them I could not be more disappointed in what happened last night. I just think it so much he doesn’t make the case for why this is important to U.S. credibility and why U.S. credibility in the region is so important to our own safety and to the world’s safety.”

Corker added, “I probably shouldn’t be saying everything I’m saying right now but I guess as a result of last night my temperature level is up slightly today. He’s a diminished figure here on Capitol Hill. I can assure you of that.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Yeah, it says a lot when even the despised Congress critters despise him.
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He is now a "diminished figure on Capitol Hill" and his mental sanity has been challenged by Charlie Manson.

That could be a case of "The pot calling the kettle black" no racism intended.
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"He’s a diminished figure here on Capitol Hill."

Congress' approval rating is what, single digits now? 'Diminished figure on Capitol Hill' is a relative term, Senator.
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Has he hit irreducible yet?
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Yeah, it says a lot when even the despised Congress critters despise him.
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There is no question Obama is inflicting damage to US interests and standing globally. Obama is notorious for not taking responsibility for anything on his watch. However, my hope is that the world perceives him as the primary driver and knows that when he leaves office this ill-conceived course will begin to be immediately corrected. The looming issue is how provocative will Obama's weakness prove to be in the meantime?
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"Diminished figure on Capitol Hill", heh.

As if that even means anything.

Team Obama's entire tenure in office so far has been with design of making the House and Senate completely irrelevant, so he and his advisors can do whatever they damn well please, whenever they damn well please.

And Harry Reid has been only too happy to facilitate that, along with spineless establishment republicans in both houses (Moron McCain, Lindsay Grahamnesty, Weepy Orange Boehner, etc...)
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considering his long time hatred of the military, go as far back as his youthful radical training from Frank Davis, it's understandable why he can't wrap his head around being CIC.

But at least we know why he wants to get involved in Syria, to help out his Al Qaeda brethren. What's your excuse Bob? I'd also like to hear for your esteemed colleague from Arizona, regarding his "moderate" rebel friends beheading prisoners and destroy Christian villages.
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"He’s a diminished figure here on Capitol Hill. I can assure you of that.”


Diminished.... from what?

What level or capacity did you think he was at, Senator? And why?

And can you assure us of whose side you are on?
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