“There was just an air of smugness, flippancy [in the room] when serious questions where asked,” Corker said on CNN’s State of the Union. “I asked about what our mission in Afghanistan ought to be and I thought [Afghan] President [Hamid] Karzai’s response was a non-response and when I pushed him further, he basically said ‘Look, this is your mission,’ which made me feel that our partnership there was not quite what I think Americans would like to see.”
“We want to see this mission articulated,” added Corker, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
A Democrat who sits on the same committee agreed with Corker.
“Some of the concerns that Bob raises are very well-founded,” Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.
“We have to continually evaluate the representations that they make and see the evidence of their progress against the Taliban,” Casey added.
Asked about billions of dollars in additional aid sought by Pakistan and the Obama administration, both senators also said that they thought the U.S. would have to continue to provide military and other types of aid to the country and its recently democratically elected government.