May 10th, 2009
11:43 AM ET
5 years ago

Corker: There was 'smugness' in meeting with leaders


WASHINGTON (CNN) - Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker said Sunday that a recent congressional meeting with the leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan left him concerned.

“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.


Filed under: Afghanistan • Pakistan • State of the Union
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Bronncohowie

    Just because the Bushies could not "follow the money" does not mean that the Obama administration cannot either. President Obama has said many times that he is willing to do whatever it takes to get Bin Laden, something the Bushies never even card about.

    May 10, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Larry of Massachusetts

    Obama should just get out of Afghanistan. Bring the troops home and strengthen homeland security. There is nothing to be gained by staying in Afghanistan – nothing. And there is no military objective that is achievable in Afghan 0, zip, nada, none.

    This is now Obama's War and it will become his Vietnam and the reason he does not win a second term -

    May 10, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. The Bu

    Corker recognizes "smugness" because that's what his party and the Republican administration had given for the past eight years.

    May 10, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Maybe if the Community-Organizer-in-Chief was to apologize to them some more. :-)

    May 10, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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