April 18th, 2014
05:14 PM ET
4 years ago

Sen. Corker calls for lethal aid to Ukrainian military

(CNN) – The leading Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today called for the Obama administration to provide lethal weapons to the Ukrainian military and stop "holding their coat."

"It's time for us to consider anti-tank weaponry, anti-aircraft weaponry," Corker said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."


Filed under: Bob Corker • The Lead
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Silence DoGood

    The right wing hawks want to create War so badly, they can taste it.
    Stick with diplomacy and international support Mr.President. The sanctions are working and the radical right is grinding its teeth.

    April 18, 2014 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. Chander Raj

    Will be FINISHED !!!

    April 18, 2014 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. The REAL Truth...

    WHy does this come as no surprise. Page 4 of the GOP playbook... war is good or profits.. multiple wars are even better.

    April 18, 2014 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. don in albuquerque

    Senator Conker also advised to set the Nuclear War clock at one minute till midnight. "What fools these mortals be."

    April 18, 2014 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. gustifer53

    The Right Wing Nut Jobs are getting their Warmonger machine started up. They must need more money from the weapons manufacturer's, there is NO other reason for their warmonger cry...You can bet that if President Obama wanted to got to war and defend Ukraine, the Republicans, Tea Party politicians and Fox Noise would be screaming Warmonger at him. They have 2 personalities and they also have a fear of the disease the President has. It's called being Black...

    April 18, 2014 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    --now, these backers of republican CULT better know, if they love USA, these idiots want WAR very desperately. Remove all these guys in next election, please.

    April 18, 2014 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. Tampa Tim

    As long as this little twit, Corker, doesn't have to carry a gun, he wants to escalate this mess into a war.

    April 18, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    And he's only doing so because the Obama administration said that lethal aid was not on the table. He's a partisan imbecile and CNN and the rest of the MSM will studiously ignore asking him to define IN SPECIFIC what "our nation's interests" are in Ukraine that are so overwhelmingly important it requires us to get involved supplying Ukraine with weapons that will be used on Russian forces. They'll also completely ignore the militia issue and the question who ends up with such weapons when we simply hand them over...to anyone/any state. The international community is in agreement with how this is being handled and the attempts to broker a diplomatic solution. Corker and the GOP/Teatrolls just want two things: (1) to disagree with Obama in an attempt to make this a mid-terms issue and (2) to divert more funding towards defense contractors who would be making these weapons.

    April 18, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. Thomas

    NeoCon Crazy .

    Why won't Israel back the west , since when did they start supporting Russia ?

    April 18, 2014 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    Now that women can serve in combat positions, I'm sure Senator Corker's daughters, Emily and Julia will be the first to enlist. Son-in-law Justin can join up, too!

    April 18, 2014 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. smith

    Did this guy hit his head or something? We start giving military aid and world war three will soon follow.We never should have gotten involved in this mess. This business of starting or supporting coups in Egypt, Libya, Syria, and now Ukraine has caused more harm than good and needs to stop.

    April 18, 2014 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  12. Silence DoGood

    GOP firefighters would carry cans of gasoline to a fire. Hey ya'all, watch this!

    April 18, 2014 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. smith

    I knew it wouldn`t take long for the race card to get thrown out.

    April 18, 2014 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. don in albuquerque


    Put a mark on calendar. I think for the first time you and I are in total agreement.

    April 18, 2014 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. don in albuquerque

    Has this guys mental evaluation been scheduled yet?

    April 18, 2014 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. it must be said

    Obama is a bigger joke and failure on the foreign relations front than he is on the domestic economic front. Yikes. This guy is a danger to the whole world with this level of incompetence.

    April 18, 2014 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. Mugzee44

    The GOP says we cannot afford to rebuild America, but we can shovel money to foreign Countries like it's the thing to do.

    April 18, 2014 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  18. Kendo

    It's easy for this clown to toss out the suggestion to arm the Ukraine because he knows that there's no chance anyone will run with it.

    April 18, 2014 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  19. anthny76

    ANY "lethal aid" will end up in the hands of the ProRussians forces.
    Now lets check on how many of this guy's contributors are Defense Contractors....

    April 18, 2014 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  20. Dee

    Corker and McCain thing alike and as soon as it gets out of control they will blame President Obama. The President is doing the right thing let dialogue work we do not need to be drawn in a 3rd World war.

    These guys are nuts we need Putin so this situation has to be handled cautiously they forgot about Iran and Syria.

    God Help them

    April 18, 2014 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  21. Former republican, now an independent

    Senator Corker continues to make boisterous statements that put him at no risk whatsoever. He is a notorious self-promoter and a lousy excuse for a senator. Being a native of TN, I can attest that Corker spends too much time on issues he has no business being involved in, and little time on federal issues he is paid to concern himself with. A huge embarrassment to the citizens of Tennessee!

    April 18, 2014 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  22. A Kickin` Donkey

    Any expenditure, no matter how small, must be paid for. Democrats need to get in the HABIT of bringing this up EVERYTIME the Republicans want to do ANYTHING but especially when they want to start a war.

    Democrats need to get cut-throat. How many 10ths of a point will the Capital Gains rate go up to pay for these Raytheon TOW / Stinger missiles. Mr. Corker?

    April 18, 2014 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  23. Gunderson

    What Me Worry says Alferd E. Neuman. The lessons of History are never easy. Neville Chamberlean tried appeasment with Hitler. Hitler signed a Non agression Pact with Stalin. Trusting Putin is like trusting the Mafia. We have a weak president in office. More attuned to food stamps than foreign policy. So why are the "No Nothings" defending him?

    April 18, 2014 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  24. Evelyn Connaway

    All those republicans should be removed from any involvement with foreign nations.

    April 18, 2014 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  25. Truther

    Won't even read this bogus article. No emails at time of carville, emanuelle, lewinsky scandal.

    April 19, 2014 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
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