In one of his first extensive interviews since becoming ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob Corker was forthcoming in his views on issues of global significance-particularly the war in Afghanistan and drone campaigns in the Middle East.

Corker, a former Chattanooga mayor, was named as the top Republican on the key committee last month. Since assuming his post, the senator has participated in hearings regarding last year’s attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya and the recent confirmation of Secretary of State John Kerry.

In an hourlong sit-down interview granted to Yahoo News, the senator offered thoughts on items that will likely highlight the initial months of his time as ranking member.


Corker suggested the controversial drone initiative, designed to take out suspected terrorists overseas, may not be legal, despite being staunchly backed by President Barack Obama.

Along with concerns about the policy of drones, Corker said officials should be considering the ramifications for the current program once other countries develop their own technology to carry out unmanned aerial vehicle strikes.

“We’ve got to have a set of standards and checks and balances that help ferret out the ethical issues that need to be ferreted out because, soon, other countries are going to be doing the same thing,” Corker was quoted saying.

The senator also said he did not trust Afghan President Hamid Karzai and said he would prefer for the U.S. to wait for the results of April’s elections in Afghanistan before laying the groundwork for withdrawal from the country.

To read the Yahoo News report, click here.