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Intel Chairman: White House Paying ‘Heavy Price’ for Foot-Dragging on Iran, Syria

Rogers: "Now we may have tipped off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East."

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Rodrigo Sermeño

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December 11, 2013 - 11:28 pm
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WASHINGTON – The chairman of the House Intelligence panel criticized the Obama administration’s policies on Iran and Syria, saying the administration paid a “heavy price” for the deals.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said the administration wasted time on getting a deal to stop Syria’s chemical weapons program, which averted a U.S. strike, and in the process antagonized many of the U.S. allies in the region.

The United States and Russia reached a deal in late September calling for the destruction of Syria’s chemical arsenal by the middle of next year. A conference meant to broker an end to the Syrian conflict is scheduled to begin on Jan. 22 in Geneva, Switzerland.

“I think it is a positive sign if you take it for what it is,” Rogers said about Russia’s role in the Middle East.

Any deal that brings Russia to the table could be “a double-edged sword,” Rogers said last week at a conference hosted by the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He warned the United States should tread carefully on any agreement with the Russians so that U.S. interests and those of its allies in the region are protected.

“The Russians cleaned up on us on exactly what they got in that particular deal,” Rogers said. “We paid a pretty heavy price with our allies for getting that deal and candidly not including our allies in the negotiations.”

Rogers, who supported a bill allowing the U.S. government to provide weapons to Syrian rebels, said the U.S. needs some “skin in the game” in Syria if it wants the Geneva talks to be successful.

He said that any deal would entail bringing everybody to the negotiations, and right now the U.S. cannot guarantee that the rebels will attend the Geneva conference.

“The Russians can bring Assad, but the U.S. really can’t bring the rebels to the table,” Rogers said.

The relationship between the Obama administration and centrist opposition groups in Syria has deteriorated along with the influence and power of these groups inside Syria. On the other hand, Islamist groups have gained ground since the first Geneva conference in June 2012.

“The conditions on the ground have changed over the last two years. Two years ago we had a whole set of options…today our options just aren’t that good,” Rogers said.

U.S. officials and its allies have met with Islamist militias to persuade them to support the second conference, fearing the talks will not yield a lasting accord without their backing.

If it is just the United States and Russia at the table, then there will be no deal that holds on the ground in Syria, Rogers said.

“That’s why I supported at least trying to have some relationships with the rebels in a way that’s positive to the U.S.,” he said.

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Please tell me ONE instance in which this cabal of radical leftists has:

1) built a long term benefit for our allies in the Baltics, in Israel or for people seeking freedom from brutal communist regimes or bloody radical Islam regimes

2) assisted Americans in maintaining Constitutional rights or freedoms on an equal protection basis
3) supported ANY program that grew the economy, jobs growth or ANY advancement of the free market
4) worked against ANY program that seized more power for government or it's proxies in the Workers Party
5) showed ANY hands on evidence of interest in the implementation of ANY non-leftist
legislation

Conversely, would someone who does this for a living and has a by-line please assemble...probably in a series of articles...ALL the instances and evidence of Obama and this cabal:

A) undertaking secret, "back channel", murky, clandestine, unlawful, and tyrannical acts that have resulted in murders of our ambassadors, border agents, foreign and domestic citizens, and those seeking freedom from radical leftist or radical Islamic thugs
B) has put Israel in a worse position, favored Israel's enemies or disrespected Israel's rights, leaders or interest
C) ignored, trampled or shredded the Constitution, case precedent, legislative rules and regulations, and shattered checks and balances
D) has implemented race inequality in civil rights, voting protections, hiring, prosecution of rights, and implementation of programs
E) has used government departments to punish political dissent
F) has taken or attempted to take away freedom of religion, has called followers of the Bible an insulting name, slandered them or asserted that they were a danger


Yes, we have clearly assisted the enemies of freedom in the Middle East and have set the world on a course of Islamic and Communist tyranny. EXACTLY the course promoted by Barack Obama, Sr., Frank Marshall Davis, Jeremiah Wright, Don Warden, Bill Ayers, George Soros, Danny Davis, the New Party, Louis Farrakhan, the Socialist Scholars, Van Jones, Carl Davidson, Rashid Khalidi, the Midwest Academy, One World Socialists (OWS) and Cloward-Piven.

If someone who is not a commenter, but rather, does this for a living would put the facts and evidence down on paper...and let them connect the dots, any other conclusion would be farcical.

This is a long comment...and it merely begs for either what remains of a free media or the Republican Party to finally, finally...step up and save this nation. It doesn't and can't do in a comment what should have been done by people who love this land of ours and have the means to tell the truth can do in a proper medium.

If the message remains diffused, scattered, unassembled it will not carry the same weight.

There is virtually ZERO investigative reporting on our side. The Propaganda Machine reserves that for when it wishes to assault those who oppose radical leftism.

At long last, please help us.

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All factions in the Syrian fight hate the West, and do their best to kill any person, group of organization that doesn’t cower to their particular form of Islam. Look at the brutal savagery aimed at all Christians in the country, and any Jew unfortunate enough to still be there.

Heck, each “militia” group or jihadi even kills other groups, believing that their belief is better than the others. Better to sit back and watch the show. I’d be behind operations to evacuate said Jews and Christians.
37 weeks ago
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What price?

Any Americans dying in Syria or Iran? Are we spending hundreds of billions on operations in that theater?

The one Foreign Policy success of the Obama Administration (for which Obama and his cronies deserve NO credit) will be keeping the US from intervening the viper-infested cesspit that is Syria.

Too bad we couldn't compound by offering a verbal support to Russia as it aids its client.

Now if we would just stop wasting money sending "non-lethal" aid to Al Qaeda and the Moslem Brotherhood.
37 weeks ago
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Please tell me ONE instance in which this cabal of radical leftists has:

1) built a long term benefit for our allies in the Baltics, in Israel or for people seeking freedom from brutal communist regimes or bloody radical Islam regimes

2) assisted Americans in maintaining Constitutional rights or freedoms on an equal protection basis
3) supported ANY program that grew the economy, jobs growth or ANY advancement of the free market
4) worked against ANY program that seized more power for government or it's proxies in the Workers Party
5) showed ANY hands on evidence of interest in the implementation of ANY non-leftist
legislation

Conversely, would someone who does this for a living and has a by-line please assemble...probably in a series of articles...ALL the instances and evidence of Obama and this cabal:

A) undertaking secret, "back channel", murky, clandestine, unlawful, and tyrannical acts that have resulted in murders of our ambassadors, border agents, foreign and domestic citizens, and those seeking freedom from radical leftist or radical Islamic thugs
B) has put Israel in a worse position, favored Israel's enemies or disrespected Israel's rights, leaders or interest
C) ignored, trampled or shredded the Constitution, case precedent, legislative rules and regulations, and shattered checks and balances
D) has implemented race inequality in civil rights, voting protections, hiring, prosecution of rights, and implementation of programs
E) has used government departments to punish political dissent
F) has taken or attempted to take away freedom of religion, has called followers of the Bible an insulting name, slandered them or asserted that they were a danger


Yes, we have clearly assisted the enemies of freedom in the Middle East and have set the world on a course of Islamic and Communist tyranny. EXACTLY the course promoted by Barack Obama, Sr., Frank Marshall Davis, Jeremiah Wright, Don Warden, Bill Ayers, George Soros, Danny Davis, the New Party, Louis Farrakhan, the Socialist Scholars, Van Jones, Carl Davidson, Rashid Khalidi, the Midwest Academy, One World Socialists (OWS) and Cloward-Piven.

If someone who is not a commenter, but rather, does this for a living would put the facts and evidence down on paper...and let them connect the dots, any other conclusion would be farcical.

This is a long comment...and it merely begs for either what remains of a free media or the Republican Party to finally, finally...step up and save this nation. It doesn't and can't do in a comment what should have been done by people who love this land of ours and have the means to tell the truth can do in a proper medium.

If the message remains diffused, scattered, unassembled it will not carry the same weight.

There is virtually ZERO investigative reporting on our side. The Propaganda Machine reserves that for when it wishes to assault those who oppose radical leftism.

At long last, please help us.

37 weeks ago
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"...the administration paid a “heavy price” for the deals."

I'm afraid that Rep. Rogers misspelled "reaped rewards" as he has completely misunderstood the administration's goals here.

Make no mistake that this administration has made Iran its ally and Israel its enemy, and is working to assist the Mullahs in their quest for a nuclear weapon with anything they think they can get away with domestically.

If the Obama White House were at all interested in depriving Iran of its terroristic influence and nuclear ambitions, they would have taken up the cause of the protestors back in 2010. Instead, we saw images of Neda with her blood pooling in her eye sockets and the protest died away.

This is just an incredible and tragic set of circumstances to watch unfold and the blindness that so many are engaged in is just appalling.
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