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Intelligence Chairman on Iraq: ‘We Have a Very Narrow Window to Get This Right’

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June 19, 2014 - 12:03 am
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said the Obama administration’s decision to send up to 275 military personnel to Iraq is necessary but the U.S. has “a very narrow window” to fix the deteriorating security situation in the country.

He also called the capture of Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a leader of the Benghazi branch of the terror group Ansar al-Sharia in Libya, a “little bright spot” in a “dire situation.” Khatallah allegedly was one of the organizers of the Sept. 11, 2012, terror attack on the U.S. consular facility in Benghazi.

“This is an important step. It’s done. It means we still have over a dozen individuals that we’ve been able to identify and believe participated in those events,” he told PJ Media at the National Association of Broadcasters Service to America Awards on Tuesday evening.

“They all need to be brought to justice but this was a little bright spot of good news in a very dire situation around the rest of the world and we should celebrate the intelligence folks, the FBI and military guys that put this together and effected arrest with no injuries. That’s pretty fantastic in a very dangerous place,” he added.

The National Association of Broadcasters honored legendary singer and songwriter Paul Simon with the 2014 Service to America Leadership Award at the event. The organization recognized General Motors and the General Motors Foundation with the 2014 Service to America Corporate Leadership Award.

Rogers and Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) were on hand to honor stations in their respective states for outstanding service to their local communities. In total, five radio and television stations were honored, including WLEN-FM in Adrian, Mich., and KOBI in Medford, Ore.

Walden, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said the White House should answer why the terror suspect was interviewed by several American media outlets months before his capture.

“I’m glad they caught him. He’s been interviewed by most national news organizations prior to this already I’m told so it’s good that our team finally got a hold of him so he can be prosecuted appropriately,” Walden said at the event.

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Very "narrow window?" These people have been killing each other since 600 AD. Narrow window, indeed.
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Oh are we the American people absolute dupes. Lets see how dupable we are.
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‘We Have a Very Narrow Window to Get This Right’

Six years not enough? Talk about OJT.
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It is Saudi Arabia that is funding and arming ISIS...everyone knows it yet refuse to acknowledge it publicly...even writers on PJM are beholden to PC of blaming america, regardless GOP or DEMO, blaming USA for what Saudi's have been scheming these last decades is pitiful.
Someday in the near future we will be forced to deal with Saudi Arabia as evidence will be overwhelming and public pressure and demand will force it. How many thousands more will die, lose their limbs, suffer through war and misery because US politicians are cowards ??
It is the price we are paying for irresponsible decisions the last 50 years.
14 weeks ago
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The Chairman, Rogers is a RINO establishment Republican who is going to quit Congress to become a talk radio host.
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I expect more out of talk show hosts than I did in the 1990s. They need to do more research and the filed is crowded.

We will see how well he does.
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If we "have a very narrow window to get it right"...... then we will not get it right.

Plan accordingly.
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The Stupid Party never fails to disappoint. The only thing missing is McCain and his 'lil sidekick shouting that, "'We need to bomb somebody!" Oh wait . . . they already did. When religious lunatics are killing each other, the sensible thing to do is send BOTH sides more bullets and stand back.
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What about the Christians and Jews caught in the middle?
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The Stupid Party elected Clinton in 1992. So far the Europeans estimate at least 2,000 people have been trained in the Syrian war and will come back to commit terrorist acts in Europe. Americans have gone to Syria and will return to America to do the same. With ISIS raiding the banks in Mosul grabbing more land and grabbing headlines more people will go to Iraq and Syria and get trained to become terrorists. You must be so proud.

When terror training camps were established in the 1990s your boy, Clinton, did nothing except lob a few cruise missile in a desultory manner. and that was done not to kill terrorists but to get Monica out of the headlines.


"According to the Commission on Terrorist Attacks, as many as 20,000 individuals trained at Bin-Ladin supported camps throughout Afghanistan from May 1996 to September 11, 2001. "

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/para/al-qaida-camps.htm
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Years of top secret planning was implemented and needed for America and the allies to execute the Normandy invasion. Those days of secret plans are over in this age of instant news and also "leaked" news. Now the enemy (not even defined) knows in advance what we'll do, what we might do, what we're even thinking about and why. And what they do always seems to be a surprise to us.

Hmm? We've already lost. Save your pennies, the price of gas and everything else will go through the roof.
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"Now the enemy (not even defined) knows in advance what we'll do"

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2013/August/Muslim-Brotherhood-Influence-Reaches-White-House/
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Years were not needed. the General staff felt they could have invaded in 1943. It was put off because FDR invaded north Africa (Operation torch), which the general staff was against, but they followed orders.

FDR invaded North Africa because Winston Churchill wanted it.

Churchill wanted it and I am admirer of Churchill but not everything he touched worked out well.

War game a 1943 invasion of France without Operation Torch and see of the war is not shorter with few lives lost on all sides. Maybe the generals were wrong and maybe they were not.
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The pResident has authorized an additional 275 sacrificial victims for the American Embassy in Baghdad hoping that enough of them will survive and be captured for trading for the rest of the scum in Guantanamo. The public needs to just get used to the fact that these Marines are not anybody's sons, they are just pawns in nobama's political games!

Maybe the American public needs to be made aware of the fact that the ISIL that is rampaging through Iraq right now was being armed back in Benghazi on 9/11/12 with a secret scheme called "Operation Zero Footprint", authorized by nobama, Hillary Clinton and the "Gang of Eight" (Boehner, Reid, Ruppersberger, Pelosi, Rogers, McConnell, Feinstein and Chambliss), and carried out by David Petraeus (the head of the CIA at the time) before it was so rudely interrupted by Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty and Sean Smith.

Arming the enemy in a time of war used to fall under the definition of treason back when we were a decent country, now it is just "business as usual" for this crowd in Washington. How many of that "gang of eight" have announced that they are not going to seek re-election when their current terms are up? How many of that "gang of eight" have been stonewalling any meaningful investigation of Benghazi for the past two years?

Inquiring minds want to know! I am very curious to see how far Trey Gowdy gets in his investigation before they shut him down (or he dies under mysterious circumstances). In the meantime I pray nightly for a meteor to hit DC when they are all there!
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“They all need to be brought to justice but this was a little bright spot of good news in a very dire situation ..." - Mike Rogers (R-Mich.)

Does that make anyone feel any better? How about this?

"There were 100 murder in an American city last year and we brought 1 person to justice for one of those murders last year, this is a bright spot ..." - Representative Re-Elect ME

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