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March 24, 2013 1:05 PM House Intelligence Committee chief with dodgy intel on Syria

By Samuel Knight

House Intelligence Committee chair Mike Rogers was on “Face the Nation” this morning, throwing around what President Obama might term “loose talk” about possible U.S. intervention in Syria.

The Michigan Republican warned Sunday there’s ‘mounting evidence’ that the Syrian government has been using its chemical arsenal.


“I think when you look at the whole body of information over the last two years there is mounting evidence that it is probable that the Assad regime has used at least a small quantity of chemical weapons during the course of conflict,” Rogers said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Citing President Barack Obama’s comments nearly a year ago that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government a “red line” for U.S. intervention, the Republican congressman from Michigan said it’s “abundantly clear that red line has been crossed.”

This contrasts starkly with current U.S. ambassador to Syria Robert Ford’s testimony on Wednesday. He said “the Obama administration has no evidence so far to support claims of chemical weapon use but is looking carefully at the conflicting reports.”

Where is the House Inteligence Committee chief getting his intel from, then?

Samuel Knight is a freelance journalist living in DC and a former intern at the Washington Monthly.


  • Steve P on March 24, 2013 1:20 PM:

    "Where is the House Inteligence Committee chief getting his intel from, then?"

    The clowns bankrolling his run for the Senate seat that Carl Levin is leaving?

  • mudwall jackson on March 24, 2013 1:27 PM:

    given the republican party's track record on most issues and its less than firm grasp on reality, i'd peg thin air as the source.

  • dp on March 24, 2013 1:29 PM:

    It's Republican members continue to show that the title of the House Intelligence Committee is oxymoronic.

  • Ed Protas on March 24, 2013 1:34 PM:

    This is simply more of the talking points from the Project for the New American Century that continually amped the rhetoric on the runup to the Iraq invasion. Mainstream Media continues to provide a conduit for flawed intellegence that the American public takes as gospel.

  • Mark-NC on March 24, 2013 1:37 PM:

    I vote for Glen Beck, Sean Hannity, Breitbart.com, or Red State as the source(s).

    He's a Repugnant One - no need for actual facts!

  • mellowjohn on March 24, 2013 1:47 PM:

    out of his tuchas?

  • Bo on March 24, 2013 1:50 PM:

    I saw him on the program this morning and I kept waiting for him to be identified since I tuned in after the introductions. I couldn't believe the BS he was spinning and really wanted to know who he was.

    It's comforting (in a pathetic sort of way) that I had him figured for a wingnut without even knowing party affiliation, etc. It really is amazing how these morons stand out in a crowd. Who elects these clowns?

  • exlibra on March 24, 2013 2:21 PM:

    mellowjohn, @1:47

    My first thought too (although in English, not Yiddish). But, on consideration... It may be out of Michele Bachmann's orifice, not his own.

  • Mark on March 24, 2013 2:28 PM:

    From the tin foil chapeau that he is wearing

  • Joe Friday on March 24, 2013 3:24 PM:

    It's looking more and more like it was a false flag.

    You had Obama going around saying the use of chemical weapons would be a "red line" or a "game-changer" or a "trigger" for U.S. involvement, and BADA BING we gotz the opposition claiming the use of chemical weapons.

    Experts viewing the video voted two thumbs down.

  • Josef K on March 24, 2013 3:36 PM:

    I'm starting to think membership to the GOP should be an automatic disqualifier for any level of security clearance. Certainly it should keep any of them off any Committee or SubCommittee dealing with national security issues.

  • dweb on March 24, 2013 4:24 PM:

    He's most likelhygetting it from Curveball and Mr. Chalabi, both currently living in a bunker full of Yellowcake in Niger or barring that, John Bolton.

    Look....we have two very very lucrative wars now winding down after a decade. We need to get something new started to keep the Defense Industry viable. If we can't scare up an invasion of North Korea, Syria and Iran seem like the best current candidates for scare mongering.

  • BillG on March 24, 2013 7:15 PM:

    As someone who has been looking in from the outside for more than five decades, The US, in its ability to trump up 'evidence' to 'justify' unconscionable aggression, has no peers. It has seldom needed 'hard' evidence for anything it has decided it wanted or 'needed' to do.