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Rogers: ‘Abundantly Clear’ Red Line Has Been Crossed in Syria

House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers (R., Mich.) said this morning that now is the time for the U.S. to take action in Syria. Regarding President Obama’s statement that the use of chemical weapons constitutes a red line, Rogers argued, “it is abundantly clear that that red line has been crossed.” 

Rogers echoed sentiments expressed this week by senator John McCain (R., Ariz.) and Carl Levin (D., Mich.), pushing for limited military involvement that would include an “effective fighting force” of “small groups with special capabilities” to vet, aid, and train the opposition’s army.

According to Rogers, “If Assad goes next week, this is chaos.” He cited the presence of al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Hamas elements in the country, arguing that the presence of chemical weapons will make the current arms trade in the Middle East “look like an antique gun show.”

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