U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said recent developments in the Syrian chemical weapons agreement brokered by Russian President Vladimir Putin weakens America’s international credibility.
“Well, obviously I’m skeptical,” Rogers told CNN’s “State of the Union” host Candy Crowley on Sunday. “But any day that we can do something to take chemical weapons off the battlefield, take them away from [Syrian President Bashar al-]Assad, and/or stop them from being, from falling into the hands of Hezbollah or al-Qaida, it’s a good day.”
Rogers said the problem was that the plan was confusing to the American people and to members of Congress.
“The president couldn’t quite close the deal,” Rogers said. “So that indecisiveness, I think, gave the diplomatic advantage to the Russians. This is a Russian plan for Russian interests.”
Crowley jumped on that statement.
“Who cares?” Crowley asked. “If it has a chance to get rid of chemical weapons, do we really care that Russia got the diplomatic edge?”
Rogers explained why Americans should care.
“Well, if it were just that, that’s true,” Rogers said. “But if the president believes, like I do, that a credible military force helps you get a diplomatic solution, they gave that away in this deal. I’m really concerned about that.”
Reminding Crowley that the deal is still just a “framework,” Rogers said the agreement still has to go before the United Nations.
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