Intel Committee chair says U.S. lacks strategy for countering extremism

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, Republican from Michigan who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN’s “OutFront” host Erin Burnett Wednesday evening that he fears the U.S. doesn’t have a strategy for countering militant extremism in North Africa and that the situation there is threatening U.S. national security interests.

“What we don’t have is an overarching policy,” Rogers said. “This is what many of us have been talking about. Mali is the first victim of Libya because of the weapon caches raided and just about the inability to stop the weapons from flying all over and people…So, you had Tunisians coming down likely that had or involved in Benghazi and vice versa.”

Rogers offered an exclamation point to close the interview.

“This is a can of worms that’s open. We’re going to have to deal with it or it’s going to be a tribe or a safe haven like you see along the Afghan/Pakistan border,” he concluded.

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