Don’t Arm Libyan Rebels: A Warning From House Intel Committee Chairman Mike Rogers

Mar 30, 2011 2:21pm

ABC's Jonathan Karl reports:

In a terse and strongly worded statement, the House Intelligence committee chairman says, essentially, he’s not going to play Charlie Wilson in the Libyan conflict.  Arming the rebels in Libya the way we armed the rebels in Afghanistan during the 1980s, he says, would be a mistake.

“It’s safe to say what the rebels stand against, but we are a long way from an understanding of what they stand for,” Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., says.  “We don’t have to look very far back in history to find examples of the unintended consequences of passing out advanced weapons to a group of fighters we didn’t know as well as we should have.” 

More:  “We need to be very careful before rushing into a decision that could come back to haunt us.” 

Rogers, by the way, was an early advocate of using the U.S. military to impose a no fly zone.

See my March 18th interview with Rogers, just after the no-fly zone was green-lighted, HERE.

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