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CNN host grills GOP lawmaker: ‘Who cares’ if Russia gets an edge in Syria deal?

By David Edwards
Sunday, September 15, 2013 15:11 EDT
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CNN host Candy Crowley
 
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CNN host Candy Crowley on Sunday asked House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) why he insisted on slamming President Barack Obama’s administration for allowing the Russians to help negotiate a deal for Syria to hand over it’s chemical weapons.

“The Syria plan has been confusing at best over the past two years,” Rogers told Crowley. “Last week, it was more confusing to the American people and to members of Congress about our national security interests. The president couldn’t quite close that deal.”

“So, that indecisiveness, I think, gave the diplomatic advantage to the Russians,” he added. “They saw it, they stepped in. This is a Russian plan for Russian interests, and we should be very, very concerned.”

“But who cares?” Crowley interrupted. “If it has a chance to get rid of chemical weapons, do we really care that Russia got the diplomatic edge?”

“Well, if it were just that, that’s true,” Rogers replied. “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.”

Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said that “the threat of force is real” if Syria did not comply with its part of deal.

Watch the video below from CNN’s State of the Union, broadcast Sept. 15, 2013.

 

(h/t: Mediaite)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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