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Published on June 2nd, 2012 | by Ali Gharib

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GOP Intel Committee Chair Against Arming Rebels: ‘We just don’t have a good handle on who they are’

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Speaking on MSNBC last night, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), the chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, explained to host Andrea Mitchell why he, unlike his party mates Sen. John McCain and Mitt Romneyopposes arming the Syrian rebels. Rogers explained that, because of his position on the intelligence committee, he “see(s) all the intelligence every day” and remains wary that the U.S. knows enough about the disparate and fractured opposition to begin arming them. “That ought to be very, very carefully considered,” he said, “But not until later.” That puts him in line with the Obama administration’s public position. Watch the video:

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Ali Gharib is a New York-based journalist on U.S. foreign policy with a focus on the Middle East and Central Asia. His work has appeared at Inter Press Service, where he was the Deputy Washington Bureau Chief; the Buffalo Beast; Huffington Post; Mondoweiss; Right Web; and Alternet. He holds a Master's degree in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. A proud Iranian-American and fluent Farsi speaker, Ali was born in California and raised in D.C.



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