House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersLawmakers, security experts call for beefing up cybersecurity Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress looks to strengthen government's aging cyber infrastructure The Memo: Generals' testimony on Afghanistan hurts Biden's credibility MORE (R-Mich.) criticized the Obama administration for not paying enough attention to Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram before they abducted hundreds of girls.
"This was a problem in 2010, when Boko Haram said they wanted to be a part of al Qaeda. That's when the problem started," Rogers said, referring to the State Department's decision not to classify Boko Haram as a terrorist group.
"You can't base your policy on what's trending on Twitter. It has to be more than hashtags and selfies. This is a huge and growing problem that's really been relatively ignored," he said. "This is going to continue to happen unless we have a robust, holistic approach to what is radicalism and extremism popping up around the world."
Republicans have accused President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of not paying enough attention to growing radical Islamist movements in Africa.
The abduction of the Nigerian girls has drawn international attention and created lots of social media buzz in the past week, with the hashtag #bringbackourgirls trending strongly on Twitter.
Rogers was also critical of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, saying he needed to present a plan for fixing the VA after a recent scandal in which ailing military veterans were reportedly kept on secret wait-lists to make it appear like they were getting medical care faster than they were.
"He's had five years to fix this problem. Five years. And what I found most disturbing about this is that, when the Veterans Affairs' Committee was trying to get him up, it took a subpoena to get him up to answer questions. That's a huge problem," he said. "We have to get this right, and if he can't come up to Congress and say, 'Here's exactly how I'm going to fix it,' then, he needs to move along."