Rep. Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersThe CIA's next mission: Strategic competition with China and Russia Lawmakers, security experts call for beefing up cybersecurity Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress looks to strengthen government's aging cyber infrastructure MORE (R-Mich.) on Sunday urged President Obama to act in Iraq, saying it is “too late to have meetings.”
Obama on Friday said he would take “several days” to review options, saying those actions are contingent upon Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki reaching out to other sectarian factions.
Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” the House Intelligence Committee chairman rejected the notion that, without a reconciliation, the U.S. would be taking a side in a civil war.
“This whole notion of Sunni vs. Shia is wrong,” he said.
“We can’t wait days or weeks or months to scratch our head and some political reconciliation process,” he added.
“You have an al Qaeda army on the move.”
Rogers said U.S. officials have to encourage Arab League partners to help stop the momentum of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which now controls territory in eastern Syria and Iraq approximately the size of Indiana.
“If we learn anything, you can’t fire missiles and then go home. It has to be a coordinated effort. That’s why you have to have the Arab League with you.”
“This is as dangerous as it gets,” Rogers said, pointing to thousands of westerners and Americans in both eastern Syria and Iraq training in a “jihadist Disneyland.”
“This is a problem we’re going to have to face,” Rogers said.
“We’ll either face it in New York City or we’ll face it here.”
Asked if he favored Iranian involvement, Rogers said he “wouldn’t fall into that trap.”
“Iran has been in Iraq for years. I think it’s a mistake and would be a failure of American leadership.”