Some members of Congress have become more and more skeptical of information coming out of the White House pertaining to foreign policy, negotiations with rogue countries like Iran, and the perceived leaks to the media of self-congratulations. Count Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers among them.
Rogers, the chair of the House Intelligence committee, expressed his frustration in an exclusive Newsmax TV interview moments after Monday’s presidential debate concluded in Boca Raton, Fla.
Of particular concern is the apparent ongoing conversation between the United States and Iran over the Arab nation’s nuclear program.
Rogers also expressed worries that any negotiations between those two countries that leave out Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia, members of the so-called P5-plus-one might send the wrong signal to Iran and create confusion.
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The Obama administration recently shot down a New York Times story about those negotiations. Others have complained that leaking a story on the eve of a debate is irresponsible and politically motivated to give Obama a leg up in the two weeks left before the Nov. 6 election
“If you listen to his [Obama’s] verbiage, he said there are no talks,” said Rogers. “Well I think that’s right, there are no direct talks, but there are clearly efforts to set up avenues for discussions which can be good. The only problem is any activity outside of the P 5 plus 1 is very confusing to the Iranians and I think Mitt Romney talked about that tonight, those mixed messages that the president is sending to places like Iran or Russia or other places.
“I’ve got more flexibility after the election, that is really confusing to these nations and these leaders and it is counterproductive to what we want to accomplish he continued. “That’s really concerning to us and I don’t think you’d see that under a Mitt Romney administration. I think you’d see clarity of purpose, working together with our allies for a common purpose in a case like Iran to actually stop the nuclear program. We’ve seen it grow every year in the last four years, that’s been a problem.”
Rogers went on to discuss Mitt Romney’s plan to increase sanctions against Iran as a deterrent rather than poorly executed and clandestine talks or anything approaching a military solution
“He laid out a good case” Rogers said. “He talked about ships that are carrying petroleum and the interesting thing about this is that it wasn’t the President who did it, these were the sanctions that came from the United States Congress and pushed him in to doing that and the Iranians see that.”
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