In an appearance on “Fox and Friends,” Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Mike Rogers (MI-8), said it’s possible that the attack that took the life of Major General Harold Greene, and injured others, could have been avoided had President Obama not made the decision to announce a troop drawdown in Afghanistan “without understanding the facts on the ground.”
“In fairness,” Rogers explained, “there had been higher blue and green attacks. So people that we were training, our U.S. forces were training, killing U.S. service members in the past has been coming down. Now you’re seeing this spike.”
“Interestingly enough, the intelligence showed there would be a spike,” Rogers added.
“So when you announce the drawdown and drawdown without understanding the facts on the ground, that means certain opportunities to collect intelligence just go away. When that happens, you expose those soldiers, sailors, and marines to new risks that you wouldn’t have before because you might not hear about it until it’s too late or you might not hear about it at all. Our intelligence folks are saying you’re making our job a very difficult job much harder and more difficult because of the plan they announced.”
And the Obama administration’s claim that progress is being made in Afghanistan because “core Al Qaeda doesn’t exist,” Rogers calls that a “false narrative.”
Rogers says the Obama administration’s claim of “progress” ignores the “dangerous battle” between the growing terror group ISIS, and the western world.
Rogers says his “fear” is that both ISIS and Al Qaeda “want to put points on the world to show the world they are the terrorist organization that should be listened to. We know this from chatter and other analytical products out there that say ISIS would like to have a western style attack.”
ISIS is “somewhere consolidating its gains in Syria and Iraq,” Rogers says, “and so is Al Qaeda.”
“We have seen, I would argue, very dangerous forward deployments of those individuals not to western countries yet, who have the sole purpose — and these are Al Qaeda affiliated groups — for the sole purpose of conducting a western style attack, with both the United States and Western Europe on the agenda.”
“That’s dangerous,” Roger added.
“And to say everything is fine, nothing to see here, move along, is wrong and I think the narrative is wrong. I’m a little bit shocked they would even say that.”
After this most recent attack in Afghanistan, Obama’s Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says it won’t alter America’s drawdown plans.
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