House Intel chair says Putin isn’t done in Ukraine
March 23rd, 2014
10:47 AM ET
4 months ago

House Intel chair says Putin isn’t done in Ukraine

(CNN) - Rep. Mike Rogers said Sunday he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin has even more aspirations in Ukraine - and the troops to back them up.

Rogers is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and said he based his belief on information from U.S. intelligence officials.

“(Putin) has put all the military units he would need to move into Ukraine on its eastern border and is doing exercises. We see him moving forces in the south in a position where they could take the southern region over to Moldova,” Rogers said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Russian lawmakers authorized the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula last week, after troops crossed the border into the region following deadly internal protests and ultimately the overthrow of the Ukrainian government in Kiev earlier this month.

NATO’s top military commander, Gen. Philip Breedlove, said Sunday in Brussels, Belgium that Russia has a very sizable force along Ukraine’s borders and is “very, very ready.”

For America’s part, Rogers said while he wouldn’t support sending in military personnel on the ground, the U.S. should still provide Ukrainians with defensive weapons and medical supplies, to help protect themselves from further Russian incursions.

Rogers also said Americans should re-engage in this situation, because the United States stands for freedom.

“You have individuals who are for independence and their own personal liberty, fighting against a country that wants to take them over,” Rogers said.


Filed under: Mike Rogers • Russia • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. RetNavy

    NATO should look at bringing them in. As a member they would enjoy the protection of the rest of NATO. NATO policy is .. A attack on one NATO country is an attack on all. Even Russia then would not invade as it would be a direct attack on NATO.

    March 23, 2014 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. Tampa Tim

    Rogers is clueless. Most of his information comes from Fox, Krauthammer, Uncle Sugar and the Libidos.

    March 23, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. king

    Obama needs to send.the atlantic fleet and.to.the black sea and start a.joint exercise with ukraine, poland, and the surounding area.

    March 23, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. Tampa Tim

    smith
    @Tampa & Silence- There is no evidence that Bush knownly let 9/11 happend.
    ---–
    Read the opinion pages of "The New York Times" from 9/10/2012, or ABC News for iPad from January 7, 2006, or New York magazine from 9/11/2012. You will find "yes he did."

    March 23, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. jerrylax

    so, this must be what obama meant in his off mic comment "I'll be more flexible if I'm reelected". He sure is spending a lot of our tax money and time trying to sooth this over…with meaningless sanctions and speak. In the interim Iran strengthens, Libya and Egypt falls apart under 'obama doctrine'. We need to tie his hands behind his back this fall in the mid terms.

    March 23, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. jerrylax

    @Tampa. Bush inherited a mess from clinton. The DoD and intel community were in shambles. Just too bad it was never really reported. Yes, Bush had intel about a strike (9/11), they just couldn't trust it.

    March 23, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. just saying

    not to fear people... obama is fully engaged and has this under control. he will be sending a team of lawyers over to russia to explain to putin what they are doing is wrong and illegal. there is every expectation they will agree, see the err of their ways and withdraw from crimea and pull their 20,000 troops away from the eastern border of ukraine. after all, who can possibly resist the logic and will of the messiah.

    as long as we are nice (stop delaying missiles in poland, etc.) to the bear and feed it well (crimea at the moment), everything will work out fine. after all, it worked so well with hitler and germany, what could possibly go wrong?

    March 23, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. Donna

    Obama looks at Russia and sees a teddy bear to be coddled and hugged and treated nicely.

    Russia's neighbors see a hungry Russian bear that has already invaded Georgia, got treated very nicely by Obama and rewarded by unilateral dismantling of the missile deal the Russians didn't like, and then still invaded another neighbor, even annexing a part of the country (Crimea).

    So who is delusional? Obama or Russians neighbors?

    March 23, 2014 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. Tampa Tim

    jerrylax
    @Tampa. Bush inherited a mess from clinton. The DoD and intel community were in shambles. Just too bad it was never really reported. Yes, Bush had intel about a strike (9/11), they just couldn't trust it.
    -----
    Bush was warned repeatedly, and he chose to ignore. Facts disagree with your opinion.

    March 23, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @jerrylax: "so, this must be what obama meant in his off mic comment "I'll be more flexible if I'm reelected". He sure is spending a lot of our tax money and time trying to sooth this over…with meaningless sanctions and speak. In the interim Iran strengthens, Libya and Egypt falls apart under 'obama doctrine'. We need to tie his hands behind his back this fall in the mid terms."

    When was the last time you sat in on a National Security meeting? Or talked with Putin or any leaders from the NATO countries? The sanctions aren't meaningless – do a little research and you'll see the economic impact they have on Russia.

    The hands that need to be tied come November 4, 2014 are the gop/tea bags who believe wrecking the American economy and going to war willy-nilly are good ideas.

    VOTE DEMOCRATIC

    March 23, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    To all you righties who think Putin annexed the Crimean Peninsula because President Obama is "weak":

    Putin has been observing how easy it is to manipulate the gop/tea bags into tearing at our President; how easy it is to manipulate the gop/tea bags into calling for war (at a time when our nation can ill afford it; we're still paying for the two wars Bush got us into under false pretenses and without any kind of long-term plan other than "we'll be greeted as liberators" and "Iraq oil will pay for the war" and "I honestly don't know or care where bin Laden is"); how easy it is to get the gop/tea bags to do everything they can to undermine President Obama, regardless of the consequences to our nation.

    Putin is laughing at the gop/tea bags – and loving the fact that he can harm our country without lifting a finger because the gop/tea bags are doing his dirty work.

    Heck, I wouldn't be surprised that if we could see (but we can't, thanks to the gop-sponsored Citizens United ruling) the contribution list to all the organizations such as Americans for Prosperity and other gop/tea bag "social welfare," tax-exempt organizations, we'd see several Russian oligarchs.

    March 23, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    The Cold War was a war of economic attrition: The military build-up bankrupted the Soviet Union, while we survived it.

    But ever since trickle-down economics started, our nation has suffered economically, with a growing income gap ( the top earning 1% of households increased their income by about 275% after federal taxes and income transfers over a period between 1979 and 2007, compared to a gain of just under 40% for the 60% in the middle of America's income distribution). Offshoring everything possible has further exacerbated the problem. And now the gop/tea bags want to get rid of the social safety net that is helping the most vulnerable among us until we can get our economic house in order and continue moving forward with the economic recovery under President Obama.

    Putin rightly recognizes that as long as the gop/tea bags are intent on destroying our country from the inside out, he is in a much better position to do what he wants, knowing that the gop/tea bags don't mind harming our country as long as they can deny President Obama any "victories."

    The gop/teags are Putin's best friends, bar none.

    March 23, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. don in albuquerque

    king

    Tell me , since there are enough nuclear warheads on the planet to destroy the planet three time, and the move you would consider would clearly be taken as provocative by the Russians............do you really think that would be a good idea? If you do not believe in the "Big Bang" theory of the earths creation, your idea could very well make everyone believe it for its destruction.

    March 23, 2014 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. don in albuquerque

    jerrylax

    Please cite your sources on the DOD and intel community.

    March 23, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. don in albuquerque

    Donna

    I believe Georgia was invaded long before Obama ever took office. And I note again you offer no solutions but think sending attorneys to talk, or possibly talking in general is a waste of time, and shows weakness. Would you like a little blood with your tea?

    March 23, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. S. B. Stein

    It wouldn't surprise me that there is more to what Putin is doing now. It would be nice if China said something but won't because it they don't see the self value.

    March 23, 2014 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. just asking

    S. B. Stein
    It wouldn't surprise me that there is more to what Putin is doing now. It would be nice if China said something but won't because it they don't see the self value.
    --

    you do know the chinese are communists right? you do know putin ran the kgb when russia was communist so he is a communist. why would you expect one communist nation to not support another communist trying to re-establish the former communist empire?

    geez, don't people know history any more in this country and know who the players are?

    March 23, 2014 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  18. Tony in Maine

    Rogers is an ideologue. He is politicizing the whole thing as yet another way to demomnize President Obama. The FR's will be at it 25 years from now same as they are with Bill Clinton now.

    March 23, 2014 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    @Donna, Georgia (not the state for some of you with the education level of the screecher from AK) was invaded under the shrub's #43 administration.
    @jerryax, do you know how much o our tax dollar shrub #43 spent just on Iraq? What about the money lost by so many after the drop of the DOW in 2008?
    Face it, your boy goes down as one of the worst presidents ever!

    March 24, 2014 06:30 am at 6:30 am |