Rogers: Libya defectors good news for U.S.
April 3rd, 2011
01:48 PM ET
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Rogers: Libya defectors good news for U.S.

Washington (CNN) - The United States still does not have enough information about rebel forces in Libya to arm them, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers told CNN on Sunday.

Rogers welcomed the defection of more members of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's regime, including Foreign Affairs Minister Moussa Koussa, who fled to Britain last week.

"Every time there's a defection from the Gadhafi regime, it's good news for the rebels and good news for us," said Rogers, R-Michigan.

But it isn't enough to provide weapons to the Libyan opposition, he said.

"We know who the rebels are against, we just don't know who the rebels are for quite yet," Rogers said. "Lots of desperate groups coming together to try to overthrow Gadhafi – we're just not sure what they're for, who they are, what they want to see after Gadhafi is gone."

Rogers has previously expressed trepidation about repeating history by offering arms to groups that could ultimately turn against the United States in the future.

In the 1980s, the United States helped arm the mujahedeen in Afghanistan in their fight against the Soviet Union. Some of the mujahedeen eventually splintered off to become the Taliban fighting U.S. forces in Afghanistan today.

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  1. Joel Raes

    I just hope we see some results from all of this very soon!


    Joel Raes

    April 3, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. DOCinPA

    Mark me down as a liberal that agrees. Now, let's hasten our exits from Afghanistan and Iraq so that we can enter meaningful discussions about the NEXT budget.

    April 3, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. BeverlyNC

    So the flip-flopping hypocritical Republicans are back to seeing success in Libya this week?? President Obama did an outstanding job with handling Libya. We have saved hundreds of thousand of lives threatened by Gadhafi, have encouraged their Freedom Fighers to keep going for his ouster and their liberty, have the support and participation of other world countries and not one American military person has been sacrificed. We are already, in fact, OUT of Libya except for our usual Intelligence gathering group who is monitoring what is going in within the country and learning about the People fighting for freedom. NATO is running the operation and we are NOT the leading country in this any longer -JUST LIKE PRESIDENT OBAMA PROMISED. In fact, Secretary Gates says we will not do anything OTHER COUNTRIES CAN DO LIKE ARMING THE PEOPLE AND TRAINING THEM TO FIGHT. Other nations have armies, weapons, and know how to fight and they will take that role. We still have to finish THE BUSH MESS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN which is COSTING US BILLIONS AND ADDING MORE TO OUR DEFICIT but NO REPUBLICANS WANT US TO GET OUT OF EITHER OF THESE COUNTRIES, THEY WANT TO KEEP PLAYING WAR REGARDLESS OF THE COST – MONEY OR LIVES – SO ALL THEIR PONTIFICATIONS ABOUT GOVERNMENT SPENDING IS MORE LIES, DECEPTION, AND HYPOCRISY. They just want to keep destroying you and I and the rest of the middle and working class. We pay ALL the taxes, bear ALL the burdens, make ALL the sacrifices while they THE REPUBLICANS and their rich buddies get richer and richer. How stupid are these tea baggers to support this Party that is working directly against them and taking away their rights and their money and putting ALL taxes on THEM???

    April 3, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |