Race is on to secure Libya weapons, GOP Rep. says
September 4th, 2011
10:39 AM ET
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Race is on to secure Libya weapons, GOP Rep. says

Washington (CNN) - The United States should use its "special capabilities" to secure the mustard gas and shoulder-held missile launchers known to be in Libya before others get hold of them, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said Sunday.

With Libya in transition amid the chaos of the toppling of the Moammar Gadhafi regime, "the race is on" regarding control of such weapons, Rogers told CNN's "State of the Union," adding: "This is a race we should win."

Rogers, R-Michigan, called for sending in resources with the specific ability to track down and secure the weaponry. However, he made clear he wasn't referring to an expanded U.S. military presence.

"I'm not talking about boots on the ground," Rogers said, later adding: "We shouldn't debate whether we need 'special capabilities' on the ground to get this done."

On the same program, independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who caucuses with the Democrats, said the United States was working with Libya's transitional leadership to secure the weaponry "that I worry would fall otherwise into the hands of enemies of the U.S., including terrorists."

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. proudmemberofglobalzero

    Lieberman, are those the weapons that you promised Ghdaffi in 2006? Man, please retire before you ruin this country even further, take Cantor with you. In fact, move to Israel and leave us alone.
    You do not represent my faith very well at all.

    September 4, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    I am sure the Commander in Chief already have "special ops" on the ground and before everyone else begin to STATE what they think should be done, it will be OVER!!!

    September 4, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. lgny

    Please keep the boots off the ground. Sending troops to "secure" obsolete weapons will just generate casualties and ill will.

    September 4, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    “Documents shed light on CIA, Gadhafi spy ties” CNN Sep 03 2011

    Mike Rogers before you go so far we need answer for above headline

    Gadhafi killed innocent Americans so we need answer

    September 4, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |

    Do I read this right? GOP WANTS T0 SPEND MONEY? I thought they were fighting to stop the spending......you DO KNOW that this requires money spent? Also, you do know that this has been in the works since May, 2011? Where have you been, Rogers?

    September 4, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. A Kickin' Donkey

    We really don't need a Republican to grandstand about securing these weapons. It is yet another attempt to reclaim the fallacy that REPUBLICANS are the party of military prowess, foreign policy, and "keeping America safe'. Save it Congressman, that's not your job and it is of little value to the everyday American citizen.

    I have the utmost confidence that the very erudite and comprehensive Team Obama has, for months now, had post-Kaddafhi contingency plans. I trust this President to be strategic and PROACTIVE; especially when it comes to avoiding the errors made in other conflicts like the post-Saddam Iraq situation.

    The quiet competence of the United States got bin Laden, got those Somali pirates, has taken out just about every Number 2 that al Queda names, has Predator-droned THOUSANDS of Taliban & al Queda fighters, not to mention handling North Korea and Iran. Under President Obama's leadership, we've accomplished the missions. Congressman, please stop your posturing. It is not helpful.

    September 4, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. thomas

    Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, has a new expertise , he kept out of site till the war was over.

    September 4, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |