Rep. Mike Rogers says President Obama needs to “lay out a case” in his Tuesday-night address to the American people that shows that a limited military strike on Syria is in the United States’ national security interests and not about putting one over on Congress.
“What we need is a path forward,” Mr. Rogers, Michigan Republican, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday.
Mr. Rogers, chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said the White House this week needs to have a “very serious conversation” with Congress after it “fumbled” around in the initial week of debate over an attack to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad for an Aug. 21 chemical attack near Damascus.
So far, Mr. Rogers said, the president has not demonstrated how a strike ultimately could lead to a negotiated settlement in the region and why intervention is truly necessary.
“What is the consequence for not doing it?” he said.