- Unbeliebable: White House turns Bieber petition response into immigration screed
- Obama signs law denying Iran ambassador’s visa, but says law is ‘advisory’
- Mich. judge to laughing convicted killer: ‘I hope you die in prison’
- Man charged in Kansas City-area highway shootings
- Keystone XL pipeline still on hold after State Dept. decision
- Fla. man charged with killing 16-month-old son to play Xbox undisturbed
- Drones from the deep: Pentagon develops ocean-floor attack robots
- Michigan mayor slaps back atheists’ try to erect ‘reason station’ at city hall
- PHILLIPS: Where is the conservative establishment?
- 7.5-magnitude earthquake shakes southern Mexico
Russia aims to hide its role in stockpiling Syria’s arsenal: Rogers
The chairman of House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence suggested Thursday that Russia’s plan to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons was prompted by Moscow’s fear of being exposed as a supplier of the illegal arsenal.
Rep. Michael Rogers, Michigan Republican, said that if there is any prospect for international inspections of Syria’s arsenals, the Russians “want to be the first ones in the door, because there might be some stuff with Cyrillic writing” on it that they want to secure.
“I’m just guessing,” Mr. Rogers told a day-long summit organized by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance.
The intelligence committee chairman said that Russia’s proposal was not based on humanitarian motives but on Moscow’s desire to retain control. The offer averted U.S. plans to strike Syria’s chemical stockpile, thought to be one of the world’s largest.
Noting that President Bashar Assad’s government is one of Moscow’s key clients, Mr. Rogers said that Russian forces have been in Syria before and during its civil war, “and they want to be [there] after.”
“I’m skeptical, I hope it works,” he said of the Russian plan.
His comments were echoed by his committee’s ranking Democrat, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, who noted the Russian proposal was prompted by public threats from President Obama to punish Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons.
“We are here because of the threat of military force,” Mr. Ruppersberger said of the situation, in which the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council are weighing the Russian plan.
Both men expressed the concern that Syria, and perhaps Russia, might try to stall the plan to give Mr. Assad time to consolidate his recent military gains against the insurgents, and urged their colleagues to be ready to again take up discussions on a U.S. strike.
“If this is a stalling tactic, we have to carry on with the threat of war,” Mr. Ruppersberger said.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Shaun Waterman is an award-winning reporter for The Washington Times, covering foreign affairs, defense and cybersecurity. He was a senior editor and correspondent for United Press International for nearly a decade, and has covered the Department of Homeland Security since 2003. His reporting on the Sept. 11 Commission and the tortuous process by which some of its recommendations finally became ...
- Senator's memo shows Iran links in Homeland Security's troubled immigration program
- Help wanted: Homeland Security plagued by vacancies at the top
- Dems back bill to fix problems in investor visa program
- Democrats proceed with Mayorkas vote despite pending investigation
- Game players don't think peace has a chance in Syria
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
Women losing coverage under Obamacare, too
- Scalia to students on high taxes: At a certain point, 'perhaps you should revolt'
- Former Ranger breaks silence on Pat Tillman death: I may have killed him
- Special Forces' suicide rates hit record levels casualties of 'hard combat'
- Feds approve powdered alcohol; 'Palcohol' available later this year
- Army goes to war with National Guard, seizes Apache attack helicopters
- EDITORIAL: Mark Warner running scared?
- EDITORIAL: Republicans finally fight back in phony 'war on women'
- EDITORIAL: More Lerner smoking-gun emails at IRS
- U.S. Navy to turn seawater into jet fuel
- Critics rail against liberal bias for commencement speakers
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.