- The Washington Times - Friday, April 7, 2017

The former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Friday that President Trump’s decision to launch airstrikes in Syria sends a powerful message that “when we say we are going to do something, we are going to do something.”

Ex-Rep. Mike Rogers, a Republican, said the move sends a “very important statement not just to [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad and the Russians, but the rest of the world as well.”

“This will help issues in the Middle East,” Mr. Rogers said on CNN’s “New Day.” “It will bring back our Arab partners who were very doubtful of U.S. resolve in helping solve this ISIS problem in western Iraq and Syria in a way that they hadn’t seen in years.”

He also said it will send a strong message to North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un regarding their nuclear program, and China regarding their actions in the South China Sea.

“This to me feeds into that narrative that there is something different happening in our foreign policy, and you need to understand that when we say something it is going to happen,” Mr. Rogers said.

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