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Wednesday
Mar302011

Don't Arm Libyan Rebels, Intel Committee Chairman Says

MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In a terse and strongly worded statement, the House Intelligence Committee chairman says, essentially, he’s not going to play Charlie Wilson in the Libyan conflict. Arming the rebels in Libya the way we armed the rebels in Afghanistan during the 1980s, he says, would be a mistake.

“It’s safe to say what the rebels stand against, but we are a long way from an understanding of what they stand for,” Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said.  “We don’t have to look very far back in history to find examples of the unintended consequences of passing out advanced weapons to a group of fighters we didn’t know as well as we should have.”

“We need to be very careful before rushing into a decision that could come back to haunt us.”

Rogers was an early advocate of using the U.S. military to impose a no fly zone.

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