Rep. Rogers: Putin ‘Playing Chess and We’re Playing Tic-Tac-Toe’

By Melanie Arter | September 16, 2013 | 12:37pm EDT

House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers (AP Photo)

( – Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin “got everything he wanted” out of the situation with Syria, “including taking away the president’s advantage of a guaranteed or at least a credible military strike.”

“I do think Putin’s playing chess, and we’re playing tic-tac-toe. Think about where he is and what he wanted out of Syria. He got everything he wanted, including taking away the president's advantage of a guaranteed or at least a credible military strike,” Rogers said on CNN’s “State of the Union with Candy Crowley.”

“That happened, and it happened this week, and it happened with the framework, of which we don’t really know the conclusion of it,” Rogers added.

Rogers said Putin has more intelligence officers inside the U.S. “than at the height of the Cold War.”

“This is a guy that did a crippling cyber attack on the country of Estonia, invaded South Ossetia, the country of Georgia, pre-empted by cyber attack. It is not living up to its nuclear treaty obligations,” Rogers said.

“Many believe, according to public reports, he’s not living up to his chemical convention obligations, and this is the guy that we put in charge of helping us get out of a sticky wicket here at home, politically, to manage the fight in Syria. He wanted us out of there. He gets to keep his warm water port,” he added.

“He gets to keep his military contracts, and he gives breathing space to both Hezbollah, which is fighting on behalf of Assad, and Assad, and he creates a problem for us with al Qaeda operating in the East. This was a big win for him,” Rogers said.

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