May 12, 2014

Rep. Mike Rogers is leaving Congress as fast as he can, but that didn't stop him from practicing his hate talk radio chops on Face The Nation, Sunday. He told the AP that he wants to be a "productive conservative" on the radio dial who fosters "smart debate" during the daily show he will host after leaving Congress in January, but when asked what the U.S. is doing to help the kidnapped girls in Nigeria, Rogers went into a typical Rush Limbaugh spiel about president Obama's foreign policy, twitter and hashtags.

Face the Nation:

Schieffer: We understand the United States has sent some help in there. Do you know what it is exactly we're doing?

REP. MIKE ROGERS: Well, there's a hostage negotiator and then some military advisors. But here's the point on this, Bob, and if we look at this, this was a problem in 2010 when Boko Haram said that they wanted to be part of al Qaeda. That's where the problem started.

And so this policy, this new ecosystem of terrorism that's all the way from Nigeria all the way across northern Africa, the HUAP in Yemen, all the way over to Pakistan and Afghanistan, you can't base your policy on what's trending on Twitter. It has to be more than hashtags and selfies. This is a huge and growing problem that's really been relatively ignored.

I just got back from Chad. Chad has been screaming for help from the United States for two years. On one front Boko Haram, on the north they have al Qaeda, and in their southeast they have Al-Shabaab. And they're fighting to try to push all of that back candidly not a lot of help from the United States.

Can we help with the girls? I think we can and we should and we must. But we also have to worry about the women of Afghanistan, some 11 million. We're getting ready to walk away from them. In Syria you have 12 million women who are under siege. Some 150,000 Syrians. Last week a school was bombed. Twenty-five kids killed. This is going to continue to happen unless we have a robust, holistic approach to what is radicalism and extremism popping up all around the world.

If you go over his itinerary of all the problems in the world, one wonders if even Superman could accommodate his wishes and why he thinks the U.S. can prevent all that from happening.

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