House Intelligence Committee chair Mike Rogers was on “Face the Nation” this morning, throwing around what President Obama might term “loose talk” about possible U.S. intervention in Syria.

The Michigan Republican warned Sunday there’s ‘mounting evidence’ that the Syrian government has been using its chemical arsenal.


“I think when you look at the whole body of information over the last two years there is mounting evidence that it is probable that the Assad regime has used at least a small quantity of chemical weapons during the course of conflict,” Rogers said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Citing President Barack Obama’s comments nearly a year ago that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government a “red line” for U.S. intervention, the Republican congressman from Michigan said it’s “abundantly clear that red line has been crossed.”

This contrasts starkly with current U.S. ambassador to Syria Robert Ford’s testimony on Wednesday. He said “the Obama administration has no evidence so far to support claims of chemical weapon use but is looking carefully at the conflicting reports.”

Where is the House Inteligence Committee chief getting his intel from, then?

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Samuel Knight is a freelance journalist living in DC and a former intern at the Washington Monthly.