Intelligence Chair: Obama and Clinton ‘Gave Permission Slip to Al Qaeda’

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House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers (R.-Ala.) said on CNN’s  “State of  the Union” on Sunday that President Barack Obama and Secretary  of State Hillary  Clinton, in broadcasting a television ad in Pakistan  apologizing for a  privately produced YouTube video that criticized  Islam, had given al Qaeda and  other “bad actors” a “permission slip” to  do bad things.

Rogers also said there was a “high degree of probability that it is  an al  Qaeda or al Qaeda-affiliated group” that attacked the U.S.  consulate in  Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, killing U.S. Ambassador Chris  Stevens and three  other Americans.

After the Obama-Clinton ad was broadcast in Pakistan last week,  Pakistani  Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour said on Saturday that he  would personally  pay $100,000 to anyone who could kill the maker of a  video, Innocence of  Muslims, that had been posted on YouTube and that  had inspired the apologetic  Obama-Clinton ad.

“I think it was a horrible idea,” Rogers said of the Obama-Clinton  ad. “It  gave credibility, and then it gave a permission slip to al  Qaeda, to Pakistani  officials. You saw the minister come out and say he  was offering $100,000 for  the death of the person who produced the  video. This is a minister of the  government of Pakistan. It gave a  permission slip because of this attention and  credibility that was given  to this video that should not have been given by our  president and our  secretary of state.

“And as you have seen, it hasn’t been very effective,” Rogers told CNN’s  Candy Crowley.

“I’m not sure who gave them the advice. I thought it was horrible  advice,”  said Rogers. “I think they have actually exacerbated the  problem, and I think  hopefully we shake ourselves out of this.

“This is a national security issue that we’ll have to deal with,  whomever  wins in November,” said Rogers. “This is a big deal for the  national security  to the United States of America.”

Later in the interview, Rogers repeated his assertion that the  Obama-Clinton  ad gave “permission slips” to people aiming to do bad  things.

“I had a very senior Middle-Eastern Arab nation intelligence official  after  our meeting, I said what would you ask of the United States if I  could make you  king for a day,” said Rogers. “He said please tell me  what your Middle East  policy is.

“That’s caused that confusion,” said Rogers. “That lack of this sense  of  disengagement, is causing us huge problems, and that’s why I thought  the  reaction to what happened with the president and the secretary  creating a  television ad in Pakistan was just adding, was fomenting, the  problem and  giving permission slips for all of the bad actors to do bad  things.”

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