The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said that Israel and Iran don't believe the U.S. is serious about military options to stop Iran's nuclear program.
In an interview with CNN's John King, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) said the U.S. needs tighter sanctions and "a real option of military consequence."
"They don't believe it - Iran, I mean - and neither does Israel. We have to change that equation if we're going to I think have an impact on Iran backing down from their nuclear weapon program," Rogers said on an interview broadcast Monday on John King, USA.On Syria, Rogers said the concern about Al Qaeda working through some of the rebel groups makes it dangerous to try to arm the opposition. However, Rogers said more could be done to create a safe haven.
"There is some talk of maybe establishing a safe haven somewhere in the country through the Arab League to give a little breathing room so that people could understand who the rebels are, could understand the way forward in a way that doesn't jeopardize the stability of the region and continues to put pressure on the Assad regime," Rogers said in the interview. ""I think all of that is possible. The U.S. needs to be much more aggressive, I think, through the Arab League. I think if we do that, we could have some very real success there."