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Rep. Mike Rogers: ‘Putin’s Playing Chess, We’re Playing Marbles’

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) told Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace that the Obama administration’s diplomatic strategy toward Russia had emboldened President Vladimir Putin, whose desire for expanded geopolitical influence outstripped the United States’ diplomatic mission of containment.

“Putin is playing chess and I think we’re playing marbles,” Rogers said. “I don’t think it’s even close. If you look at the nuclear negotiations, we got our fanny handed to us. They took tactical nukes out of the equation; huge mistake, especially for our allies in the Baltics. When you move down the list in Syria, the Russians got everything that they believe they needed in Syria.”

“So they’ve been running circles around us,” Rogers continued. “And I really think it’s the naive position on the National Security Council and the president’s advisors that if we just keep giving things to Russia, they’ll finally wake up and say, boy, the United States isn’t all that bad. That is completely missing the motivation of why Russia does what Russia does.”

Rogers went on to say that the Obama administration should begin steps to remove Russia from the G8, and that Congress should begin preparing bills to impose economic sanctions on the country.

Watch the clip below, via Fox News:

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