House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said Sunday that President Obama's comments last week about not having a strategy to defeat the Islamic State show that his foreign policy is "in an absolute free fall."
"If you look at China, you look at ISIS, you look at Russia, you look at Iran and North Korea, we have a serious host of problems presenting itself, and our traditional allies are now standing up and saying, 'Well, maybe America is not the best one to lead us through these troubles,' " Rogers said on "Fox News Sunday," referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militant group, now known as the Islamic State.
The chairman also said he does not believe the White House's claim that the president is still waiting for the Pentagon to provide options for dealing with the Islamic State.
Rogers said Obama had opportunities to address the Islamic State's emergence for several years in the ongoing Syrian civil war, saying Arab League partners had asked for intelligence, weapons and money to support moderate forces.
"The president rejected that, and we watched it progressively get worse," Rogers said. "There have been plans on the table. The president just did not want to get engaged in any way. That is a decision, that is a policy, that is a strategy, and it's not working."