Rogers: U.S. has moral obligation to secure Syrian chemical weapons

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) called on the Obama administration on Thursday to secure chemical weapons in Syria before the country's civil war spirals out of control.

Rogers, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said President Obama should mobilize special units to train reliable opposition forces to secure the deadly weapons before the crisis afflicts the region and beyond, the Washington Times reports.

Rogers made the statements on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and said the training and vetting of opposition forces would improve the rebels' chance of success.

"This is not the United States doing the fighting, it's just bringing those special capabilities," Rogers said, according to MSNBC.

Rogers said if the U.S. knows about chemical weapons being put into position and being used during the conflict, the country has a moral obligation to act, MSBNC reports.

"I don't think we should idly sit by if we have the capability without big U.S. involvement," Rogers said, according to MSNBC. "This is the difference. This isn't Iraq, it's not Afghanistan, this is a much smaller, much more effective way to rally the Arab League and make them more effective in protecting those weapon systems and bring the Assad regime to an end."