Rohrabacher to pursue working with Russia

U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) will chair a meeting Friday in Washington, D.C., to pursue the proposal he announced in Laguna last week about joining with Russia to combat radical Islam.

Rohrabacher chairs the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats.

"We need to work with Russia to fight radical Islam," Rohrabacher said at the April 19 meeting of the Laguna Beach Rotary Club. "They are doing things I can't imagine an American doing. They slaughter innocent people without going into combat — they even slaughter their own people."

Rohrabacher opined that America's open society, including the attitude toward women, appears to be a threat to the radical element of Islam.

"As we pull out of Afghanistan, it behooves us to work with Russia, the central Asian Republics, and those anti-Taliban elements inside Afghanistan, to ensure that the realm of radical Islamic terrorism will not dramatically expand its power base and thus pose an even greater threat to the good people of the world," he said in a press release issued Sunday.

Rohrabacher also said that he is investigating the top military decision-makers in the Benghazi attack in which Americans died, and he is working behind the scenes to free Dr. Shakil Afridi from a Pakistani jail, where he has been held since identifying the Osama bin Laden compound and was left behind by American forces.

Rohrabacher's 48th congressional district includes Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and parts of Huntington Beach.

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