National Security Brief: No ‘Smoking Gun’ Found In GOP-Alleged Libya ‘Cover Up’

— The Obama administration received intelligence reports that Islamic extremists were operating training camps near Benghazi, Libya but the New York Times reports that “interviews with American officials and an examination of State Department documents do not reveal the kind of smoking gun Republicans have suggested would emerge in the attack’s aftermath such as a warning that the diplomatic compound would be targeted and that was overlooked by administration officials.”

— However, the politicization of Libya continues. Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) in a letter told President Obama that his recounting of the events around a deadly attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya sounds “implausible.”

— Israeli President Shimon Peres told U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey that the economic sanctions on Iran “are beginning to show some results.” “I think all of us agree that we should start with the non-military options while keeping all options on the table. If we can conclude it in a diplomatic way, then it’s much better.” he said.

— Dempsey in turn said the current joint U.S.-Israeli military exercise is proof of the United States’ commitment to remain strong and together with Israel. “This cooperation is meaningful, politically and militarily.” he said.

— The four-day cease fire between the Syrian government and the Free Syrian Army ended shortly after it began yesterday “with airstrikes, artillery barrages and other firefights around the country that made a mockery of the cease-fire.”