We called the inspectors general involved here. Two of the five [sic] agencies, the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department, told us they had no plans to investigate. And both were clear that a request like this is outside the inspectors general mandate, saying that they look at the effectiveness of programs. They look for waste, fraud, abuse.
In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner (OH) said his positions on whether or not to intervene militarily in Syria were closer to the Obama administration’s than to fellow Congressional Republicans.
Boehner’s position puts him in line with U.S. public opinion. A CNN poll last month found that, overall, six in ten Americans don’t want to get militarily involved in the civil war. According to those results, Boehner is also in line with adherents of his own party. 58 percent of Republicans agreed that the U.S. shouldn’t get involved.
POLL: Israelis Don’t Want To Go It Alone Against Iran |
A poll by the Israeli daily Maariv showed that Israelis are less-than-thrilled by the prospect of an attack on Iran’s nuclear program without the support of the U.S. Only 19 percent opted for a unilateral strike, while 26 percent said Israel should only strike with U.S. backing. Of the more than 500 respondents, 29 percent said Israel should take no action and 26 percent said they didn’t know what Israel should do.
- American officials told the New York Times that the suicide bomber who killed five Israeli tourists in Bulgaria was carried out by the Lebanese group Hezbollah “acting under broad guidance” from Iran in “tit for tat” retaliation against alleged attacks inside Iran. Israeli officials kept up promises to respond, likely, analysts say, in the form of covert action.
- Despite, for months since its leadership change, denying plans to significantly advance its nuclear program, a spokesman for the North Korean Foreign ministry said U.S. hostility was causing the isolated dictatorship “to totally reexamine the nuclear issue.”
- Russian authorities detained four people in relation to attacks on Muslim leaders in a restive province. President Vladimir Putin has called for religious tolerance amid fears that extremists operating in the province might seek to destabilize the situation.