National Security Brief: House Republicans Take Baton On Benghazi Witch Hunt

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) introduced a resolution on Tuesday calling for the creation of a Watergate-style committee to investigate the Obama administration’s handling of the terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya last September. The Hill reports: “The resolution calls for combining ‘all existing investigations into a single and exhaustive review of the event and the subsequent revelations that followed,’ Wolf said, similar to the panels established during Watergate and the Iran Contra scandals of the 1970s. It already has 14 co-sponsors.”

In other news:

  • The U.S. Senate passed a bill authorizing the Pentagon to spend $650 billion in FY 2013, slightly less than what the Obama administration had requested. The bill passed by a 98–0 vote and will be conferenced with the House version passed earlier this year.
  • The defense bill included a measure that mandates the Pentagon to report on using U.S. military assets in Syria’s civil war.
  • NATO agreed on Tuesday to supply Turkey with American-made Patriot defense missiles to be deployed on its border with Syria. The Washington Post notes that the move “ represents NATO’s first significant military involvement in the 20-month-long crisis.”
  • The New York Times reports: Riot police officers fired brief rounds of tear gas on Tuesday night at tens of thousands of demonstrators outside the presidential palace protesting the Islamist-backed draft constitution. It was the clearest evidence yet that the new charter has only widened the divisions that have plagued Egypt since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak nearly two years ago.