On Friday, it was announced that a House panel investigating the deadly 2012 attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, plans to interview at least 20 officials including National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former Pentagon chief Leon Panetta and ex-CIA head David Petraeus.
On Friday, Obama unveiled a national security strategy that called for “strategic patience” and warned against American “overreach” — an approach that drew criticism as some lawmakers say the rising threat from the Islamic State demands a more urgent response.
Obama, is taking diplomacy into his own hands with his “dear Ayatollah” letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader, and is drawing a seismic response on Capitol Hill. “It is outrageous that, while the cries of moderate Syrian forces for greater U.S. assistance fall on deaf ears in the White House, President Obama is apparently urging Ayatollah Khamenei to join the fight against ISIS,” GOP Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said in a joint statement.
Obama’s key advisors are still at odds over the use of American boots on the ground in Iraq, as Islamic State militants – at the very least – seemed to be holding their own against U.S.-led airstrikes and local security forces. National Security Adviser Susan Rice stressed that no American military commander has recommended “ground combat forces” in Iraq.