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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
Topic - Christopher A. Preble
House Republicans want their party leaders to name a special committee to take control of the inquiry into the Benghazi terrorist attack, but House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, has resisted — largely, analysts say, because the long-term political risks of a high-profile probe could outweigh any short-term benefit.
As President Obama addressed the country Monday to explain his decision 10 days ago to attack Libya, the White House insisted there are no broader axioms to draw from it, and his top advisers said it is not a precedent for what he might do in Syria, Sudan or other situations.
Congressional leaders have spent months telling voters that all spending must be on the table, but so far the rhetoric is ringing hollow on Capitol Hill, where defense cuts remain a tough sell.
"He is their guy — at least one of the them. So I think he represents that wing of the party that believes the war was worth fighting for and believes likewise that additional uses of force around the world are generally a good idea," Mr. Preble said.
"Rubio, even though he didn't cast a vote in favor of the Iraq War, because he wasn't there, has cast his lot with Iraq War supporters, and I don't think it is particularly surprising that Iraq war supporters like [conservative commentator] Bill Kristol have been singing his praises," said Christopher A. Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute.