Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- May 8, 2013

No Hands On Deck In Benghazi -- David A. Andelman, USA Today

It's very likely there will never be a truly independent investigation of the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

The last time the State Department had an inspector general, George W. Bush was president and Condoleezza Rice was secretary of State. That was five years and four months ago, when Howard J. Krongard left office.

It's also the longest break without an inspector general since the office was created as the watchdog of American diplomacy and diplomats back in 1906. Since then, we've been through two world wars, not to mention wars in Korea and Vietnam, a Cold War, two invasions of Iraq and one of Afghanistan, and no end of terrorist confrontations and diplomatic imbroglios.

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Benghazi Again -- Joe Klein, Time

Lt. Col. Ralph Peters On Benghazi: "How Much Evidence Does It Take?" -- Ralph Peters, FOX

Analysis: Despite Israeli strikes, U.S. still wary of Syria air defenses -- Phil Stewart and Peter Apps, Reuters

The United States should forget about intervening in Syria. Asia's what matters. -- Edward Luttwak, Foreign Policy

The west and its allies cynically bleed Syria to weaken Iran -- Seumas Milne, The Guardian

How the Arab League Can Help Israel, Palestine Negotiate -- Nassif Hitti, Al-Monitor

Inside Japan's Vicious Yakuza Gang Wars -- Geoffrey Cain, Global Post

China and India's rivalry extends to the Arctic -- Louise Watt, AP

Nigerian militant attack highlights Army's weaknesses -- Gillian Parker, Christian Science Monitor

Is Europe losing faith in the EU? -- Frederick Kempe, Reuters

Strongman Putin Is No Match for Corruption -- Bloomberg editorial

NATO Decline and the End of Western Unity -- George Friedman, Stratfor/Real Clear World

Venezuela's Maduro globe trots: building regional ties or a domestic distraction? -- Andrew Rosati, Christian Science Monitor

Pew study: Gun homicides in U.S. dropped nearly 50 percent over 20 years -- Eric Pfeiffer, The Lookout/Yahoo News

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