By Julian Pecquet - 08/02/12 11:00 AM EDT
Spending spree: The House Armed Services oversight panel holds a hearing on corruption in Afghanistan and whether it will undermine the Afghan National Security Forces.
In other news:
President Obama has signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar Assad and his government, Reuters reports.
Mitt Romney's hawkish remarks in Israel are drawing renewed attention to foreign-policy adviser Dan Senor, the former spokesman of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq whose office was once credited for/accused of doing “a masterful job of spinning the media.” [The New York Times]
Israel said the United States has failed to persuade Iran to stop its alleged nuclear weapons program. [The Wall Street Journal]
The Pentagon's theoretical war with China is raising real tensions. [The Washington Post]
What you might have missed on Global Affairs:
Senate panel considers 'red lines' for US intervention in Syria
Dissident Chen visits Congress to urge tough stance on China
Romney reaches for Jewish, Catholic voters after his foreign trip
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