You might think the preoccupation with events in Iraq and Syria, and with the Islamic State organization, would make the long-in-the-tooth conspiracy investigation of events two years ago in Libya a bit irrelevant. But no (per this report from The Hill‘s Scott Wong):

The rising threat from Islamic extremists has set the stage for Republicans to make a splash with the launch of their Benghazi investigation next week.

The media glare had largely fallen away from the probe into the terror attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, that left Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead.

But with the second anniversary of the attack looming on Thursday, and a new book by U.S. security contractors claiming a CIA station chief ordered them to “stand down” during the assault, the start of the investigation into Benghazi is poised to become a major event.

“ISIS has now woken up the American people to the fact that the threat is real, and Benghazi is certainly symptomatic of that,” said Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), who is not a member of the Benghazi panel, in an interview.

“The threat,” eh? Sunni, Shi’a, Libyan, Iraqi, Alawite, secular: this one, that one–it’s all the same. People Over There with strange beliefs and weapons, threatening our way of life. It’s sort of a projection of those people overseas.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.