Hugh Hewitt

"Regular Order" ought to be the way in which the House and Senate conduct their business, but not when highly irregular national security disasters and/or scandals occur, and especially not after an ambassador is murdered by terrorists and a mass casualty terrorist attack occurs on Patriots Day in Boston.

Speaker of the House John Boehner has to act even if the president doesn't want to. The country needs to know whether the terrorists in Benghazi represent the future of that country and Syria with its chemical weapons and why our national security services could not protect our ambassador.

Even more importantly the country needs to know if its post-9/11 resolve to protect the homeland has degenerated into a Maginot line of TSA screeners and watch lists that are not in fact watched.

Too many Congressional committees investigating different aspects of at least two fiascos means a loss of public and especially media focus and a diffusion of accountability for failure as competing accounts emerge. If President Obama wants to continue to stonewall on Benghazi and begins to lay the bricks on Boston, Speaker Boehner needs to gather the various efforts under one chair and focus the country on that Special Committee's work.

There are many pressing, indeed immense issues facing the country and the world: The collapse of Syria into hell-on-earth and the use of chemical weapons there, the need not to lose the opportunity to reform the immigration laws and the growing rancor over how to address that need, an anemic economy, and even the return of the bird flu in China.

The twin disasters of Benghazi and the Boston Bombings are the biggest headline and leak generators however, because both raise unresolved and crucial issues about the protection of American lives against terrorists abroad and at home, and they do call out for either of both of those peculiar Beltway institutions, the Select Committee and the Special Commission.

Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt is host of a nationally syndicated radio talk show. Hugh Hewitt's new book is The War On The West.