Peggy Noonan has a good piece in today's Wall Street Journal discussing Benghazi. Here's her summary of the affair:
The Obama White House sees every event as a political event. Really, every event, even an attack on a consulate and the killing of an ambassador.The rest of her piece is interesting as well.
Because of that, it could not tolerate the idea that the armed assault on the Benghazi consulate was a premeditated act of Islamist terrorism. That would carry a whole world of unhappy political implications, and demand certain actions. And the American presidential election was only eight weeks away. They wanted this problem to go away, or at least to bleed the meaning from it.
Because the White House could not tolerate the idea of Benghazi as a planned and deliberate terrorist assault, it had to be made into something else. So they said it was a spontaneous street demonstration over an anti-Muhammad YouTube video made by a nutty California con man. After all, that had happened earlier in the day, in Cairo. It sounded plausible. And maybe they believed it at first. Maybe they wanted to believe it. But the message was out: Provocative video plus primitive street Arabs equals sparky explosion. Not our fault. Blame the producer! Who was promptly jailed.
If what happened in Benghazi was not a planned and prolonged terrorist assault, if it was merely a street demonstration gone bad, the administration could not take military action to protect Americans there. You take military action in response to a planned and coordinated attack by armed combatants. You don't if it's an essentially meaningless street demonstration that came and went.
The current Crowder (with a guest appearance by Andrew Klavan) is also an effective summary.
You know this all means we need:
Rope (lots of it).
Trees (an entire forest full of them).
Bureaucrats and their leaders (an administration full of them).
Some assembly required.