I've been saying for some time that the Benghazi story is, in fact, a big deal, just not for the reason Republicans keep saying it is. The two major issues are 1) that we entered into a civil war without the slightest pretense of a national security rationale and removed a regime, helping to install a new Islamist regime that has brought with it harsh new oppression for disfavored groups like homosexuals and sub-Saharan Africans. And 2) that the CIA was involved in up to its elbows, and that the CIA has demonstrated once again that it is both willing to do flagrantly immoral and illegal things to advance US interests and yet very bad at advancing US interests. The knee-jerk partisan dismissals of Benghazi by prominent liberal Democrats represent a major missed opportunity to take part in a national dialogue about our continuing program of enforcing our will militarily in the Muslim world, and about the CIA. The Republican idiocy of trying to make this all about Obama is, well, Republican idiocy.
It seems the evidence is mounting that, in fact, the CIA was deeply complicit in the fuck ups, and that as is so often the case, where we find violence against the United States we find bad behavior by our espionage service. I expect that increasing clarity over the CIA's role will neither get Republicans to back off the State department, nor get liberal Democrats to take the story seriously. But it's a shame nonetheless. I cannot for the life of me understand why more people don't reflect on the fact that our intelligence services have not only undertaken flagrantly immoral acts, constantly and deliberately, but have actively undermined the security of Americans by creating anti-American rage. I just will never understand it.