I pride myself on calling balls and strikes fairly from either side of the plate. Check my early posts on Benghazi here, here and here. Even here. It was obvious from the get go that the State Department and the administration were trying to peddle a bucket of shit. I don't care what the CIA guy said, there was a reason Susan Rice wanted to project the idea that the Libyan violence was not an orchestrated terrorist attack but instead a spontaneous eruption. Because we were trying to consolidate hard fought political gains and this fit the narrative better. "They love us so much."
The Republicans and Issa's committee are clearly using the Benghazi hearings to inflict as much harm as they can get to stick to the administration and maybe further down the road, Hillary's election chances.
That being said, I think that it is important that we hear from the whistleblowers. When Mr. Hicks says that he was demoted to a crappy desk job for not adopting the company line, I believe him. Of course the military brass said that the Special Ops aid he requested would never arrive in time. We talked about the matter at coffee and one of the guys, an ex captain said, "Did you ever know a general or admiral that was not a politician?" Maybe Ken actually said it, don't know his old rank.
Of course a lot of what the Republicans are alleging doesn't hold water either. Clinton's name is on every cable, that is the way it always works at State, there is no evidence that she was in on anything. Mostly what we get from the administration is that working in the foreign service is a dangerous job and these courageous men and women knew what they were in for and accepted the inherent risks. But somebody was asleep at the wheel. It didn't have to go down like this.
Of course if the security detail was not allowed access to bullets or the people back home stopped paying the help and you were letting the station run on fumes and not granting repeated requests to bolster security, well that would not be a good thing.