If we are so smart why are we so dumb? I am referring to the "intelligence" that our spy agencies have gathered at great cost in both massive secret black box budgets and, much more important, the surrender of our personal freedom to the snooping eyes of our modern surveillance state.
It is said that war is a failure of diplomacy. It is. But the assassination of a humane and intelligent diplomat is an even greater default, for it is the equivalent of international suicide. Chris' love for diplomacy was not that of large abstraction but of intimate humanity.
That Benghazi would remain at the forefront of the contentious American political conversation speaks less to any special circumstances of the attack, and more to the insidious nature of a Republican noise machine that has grown in size and decibels over the last four decades.
There are issues that you just have to get in front of if you're going to win an argument or an election. The leader among potential election-breakers requiring Hillary Clinton's early attention is, of course, what has come to be known simply as "Benghazi."
Conservatives have casually smeared numerous Obama officials over Benghazi for the last 11 months, yet the embassy attacks surrounding William Clark's tenure as Reagan's national security adviser apparently did not blemish his long public career.
Ideologues who criticize the media believe that their particular ideological hobbyhorse would win the day if only the media paid greater attention to it. This complaint often takes form in the question: "Why is the mainstream media ignoring ... ?"