There have been many who have suggested that much analysis of the events surrounding the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is pure speculation. And that may be true. But as was a popular Democrat refrain shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks, one should be able to connect the dots to get an accurate picture from the available information. Using the same process, we can flesh out the actions and non-actions of the Obama administration by connecting the dots of what we know to be concrete in order to add substance to those areas which may not be as hardened with facts.
What we do know is that the consulate was attacked by an Al Qaeda-style group, four Americans including our Ambassador were killed and the Obama administration deliberately mischaracterized the attack as a spontaneous demonstration in response to an anti-Muslim YouTube video. We also know that Hillary Clinton received a call from Gregory Hicks, second in command of the U.S. diplomatic core in Libya, at 8:00pm Washington time on the night of the attack. Mr. Hicks told then Secretary Clinton that the Benghazi consulate was under attack by terrorists and he feared Ambassador Stevens had been captured by local Al Qaeda operatives. And further, we know from the official record, that Hillary Clinton spoke to President Obama at 10:00pm Washington time and it was shortly thereafter that the media reported that the attack was the result of a protest spurred by the video.
It was convenient for the Obama administration that there was an actual protest of the anti-Muslim YouTube video in Cairo, Egypt, instigated by U.S. embassy personnel there apologizing for the video before any Muslims were even aware of its existence. Thereby informing Muslim radicals that they should be offended by it. We may never know if President Obama ordered the preemptive apology, but he is responsible for the ethos which spawned it. The classical definition of which is, "the habit of a creature in its place." The habit of the Obama administration creature is to hold American exceptionalism responsible for the bad behavior of every anti-social in the world and to apologize for that very exceptionalism. Just as it is the habit of the Obama administration creature to think of conservative groups like the Tea Party as enemies of the state worthy of special attention by government agencies like the IRS.
Aristotle talked about the immediate cause and the final cause, e.g., the immediate cause of a sculpture is the tools and stone used to bring it to life, the final cause is the reason for which the thing is done. The immediate cause of Benghazi and the other Obama administration scandals recently coming into public view, are the events themselves. The final cause is the ideology and world view of Barack Obama who, like the creature in its place, creates the ethos or habit of anti-Americanism abroad and corruption at home.