THE "BLAME" FOR EVERYBODY.
The media could be at fault too.
It would be naive to say that the Obama administration had linked the Benghazi attack on the outpost there with the Cairo demonstration as "spontaneous", because that and the siege on the United States embassy in Cairo, Egypt, came in a clump of news difficult to decipher at the time.
The news started with a protest against the video of Muhammad, tarnishing and denigrating his person; and Muslims would be infuriated by even a cartoon of their prophet being made ridicule of; and that piece of news of the video on YouTube became the focus of the media too.
Then after the initial announcement that the Benghazi consulate was on fire, with grenade and assault weapons being used in that raid, the difference of the two incidents begun to surface.
The one in Egypt was certainly spontaneous, of rioters reacting to the Muhammad video, but the terror act of attack in Libya could not be separated from it, for they all came in simultaneously; therefore, the administration must be careful not to raise an alarm that the 9/11 attacks have been repeated in Benghazi.
That could be false; and it would have given the impression of the U.S. being scared. There were some, who went out of their way to characterize the attacks in the Muslim world as against American values, for which there should be no apology.
It was the anniversary of the attacks on New York City and Washington D.C. in September, 2001, and any more atrocities in connection with them would be far from the minds of even the intelligence community.
Without any clear report or any kind of investigation going on of both attacks, for the fact that they were so sudden, there was no way to know for sure of what was happening in Egypt or Libya.
Therefore, associating them with the same source was no mistake on the part of the U.S. representative at the United Nations, Susan E. Rice, or the State Department, because the attacks being "spontaneous" was the only clue available of what was going on.
In other words, the incidents took everybody by surprise, and that went to show that a constant war was being waged against terrorism, not just in places like Afghanistan or erstwhile Iraq, and even home grown insurgencies must be considered; therefore the U.S. must be on its guard at all times.
While people were being complacent at home, the terrorists were planning their next assault, and that could happen anywhere in the world, against U.S. interests. Embassies and consulates would be the first targets, and on an occasion like the 9/11 anniversary, they (terrorists) had their sights on them more than any other.
The political pundits that were being critical of the Obama administration for not knowing that the Benghazi incident was a terror act, and therefore pre-planned, were just trying to make excuses for the media. They (media) were on the forefront of information, and if they have allowed Benghazi to go over their heads, then it was easy for them to put the blame on the government.
Making the case of the "spontaneous" caper and all that was happening might have been what the media were putting out, until much more was known of how things were unfolding in North Africa on 9/11, 2012.
To turn around and point fingers was not the proper thing to do; and that was what the critics of the Obama administration were doing.
As far as National security was concerned, every individual person must be prepared to inform the authorities of the slightest sign of terror, wherever he or she might be, because it was a war that all citizens were involved in, whether they knew it or not.
The Benghazi attack should be a lesson that anything could happen at any time, especially on the anniversary like 9/11 attacks that took the lives of almost 3000 people.
Blaming the government or each other after the fact would be too late.