Republicans cry wolf.
The case of the Sept. 11 terrorist anniversary attack on Benghazi certainly demonstrates that the cautionary tale of the boy who cried wolf is as true as ever. Republicans have cried wolf so many times that no one will listen to them when they have an actual issue to talk about. And when they did whine about Benghazi, they couldn't resist exaggerating and injecting hyperbole to the point where the actual problems were completely lost. So it was easy for Secretary Clinton to gloss right over any actual accounting for the event or the aftermath. Senator McCain's comments were a serious but very softened list of the issues.
The elephant in the room was the politicization of the tragedy by the White House - the instant spread of a false story to avoid criticism. This fatuous and self-serving response deserved to be pilloried. The questioners on the House panel stated it as a problem in communication, inadequate information. But it's interesting that even the Romney campaign soft-pedaled it. No one would suggest deliberate disinformation (propaganda). Why not?
What this says to me is that if the government (and the political parties) were to have acknowledged this to be an anniversary terrorist attack, it really WOULD be frightening. This incident shows the amazing fine-tuning of fear in the populace. Be afraid - afraid enough to submit to intrusive searches, surveillance, and reduction in freedom of speech - but we can't have actual panic and demands for real security measures to be taken. Security theater is all we're going to get, even for the employees at the State Department.