This whole Benghazi kerfluffle only underscores what we already knew about this administration’s foreign policy capabilities: decent on the day to day stuff, absolutely awful in emerging scenarios.
I’ve been beating this drum since the Honduras debacle wherein Manuel Zelaya Chavez was deposed by a native coalition (including the Honduran supreme court and most of his own party) to prevent him from wiping his ass with that country’s constitution and we supported the left-wing autocrat, reversing decades of sound policy in the region and emboldening the rest of the Chavez circle.
The point is that the administration isn’t doing anything illegal or intentionally irresponsible. They’re just gun shy and lack a coherent vision of how to shape the world.
For every step forward the administration makes with trade partners or established powers, they lose more ground mishandling the unpredictable and chaotic events of daily life outside of the developed world. What the administration needs is a set of triggers and plans that go into action as soon as certain conditions are met. To build such a set of scenarios, they also need a strategic vision. Without these, blunders will continue to happen.