... was not the crisis management but Obama's throwing free speech under the bus.
I can live with poor crisis management. I have been a part of enough to understand that things are different in real time than they look when monday-morning quarterbacking the events. In particular, it can be very hard to get reliable data. Sure, the correct data is all likely there, and when folks look back on events, that data will be very visible and folks will argue that better choices should have been made.
A great example of this is when historians sort through data to say that FDR missed (or purposely ignored, if you are of that revisionist school) clear evidence of the Japaneses surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Sure, the correct clues stand out like flashing lights to the historian, but to the contemporary they were buried in 10,000 ostensibly promising false leads.
In real time, good data is mixed in with a lot of bad data, and it takes some time -- or a unique individual -- to cut through the fog. Clearly neither Obama nor Clinton were this individual, but we should not be surprised as our selection process for politicians is not really configured to find such a person, except by accident.
No, the problem I have with Benghazi is that when push came to political shove, the President threw free expression under the bus to protect himself. I am a sort of city on the hill isolationist, who prefers as much as possible for the US to have influence overseas by setting a positive example spread through open communications and free trade. In this model, there is nothing more important for a US President to do than to support and explain the values of individual liberty, such as free expression, to the world.
Instead, it is increasingly clear he blamed some Youtube video, an exercise in free expression, for the tragedy. And not just in the first confused days, but five days later when he put Susan Rice on TV to parrot this narrative. And when the Feds sent a team to arrest and imprison the video maker. And days after the Rice interviews when Hillary parroted the same message at the funeral, and days after that when Obama spoke to the UN, mentioning the video 6 or 7 times. Obama took to his bully pulpit and railed against free speech in front of a group of authoritarians who love to hear that message, and whose efforts to stifle speech have historically only been slowed by America's example and pressure.