So you have changed your mind. You aren’t so much interested in the “Actual handling of Benghazi”, as you are in the messaging and actions of democrats after the attack. But for a supposed non-partisan to focus on that and ignore that Republican messaging has also misled the American public and mismanaged the investigation, is quite frankly puzzling. I will explain, if you were unaware: Republicans have repeatedly said that it was obvious there was a growing problem with al-Qaeda in Libya before the attacks. For example, Senator Lindsey Graham said on Fox: “But I wish [Obama had] give some attention in Benghazi, Libya, when it would have mattered. There was an al Qaeda storm brewing for months.” This is the same Senator Graham that accompanied Senator McCain on a trip to Libya before the attacks where the latter stated: “We are very happy to be back here in Libya and to note the enormous progress and changes made in the past few months.” They could have raised the issue then but instead praised Libya’s progress. I’m sure Graham and McCain have 20/20 hindsight, too bad they are using it to mislead people. Greg Hicks said: “I think everybody in the mission thought it was a terrorist attack from the beginning”. Hicks, who was stationed in Tripoli, not Benghazi, and his colleagues must have had more information than the CIA whose annex was breached in the attack. The CIA still thought that the attacks were spontaneous when they issued the talking points on the 14th. Notice the mention of the “open source study” in those talking points? That is referring to the Open Source Center. Another OSC report includes a briefing by the Libyan interior minister in which he thought the attacks were the result of the video. Not to mention all the news agencies, foreign and local, that thought the Benghazi attacks were part of the Cairo and Sana’a protests. Hicks is misleading us if he expects us to believe that everyone knew it was terrorism. The Republican handling of the Benghazi investigation has resulted in breaches of classified information that potentially put lives in danger. Darrell Issa released a cache of sensitive documents without redacting names of Libyans working with the US, including that of a female human rights activist, putting them in danger. Darrell Issa and his colleague Jason Chaffetz worked, ineptly, in concert to accidentally reveal the presence of a CIA annex at the consulate compound. Derp. Republican commentators and blogs have misled the public about what happened to Ambassador Stevens after the attack. For example Hannity, citing a video, claimed that Stevens’ body was dragged through the streets, and others have embellished the story further to claim torture and rape. Except that the video is actually of people trying to take him to the hospital. Lastly we get to Republicans misleading the Americans with hyperbole about Benghazi. They have repeatedly blown the magnitude and significance of the attacks out of proportion. Senator Inhofe, among others, has called the attacks and the reputed coverup worse than Watergate and Iran-Contra. So the Benghazi affair is worse than the time that Nixon, seeking papers President Johnson had compiled about Nixon’s sabotage of the 1968 Vietnamese peace talks to boost his campaign, broke into the offices of his political opponents and then used his executive power to try and cover it up and squash the investigation? Sure buddy. It’s also worse than that time that Reagan sold weapons to Iran in exchange for hostages and then funneled that money to violent central American extremists? Uh okay, lol. Then there is the Republican strategist that claimed that Benghazi is much worse than 9/11. W…T…F, he really thinks that? I’m sure I don’t have to point out any further hyperbole, like how Republicans are calling for Obama’s impeachment over this after having called for impeachment at least 15 other times for violations such as passing legislation or simply existing, as my point should be clear by now. Furthermore you haven’t tried to dispute the obvious truth that Republicans had politicized the Benghazi attack mere hours after it had happened. I’ll take your further silence as a confirmation that you admit it is true.