It's without question that working in an American embassy in a conflict zone is a dangerous job, no matter which party is in power in Washington, and the people who choose to take those assignments know it. Just one little security slip or tiny fault in an embassies intelligence on our enemies in the region and 'somebody' will be called home to Jesus.
I have immense admiration for the brave souls who accept these dangerous posts in dangerous places for a government pay check, but I, like most Americans, would rather live than give my life for my country and wouldn't even visit one of these places for 1 million dollars an hour.
Let's look at Benghazi. It's a beachfront compound, acquired by the State Department during peaceful times, used mainly as a retreat for tired American embassy workers to recharge their batteries for a few days or a weekend, watching the latest movies from home they didn't have time to watch while working at the embassy, soaking up some sun on the beach, playing some tennis, reading that novel you had been intending to, swimming, or just laying around getting some snoozes on, basically an R & R outpost a few hours from work. Senior embassy officials simply couldn't just leave their desks untended for days at a time, so some provisions were made for work that couldn't wait for them to return to their posts at the main embassy. There was a minimum amount of security attached to this outpost and it was mostly kept out of sight from the outside (when Marines were assigned and attached here, they considered it a beach holiday). The thinking was that even the locals thought of this facility as just a vacation spot for Americans from the embassy.
Maybe the attack WAS started by locals upset over a movie they considered blasphemous and the insurgents took advantage, maybe the insurgents didn't know the ambassador was there and just wanted to kill Americans and just got lucky, maybe the insurgents got info the ambassador was there from a local working in the main embassy and targeted him, maybe the ambassador was there facilitating an illegal arms deal (it always seemed strange to me that if he was, that none of the people he was dealing with got caught up in the attack). Who cares? What difference does it make? An American ambassador was killed along with another American during an attack on an American embassy post.
It's ironic that the year before the attack, President Obama had requested from the Republican controlled Congress a line item in his budget request for several million dollars - line item, now. not ambiguous, no mistaking what those millions of dollars would be used by the State Department - specifically for improving the security at our embassies and embassy posts like Benghazi.
The Republicans in congress, in all their infinite wisdom, not only didn't grant the money for additional security at our embassies, they actually REDUCED the amount that our embassies had for security. Most of our Embassies had to resort to accounting tricks to stay within budget and a few had to actually reduce their security. the Benghazi attack occurred during this mayhem.