What is emerging is that the embassy in Libya was essentially acting as cover for C.I.A. activities, presumably of surveillance and influence, and that most of the other "State Department" workers who were killed along with Ambassador Stevens were spies. In sum, this was a dangerous situation in which Stevens was surrounded with security professionals who were nonetheless unable to act fast enough to save the ambassador. Benghazi was an intelligence vulnerability in a fragile state unfolding outside of the pages of a Tom Clancy novel. Yet Republicans are indignant that Obama--in Washington--could not control an uncontrollable situation on the other side of the globe.
Is their indignation real or fake? Probably somewhere in between. It is certainly herd mentality. But it is an example of how powerfully the desire for a "Daddy who keeps us perfectly safe" continues to operate among (some) grown-ups.