Yes, I am contending that al Qaeda is still a huge threat, and it was known to have a strong presence in Benghazi, which further leads to the question of why Stephens was there in the first place, as opposed to in the more strongly protected Embassy in Tripoli. But, again, that would not fit the narrative Obama was pushing that "he"had defeated al Qaeda.
Do you really think that DC wasn't notified from the get go that the consulate was under attack? That was ALL DC should have needed to know to get assets moving to protect American lives. And you either missed the point or are being deliberately misleading in regards to the current contention that they "couldn't get there in time" - that is an argument that can only be made in hindsight, and even at that it is false. First, there was the team in Tripoli that was told to wait for hours before finally given the go ahead and there was the Response Team in Italy that could have been there long before the attack that killed Woods and Doherty. And as one military official stated to one of the witnesses (sorry, don't have time to look up, but will be happy to later) after being told to stand down "well this is the first time a state dept official has more balls (sorry for the vulgarity) than a member of the military" when referring to his higher up who would not let him get his team into action. And theses are the names we still need - who ordered the military to stand down or delay (and who gave Susan Rice her "script".)
I'm sure you know your post is touching only on a small part on the whole sordid affair. Everyone in Washington is in cover up mode to protect their political careers or jobs except for those testifying to the committee.
And now there may be another investigation into the investigation by the investigators who investigated Hillary and laid the blame on the underlings.
Follow that tongue twister.