3. People in volatile and dynamic situations aren't often the most credible sources of intel.
I don't think this is a smoking gun by any means. However, as another piece of the puzzle, I'm probably willing to concede that they were trying to be misleading about the situation. As I said before, fog of war buys you a few days. However, they seem to have had a decent picture well before then. As I also said before, I just don't see that it matters. I figure there are two scenarios for them trying to obscure the circumstances. One is that they were trying (quite feebly) to deny Romney the opportunity to use it as a political football. From the second the news broke, the Republicans were looking for a way to spin it. Obama's team might have just wanted to make it a different issue. The other option is that they're trying to cover up some kind of wrong doing, or some kind of major incompetence. One's a political clusterfuck of the sort that happens all the time in a democracy as perverse as ours, the other is a genuine coverup. Only the latter would bother me.
Honestly, I'm not sure which scenario I'd consider more likely. Stupid political maneuvers happen all the time. Frankly, I have no idea how any politicians keep their bullshit in order. It's also possible that they actually did act with real negligence to the situation. Again, the sort of thing that happens all the time at that level. Like I said a few days ago, shit happens and Libya's a dangerous place. This is the cost of doing business in places that you've fucked with for many years. Determining what's reasonable and what's not in a situation like that is tricky business. Just because they appear to have gotten it wrong doesn't mean they bungled the situation, although that's certainly how it will be made to appear. Yet more grounds for a coverup.
As for how much an actual coverup would trouble me, it depends on the circumstances, but probably not enough to matter. There's very little Obama could do to disappoint me any more than he already has. Quite frankly, the guy sucks. However, Myth has done nothing to make me think he's even remotely competent. Against a viable challenger, this would matter. Running essentially unopposed, it's not enough to make me prefer him less.