It's working to an extent. The Benghazi attack has been so over-sold, magnified, layered with supposition and larded with untruth by the conservative machine, they've got their followers lathered up as only gay marriage, gun grabbing and The War on Christmas™ can usually do. However "real" their outrage feels, it is a manufactured, targeted outrage, planted there by people with an agenda.
|Destruction caused by car bomber targeting the U.S. consulate in Karachi|
Pakistan, in March 2, 2006. Image from source, DailyKos.
If diplomatic attacks are a sign of weakness, Bush was the weakest of all
. . .So did those attacks (and the 9/11 ones, for that matter) happen because of "perceived American weakness"? Is that what Rumsfeld wants to argue—that our country's diplomatic missions were targeted because George Bush's America was perceived as weak?
As for Obama, the attacks in Cairo and Benghazi are the first two attacks on a U.S. diplomatic mission in an ostensibly peaceful country during his entire presidency—and they were sparked by that idiot wingnut Islamophobe Terri Jones. The embassy in Afghanistan was targeted by the Taliban last Sept. 13, but that's a country at war. . .
Check out the list of "failures" under Bush at: DailyKos