The kidnapping of the head of the criminal investigations department in Benghazi, where four US officials were killed last year, is a reminder of how tough Libya's transition remains.
The popular unrest of the last two years has left the Middle East volatile as 2013 kicks off.
An independent panel investigating the 9/11 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi released a report finding that the State Department failed at securing the compound on multiple fronts.
An atrocity in the strategic Syrian town of Saraqeb is a reminder that the landscape of that country's civil war is a place where angels fear to tread.
Was it a good idea to release a lot of un-redacted State Department memos from Libya? Probably not.
Well, I still have no idea. But apparently a mastermind has been named.
Here's a list of where you should really be looking if you enjoy finger-pointing.
Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Darrell Issa claim the Benghazi consulate sought more security before the deadly attack. They also both voted to cut the State Department's embassy security budget.