5. The J-Curve explanation is structural. You're talking about situational causes. Both are valid
and necessary to a realistic understanding of these events and the persons and processes that created them.
I also suspect preplanning behind the attack on the US consulate, as do many others including the US and Libyan Governments. Based upon the events described, it appears to have likely been a coordinated attack. Similarly, the coincidence with 9/11 doesn't seem to be purely coincidental. There's been some obfuscation by the State Dept. and UN Ambassador Susan Rice of the degree to which the attack was planned as opposed to opportunistic. It may have elements of both.
Furthermore, this incident clearly doesn't help the Administration's case for "humanitarian intervention", as it points up the costs and potential for blowback from a strategy of regime change using terrorist groups, which I believe is fundamentally flawed, morally repugnant, and inherently risky. I pointed that out elsewhere in my diary, Blowback in Benghazihttp://www.democraticunderground.com/10021343355 We'd do well to reassess our approach in that region, particularly the US role in coordinating Jihadists in covert wars and our regime change operations in Syria.
Finally, I believe we're off the rails in the Mideast because hope and expectations for this Administration have so far exceeded delivery of change. Just common sense without sociological lingo and algorithms tells you it's dangerous to fail to meet expectations.