I first saw the story through a blast email. Then I saw it on the Times website. Then it was gone.
The thrust of the piece is dramatically different and, unless I'm missing something, leaves out this critical quote from a Romney senior advisor explaining their rationale. "We've had this consistent critique and narrative on Obama's foreign policy, and we felt this was a situation that met our critique, that Obama really has been pretty weak in a number of ways on foreign policy, especially if you look at his dealings with the Arab Spring and its aftermath."
So basically, we saw this thing happen. It fit with our campaign narrative. So we pounced.
What happened to the other story? Pieces get rewritten all the time, especially with a breaking news story. But this would seem to require some explanation.