Eleanor Clift: Chris Stevens Wasn’t Murdered In Benghazi
He was in a safe room and died of smoke inhalation, says Daily Beast columnist Eleanor Clift.
“This animates the right wing of the Republican Party and I would like to point out that Ambassador Stevens was not murdered,” Clift said on the “McLaughlin Group,” using air quotes around the word “murdered.”
“He died of smoke inhalation in the safe room in that CIA installation.”
Clift has been torched on the right for the comments. Pat Buchanan, who sat on the “McLaughlin Group” panel with Clift, said Tuesday he was “stunned cold” by the observation. Reports have indicated that Stevens did indeed die of asphyxiation from smoke, but Clift’s contention doesn’t seem to square with a common characterization of the other 9/11 attacks.
Clift told conservative radio host Steve Malzberg she has an issue with the word “murdered.”
“I was taking issue with the sort of glib use of the word ‘murdered’ and I think, you know, dying of smoke inhalation in the safe room of a CIA outpost has a slightly different feeling,” Clift told Malzberg. “My point is it was a very chaotic event. The CIA was involved, which is why there was a lot of confusion initially, and that all the questions that this special committee is raising have been asked and answered in previous investigations.”