At least some of the outrage seems to have gotten through to Eleanor Clift, who earlier this week on “The McLaughlin Group” suggested that Ambassador Chris Stevens wasn’t “murdered” in Benghazi, but rather died of smoke inhalation. Clift acknowledges the backlash in a column in today’s Daily Beast, but she’s standing by her words, “despite the hysteria my saying so has ignited on the right.”
What does Ronald Reagan have to do with it? Well, consider the 1983 Marine barracks bombing that killed 241. “When the September ’84 bombing occurred nearly a year later and the security was not yet in place,” Clift writes, “Democrats did not see it as an opportunity to score political points. Instead they accepted President Reagan’s explanation that repairs take time.”
Today no one in either party would accept such a benign explanation for a lapse in security, nor should they. But no administration is immune to tragic events in troublesome spots in the world, and not every tragedy is a scandal. Poking around for partisan gain in what lawmakers now know were clandestine activities for answers to questions that for the most part have already been answered is the scandal.