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Woman on Sunday Talk Show: “Opportunistic” Attack in Benghazi “Grew Out of That Video”

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:45 am

Also, Ambassador Stevens wasn’t “murdered.” (Note: never pick Eleanor Clift for a felony murder jury.)

I give Clift the generic label in the headline for the ironic parallelism. Did you catch that? I thought you would. Anyway, her spinning could put a top to shame:

ELEANOR CLIFT: I would like to point out Ambassador Stevens was not murdered. He died of smoke inhalation in the safe room in that CIA installation.

SUSAN FERRECHIO: I don’t think that’s a fact, Eleanor.

CLIFT: I think that is a fact.

FERRECHIO: I’ve heard a drastically different story from people who are also in the know about that. So, I don’t think it is –

PAT BUCHANAN: It was a terrorist attack, Eleanor. He was murdered in a terrorist attack.

She also calls the terrorist attack on the consulate an “opportunistic” attack “that grew out of that video.” (I wonder who wrote her talking points.)

Even if he died of smoke inhalation from a fire caused by a terrorist attack, he was murdered. Air quotes and all. Eleanor.

29 Responses to “Woman on Sunday Talk Show: “Opportunistic” Attack in Benghazi “Grew Out of That Video””

  1. Ding.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. It wasn’t a zero-dark-thirty parachute drop. It was a pre-dawn vertical insertion.

    CrustyB (69f730)

  3. Dragging Eleanor out of cold storage to defend the Ministry of Truth is a tacit admission of Rattus rattus hitting the lifeboats.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  4. She’s a scumhag and doesn’t care who dies as long as “her team” stays in power. May she realize her error when she meets her Maker.

    NJRob (1d8873)

  5. (I wonder who wrote her talking points.)

    Well, they don’t call her Eleanor “Rodham” Clift for no reason. She’s always been a rabid spinner of all things Clinton, especially on the distaff side.

    Her credentials as an in-your-face unrepentant enabler rank well above those of Susan Rice or Stephanie Cutter because Eleanor’s been at it for over 20 years, she has seniority.

    ropelight (c8cb7b)

  6. Also the attackers should not have known about the firetrap “safe room” , and setting it on fire right away was strong evidence that the attack was planned, and that;s what the Pentagon initially concluded.

    Furthermore, this safe room was not at a CIA installation.

    The safe room was part of the villa which was the “open” U.S. location in Benghazi.

    The Ambassador stayed there, instead of at the better protected CIA annex, on the grounds he was too prominent and staying at the better protected annex would have given away its location.

    The initial government position – maybe still – is that the annex came under attack only after it was found by following people who had come to the mission. (not actually a consulate, since it didn’t do consular services) and that the attackers didn’t know about it before that night, because it was a big secret.

    Really, the security arragements must have been penetrated.

    As House Speaker John Boehner said, the truth here is not pretty.

    Sammy Finkelman (bcd7c8)

  7. Eleanor Clift just believed what she “learned” one and half years ago, and even then, got some things wrong (the safe room was not at a CIA facility)

    Sammy Finkelman (bcd7c8)

  8. Gee back in the day when California used the gas chamber those few convicted murderers who actually received the death penalty (as opposed to living on death row until they naturally expired or were released) weren’t “executed
    “. They just happened to be in a room with an atmosphere that wouldn’t support life. Or so that ignorant twit Eleanor Clift might say.

    Skeptical Voter (12e67d)

  9. Eleanor Clift reminds me of Justice Rose Bird, the only Chief Justice of the Kali Supreme Court to be removed from office by the voters, who also refused to acknowledge the obvious when it was staring her in the face. Bird was so opposed to the death penalty that she would go to ridiculous lengths to find a flaw in a capital case as an excuse to overturn it. And if none existed, she would invent one.

    Clift is similarly lacking in integrity, so in the tank is she for her ideology. Too bad she can’t be removed from office.

    Steve57 (e2022e)

  10. Regulation Bill Clinton Knee Pads wearing Eleanor Clift spins as only a Clintonista would try. It depends on what the definition of “murder” is.

    Eleanor, gee, I don’t think you’re swell.

    Colonel Haiku (5eaa1e)

  11. Eleanor Clift gives village idiots a bad name.

    jakee308 (f1b953)

  12. Eleanor Clift – Drinking the koolaid since the day she was born.

    Bill M (906260)

  13. Eleanor Clift has chosen whom it is she shall serve. May her reward be swift and just.

    Ken (92f263)

  14. What I want to know is how much is this useless POS being paid, and by whom, to come out with nonsense like this. And since spying on regular Americans has been okay’d by these same media types, maybe it’s time to start checking on sources of income and assets of these types of “people”.

    dc (685527)

  15. 11. Comment by Colonel Haiku (5eaa1e) — 5/12/2014 @ 8:42 am

    . . It depends on what the definition of “murder” is. </I.

    Well, yes.

    She wasn't thinking about what is called in the United States "felony murder" and she thinks the attackers killed Ambassador Stevens accidently.

    I had a theory he was interrogated (for the location of other Americans, by people pretending to be rescuers) and then killed.

    Sammy Finkelman (bcd7c8)

  16. “But officer, I didn’t kill him! Oh, sure I stabbed him 52 times, but he died from loss of blood, and I was long gone by then.”

    About as reasonable.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  17. What, Eleanor Clift is still alive? Who knew?

    The elderly Dana (3e4784)

  18. 17. “But officer, I didn’t kill him! Oh, sure I stabbed him 52 times, but he died from loss of blood, and I was long gone by then.”

    About as reasonable.

    Comment by Kevin M (b357ee) — 5/12/2014 @ 11:09 am

    If memory serves, that was almost exactly the kind of death penalty case Rose Bird overturned that proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back and got her ousted.

    She ruled that although the prosecution had met its burden of proof and demonstrated that the convict had intended to stab the infant 11 times, there was no proof the guy intended to kill the infant.

    But that was almost 36 years ago so I may be getting some of the details wrong.

    Essentially, that’s how badly an ideologically committed death penalty opponent had to insult the voters back then to get thrown off the court. I don’t know if any amount of insult would do it now.

    But like I said, Eleanor Clift reminds me of Rose Bird.

    Steve57 (e2022e)

  19. I did a bit of an overview with some bits I found here, and one or two I added,

    narciso (3fec35)

  20. Eleanor Clift has spent her entire media career piggybacking on the Clift surname.
    During the early 1960’s, she was briefly married to Brooks Clift, the older brother of the late great actor Montgomery Clift.

    You’d think that after she and Clift divorced, she would take the last name of her next husband.

    She was apparently so thrilled at having been the brother-in-law of Monty Clift, that she kept the last name—forever. And that was years and years before she became known in media.

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  21. “{ (Say, say)
    Say, where did I see this gal?
    (Say, say, say, say)
    In DC?
    Or a place in the Beltway?
    she may be a misfit
    From here to eternity}

    Everybody say, “Is she all right?”
    An’ everybody say, “What’s she like?”
    An’ everybody say, “She sure looks funny”
    That Eleanor Clift, honey!

    (New York, New York)
    New York, New York, 42nd Street
    Hustlers rustle and pimps pimp the beat
    Eleanor Clift is recognized at dawn
    She ain’t got no shoes, her knee pads are worn”

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  22. 21. That was an interesting tidbit, E.S.. All I know is that she must have bad feet or poor taste (or both) because when she’s on the McLaughlin Group panel and sitting in that front chair she wears some of the most hideous footwear available for purchase on the planet. Somebody should talk to her about it, I think, because it makes one question her acumen, her decision making, and her point of view about all other things, too.

    elissa (203189)

  23. From Wikipedia:

    Clift was born Eleanor Roeloffs in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of German immigrants from the island of Föhr in the North Sea. She grew up in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens, where her parents ran a deli in Sunnyside. Clift was raised a Lutheran and attended Hofstra University and Hunter College. She began her career as a secretary at Newsweek, and is one of the first female reporters to earn an internship from the secretary pool. She began her broadcast career on The Diane Rehm Show on WAMU-FM, Washington, D.C., as a Friday week-in-review panelist. She became known to listeners for her good-natured acceptance of ribbing from other panelists and callers to the program

    ropelight (c8cb7b)

  24. Yes Billy – Democrats are this stupid.

    PerfectSense (4d5c72)

  25. Anyway, her spinning could put a top to shame:

    When the quip is made that liberalism is a mental disorder, I immediately think of people like Eleanor Clift. Quite seriously, there has to be something defective about her brain to make it so disingenuous and deluded about things that satisfy its leftwing compulsions.

    Mark (99b8fd)

  26. Every report that has come out till now has protyected the CIA orthe intelligence community in general.

    They have people being suspicious that the video story was invented in the White House, and the CIA disclaiming all resoponsibility for it.

    I think the CIA is also disclaiming all responsibility for misleading other U.S. government officials the night of September 11, 2012 into thinking it was all over, or that they could trust their Libyan interlocuters, more than once.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  27. The Senate Report from this January:

    Does have as a finding (#9):

    FINDING #9: In finished reports after September 11, 2012, intelligence analysts inaccurately referred to the presence of a protest at the Mission facility before the attack based on open source information and limited intelligence, but without sufficient intelligence or eyewitness statements to corroborate that assertion. The IC took too long to correct these erroneous reports, which caused confusion and influenced the public statements of policymakers. …..

    The CIA did an Analytic Line Review dated January 4, 2013 which evidently said nobody did anything wrong and there wasn’t even poor quality work.

    Of the 11 reports cited by the CIA’s Analytic Line Review, six were press articles, two were the public statements of Ansar al-Sharia, and the three others were intelligence reports. Specific open source reports and intelligence on which analysts appear to have based their judgments include the public statements by Ansar al-Sharia that the attacks were a “spontaneous and popular uprising.”121

    Aiso, there was protest activity in Egypt and approximately 40 other cities around the world and violent attacks against U.S. diplomatic facilities in Tunisia, Yemen, and Egypt from September 11-20, 2012. In addition, there were intelligence reports in the days following the Benghazi attacks that al-Qa’ida-associated
    terrorists hoped to take advantage of global protests for further attacks.

    “three others were intelligence reports”


    “intelligence reports in the days following the Benghazi attacks” = SOOPER SEKRIT INTELLIGENCE

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  28. Footnotes 121 and 122 are:

    121 ODNI, The Benghazi Intelligence Review, October 22,2012, translated transcript of an open source YouTube video: “Libya: Ansar Al-Shari’ah Video Statement on US Consulate Attack in Benghazi,” September 12,2012, p. 2.

    Note, I believe this Ansar al Sharia video statement mentioned the video, which has somehow been kept out of the published statements. The 100 pages e-mail release of May 2013, contains two references to the video.

    122 NCTC, “Libya: Variety of Extremists Participated in Benghazi Attacks,” NCTC Current, September 15, 2012.

    “al-Qa’ida-associated terrorists hoped to take advantage of global protests” = they had nothing to do with organizing them, and that demonstrations preceded attacks.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

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