Ambassador’s Sister: I Don’t Blame Clinton for Benghazi
According to some Republicans, Hillary Clinton is guilty for the Benghazi scandal, but the sister of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who died in the 2012 attack in Benghazi, says she doesn’t blame Clinton.
“It is clear, in hindsight, that the facility was not sufficiently protected by the State Department and the Defense Department. But what was the underlying cause? Perhaps if Congress had provided a budget to increase security for all missions around the world, then some of the requests for more security in Libya would have been granted. Certainly the State Department is underbudgeted,” Anne Stevens told The New Yorker.
“I do not blame Hillary Clinton or Leon Panetta.”
The Hill reports:
Stevens said they were “balancing security efforts at embassies and missions around the world.”
“And their staffs were doing their best to provide what they could with the resources they had,” she said.
“The Benghazi Mission was understaffed. We know that now. But, again, Chris knew that. It wasn’t a secret to him. He decided to take the risk to go there. It is not something they did to him. It is something he took on himself.”
Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, was secretary of State during the time of the attacks and has taken “full responsibility” for what happened, Stevens said. But she admitted that the security system will never be perfect.
“We all recognize that there’s a risk in serving in a dangerous environment,” she said.
“Chris thought that was very important, and he probably would have done it again. I don’t see any usefulness in continuing to criticize her. It is very unjust.”
On Tuesday, the House Select Committee on Benghazi released its report on the attack, which faults the Obama administration for its actions before, during and after the terrorist assault that killed four Americans.
Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump seized on the opportunity to attack Clinton, saying a Clinton presidency would be “catastrophic for the future of our country.”
Stevens said she thinks making Benghazi and her brother’s death an election issue “is not appropriate.” She added that her brother had “a lot of respect” for Clinton.
“He admired her ability to intensely read the issues and understand the whole picture.”
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