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President Donald Trump has made it clear there will be no Benghazis on his watch.
The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was stormed this morning by hundreds of Iranian-backed militia members. They set fire to areas of the embassy compound and U.S. military had to fire tear gas and stun grenades to back them off the main embassy building.
Media like the NY Times and the AP spun it, calling them “protesters” and “mourners.” As we reported, the U.S. retaliated with airstrikes against the militia after they were behind a rocket attack that killed a U.S. contractor and wounded many more.
The Ambassador and his staff reportedly had already been evacuated out of the compound according to reports, but there were still U.S. military personnel onsite at the time of the attack and it’s not clear who else may have been there.
Trump immediately called on Iraq to send more security forces to help out. Local governments always provide security for our embassies overseas, in addition to U.S. Marines we may have on-site.
But U.S. troops, more Marines with helicopters, were also ordered to help to ensure the safety of everyone there.
VIDEO: AH-64 Apaches protect @USEmbBaghdad. 🚁“We have taken appropriate force protection actions to ensure the safety of American citizens…and to ensure our right of self-defense. We are sending additional forces to support our personnel at the Embassy.”~@EsperDoD 🇺🇸🇮🇶 pic.twitter.com/amABHBAOcL
— OIR Spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III (@OIRSpox) December 31, 2019
Those are flares coming out to warn off the folks on the ground.
The Marines have arrived at U.S. Embassy Baghdad: U.S. defense official
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) December 31, 2019
And now video pic.twitter.com/Wph6PgJ9Q7
— Dave Brown (@dave_brown24) December 31, 2019
They released the video after they already arrived because they want to warn the militia that they’re going to be there in force and the militia don’t want to take them on.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper issued a statement, “We have taken appropriate force protection actions to ensure the safety of American citizens…and to ensure our right of self-defense.”
It’s Trump, not Obama. No more Benghazis.
But that hasn’t stopped Democrats from claiming it today, not seeming to understand why Benghazi was such a scandal. Rather than be supportive and condemn Iran, they’re all about attacking Trump. Benghazi wasn’t just about the U.S. mission being attacked but about the failure to protect it beforehand, the failure to come to their aid in time and lying their heads off about everything afterward. But it’s almost like they’re rooting for the disaster that happened under Obama. Check this leftist vets’ organization tweet. Unbelievable how deep the TDS is.
Yes, this is just like Benghazi, except um…this time reinforcements were sent. And nobody is blaming it on an obscure YouTube video.
And what the hell is a “veterans org” doing gleefully tweeting about an attack on the US?
Oh, and it’s *your.*
Otherwise, great tweet guys 👍 https://t.co/5nR9YokitS
— James Hasson (@JamesHasson20) December 31, 2019