— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019
Okay so here are the facts courtesy of WaPo:
Thousands of angry supporters of an Iranian-backed militia chanting “Death to America” stormed entrances to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday, laying bare the fragility of the U.S. presence in Iraq despite hundreds of billions of dollars and 17 years of investment in the country.
Members of the U.S.-trained Iraqi security forces stood by as supporters of the Kataib Hezbollah militia surged into the usually heavily guarded Green Zone, breached the main embassy reception area and set it on fire.
They hung the flags of their militia on the barbed wire protecting the compound, daubed pro-Iranian slogans on its walls and tossed molotov cocktails onto its lawns. “America is the Great Satan,” they chanted, and “Death to America” — slogans that echoed those of the Iranian revolutionaries who held U.S. diplomats hostage in Tehran 40 years ago.
The demonstrators then set up tents to camp outside for the night, saying they would not leave until all U.S. diplomats and troops had pulled out of Iraq.
As diplomats and staffers huddled together in a fortified safe room inside the embassy compound, the stage seemed to have been set for a potentially long siege that leaves the United States with little room for maneuver.
Here is how we responded courtesy of Military.com:
At least 100 infantry Marines from a crisis response unit designed to respond to emergencies at U.S. embassies have been dispatched to Iraq, where supporters of an Iran-backed militia smashed into an American diplomatic facility on Tuesday.
The Marines are assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, a ground-based unit spread across the Middle East, U.S. officials confirmed to Military.com. Video footage taken near the embassy shows some of the Marines arriving in Baghdad by helicopter.
The California-based 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, is the infantry unit currently assigned to the crisis response task force. The unit — one of several the Marine Corps created following the deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. post in Benghazi, Libya — not only includes ground forces, but also air and logistics capabilities.
The Marines are trained and equipped to respond to a host of crises in the region, including security emergencies at U.S. embassies.
So the first thing to note is that this military force was created AFTER the attack on Benghazi and so was not available in 2012.
Secondly the attack on Benghazi happened in the dead of night, and also happened during protests around the Middle East in response to a movie, so at first it was hard to determine what exactly was happening at the annex.
The attack in Iraq however happened in broad daylight and there was little doubt as to what the embassy was facing.
I am not suggesting that the entire Benghazi thing was handled as well as it should have been handled, but after nine investigations a Republican led committee in 2016 found no wrongdoing by the Obama Administration.
And because of that level of scrutiny the Trump Administration had a fighting force on hand to make sure that the response would be much quicker and more appropriately match the level of threat.
Comparing this to Benghazi is nothing more than cheap political theatrics.
We should expect more from the commander-in-chief.
Though to be fair he was a little distracted with his New Year’s celebration at Mar-a-Lago and his continuing need to attack Nancy Pelosi.
“And Nancy Pelosi should be ashamed of herself. She’s a highly overrated person. I know her well. She’s highly overrated” pic.twitter.com/WosvhAFbIf
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) January 1, 2020
What an inspiring example of strong leadership.