As more details become available about the ambush in Niger which led to the deaths of four American special forces troops, more questions are being asked about the U.S. mission in the African country and what may have contributed to the loss of those four brave soldiers.
There is also talk on Capitol Hill of Congressional hearings on the ambush, and comparisons are even being made to the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which killed the ambassador and three Marines. Could Niger be Donald Trump’s Benghazi? Not to hear Republicans and the White House tell it.
Last week, Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe (R) said that equating Niger with Benghazi is ridiculous:
“Every time I hear people compare this to Benghazi, it makes me physically sick.”
Of course, Inhofe’s feigned sickness would probably clear up immediately if the ambush had happened on President Obama’s watch or if he thought he could blame it on Hillary Clinton.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was a guest on Fox & Friends Tuesday, and she too said that the two incidents are in no way similar:
“Look, these are not comparable events. I know the Democrats want to make this a big negative attack piece against this president.”
Not comparable? Let’s take a closer look:
- 4 Americans died in Benghazi; four Americans died in Niger
- The details of the attack in Benghazi were murky; the details of the ambush in Niger remain unclear
And yet, Republicans were offended by what happened in Benghazi and demanded endless investigations which cost almost $7 million. But now they urge restraint when it comes to Niger.
Sanders went on to add this:
“But to try to compare the two is simply just a cheap attempt by the Democrats to try to taint this president.”
Apparently Ms. Sanders has forgotten that this president, who may well have committed treason with Russia, is already tainted. His personal behavior, his unchecked avarice, and his endless lies have left him with low poll numbers and the overall distrust of the nation. Donald Trump inflicted shame and dishonor on himself and the United States long before the attack in Niger ever took place.
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