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Democrats Blame US Embassy Attack on Trump, Erroneously Claim This Is His Benghazi

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Posted: Dec 31, 2019 7:10 PM
Democrats Blame US Embassy Attack on Trump, Erroneously Claim This Is His Benghazi

Source: AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed

Liberals did not let the escalating situation in Iraq go to waste in their attempt to score political points as Iranian-backed militias breached the International Zone of Baghdad, known as the Green Zone, and attacked the U.S. Embassy in Iraq on Tuesday.

Activist groups, liberal pundits, and Democratic politicians said the ongoing situation is either President Trump's fault or this will go down as his Benghazi moment, referring to when Libyan militias attacked a U.S. mission building on September 11, 2012. Four Americans were killed in the 13-hour attack, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

The claims were made despite 100 U.S. Marines were deployed to Iraq to bolster the Embassy's defenses. The Marines are based out of Kuwait and are assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command.

"The Department of Defense is working closely with the Department of State to ensure the security of our Embassy and personnel in Baghdad," Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said in a statement. "We have taken appropriate force protection actions to ensure the safety of American citizens, military personnel and diplomats in country, and to ensure our right of self-defense.  We are sending additional forces to support our personnel at the Embassy."

Sens. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) blamed Trump for the attack, while MSNBC host Joy Ann Reid and VoteVets said this was Trump's Benghazi.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said it is because of Trump's actions, "there will be no Benghazis on his watch."