A rapid response from President Trump and Secretary Pompeo disrupted a potentially dangerous situation near the U.S. embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday. A protest began outside the embassy after the completion of nearby funerals for the “freedom fighters” killed during a U.S. airstrike on Friday. At least that’s what we were told by this mouth breathing, political activist who typed up this tweet for the New York Times:
The Hezbollah flags being waved in the thumbnail picture by the “Iraqi mourners” would lend itself as evidence to President Trump’s early Tuesday assertion that Iran and the terrorist group were linked to the fatalities of Friday’s airstrike as well as behind the thwarted embassy breach.
Of course, Iran denied involvement and “condemned the audacity” of Trump’s accusation.
While the situation initially started as a growing group of men chanting “Death to America” and other classic terrorist slogans, the protest turned dark when a fire was started in an empty guard shack at the front of the embassy. Shortly after, well filmed footage hit the internet showing a group of men with a police-style battering ram, testing it on a large metal door with exterior hinges:
U.S. Marines were expedited from a nearby base in Kuwait and arrived with an escort of Apache helicopters. The Devil Dogs quickly dispersed the remaining crowds with tear gas although a few remaining angsty types climbed an adjacent building where they planted the Hezbollah flag in victory. From the New York Times on what is to come after the failed attack:
A spokesman for Kataib Hezbollah, Mohammed Muhi, said his group intended to erect tents in the street in front of the United States Embassy for an opened-ended sit-in to pressure the Americans to leave Iraq.
“We will not leave these tents until the embassy and the ambassador leave Iraq,” Mr. Muhi said.
Although the above article and loud leftists carefully remind us that “Hillary’s Benghazi” was, like, no big deal, they used the opportunity to designate Tuesday’s event as “Trump’s Benghazi.” Even though Tuesday nobody died and somebody answered the phone, what difference at this point does it make?