On the last day of 2019, America awoke to an eerily disturbing image in “real-time” on their TV screens. An angry mob of Iraqi demonstrators set siege to our U.S Embassy in Baghdad, throwing rocks and setting fires and breaching the outer perimeters of the expensive compound shouting “Down, Down USA!” — as the frenzied mob waved Iraqi Flags storming through the main gate, prompting U.S. guards to fire back tear gas in response.
Those frightening images for many Americans watching in the comfort of their homes seemed almost surreal, recalling once again the horror of that awful night in 2012, in Libya, as “Breaking News” headlines flashed across every network in America that our embassy was under attack, in a place called Benghazi.
A place that would, in the coming days, define America, as a “paper tiger” willing to sacrifice America’s treasures, for political expediency, as images of the lifeless body of US ambassador Chris Stevens flashed on our TV screens.
However this was not Benghazi, this was Baghdad, and this was not a gutless President Obama willing to sacrifice American’s for a political deal with despots.
This time we would respond immediately and decisively. This time our Commander-in-Chief would make Americans proud, this time President Trump would take to Twitter and remind us all, that this siege against America’s interests, by contrast, isn’t September 11th, 2012 when 4-brave Americans under siege for 13-hours fought valiantly against overwhelming odds, as cowardly politicians huddled in a war-room, somewhere in the White House refusing to send help because of a pervasive ideology more aligned with the Muslim mob than with those fighting for their lives.
In the end, those brave Americans lost their lives, however in that defeat, a defiant America proclaimed “never again” and on November 9th, 2016 America declared its independence by electing Donald Trump.
Thus when the President responded with a precision air-strike, after radical Muslim extremist’s murdered an American contractor, killing those responsible for the heinous act, the mob decided to attack the embassy.
“Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible. In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019
However, the President wasted little time in issuing orders for an immediate military response in safeguarding those within the embassy. He quickly deployed Apache helicopters to drop flares overhead, a clear show of force. And Marines were sent in from Kuwait to help strengthen the embassy’s security.
On Tuesday, the Pentagon deployed 750 troops from the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina to nearby military bases where they will wait until they are needed in Baghdad. Additional troops are being deployed over the next few days.
The Wall Street Journal reported. “The mob retreated on Wednesday after the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), “an umbrella body for dozens of militia groups including factions aligned with Iran,” told the mob they made it clear they wanted American troops to leave Iraq.”
Adding, “The group planned to move to establish a “protest camp” on the other side of the Tigris River, an area that is outside the fortified Green Zone, meaning a direct threat is not imposed on the embassy.”
The President meanwhile appearing with the First Lady at a New Year’s Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago retreat vowed: “this will not be a Benghazi.”