Baghdad didn’t end up like Tehran or Benghazi, though, because Donald Trump is not a hapless, Hate America First dolt like Jimmy Carter or Barack Obama. Trump immediately sent 100 Marines and a pair of Apache attack helicopters to the embassy and put 4,000 airborne troops on alert. That show of force undoubtedly saved lives, as the attackers recognized they would get no cheap victory at American expense and melted back into the Iranian-sponsored squalor and dysfunction from which they came.
Trump’s response to the crisis was completely predictable. He did what any American president serious about defending our people stationed overseas would do. The attackers at the embassy didn’t come armed with guns; they came disguised as men-on-the-street. So much so that the media organs of the American Left, specifically the New York Times and Washington Post but not limited to them, styled the attackers as “mourners” or “protesters” rather than militants. That’s precisely the sort of formulation used to describe the attackers at the Tehran embassy and Benghazi consular facility when by now it should be pretty clear that a “protester” in an Islamic country influenced by Iran or the Muslim Brotherhood is not the same as what you might have seen at Kent State.
It’s now 2020. November is coming. Let’s remember who fought for America. TRUMP 2020