As questions swirl over the four American soldiers killed in Niger last month by ISIS-affiliated militants, some have sought to characterize the deadly ambush as the Trump administration’s “Benghazi” — the 2012 attack on a U.S. embassy that left four Americans dead and provided endless fodder for conservative media outrage at the Obama administration.
Morning Joe discussed the attack in Niger on Monday, raising questions over the strategy of having U.S. soldiers stationed in the country and others.
MSNBC’s Harold Ford pointed out that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer didn’t even know that the U.S. had troops in Niger, asking “where else do we have troops?”
“There has to be some type of investigation,” the AP’s Julie Pace said, noting that would come despite President Donald Trump’s attempts to distract from the ordeal by firing off Twitter missives.
Frequent Morning Joe contributor Steve Rattner noted that “we have troops all over the place,” so “this is not that unusual.”
He concluded by stating that “speaking as a Democrat, I don’t want this to turn into Benghazi, even though the shoe is on the other foot.”
“I want what Richard [Hass] said: a very dispassionate, analytical, thorough investigation, why Congress didn’t know, and what they were doing. But I don’t think we want to turn this into another witch hunt like Benghazi.”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
Edit note: this post originally identified Rattner as Mike Allen and has since been corrected.
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