One of the few things we know about what happened in Niger a few weeks ago is that four American soldiers died. We don’t know why those soldiers were there, what mistakes were made that led to their deaths, why one body was left behind (requiring it to be retrieved). We also don’t know why Donald Trump remained completely silent about the deaths for almost two weeks, and didn’t send any condolences, despite the fact that the White House staff had them prepared and ready to send.
Doesn’t this sound like there is a cover-up going on? Even a fellow Republican and chairman of the Senate armed services committee, John McCain, doesn’t think the administration is being up front about the attack.
So what’s the difference between this and the Benghazi attack, where four Americans also died, and there were accusations of a cover-up (but only from the opposing party)? As far as I can tell, the only difference is that there were 33 separate congressional hearings and 7 full investigations into the Benghazi attacks. Doesn’t Niger deserve any similar scrutiny?
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