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Today, we’ll dive into the political crisis generated by the deaths of four American service members in Niger.


Americans should prepare for another Benghazi. Not the attacks in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador, but the political circus that erupted afterward. Political opponents of the president used the 2012 incident to launch investigations that aimed primarily to score points rather than uncover the truth. Now, with a Republican presidency, some on the left are searching for their own equivalent. They seem to have found it in Niger, where the deaths of four American military personnel have led to accusations that President Trump is refusing to tell the whole truth about what happened.

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