A former member of the U.S. Navy’s security team reacted to comments by former Obama administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice, who accused President Donald Trump of “misrepresenting the facts” about the death of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
Soleimani, commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, was killed in a drone attack in Baghdad in a military operation ordered by President Trump.
Previously, the Pentagon reported that Soleimani, a former enemy of the United States responsible for the deaths of dozens of U.S. personnel, was “developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq” and the Middle East region.
“We took action last night to stop a war,” President Trump said Friday, Jan. 3. “We did not take action to start a war,” he concluded.
Statements by a Survivor
Mark Geist, who survived the dramatic 2012 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, northeast Libya, said in an interview on Fox News that Rice’s comments are part of the “typical tactics” of the Democrats.
Rice had lambasted the Trump administration on CNN’s Wolf Blitzer program, accusing it of having “a history of almost daily misrepresentation of the facts and of telling falsehoods about things big and very small,” she said.
In response, the military veteran said that Rice “in her opinion, has practically a ‘zero’ in integrity.”
“It’s typical tactics from the Democrats,” Geist added. “They’re going to bring out their standard-bearer, just like they did in Benghazi.”
Geist also responded without hesitation when Fox anchor Peter Hegseth reminded him that Rice told the media in 2012 that the fateful Benghazi attack was spontaneously perpetrated by a mass of angry protesters following the appearance of an Internet video.
‘This is someone who is planning an attack’
“First off, I mean, when has a protest ever occurred at night and, I mean, most protests they don’t typically bring AK-47s, belt-fed machine guns, and RPGs. That’s somebody planning an attack and they knew it,” Geist said.
“They knew it when she went out on the speaking circuit that Sunday,” he continued. “But instead of telling the truth, she wanted to tell lies because she had to say what the [Obama] administration at the time wanted,” he said.
“Well, [CNN anchor] Wolf Blitzer sitting there putting her back on to talk about something that has to do with integrity is letting her skate one more time instead of asking her the questions he should,” Geist lamented after wondering if Rice would ever be held accountable for her controversial statements in the media.
In fact, Rice also said, in another interview, to MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow that the Obama administration would not, in all likelihood, have ‘neutralized’ Soleimani.
‘Is there more than one way to address that threat?’
To which Maddow asked, “If in fact the administration can be believed that there was indeed strong intelligence of an imminent threat against the United States that’s being carried out by Soleimani and related militia then the question becomes [was] there more than one way to address that threat?”
“Was the only way to deal with it to kill Soleimani? Certainly, given his history and track record, he deserves his just rewards but the question is does that serve our interests? Does that make us more secure?” Rice replied.
“If President Trump had been in office during Benghazi, we would not have lost four Americans,” Geist said, arguing that, had that been the case, embassy security “would have been a whole lot better” and they would have received “whole lot more support.”
“There’s a lot of people out there, Hillary Clinton included, that have skated on being held accountable,” he concluded in memory of the sad incident on Libyan soil.