Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) on Thursday rejected any comparisons between the ambush in Niger that left four American soldiers dead and the 2012 terror attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.
Comparisons between the two deadly attacks have become more frequent in recent days, with some liberal commentators questioning why there aren’t more hearings about Niger compared to Benghazi.
Inhofe argued that the situation in Niger was a “totally different thing altogether.”
“Let’s keep in mind we have some 800 troops that are over there,” Inhofe said to HLN “Unfiltered” host S.E. Cupp, who asked about the comparisons.
“We have a problem: we have Boko Haram, a terrorist group that’s very active,” Inhoffe said.
“We want to keep it contained there and eliminated there because we are winning some of these battles,” he continued, noting the ambush was “completely unexpected,” without warning of “any kind of terrorism” or attacks.
“And every time I hear people compare this to Benghazi, it makes me physically sick,” he said.
An investigation is being conducted into the ambush that left the four U.S. soldiers dead in Niger, and lawmakers in both parties have said they are troubled by unanswered questions related to the event — including the lack of a timeline from the Pentagon on what happened.
The body of one of the soldiers killed in the attack — Sgt. La David Johnson — was not initially accounted for and was found days later by villagers in Niger.
“We at the Department of Defense like to know what we’re talking about before we talk,” Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Thursday. “And…