Trump sanctions on Iran have done nothing to change Iranian behavior except make it worse. This is what happens when your foreign policy is based on Obama envy, domestic politics, Saudi interests, and magical right wing thinking. https://t.co/HDn0ywZnHu
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) December 31, 2019
Rhodes was an instrumental figure in the Obama administration who tried to sell the deal that resulted in billions in cash to Iran — money that essentially funds state-sponsored terrorism, further facilitating attacks such as the aggression unleashed on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday.
Rhodes’ tweet followed news of protesters breaking into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad in protest of recent U.S. airstrikes against the Iran-backed Shiite militia Kataib Hezbollah (KH) in Iraq, a member of the umbrella group Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), which the Pentagon blamed for the death of a U.S. contractor in Kirkuk, Iraq.
As Breitbart News reported:
Several militia commanders loyal to Iran were spotted in the mob, including Hadi al-Amiri, head of the state-sponsored Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) umbrella organization for paramilitary groups. At least one sitting member of the Iraqi parliament also participated in the attack.
President Trump said on Tuesday, “Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will,” he added, “Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq.”
Trump also promised that the infidels would be held “fully responsible”.
Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible. In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019