It was over a year ago, on 9/11/2012, that the US Special Mission in Bengahzi, Libya, was attacked, resulting in the death of four US citizens including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Initial official reports were that the act was committed by a bunch of locals who were protesting a YouTube video that disrespected the Muslim faith. This explanation made for good copy in the press. But frankly it had more flaws than a fake Rolex.
Little by little the truth, or at least the less embarrassing parts, were released by the administration. We learned that it was not a spontaneous protest over a video, rather it was a well coordinated attack that had an Al Qaeda element.
One thing is crystal clear, the Administration have little or no interest in talking about Benghazi, that was last year’s crisis! Rumor also has it that the CIA people that were on the ground at the time have been discouraged from speaking out.
So let us discuss The Embassy House by Sgt Morgan Jones and Damien Lewis.
Sgt Morgan Jones is what is what is known as a PMC (Private Military Contractor). His British-based company was awarded the State Department contract to train a small band of local Libyans how to provide a basic layer of security protection at the Benghazi Special Mission.
Morgan Jones is a seasoned combat veteran, a man well versed in methods of providing a secure environment in a hostile place. What he discovered in Benghazi appalled him. The local security force were a bunch of untrained, unarmed and mostly disinterested group of men who preferred to drink tea and play cards to providing security. The QRF (Quick Reaction Force) consisted of a mere four members of the ragtag militia that had helped oust Gaddafi. While well-armed, they lacked leadership, training, and what was going to prove deadly for four Americans, loyalty.
We all know the outcome of the attack on the Benghazi Mission, or do we?
What Morgan Jones and Damien Lewis do in The Embassy House is take the reader behind the official curtain. They explore areas of the sad story that the US administration would rather not discuss. Minor things like, the compound being photographed earlier in the day by someone wearing a Libyan police uniform, why there was a CIA secret annex less than a mile away, or what they were doing there? Of course the biggest question of all is why was the Benghazi Mission so poorly protected.
The Embassy House gives the reader much to chew on. What I found interesting was that within days of the CBS 60 Minutes program that featured Morgan Jones suddenly we get an announcement of a ‘closed door’ congressional hearing on the subject. Rumor has it that only CIA guests are invited. Make what you will of that.
I have never had any contact with Morgan Jones, so I can offer no opinion on his truthfulness, Damien Lewis however is a gentleman who I have talked to in the past. This is an author who will not print a single word without fact-checking.
I leave it up to the reader to draw their own conclusionsPowered by Sidelines