Benghazi, the greatest story never told
We already knew about the astonishing heroism of ex-Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, who stepped into the horrifying security vacuum Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton created in Benghazi, and died fighting the terrorists who would later be portrayed as irate movie critics bent out of shape by a YouTube video. The big "60 Minutes" piece on Benghazi this weekend introduced us to a man who uses the alias "Morgan Jones," an ex-British soldier charged with training the guards for the consulate.
That would be the unarmed guards, mind you. Jones only trained the regular duty security forces, and they didn't have guns. Madame Hillary and her team of geniuses at the State Department hired a local militia to respond in case the consulate came under attack. Jones thought very little of this crew, and accurately predicted they would run when they came under fire. "We're here to kill Americans, not Libyans," the terrorist attacks informed the local personnel before giving them a pistol-whipping and sending them on their way.
Here's what Morgan Jones did when his friend Ambassador Stevens came under fire, as related to Lara Logan of CBS News:
About 30 minutes into the attack, a quick reaction force from the CIA Annex ignored orders to wait and raced to the compound, at times running and shooting their way through the streets just to get there. Inside the compound, they repelled a force of as many as 60 armed terrorists and managed to save five American lives and recover the body of Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith. They were forced to fight their way out before they could find the ambassador.
Not long afterwards, Morgan Jones scaled the 12-foot high wall of the compound that was still overrun with al Qaeda fighters.
Morgan Jones: One guy saw me. He just shouted. I couldn't believe that he'd seen me 'cause it was so dark. He started walking towards me.
Lara Logan: And as he was coming closer?
Morgan Jones: As I got closer, I just hit him with the butt of the rifle in the face.
Lara Logan: And?
Morgan Jones: Oh, he went down, yeah.
Lara Logan: He dropped?
Morgan Jones: Yeah, like-- like a stone.
Lara Logan: With his face smashed in?
Morgan Jones: Yeah.
Lara Logan: And no one saw you do it?
Morgan Jones: No.
Lara Logan: Or heard it?
Morgan Jones: No, there was too much noise.
Later he slipped into an al-Qaeda controlled hospital to get a look at Ambassador Stevens' body:
Morgan Jones: I was dreading seeing who it was, you know? It didn't take long to get to the room. And I could see in through the glass. And I didn't even have to go into the room to see who it was. I knew who it was immediately.
Lara Logan: Who was it?
Morgan Jones: It was the ambassador, dead. Yeah, shocking.
Morgan Jones said he'd never felt so angry in his life. Only hours earlier, Amb. Chris Stevens had sought him out, concerned about the security at the U.S. Special Mission Compound where Morgan was in charge of the Libyan guard force.
Now, the ambassador was dead and the U.S. compound was engulfed in flames and overrun by dozens of heavily armed fighters.
Tell me every actor in Hollywood wouldn't be lining up to play this guy - or Woods, or Doherty, or Stevens, or foreign service officer Sean Smith, or anyone else who ran into the sound of the guns that terrible night - if the resulting blockbuster film wouldn't be utterly ruinous to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.