Media Matters, a leftwing attack dog formed in 2004 and funded in part by by socialists like George Soros, Progressive Insurance Co. CEO Peter Lewis, Norman Lear, founder of People for an American Way, and Hollywood mogul Stephen Bing to help then Sen. John Kerry [D-MA] defeat President George W. Bush. Media Matters role in 2004 was to help former US Navy 1st Lieutenant Kerry—who went to Paris on March 16, 1971 (as an official of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War and an unofficial representative of the US Navy to negotiate a settlement of that war)—win the White House and end Bush-43's war against what the left believed was a handful of rogue Muslim radicals hellbent on Jihad in the United States.
Nine years later, far left Media Matters is treated by the social progressive mainstream media as a "moderate" media watchdog group. whose job it is to attack the conservative media and rightwing blogshere whenever they violate the liberal journalist code—reporting any story that pokes holes in the liberal mantra.
Dylan Davies appeared to be one of those stories that was about to poke a hole through the mantra of the Obama White House's cover story on Benghazi. When liberal CBS reported the story on 60 Minutes, it stunned the left. But the 60 Minutes story began to embarrasses CBS when it was learned that Davies had written a book about Benghazi: "The Embassy House" which was published by Threshold Editions," a division of Simon & Schuster, which is partially-owned by CBS. The 60 Minutes interview was the kick-off of the sale of the book. It became open season on both 60 Minutes and Dylan Davies as the credibility of both were attacked by the left which has insisted it was imperative to protect Barack Obama, the State Department, the Defense Department and Homeland Security since all of them appear to have been involved in the coverup through the fabrication of the fairytale that an insulting video about Mohammad by a Mideast emigrant named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was responsible for inflaming Muslims in Libya and Egypt and triggering reprisals against the US Embassy in Cairo and the Consulate in Benghazi.
When 60 Minutes broke the Benghazi story, conservatives cheered that CBS was finally "catching up" to Fox News. 60 Minutes even asked why the Obama Administration did not send troops to protect the consulate. The protective progressives (Media Matters) countered that Obama officials had already told the media that they had assets mobilized but couldn't get them to Benghazi in time to help. That, of course was just one more Obama lie—made worse by Hillary Clinton's lie about the video.
At 10:05 pm in Libya (4:05 p.m. in Washington), according to CBS News reporter Margaret Brennan, Hillary Clinton was on the phone with Libyan President Mohammad Marariaf asking him for Libyan troops to assist State Dept. officials and contractors under fire at the consulate. At 10:30 pm (4:30 pm EDT) Leon Panetta had a full report of everything that was taking place at the consulate, including the fact that US Ambassador Christopher Stevens' had been recovered. A team of six CIA agents removed his body from the residence.
Panetta also knew, at that moment, that the attackers were al Qaeda, Ansar al-Sharia and the Islamic Maghreb. They were believed to be after guns, being convinced there was a large stash of light and heavy weapons stored at the consulate which were intended for delivery to Syrian rebels fighting Bashir Assad's government. At 11 pm (5pm EDT) Obama knew that IT Specialist Sean Smith was now dead, but it's not clear if he knew Stevens was also dead. Between 11 pm and midnight (6pm EDT) Panetta was engaged in several meetings with Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon—all of whom knew that what was happening had nothing to do with a video.
By midnight Benghazi time, Panetta had already issued orders for two FAST teams [Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Teams] stationed in Spain to prepare to deploy. The deployment order would have had to come from Obama who was campaigning for reelection in Las Vegas. It didn't take Panetta long to realize that deploying troops wasn't on Obama's plate that evening.
According to Danielle Pletka of the American Enterprise Institute, that's why when Gen. Carter Ham, the head of Africom, received the threat assessment from Gregory Hicks by email that night (the same email received by Panetta, Donilon and Hillary Clinton)—and the orders from Panetta to "stand down," Ham called his boss to advise Panetta he had a rapid response team ready to go to Benghazi. Panetta ordered him, once again, to stand down. Ham told Panetta to "screw himself," and hung up.
The interesting part of the story happened a minute or so later. Lt. Gen. David Rodriquez (three stars) entered Gen. Ham's office (four stars) and relieved him of his command, advising Ham he was fired because he refused to obey a direct "stand down" order from the commander-in-chief of the military. Obama, through Panetta, appointed Rodriquez as the new head of Africom. That decision was later countermanded and Ham was allowed to hold his post until his retirement from service this year. The purpose of the firing was solely to prevent Gen. Ham from sending a rapid response team to Benghazi. Think of this incident as an Army version of the Caine Mutiny, only with Obama playing the role of Capt. Queeg and Gen. Ham playing the role of Lt. Maryk. Queeg's strawberries was Obama's reelection campaign.
While none of us who haven't already bought Davies' book will be able to judge how much of it is fact and how much is fiction, the American people have now had first hand experience about the honesty of the Obama Administration and the political hacks and liars who work for him. The White House fantasy about a video protest gone bad has been soundly repudiated. The views of Hicks, Strickland, and even Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez who, in relieving Gen. Ham for trying to send a rapid response team to Benghazi, made it clear to Ham he had been fired by the commander-in-chief (whether specifically by Obama or Secretary Leon Panetta) that the views that Davies expounded on 60 Minutes were more closely aligned to the facts than the story promoted by the White House through it's chosen messenger, then UN Ambassador Susan Rice (now Obama's National Security Director) that a video, "Innocence of Muslims," caused the Benghazi attack. Scary, isn't it?
At least the reports which Davies recounted did occur as he recounted them. It's just that some of them which he attributed to himself happened to other players on the ground. One report at the time attributed the finding of Ambassador Stevens' body to Defense Dept. Security Agent Scott Strickland, not Davies.
However, the event did happen, albeit second-hand, from Davies. Davies told CBS that someone (Strickland ?) called him when the attack began (at 9:40 p.m., local time; 3:40 pm, EDT) to alert him that extremists had breeched the compound. Davies heard gunshots over the phone. This was not a peaceful demonstration gone bad. Davies told CBS that he hurried to the compound where he found Stevens' body. We know that discovery was made by Strickland.
In his report to the FBI, Davies said he did not go to the compound, yet he told CBS that a Muslim in the compound told him "...we're here to kill Americans." He also claimed to CBS that he didn't write specific statements in the report attributed to him, and cited by the FBI, as evidence that Davies was a liar. There is little doubt that Davies took a little literary license in his now recalled book, but the events reported in the book appear to be essentially accurate based on truth extracted from hit-and-miss media reports and the testimony by then Deputy Chief of Missions in Libya Gregory Hicks which, of course, the Obama Administration dismissed as meaningless since the whole thing in Benghazi, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton insisted, was caused by a peaceful protest over a distasteful video maligning the prophet Mohammad. So, she insisted, since the mess was now over, what difference did it make which storyline was more true?
Davies also told CBS that the Libyan security guards were not allowed by the Libyan government to carry guns. They carried a nightstick and mace. Again, this was common knowledge and not specifically linked to the attack. But each piece of the puzzle fits somewhere in the timeline that fills the gaps holes in what actually happened in Benghazi that night. So, while, according to CBS, Davies was not the actor with eyes on the ground in Benghazi, he appears to have described, fairly accurately, the events which transpired at the compound on Sept. 11-12, 2012.
I wonder if CBS and 60 Minutes are planning to apologize anytime soon for reporting that the Benghazi incident was caused by a distasteful video about Mohammad?