I went to go see it last night and glad I did: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is a movie directed by Michael Bay and based on Mitchell Zuckoff‘s book of the same name. While it was tough to follow the players at times, and does not rise to the level of American Sniper in film making, it does do a decent job of depicting the confusion and brutality during the Benghazi attacks of September 11, 2012. The film is some getting bad reviews but from the same sorts that panned American Sniper. The movie has flaws but they are more stylistic than substantive. Ignore the negative chatter. I strongly recommend seeing the film and reading the book it is based upon. The acting was well done and John Krasinski does a very good job as one of the Special Force Operatives (contractors) (Jack Da Silva).
The movie is not overtly political, but it shows how American lives were placed in jeopardy due to State Department and CIA hubris. Despite repeated pleas for assistance, American military assets in Sicily, Italy and Croatia did not offer assistance to the besieged CIA compound. Why that didn’t happened is never explained. But given recent events with sailors in the Persian Gulf, you can draw your own conclusions.
Instapundit: Moe Lane, Paul Mirengoff: The movie and the politics, Yes there was a stand down order, reports from the premier, and yes the movie is good
American Power: 13 Hours reignites the stand down order
Hillary Clinton is not mentioned in the film. But the film without ever saying so certainly implicates her as the head of the State Department at the time and Barack Obama as commander in chief. Hillary’s version of events differs from the families of the fallen.