My wife and I saw “13 Hours” on Saturday. I waited a few days to digest the content of the film and to hear some of the reaction to it. Here is my take.
Director Michael Bay has likely put his Hollywood career on the line by making a film that condemns, without naming a single name, the Obama administration, including the Defense Department and the State Department.
Telling the tale strictly from the stories of those who were on the ground in Benghazi, Bay conveys to the audience that the Obama administration not only knew what was going on in Benghazi but watched it in real time (via drone) and did absolutely nothing to assist those in peril at the consulate or the CIA annex.
Military leaders across the region were prepared and ready to send forces to assist but were prevented from doing so. The one question that was not answered, however, was… who prevented them from going?
The surviving warriors say they believe Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith would be alive today had they not been prevented by the CIA Section Chief from responding immediately. And while no one knows that for sure, since they were ready to go in minutes and only a mile away, it is very possible they could have prevented those deaths.
In direct contradiction to what the secret soldiers are saying, the CIA Section Chief says he never told them to stand down. It is up to the individual to decide who to believe. But I see no reason for these guys to lie about why they were unable to respond sooner.
Democrat politicians are decrying the movie as being full of lies. “The numerous committees found no evidence that a stand down order was given,” they say.
Yet there is overwhelming evidence that American reactionary forces were ready and willing to respond (in contrast to President Obama’s statement that there were no forces near enough to go) and they were prevented from doing so by someone. Who was that someone?
Then Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, has testified that he informed President Obama of the attack soon after it began, including that it was a terrorist group. No one knows how many times the President was contacted that night, what he did or who he spoke to but it is known that he did not leave the residence until it was time for him to fly to Las Vegas the next day for a fund raiser.
Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Susan Rice spent the next two weeks telling the American people that the incident was a spontaneous response to a Youtube video. Obama even told that story, which has now been proved a lie, to the United Nations. Hillary Clinton told the families of the dead the same story, saying they were going to punish the man who created the video.
Today, Mrs. Clinton says the families are lying or merely confused about what she said. None of…