Family Security Matters
It is impossible to experience the gripping new film 13 Hours and escape this conclusion: Obama and Hillary Clinton have lied through their teeth, gums, and cheeks about Benghazi.
Despite Obama’s and Clinton’s recurring lies to the contrary, the deadly attacks of September 11, 2012, on U.S. diplomatic and intelligence facilities in Benghazi, Libya, had no connection with political protests. In director Michael Bay’s political-action thriller, which Paramount Pictures calls “a true story,” these two outposts get slammed ferociously by growing waves of well-armed jihadists who know exactly what they are doing. As if mocking Obama’s and Clinton’s lies, they do not drop their picket signs and then suddenly grab grenades, rocket launchers, and mortar shells. Instead, these killers skip the placards and head straight for the firepower.
(Spoiler alert: In this piece I discuss this film’s plot, although the facts here should surprise no one who has followed this controversy.)
None of Benghazi’s mayhem depicted in 13 Hours involves Innocence of Muslims, the anti-Mohammed Internet video that Obama and Clinton faulted for the deaths of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, State Department technical officer Sean Smith, and private security contractors and former Navy SEALS Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. This disconnect reinforces the untruth of Obama’s and Clinton’s synthetic claim.
Beyond the lies that it illustrates, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi very effectively captures the heartache of watching deserted Americans suffer. The U.S. diplomats, intelligence officers, and security contractors in the film relentlessly ask for help. By telephone and walkie-talkie, they plead for a helicopter gunship to obliterate the Ansar al-Sharia radicals who repeatedly strike the CIA annex, near the torched U.S. consulate, where these Islamic terrorists murdered Stevens and Smith.
When no gunship arrives, the Americans personnel beg for, at least, a fighter-jet flyover. Such a tactic might have scared away or slowed the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists who assaulted the Americans in ever-larger and better-equipped numbers. The scream of an airborne F-16 would have given the beleaguered Americans a sorely needed reassurance that they were not alone – much as U.S. military jets comforted New Yorkers on September 11, 2001, by soaring into position and patrolling the cobalt skies above Manhattan’s smoldering sidewalks.
Even though such fighter jets could have been dispatched from Aviano Air Force Base in northern Italy or Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, the Americans in Benghazi waited and waited and waited in vain for any U.S. aircraft to show up.
Obama and Clinton still should pay for this.