I saw “13 Hours” last weekend with my son-in-law. It’s a TRUE STORY of the 13 hours that America’s secret embassy in Benghazi, Libya was under attack by terrorists. The story is as it was told by special ops contractors who survived. They worked closely with the director to ensure it accurately reflected the events as they experienced them. The movie is an intense 2½ hrs!
I had really enjoyed “American Sniper“, so was eager to see this movie as well. For me, the difference in the two movies was that American Sniper interrupts the intense war scenes with “breathing” time as Chris Kyle returns home between his four tours. “13 Hours” gives no such time to breathe and relax. It’s white-knuckle, non-stop fighting for nearly the entire film — which is exactly what the people in the Benghazi embassy and annex experienced.
What I learned:
- This was no “protest” as Obama, Hillary and Susan Rice claimed.
- The embassy was poorly chosen since it was vulnerable to sniper fire and wasn’t adequately secured.
- The terrorists’ attacks came in waves. They would attack, retreat, rearm with higher power weapons, then re-attack.
- Protesters don’t usually have access to RPGs and mortars.
- As in American Sniper, it’s hard to tell who is friend and who is foe. It was that way in Vietnam as well.
- An unarmed drone flying overhead recorded the attacks so the “powers that be in Washington” were able to view the fighting.
- Planes were available and ready in Tripoli to join the fight but were told to “stand down”!
- When the fighting was over, the survivors drove to an airport where a Libya airline transported them out. America didn’t even provide that plane.
The movie really makes one mad. The idea that people in the Obama Admin watched the attack and did NOTHING is despicable. That’s NOT American standards.
Adding to Hillary’s woes, this week Bill Clinton was quizzed about Benghazi at one of his campaign speeches. He replied that the 11 hours that Hillary had to testify during the Benghazi hearing showed that she had the stamina to be president.
Sitting in front of Trey Gowdy might be tough, but it’s nothing like what the people in Benghazi experienced!