The new film, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, tells an incredible story of heroism and human sacrifice. Director Michael Bay serves his subject matter honorably by rendering their narrative in an engaging and perceptive manner. He also unearths a bit of treasure.
What U.S. military and civilian personnel stationed in Benghazi, Libya endured on the night of September 11, 2012 — as depicted in this film — was harrowing, deadly and mind-blowing. But what is also amazing about their story is that, for almost four years now, it has gone largely untold.
The reason is obvious. 13 Hours puts the lie to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s 2012 campaign narrative — as promoted by their operatives in the liberal media (a.k.a.’mainstream media’) — that Islamic extremists had been rendered impotent, that Libya was stable and receptive to American diplomacy, and that a deadly attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi resulted from a civilian protest, over an internet video, that simply spiraled out of control.
A world exists — blunt, threatening, challenging — aside from what political elites would often have us believe. 13 Hours unearths an important and compelling slice of this world, a previously hidden element of truth, and shares it with anyone willing to face that which is real.