3 Stunning Indictments of Obama and Hillary in Benghazi Movie
3. “I Called for Support. It Never Came.”
Moment-by-moment, 13 Hours subtly and powerfully shows the real tragedy of the 2012 Benghazi attacks -- a lack of support from the powerful U.S. military. The film notes the time when the White House heard about the attack, and the time when two brave Americans were killed in mortar fire. No less than 7 hours pass.
Waiting for support is a constant theme throughout the film, beginning from the moment we hear about the attack on the ambassador’s quarters. Tyrone Woods is jumping to go help the ambassador, but his boss specifically forbids him to go. “You are not the first responders -- you’re the last resort. You will wait,” the man declares. This hesitation could have been the difference between life and death.
The audience sees Ambassador Chris Stevens running into the most secure area of the temporary embassy as militants storm the facility, shoot up the American flag (in a moment of truly tragic but beautiful art) and proceed to blast their way into his building. As the seconds tick by, you keep waiting for our heroes to rush in, for the U.S. military to send an airstrike, but nothing happens.
This waiting game continues throughout the film, as our heroes must kill scores upon scores of assailants armed with automatic rifles, grenade launchers, and the occasional big explosive. As the hours creep by, civilians below find out that the U.S. military has assets less than a two-hour flight away, but no one comes.
But It’s Not All Politics
Despite these damning political themes, 13 Hours is much more than just a 2-hour attack ad. In graphic detail, it illustrates the dangers of the Middle East, the complications of U.S. involvement, and how hard it is for Americans on the ground to tell friend from foe. It drops you into another world, and shows you what true heroism looks like.
The movie is rated R for good reason -- it shows real military life, complete with the coarse language and gruesome wounds in battle. Seeing men blow each other’s brains out with professional precision is rightly off limits to children. But don’t be fooled -- despite all the tragic death and violence, the movie has redemption in spades.
In the end, 13 Hours isn’t about a terror plot to destroy America, or the potentially damning decisions of elected officials in Washington. It’s about six home-grown American family men who lay their lives on the line for each other against impossible odds. And that’s a hero’s tale worth telling, no matter the political fallout.