Monday, March 14, 2016

A giant slap of the hand on the forehead

I finally got around to seeing Thirteen Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. On September 11, 2012, Islamic militants attacked the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. The attack happened without any prior warning. Six members of a security team were stationed at a secret CIA annex near the embassy when the attack began. They were ready to offer assistance, but defied orders from a CIA chief to stand down. The team successfully defended the compound until reinforcements arrived.

Some critics have debated the film's accuracy, but it's clear that there was incompetence somewhere up the chain of command, because, as Congressional investigations have found, the attacks were preventable. The film leaves the question of who, if anyone is to blame for not preventing the attacks as an open question. 

I'll be generous to director Michael Bay, and commend him for finally make a film with some substance to it. 

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