Patterico's Pontifications


New Benghazi Film: “We Need Immediate Assistance, We Are Overrun”

Filed under: General — Dana @ 8:24 pm

[guest post by Dana]

How desperate these times must be, because I am hoping that the release of a major motion picture about Benghazi will help keep Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and their gross mishandling of the attack at the diplomatic compound in the public eye. This lest it slowly fade from view, without anyone ever being held accountable.

I watched the trailer for Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, due to be released in January, 2016. It looks like it will be an intense, action-filled movie. And, at least one writer believes that the film will also have an unwanted and unwelcome impact on Hillary Clinton. Here’s hoping so.

Two long weeks ago, Hillary Clinton was declared the undisputed winner in her face-off with Republicans on the House subcommittee over the part she played during the Benghazi attacks of September 11, 2012. But that was before an Optimus Prime–sized hole was blown right through her campaign’s and the media’s narrative that Benghazi has finally been put to rest.

The bomb was the release of two new trailers for 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, director Michael Bay’s action-heavy portrayal of events (already labeled “Bayghazi” by the Internet), which hits theaters January 15. Its pop-culture treatment of events that night will have people talking and debating in a way that all the Fox News specials and C-SPAN hearings in the world couldn’t.

The recently released trailer has shown that no matter how scarce the names “Hillary Clinton” and “Barack Obama” are in the film, their involvement in what’s depicted is unmistakable. The film is based on the Mitchell Zuckoff bestseller of the same name, which deals primarily with events on the ground that night, and the efforts of a small group of operators and security forces to extract their fellow Americans from the attacks.

Politics look likely to be almost completely excluded, but the trailer shows that referencing Clinton or failure of leadership that night directly may not be necessary. It still has the potential to once again rock a campaign that three years later is still trying to explain the fallout from that night, and rightfully so.

Examining the scenes in the trailer alone points to a failure of leadership extending up the chain of command, which ends with Mrs. Clinton’s State Department and Barack Obama’s apparent delinquency while resting for a campaign stop the next day, a campaign stop he did not cancel. The film will most likely lay blame on a big, mysterious, and complicated bureaucratic system of red tape that led to a string of intelligence failures without ever showing faces or revealing names. The problem with this narrative is that the people ultimately in charge of those failures are named Obama and Clinton.

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Saturday Open College Football Thread [UPDATE: Black Players at Mizzou Threaten to Go on Strike]

Filed under: General — JVW @ 3:55 pm

[guest post by JVW, encroaching upon JD’s territory]

Florida State gave #1 Clemson a pretty good contest, but with Clemson up by 10 now with 2:34 left it appears to be settled.

Iowa’s undefeated season was threatened by Indiana, but the Hawkeyes now seem to be on their way to pulling it out.

Slippery Rock pounded Clarion, 65-13.

Nobody in the Big XII can play defense worth a lick.

LSU and Alabama coming up.

Talk amongst yourselves.

[UPDATE, Sat. 10:00 pm Pacific] –Black players at the University of Missouri have announced they are going on strike and sitting out the rest of the season unless the university president apologizes for being insensitive to black students’ needs and agrees to step down. A graduate student (not related to the football team) is on a hunger strike seeking the same. It will be interesting to see how serious they are, and what if any repercussions follow. One source said that 30 out of the 84 scholarship athletes on the team would be joining the boycott.


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