[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.