Sunday, January 24, 2016

13 Hours (Spoilers)

So, the wife and I go see 13 Hours.

I was already aware of most of it; I've been watching most aspects of it since it happened; from HillBilly's various lies along with the rest of the Administrations effort to cover up their involvement in the slaughter of 4 Americans to watching the GOP-controlled Congress accomplish absolutely nothing to hold Obama/HillBilly accountable for their, at best, malfeasance/misfeasance in office; to at worst, viewing this episode as a road block to the blithering idiot's re-election.

Unanswered questions remain, of course: how could the State Department be so utterly clueless on the issue of Ambassadorial security on the 10 year anniversary of 9/11; why was no instant military response launched, why did the CIA station chief delay the operators from responding on the ground... etc.

Mention was made of AfriCom Commanding General Carter Ham, but no mention was made of Ham's relief and arrest at his command post when he, allegedly, gave the "go" order to mount a rescue operation for the compound in Benghazi.

Opinions vary as to the veracity of those claims.  But it fits a variety of scenarios. Further, that the Administration lied about the cause of this soiree' namely, the YouTube video that Obama, HillBilly and Susan Rice knowingly lied about for days after the deaths of the Americans who expected what any one of us in that position would have expected; namely, American military response efforts to secure the area... efforts that were not made in any appreciable way when it counted.

No mention was made of Obama at all.  The question of "no one answering the phone at State" was repeatedly mentioned, but no one in the Administration was mentioned by name.

Leftists blast the movie and the entire situation as a political ploy. one out to get Clinton.

I have no real idea what the motive(s) behind the movie are here... but if it were based on a hatchet job aimed at Clinton/Obama, I can't see it as being so subtle that their names aren't even mentioned.

It is a solid cinematic effort.  The acting is very good.  The depiction of operators fits the stereotype well, and is likely quite accurate.  The bureaucratic mindset as it interferes with military realities at the local level are well-displayed.

The lack of security and preparation for trouble is well established.  Could this have been avoided?

Of course.  We are, unfortunately, never likely to know the true reasons behind an Ambassador traveling to an essentially insecure location during an obvious time for attacks on weak assets.

But in the parlance, Obama has managed to find ways to systematically screw up boiling water.  And that Clinton carried the party line like Gunga Din is both obvious and troubling: I want my political leaders who lie to at least suffer a pang of conscience while they do it... and she doesn't even have that.

Even if you are generally aware of what happened, go see the movie.  Particularly if, like me, you were foolish enough to believe that part of the Code of Conduct that says

I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.


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