“This is a true story.” Those words appear onscreen to open 13 Hours, the major motion picture about Benghazi, in theaters on January 15. And with them, director Michael Bay announced that he is taking sides in the long-running debate over the attacks there on September 11, 2012.
For three years, the White House and its defenders in the media have characterized the Libya raids as a tragedy, a series of unfortunate events that were utterly unpreventable and for which no one is much to blame. Many of those who were on the ground in Libya, CIA contractors and diplomats alike, see them as something quite different. To them, Benghazi represents bureaucratic indifference and incompetence before the attacks, deadly governmental indecision and fecklessness during the attacks, and official deception and dishonesty after the attacks.
This is their story. And the fact that it’s a story familiar to readers of The Weekly Standard indicates that Bay, the man behind the blockbuster “Transformers” movies, has taken sides in a way that one might not expect from a successful Hollywood director.
Is it the true story, or just part of one? I really doubt we will ever know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about what happened in Benghazi.
On the other hand, the usual suspects are upset, so this movie should be pretty good.
This is an open thread.