Surprise! New Benghazi movie tells a discredited tale

150730174013-13-hours-movie-preview-exlarge-169Why does this not surprise me?

From The Washington Post:

“It is the most fateful moment in a movie that purports to present a searingly accurate account of the 2012 attacks that left four Americans dead in Benghazi, Libya: a scene in which the highest-ranking CIA operative at a secret agency compound orders his security team to “stand down” rather than rush off to rescue U.S. diplomats under siege less than a mile away.

According to the officer in charge of the CIA’s Benghazi base that night, the scene in the movie is entirely untrue.

“There never was a stand-down order,” said the base chief known as Bob, speaking publicly for the first time. “At no time did I ever second-guess that the team would depart.”

Nor, he said, did he say anything that could be “interpreted as equivalent” to an order to stand down.

The distortions in the movie are not new; they reflect lies or errors — choose your own term — prevalent in the conservative media. However, every report by every agency or committee to investigate what happened at Benghazi has concluded that there was no stand-down order and nothing that could be interpreted as such.

In fact, the distortions do such damage to the truth that the House Intelligence Committee — the GOP-led House Intelligence Committee — issued a fact-sheet more than a year ago to make it clear that “Certain press articles about the House Intelligence Committee’s Report on Benghazi do not accurately represent the Committee’s Report.”

I quote, again from the GOP-led committee:

  • Any delay in responding to the attack, the committee found, was “a tactical decision of the leadership on the ground to attempt to gather more information about the attack at the (temporary mission facility) before authorizing the team’s departure.  There is no evidence to suggest that, absent the delay, the team could have saved Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith.”
  • “The Committee did not receive any evidence that individuals in Washington, Tripoli, or elsewhere influenced the decision of the Chief of Base or the CIA Security Chief about when and whether to allow the security team to head to the TMF.”
  • “There is no evidence showing that the CIA intimidated or prevented any officer from speaking to the Congress or telling his story.  All officers testified to the Committee that they were not intimidated.”
  • No close-air support such as drones or gunships was withheld from the mission because none was available, and “The CIA security officers in Benghazi should have known that no close air support was available because that information was widely disseminated via cable traffic.”

Maybe “13 Hours” is a good movie. I don’t know because I haven’t seen it. But it is clearly not good history. And if certain parties nonetheless hope to reap political benefits from the movie’s distortions, well, that’s hardly a surprise. They’ve been trying to squeeze an advantage out of the deaths of these brave Americans from the very beginning through lies and distortion, and nothing can shame them into stopping.

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DS
DS

This movie didn't do well at the box office. Finished fourth in its opening weekend, with $19.6 million at the box office.

I think movie goers probably sensed that a Michael Bay movie about Benghazi would be distorted for partisan politics. Those who wanted to see that went---the others went to Ride Along 2, The Revenant, or Star Wars instead.

douglasT
douglasT

I wonder if Jay wrote a similar piece about the phony Dan Rather movie?

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

The capitalists are nervous. 

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Kamchak
Kamchak

@ByteMe 

Donnie-boy's post is supposed to reveal the weakness of capitalism. Now, who does that remind you of?

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Donnie_Pinko You know we're not even at a 10% drop, which would be the first point where the professionals will get worried.  After a doubling of the market since 2009 with no major pullback, a 20% drop is not out of the question here.

gotalife
gotalife

A meth dealer made a movie insulting Islam. They protested embassies in the ME. The protest in Libya got violent and four Americans were killed.It lasted five minutes and it was over. Don't believe me, it is on record in their fake hearings.

gotalife
gotalife

Thanks to cruz forgetting about 9/11 to attack New Yorkers, it is safe for them to make a 9/11 movie like this one. It took them 15 years to go back to attacking New Yorkers.

Midnite Rider
Midnite Rider

@gotalife Cruz never mentioned 9/11, Trump did as a weak defense to what Cruz stated, which was about "New York values".  Clearly, he was speaking about the local government of NY and their numerous failures.

Starik
Starik

@Midnite Rider @gotalife NY has had some good leaders and some bad ones, like now. The crime rate has improved over the past few decades.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Mmmmm, mmmmmmm MMMMMMMMMMMMM!

I just luv, LUV, LUVS me some Weakly Standard.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Kamchak With an article about a Congressman claiming people called his office to tell him about something that the people on the intelligence committees -- who would have more security clearance and wouldn't be held to any NDA -- would somehow have information everyone else is ignoring?


Uhhh.. sure.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@ByteMe 

The big tell:

"According to trusted sources that have contacted my office..."

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Although Iran's release of 4 prisoners is good news, fair and balanced, it weren't.

They get 7, we get 4. They also have 14 Iranians removed from Interpol's watch list.

That's 21 of theirs for 4 of ours.

We end up holding the short end of the stick, yet again.

Why is that? 

gotalife
gotalife

@FIGMO2 Just another major accomplishment for President Obama and his team. Lift the sanctions in Iran and Cuba.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@FIGMO2   If you think that is bad you need to see how the Israelis do it - they tend to trade 50 or 60 for 1 of theirs.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Brewmaster1960 

 She told the entire world it was caused by a " hateful video,"

 Greta Van Susteren: "Both Attacks Were Triggered By A Movie Produced In The United States That Protesters Say Is Anti-Muslim."

Fox's Bret Baier: "There Was ... Protest Over The Video At The U.S. Consulate In Benghazi."

Fox's Dana Perino: "An American Citizen Died ... It Is Happening Across The Middle East Because Of A Video That Was Produced In The United States."

Greta Van Susteren, Bret Baier and Dana Perino all say, "What?"

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Kamchak But... but... but... they weren't the secretary of staaaaaaate!!!  Or something.  It's all about a circle-jerk for them anyway.

Brewmaster1960
Brewmaster1960

Nice try. They were repeating the official statements made early on by the White House. If you still think it was a video, then you are not very bright

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Brewmaster1960 You mean the organizing terrorist they captured who actually said that he used the video as an excuse ... he doesn't count?

TBS
TBS

Oh the irony of the not very bright comment

But great comedy

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Brewmaster1960 

They were repeating the official statements made early on by the White House.

Fox News is incompetent.

Got it.

Brewmaster1960
Brewmaster1960

So we're supposed to doubt the people who were actually there, but believe a bloated 69 year old woman who can't seem to tell the truth about anything? She told the entire world it was caused by a " hateful video," when she knew in real time it was a terrorist attack. She said she was under " a hail of gunfire " on the Tarmac in Boznia, when she was actually having her picture taken with Chelsea. Only Koolaid drinking liberals believe your drivel, Jay. People who see this film will know the truth. That's what you and Hillary are afraid of.

Cherokee51
Cherokee51

@Brewmaster1960

Pretty sad when a Hollywood production is 'truth', and Republican hearing reports are lies.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Donnie_Pinko That's interesting.  You think a collective CYA conspiracy is even possible in this day and age?  The men on the ground in Libya who will be called to testify will be given immunity from any prosecution if they have something to add to the investigation.  And so far, they all say basically the same thing: no one up high told them to stand down.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Donnie_Pinko Well, let's start with his quote:


"According to trusted sources that have contacted my office, many if not all of the survivors of the Benghazi attacks along with others at the Department of Defense, the CIA have been asked or directed to sign additional non-disclosure agreements about their involvement in the Benghazi attacks. Some of these new NDAs, as they call them, I have been told were signed as recently as this summer."


When you can't even say WHO was forced to sign it -- and by the way, any NDA would not be valid in front of a congressional oversight committee -- then maybe the congressman is just pulling stuff outta his butt for GOP base consumption, y'know?

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@Brewmaster1960 

"So we're supposed to doubt the people who were actually there..." /  Why not doubt them? As far as I'm concerned, everyone involved in the whole sordid operation is to be doubted, from bottom to top.

Cherokee51
Cherokee51

@Brewmaster1960

Oh and by the way, Hillary is 'afraid'?  Not in a million years.  Because the only people who are going to buy this drivel are fever swamp dwellers such as yourself, who wouldn't vote for her anyway.

gotalife
gotalife

They got nothing from their fake hearings.


Just playing politics for 7 years.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

How does "bob's" statement "discredit" anything?  Isn't this just one man's word against another's?  Are you saying that, unlike conservatives, liberal leaders never lie to protect themselves?  What about the 4 guys who claim they were told to stand down?  Are they lying too?

Kamchak
Kamchak

@ByteMe 

The next investigation will always be THE GAME CHANGER !

Kamchak
Kamchak

@DeirdreC 

Are you saying that you disbelieve the 8 Republican led investigations?

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Kamchak Because just one more hearing will suddenly uncover something more!  They can't ever believe that the collective freak-out dance they did for the past 7 years amounted to nothing but excess bile in their stomachs.

TBS
TBS

The south lost so yes... Get over it

And don't get too carried away with those house arrest fantasies you were conveying on the blog the other night

Gmare
Gmare

Got to thinking this morning - who would I choose if I HAD to, between Cruz & Trump. I think Trump. Yes he is crazy, but Cruz is INSANE!

fedup52
fedup52

@Gmare One thing common between them is they are both Perverts.

fedup52
fedup52

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http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/obama-proposes-new-unemployment-insurance-plan/ar-BBogAgf?ocid=spartandhp

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Bruno2
Bruno2

@fedup52 I propose we give each citizen $1,000,000,000 and end all economic suffering.  Vote for me.

fedup52
fedup52

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