Benghazi Movie Brings Back "Stand Down" Controversy

Democrats circle around Hillary

She is not mentioned in the movie, nor does she make an appearance either real or fictionalized but that does not mean that the new movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi isn't being seen by some Democrats as an attack on their gal Hillary. Politico reports that the new movie is reigniting the debate over whether American defensive forces were ordered to stand down as the diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya was being attacked.

With Michael Bay’s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” set to premiere Thursday, the five surviving members of the six-man Benghazi security team have blitzed the airwaves to promote the film and renew their assertion that a top CIA officer delayed them from immediately answering State Department distress calls. Three even testified to the same before the House Select Committee on Benghazi last spring, several sources have confirmed to POLITICO.

Four Americans died in the September 11, 2012 attacks on two diplomatic posts in Benghazi. Ambassador Chris Stevens and diplomat Sean Smith died alongside CIA contractors and former Navy SEALS Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. Emails have shown that the Defense Department had officered a military response to the State Department, a response that was not given the green light. Meanwhile those on the ground maintain they were ordered to stop fighting:

“There is no sensationalism in that: We were told to ‘stand down,’” said former Special Forces Officer Kris Paronto, one of the CIA contractors who fought that night, in an interview with Politico. “Those words were used verbatim — 100 percent. … If the truth of it affects someone’s political career? Well, I’m sorry. It happens.” 

Hillary Clinton and her officials spent more than a week telling the American media and public that the attacks in Benghazi were the result of Muslim anger over a YouTube video posted by an American that was insulting to Islam. She told this lie to the public despite emailing her daughter Chelsea on the night of the attack and telling Chelsea that the attack was the work of an al-Qaeda linked group.

Clinton responded to questions at the Select Committee by asking what difference it made if the attacks happened due to a terrorist attack or due to a YouTube video.

Democrats have spent the last four years defending Clinton despite mounting evidence that she not only lied to the public but thwarted attempts to rescue Americans under fire.