13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

13Hours
There are some movies you see because the consequences of missing it are too great. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is one of those movies. It’s the true account of the 13-hour siege on the American consulate and CIA outpost in Benghazi, Libya, by Islamic militants on September 11, 2012. The opening of that consulate was a vain attempt by President Obama to support a government in ruins. The mission was doomed from the start, yet the Obama administration and Secretary State Hillary Clinton persevered bolstered by political correctness.
     We know the outcome going in, but what makes the movie watchable in spite of that is the heroism of six U.S. security contractors. They defended the installations to the cost of their own lives trying to save Ambassador Chris Stevens and IT professional Sean Smith. The two men who died in the ensuing attack on the CIA outpost were security agents Tyrone Woods and Glenn Dougherty. According to other agents who survived, a 20-minute delay in the start of rescue mission because of a stand-down order was the cause.
     Seeing the story on the big screen does three things for us:
1. Clearly explains how the events went down and exactly what happened;
2. Shows the guts and bravery of men who signed up because they respect this country and are confident in their training and abilities;
3. Demonstrates that although our President and his cabinet could have prevented this they did not.
     It’s like they were afraid that using U.S. military resources to save American lives would have offended the Muslim  host country.
     President Obama claimed in his State of the Union Address just last week that the U.S. “is the most powerful nation on Earth. Period.” Yet throughout the 13 hour ordeal, we see the finest fighting force in the history of the world—according to Mr. Obama—sit by while 30 CIA analysts plus their guards and a team of six top-notch ex-military contractors struggle to survive.
     Mr. Obama also said the world respects us “not just for our arsenal; it respects us for our diversity, and our openness, and the way we respect every faith.” I would remind him that when our diversity and openness and respect for other faiths subjugates our strength, we render ourselves powerless.
     I recommend those who want to understand what happened go to see this film. The language is salty, the f-bomb is dropped repeatedly, but the Lord’s name is not taken in vain. Maybe if enough Americans see this movie and register our outrage, the Benghazi nightmare will never happen again.
     Warning: 13 Hours is rated R for violence and language.
How to Pray: Father, use this film to expose the details of what went on during the attack. May the guilty recognize the fallacy of their decisions. Change their hearts about what they did so they might take responsibility before you for their sin. Give the families who are grieving beauty for ashes and restoration for what the enemy has stolen.
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