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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

 

The movie 13 Hours:  The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is being released tomorrow.  From what I have been hearing from people who have had access to advance screenings, it is a gripping tribute to the CIA operatives, former members of special forces units, who during the attack on the American consulate on 9/11/12 in Benghazi, Libya, on their own initiative and against orders from higher ups, rescued 32 Americans from the consulate and then stood off the terrorists at the CIA compound until the people they rescued could be evacuated.  Their urgent requests for air support went unanswered, the Obama administration, paralyzed due to the attack spoiling the mendacious campaign slogan of the Obama campaign that Al-Qaida was finished, was unwilling to make the story larger by sending military units to support the brave men holding the compound.  In the fighting, two former Seals, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, were slain. It is outrageous that the effort to award each of these heroes the Congressional Gold Medal has been stalled in Congress, but that pales to insignificance in that the villains who left these two men to die have incurred no penalties for the betrayal of  the fundamental duty owed by a government to those who fight our enemies:  to render them every assistance possible.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

15 Comments

  1. What is of value sufficient enough to give one’s life for? Is it today’s morally corrupt politicians who would have you die to protect their political behinds, as at Benghazi? is it for a nation that long ago turned from freedom and officially destroys millions of innocent lives for political gain? Is it now reduced to just protecting your fellow warrior? But isn’t that what even the evilest of enemy combatant might also do?
    There was a time when one never had to ask if one should serve. No longer is that the case.

  2. This nation is every bit as worth fighting for as it was on July 4, 1776 when it was tainted with slavery. The ills that beset America will never be solved by giving up on the country in despair, and I never will do that, and I will always honor and support those brave Americans who go in harm’s way against our foes.

  3. Patriotism, without asking hard questions, can also become a diabolical virtue (as in the WWII German allegiance to “the Fatherland) of, course, fighting to keep America “worth fighting for” is not so much despair as it is calling for a course correction. No man could argue with fighting for the principles upon which this great nation was founded (Is that what Benghazi was about?) nor can one ever not fully support our warriors in harms way. (That was what Benghazi was about)

  4. “Patriotism, without asking hard questions, can also become a diabolical virtue”

    Patriotism of course consists of more than fighting for one’s country, but being willing to do so, absent some sort of religious belief that requires pacifism, at least for men, is an essential part of being a patriot. In regard to Benghazi the men on the ground were not policy makers but warriors who reacted to save American lives. Purer patriotism I would find hard to conceive.

  5. “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”

    ― George Orwell

  6. My kid (airborne ranger) is there because of 9/11, which hit when he was in high school. In Afghanistan and a;ways, he carries a NYC subway metro card with 9/11 and some important names written thereon.
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    Men may enlist for Babe Ruth, Mom or apple pie. When the bullets and shells start hitting, they do it for the men next to them; to not let them down.

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    In the “dead” of a black, snowy night, Mother and I drove the man to the post for a deployment. As we drove out of the troop area (in his car), one of the troopers passed and called out, “Victory!”
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    Greet them ever with grateful hearts.
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    The feckless dastards ruining the country are the tip of the iceberg. Look at the Iranians seizing two riverine PB’s. Were the sailors allowed to defend their vessels and themselves?
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    The rules of engagement (ROE) are troublesome. I know that air strikes were denied for BS reasons.
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    Finally, the subtitle for the movie should be “TRUTH.”
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  7. One of the most closely held secrets of this administration is what the President was doing during those 13 hours.

  8. This might have been Obama’s Watergate, but for the fact that this nation’s
    journalists, presstitutes all, opted to collectively shrug and look away. Obama
    left those dozens of people to die in Benghazi not because it was best for our
    national security to do so, but because it was better for his own political
    career– and our worthless press let him reap the rewards of his cynical calculation.
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  9. This might have been Obama’s Watergate, but for the fact that this nation’s
    journalists, presstitutes all, opted to collectively shrug and look away.


    Half of them are married to administration officials. Most of the editors are pleased to deploy the limited manpower of their imploding businesses elsewhere. The few that actually report (see Sheryl Atkisson) are subject to government harassment. It does amaze me that the identity of those giving and transmitting the stand-down order have never been made public.

  10. One of the most closely held secrets of this administration is what the President was doing during those 13 hours.

    He flew off to a fundraiser the next day.

  11. It does amaze me that the identity of those giving and transmitting the stand-down order have never been made public.
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    I’m inclined to take the administration at it’s word when it says there was never a stand-down order since I doubt that there was ever a stand-to order in the first place.
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    He flew off to a fundraiser the next day.
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    So we’re guessing his beauty sleep couldn’t be interrupted here or what?

  12. “I’m inclined to take the administration at its word when it says there was
    never a stand-down order since I doubt that there ever was a stand-to order
    in the first place.”

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    Wednesday’s issue of the Washington Examiner quotes Congressman
    Trey Gowdy, chair of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, saying that
    a number of witnesses had confirmed a stand-down order was given to our
    military stationed near Benghazi on the night of the attack. Such an order
    could only have come from the very highest levels in Washington.
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    As per our military’s protocols, US Army General Carter Ham, then commander
    of The US Africa Command (AFRICOM), upon receiving emails from our consulate
    in Benghazi requesting help in the attack, readied a rapid response unit and
    contacted the Pentagon awaiting orders. General Ham received the order
    to stand down. General Ham decided he would help the legation anyway, and
    within a minute of moving to respond, was apprehended by his second-in-
    command and relieved of his command.
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    Woods and Doherty were not military, but rather were former members of
    Special Forces who were contracted to work for our government. Thus, their
    decision to go to the consulate was not a matter of disobeying orders, as
    they were civilians. It is only because they chose to intervene that the death toll
    was 4 and not 34, for the Obama administration never lifted a finger to help
    our people.
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    And yes, President Obama flew out to Vegas for a fundraiser on the morning
    of the 12th.

  13. the Obama administration never lifted a finger to help our people.
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    And I for one would like to know what was so damn important that they couldn’t be bothered.
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    What? Was Sports Center on and POTUS couldn’t be bothered to make a decision?

  14. Ernst, if I was working in an embassy or consulate under this administration,
    I’d be looking very, very hard for another line of work. Clearly, to this
    president embassy personnel are about as expendable as a kleenex.

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