There’s been much hype surrounding the new film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, and many have called into question its authenticity, especially over the “stand down” order allegedly given to our troops during the terror attack. While the movie itself doesn’t appear to take political sides, it does raise relevant factual questions, and Congressman Trey Gowdy seemed more than willing to set the record straight about them.
As many are aware, the September 2011 terror attack on the American consulate in Benghazi has been a growing issue for then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who immediately blamed an innocuous film for the uprising even though she knew it was terror-related. The film is said to be an accurate portrayal of the series of events that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, which was created using witness testimony and consultation from federal agents. But people have questioned just how accurate it is.
Gowdy is the head of the Benghazi Select Committee, and in a Facebook post, he decided to put to rest some of the doubts about the film, which many people believe is going to hurt Hillary Clinton’s current presidential bid. His statement is below:
“The movie ’13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi’ is now in theaters. I have not seen it, but the Select Committee on #Benghazi has interviewed a majority of the authors who wrote the book on which the movie is based.
If anyone is entitled to tell the world what happened there on the night of September 11, 2012, it’s the heroes who fought and bled to save American lives and the people who witnessed the terrorist attacks firsthand. That’s why the Benghazi Committee has interviewed seven eyewitnesses to the attacks that had never before been interviewed by Congress.
There are witnesses who say there was a ‘stand down’ order, and there are witnesses who say there was not. I respect everyone who serves our country, especially those who did so in one of the most dangerous places in the world. I wasn’t there, so the best I can do is tell the American people what the witnesses say and then let you determine what to believe.
As soon as the Benghazi Committee receives the documents it has requested, and as soon as we have been able to interview everyone we think we need to hear from, we will release a report that explains all of the new information we have learned from our investigation. The facts matter, and we’re going to get them.”
Gowdy didn’t exactly endorse the film as the entire truth, but given he readily admitted that the same people who were consulted to create it are the same people his committee has interviewed, it’s a safe bet that he was suggesting it’s pretty accurate. Why else would he make a statement about it in the first place? Especially a statement that seems like at least a partial endorsement?
I’ll leave that for you to decide.