“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” is a masterpiece: well-acted, riveting, engaging, exciting, inspiring, heart-breaking … … and it should be the death knell of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The film is based on the book “13 Hours” by Pulitzer Prize-nominated reporter Mitchell Zuckoff, written to tell the tale of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, by Islamist insurgents. It’s told from the perspective of a U.S. quick reaction force stationed at a separate compound only 1 mile away from the attack. These true-life warriors of the CIA’s Global Response Staff, or GRS, reported they were told to “stand down” rather than aid the nearby Americans under fire.
As shots rang out and diesel-fueled fires lit up the night sky, the GRS team eventually decided to “stand down” no longer and stage a rescue. It was too late to save the life of Ambassador Chris Stevens, but when the Islamists targeted the second U.S. compound – home base to the GRS team – the small band of Americans held their ground and defended dozens of U.S. intelligence staffers against an overwhelming tide of gunmen. FULL REPORT