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Reliving “13 Hours”

Featured image Daniel Henninger devotes his weekly Wall Street Journal column to 13 Hours. The column is “’13 Hours': It’s political” (accessible here via Google, I hope). Henninger’s column marks an important contribution to the discussion. Among other things, Henninger writes: The movie “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” opened last week, and the cold-water machines have been hosing it. No one cares about Benghazi anymore, the conventional sniffing goes, because »

“13 Hours” — The Washington Post’s jaundiced take

Featured image Scott reports that “13 Hours,” Michael Bay’s film about the Benghazi attacks, attracted only a small crowd at the Grandview Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota. Nationally, though, the movie seems to be doing well. It earned around $20 million during the holiday weekend. That’s not quite as good as “Lone Survivor” ($25 million) and nowhere close to “American Sniper” ($107 million), both of which opened during the corresponding weekend. But »

“13 Hours” revisited

Featured image We went to see the film 13 Hours at the Grandview Theater in St. Paul this past Saturday evening. Paul Mirengoff gave a good account of the film here. Paul’s post states what I have to say in greater detail and more articulately than I will. I only want to urge readers to see the film in a theater while you still can and to add these comments. The movie »

“13 Hours” — the movie and the politics

Featured image Last night, I attended a showing of “13 Hours,” Michael Bay’s movie about the Benghazi attacks. The movie will be out next week. I believe our readers will find it very much worth seeing. Let’s start by discussing “13 Hours” qua movie and then move on to the politics of it. “13 Hours” succeeds as cinema despite (or maybe for me because) it doesn’t follow the usual Hollywood formula. There »

Lies of Hillary

Featured image Tom McLaughlin was part of the Conway Daily Sun group that interviewed Hillary Clinton on December 29, 2015, at the newspaper’s New Hampshire office. The Daily Sun posted its article on the interview here: Sun Columnist Tom McLaughlin said she told an Egyptian diplomat the Benghazi attack was planned and not a protest but that she told family members of the deceased that the attack was the result of a »

Who’s lying, Hillary or members of several Benghazi victims’ families?

Featured image The question all but answers itself, I should think. Here’s why it’s being asked: On September 14, 2012, at a memorial service for the victims of the Benghazi attacks, Hillary Clinton spoke with members of the victims’ families. At least three of these people say that Clinton talked about the alleged role in the attack of a video produced by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. Charles Woods, the father of former Navy »

Hillary met with Susan Rice the day before her Benzhazi “prep” session

Featured image I don’t think any serious observer believes that Susan Rice’s false claim in September 2012, presented on network talk show after network talk show, that the Benghazi attacks were the product of a video originated with Rice. Rice was merely our ambassador to the U.N. at the time. Thus, she had no responsibility for the security of the compound in Benghazi, and was not in a good position to assess »

Rubio Explains Hillary’s Lie

Featured image This morning, Marco Rubio appeared on CBS’s This Morning program. Host Charlie Rose appeared to be appalled by Rubio’s statement in last night’s debate that Hillary Clinton lied about Benghazi. For most of us, this is like saying that the Sun rose in the East, but to Rose it was evidently a new idea. So he tried to defend Hillary, unsuccessfully. Marco gave him chapter and verse, briefly and effectively: »

Patricia Smith still waiting

Featured image RealClearPolitics has posted the video below of Andrea Mitchell’s emotional interview of Patricia Smith yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Smith is the mother of Sean Smith, one of the four killed in the Benghazi consulate attack in September 2012. Unlike media types such as Mitchell, Mrs. Smith was not impressed by Hillary Clinton’s performance before the House Benghazi Select Committee. As RCP puts it, Smith said she learned nothing from the hearing »

Some rout

Featured image Members of the mainstream media are tripping over one another in the rush to proclaim that Hillary Clinton routed the Republicans on Trey Gowdy’s committee yesterday. I’ll be the first to admit (and wrote in real time) that Hillary skated basically untouched through the first two hours of the hearing and had the better of the opening round of questioning as a whole. I didn’t watch beyond the first round, »

Pompeo vs. Clinton: 600 Requests for More Benghazi Security Were Ignored

Featured image One of the astonishing facts that emerged during today’s Select Committee hearing was that State Department personnel in Libya made approximately 600 requests for better security in Benghazi, all of them apparently unheeded by Hillary Clinton. With respect to one of the 600 requests, Hillary said, “Well, Congresswoman, one of the great attributes that Chris Stevens had was a really good sense of humor. And I just see him smiling »

Jim Jordan Does Battle With Hillary Clinton

Featured image Paul wrote earlier that one of the highlights of Hillary Clinton’s testimony before the Select Benghazi Committee was the questioning by Congressman Jim Jordan. Here it is, 15 minutes worth. It is hard-hitting, and most of the testimony comes from Jordan and from Clinton’s own emails. One very striking email thread that I don’t recall seeing before comes from State Department employees responsible for the region that includes Libya. The »

Clinton skating through Benghazi hearing so far [UPDATE: the tide turns]

Featured image We’re almost two hours into the Gowdy committee hearing, and it’s going well for Hillary Clinton. Trey Gowdy used much of his opening statement to defend his committee. That’s playing into the Democrats’ hands. He should have laid out the strongest elements of the case against Clinton. Clinton, her eyes on the prize, used her opening statement as part of her presidential campaign. She served up a lecture on American »

The Benghazi Hearing Begins

Featured image You can read a running transcript of the hearing before Trey Gowdy’s Benghazi Select Committee here. We will comment on the proceedings on and off through the day. The first noteworthy event was Gowdy’s opening statement. He did a great job, I thought, of spiking Hillary’s main themes by explaining why there not been, until now, a serious investigation of what happened in Benghazi, and how the fact that Hillary »

Benghazi, tomorrow and beyond

Featured image Hillary Clinton will testify before Trey Gowdy’s Benghazi committee tomorrow. I don’t think anyone on the outside has a good handle on what’s likely to happen, but the conventional wisdom here in Washington is that things will probably go well for Clinton. This view is based mainly on the sense that Gowdy and his committee have been forced on the defensive by claims that the hearing is politically motivated. As »

Should we believe fired Benghazi committee staffer’s claims?

Featured image It’s a good week for the mainstream media when it has a story with which to beat up on congressional Republicans, and a great week when it has two. This is a great week. The first story is, of course, the House Republicans’ quest to attempt to find a new Speaker. For an indeterminate period, this may be the gift that keeps on giving. The second story must also warm »

Newly disclosed emails mean more trouble for Hillary

Featured image Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, has told Elijah Cummings, his Democratic counterpart on the committee, that he will soon release 1,500 pages of new Hillary Clinton emails concerning Libya that the State Department recently turned over. A “small number” of them pertain to the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. compound, Gowdy said. In his letter to Cummings, Gowdy also revealed that many of the »