The killing in 2012 of US ambassador Christopher Stevens in Benghazi, Libya, was held up by right wingers as everything that was rotten about the Obama administration as a government that was soft on terrorists and deserted its consular staff in their hours of need. Michael Bay takes the nugget of truth – in that the events actually happened – and turns it into an ‘us versus them’ shoot em up focusing only on the relationships between the private security contractors and the consulate staff they protect rather than the politics of how a consular compound and secret CIA station were so inadequately protected.
Bay’s message is clear: diplomacy only works when it is fired from the barrel of an assault rifle.
This is though an interesting film regardless of the fact that it overlooks the role that western powers played in fostering regime during the Arab Spring and creating the conditions for chaos which ultimately led to anti-western sentiment and the assault on the Benghazi compounds immortalised here.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Wednesday 9.45pm on Sky Cinema Hits
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