’13 Hours’ Book Author Defends Pivotal ‘Stand Down’ Scene

“Stand down,” says the actor playing the CIA station chief in Michael Bay’s new film, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” He’s speaking to the security team that wants to go help Americans under siege less than a mile away in a U.S. diplomatic compound under fierce attack. His order keeps the team from leaving for a crucial 20 minutes, before they decide to ignore him and go anyway.

It’s the pivotal — and most controversial — scene in the new film, a movie that Bay insists steers clear of politics, but which is bound to spark much political discussion nonetheless. On Friday — the movie’s opening day — the Washington Post quoted the now-retired CIA station chief, identified only as Bob, as strongly denying he ever issued such an order or anything like it.

“There never was a stand-down order,” the base chief was quoted by the Post as saying. “At no time did I ever second-guess that the team would depart.” (Read more from “’13 Hours’ Book Author Defends Pivotal ‘Stand Down’ Scene” HERE)

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  • bbb

    That means Americans still have three unanswered questions about the ‘Night of Benghazi.’ Where was the Commander in Chief? What powerful measures did the Commander in Chief exert when his ambassador asked for 6 months for greater security and more military manpower? Who gave the ‘stay in place’ or ‘stand down’ order at least once but according to data, MORE THAN THREE TIMES? The sad thing is that now truth has to be treated as fiction in a movie because there is no one with the cajones to do their job in DC. The Clinton and Obama mafias have them by the short hairs. Clean house in 2016!

  • liberty49

    It’s a shame we have to rely on a Hollywood movie to get out the truth about the events surrounding Benghazi. Where WAS our traitor-in-chief during this massacre? And how does Hillary look herself in the mirror each morning without gagging?