Michael Bay’s “13 Hours” hit theaters Thursday. The film depicts the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi three years ago. The film doesn’t include Hillary Clinton, but that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t evidence of misconduct on the State Department’s part included in the film.
In one scene, respondents are given a “stand down” order – which critics claim is a falsehood.
Except here’s the problem: it’s not.
As Hotair reports, Trey Gowdy is setting the record straight:
Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said Wednesday that a number of witnesses had confirmed a stand-down order was given to military assets in proximity to Benghazi the night of the 2012 terror attack, while others said no one issued such an order.
“The best I can do is tell you what the witnesses say, and then you can decide who you think is more credible,” Gowdy said during an interview with Boston Herald Radio. …
“I don’t know why the mainstream media doesn’t understand that you have to talk to everyone before you draw conclusions,” Gowdy said, noting the committee has roughly 12 witnesses left to interview before winding down its investigation.
Politico reported last night on the controversy, fueled by a former Special Ops commando who fought in Benghazi. Kris Paronto insists he was given a stand-down order, and tells Rachel Bade that he’s not going to stay quiet to save someone’s political career:
Hillary Clinton has every incentive to deny that a stand down order was given – but I’ll take the word of those who were actually there and have nothing to gain from lying.
[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]