When a political scandal that’s been in and out of the news for years breaks into popular culture — especially in the form of a blockbuster Hollywood feature film — the impact of that scandal upon the American electorate can suddenly be amplified. Futures and fortunes can change in significant ways because people who don’t pay all that much attention to politics are now keenly aware of, and interested in, what had been a distant issue.
For Hillary Clinton, the Benghazi scandal has long been a thorn in her side. Soon, with the pending release of a big-budget Hollywood movie about the deadly attack on the U.S. compound in Libya, that thorn might become a torpedo that could help sink her presidential campaign.
Paramount Pictures has just released the first trailer for a film that promises to explode across screens throughout the world — “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” — based on a best-selling book about that fatal firefight that left four Americans dead. It was an attack whose dark shadows have followed Mrs. Clinton ever since her days as secretary of state and remains at the center of an ongoing congressional investigation.
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According to Variety: “The film is based on the Mitchell Zuckoff’s book The film is based on the Mitchell Zuckoff’s book “Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.” It centers on the six members of a security team who fought to defend the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi from an attack of Islamist militants on Sept. 11, 2012 — the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. It centers on the six members of a security team who fought to defend the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi from an attack of Islamist militants on Sept. 11, 2012 — the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.”
The movie’s director is Michael Bay, known for intense, action-packed blockbusters such as “Transformers,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Armageddon” and “The Rock.” “13 Hours” is set for release in January, just as the 2016 presidential race shifts into a higher and much more critical gear.
It’s highly doubtful that Hillary Clinton — assuming she is the Democrat nominee — will want all that attention being paid to what happened in 2012 as heavily armed militants stormed the U.S. compound in Benghazi and left death and destruction behind them, all on her watch.
By clicking on the video above, you can watch the first trailer for “Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.”
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