Former Benghazi CIA Chief Slams '13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi'

An American Ambassador is killed during an attack at a USA compound in Libya as a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.

Commenting Friday on the release of the film, "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi", the lawmaker posted a statement on his Facebook page saying he wasn't there during the attack and can't say for sure whether a "stand down order" was given, but he can "tell the American people what the witnesses say and then let you determine what to believe".

House Republicans are investigating the Benghazi attacks.

The Paramount film opens on the same weekend that another war movie, "American Sniper", did past year. "The deteriorating conditions, the increased terrorist activity, the ignored requests for more security, the lack of adequate resources and personnel - these are all things that happened on Secretary Clinton's watch and breakdowns she has to answer for".

"There never was a stand-down order", the high-ranking operative insisted. And this is a movie — because I worked with so many special operators in the military, I worked in the military for so long, I'm personal friends with so many of them, I wanted to give integrity to the story, I wanted to tell the story because there's a positive message in it, in the human spirit.... The Libyan invaders, as has been said often about this sort of film, might as well be zombies- they have neither names nor speaking lines, nor do we even learn the name of their organization.

"No one will mistake this movie for a documentary", Trapani added. And in the days leading up to the premiere, all three, as well as the families of some victims, came out to defend the film as depicting the truth. It also seems to make a difference to Trump who is willing to pay for Iowans to further understand the backstory of Benghazi. "It's shameful that, in order to highlight the heroism of some, those responsible for the movie felt the need to denigrate the courage of other Americans who served in harm's way". For one thing, they tend not to play as well internationally - a major drawback at a time when foreign ticket sales can comprise almost 70% of a picture's gross.

"It would be naive to think that some won't view it through a political lens", he said.

"This movie is just outrageous", Beck said of 13 Hours.

13 Hours repackages the story in Bay's trademark slick, ultra-patriotic fashion, with its handful of bloodied veterans hunkered down against an overwhelming threat as flags wave (or burn) over their shoulders.

"Tomorrow morning a new movie will debut about the incredible bravery of the men fighting for their lives in Benghazi and the politicians that abandoned them", GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz said during his closing remarks of the Fox Business GOP debate on Thursday night.

Despite Bay's claims that 13 Hours has "no political agenda" beyond a faithful retelling of the events in Benghazi, studio sources told the Hollywood Reporter that the thriller is being marketed specifically to conservative audiences, including advertising and press in right-leaning media outlets and the choice of demographically friendly "red state" audiences for pre-release screenings. "We just had to get it right".