HBO is collaborating with veteran producer Jerry Weintraub to make a film about the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. foreign mission in Benghazi, Libya.
The premium cable channel picked up the film rights to The New York Times best-seller, “Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi,” by Fred Burton and Samuel M. Katz.
“I’m thrilled and excited that my next movie for HBO after ‘Behind the Candelabra’ will be ‘Under Fire,’” Weintraub said, according to The Hollywood Insider. “It is the only place I can imagine this tragic and emotionally gripping story being told.”
Burton and Katz based “Under Fire” on eyewitness accounts and confidential sources within the intelligence, diplomatic and military communities to describe the 12-hour ordeal that took the lives of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and fellow Americans Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.
The real question, of course, is what effect the film will have on a Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential run. It could have plenty.
First, there’s the book, which the Washington Examiner said “is sure to stoke more criticism of the administration’s handling of the politically-embarrassing attack.” http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2535081#.UiYEVTZRNyY.twitter
The Examiner said:
Just minutes after 35 jihadists crashed through the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, nearly one year ago, the facility got word to the State Department, FBI and Pentagon that terrorists were attacking, according to a forthcoming book that provides the fullest review of the assault to date.
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Twenty-five minutes after it began, the operation center at State received an electronic cable announcing the attack, according to authors Fred Burton, a former State Diplomatic Security agent and Samuel Katz, an author and expert on international special operations and counterterrorism.
So the “spontaneous demonstration” claims made by everyone in the Obama administration for two weeks after the attack were unequivocally a lie, according to the book. This fact has been out there for some time, but it never hurts to reiterate it for those who already know, and ram it down the throats of those who don’t.
That can’t bode well for a Clinton candidacy. Then there’s Weintraub, the film’s executive producer. This is, after all, Hollywood, and with a few exceptions sprinkled here and there, most residents of that insular little community swing left.
That’s not necessarily the case with Weintraub. In a 2010 Daily Beast article, he described himself as “a George Bush Republican,” albeit Bush the elder, who he called a friend.
“I am a fiscal conservative and a liberal on social issues,” he told The Daily Beast.
One can surmise that the film will lean neither left nor right, but will simply remain true to the book.
If nothing else then, “Under Fire” should increase interest in and understanding of events that took place halfway around the world a year ago, and a few may even question Clinton’s suitability as a commander in chief.