’13 Hours’: Benghazi Without Politics


13 Hours: The Secret Soliders of Benghazi opens in theaters this week. Michael Bay’s new movie about the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya is most definitely not a movie about the Congressional myths of Benghazi. It’s the straightforward and moving story of six veterans working as civilian security contractors for the CIA who first tried to rescue Ambassador Christopher Stevens from the American consulate and later successfully defended the secret CIA compound from persistent attack.

Former Marines Mark “Oz” Geist and John “Tig” Tiegen and former Army Ranger Kris “Tanto” Paronto have publicly come forward since the attacks and they served as military advisors for Bay’s movie. Max Martini, Dominic Fumusa and Pablo Schreiber play the three veterans in 13 Hours and they’re joined by John Krasinki and James Badge Dale as former Navy SEAL contractors Jack Silva and Tyrone “Rone Woods and David Denman as former Marine Dave “Boon” Benton.

Bay and screenwriter Chuck Hogan really are interested in the personal stories of these men and how they carried out a risky military operation despite the fact that they were now civilians who hadn’t trained together for this kind of mission. Bay even has some sympathy for the CIA chief who didn’t want to blow his junior officers’ cover by sending the contractors on a mission, a decision that probably cost Ambassador Stevens his life.

We visited Miami and spoke with Michael Bay, the cast and real-life veterans Geist, Tiegen and Paronto about their experiences on the film.

Michael Bay

Mark “Oz” Geist, John “Tig” Tiegen and Kris “Tanto” Paronto

John Krasinski (“Jack Shaw”)

James Badge Dale (“Tyrone ‘Rone’ Woods”)

Pablo Schreiber (“Kris ‘Tanto’ Paronto”) and David Denman (“Dave ‘Boon’ Benton”)


  • Leon Suchorski

    From everything that I have seen so far, this looks like it will be the most accurate account of a war movie, since FULL METAL JACKET.

  • John

    I hope the Movie includes the background story of 6 Ambassador Stevens begging the State Department for 6 months for more security.It’s like asking the VA to increase your Pension Good Luck with that.

    • 1Webguy

      No Spoiler alert. It did not. It only shows his last vist to Bengazhi.

  • Mike Benson

    The movie does show how they were abandoned by Washington. Even Ambassador Steven’s body was airlifted by a Libyian transport plane and not Americans. Obama and Clinton left them to hang. If it wasn’t the brave contract soldiers there would have been even more American deaths.

  • purpleheartpark

    Watched the Documentary with the Three real Guys. If you gat a chance pull it up and watch what the Three guys that were there have to say about the incident. No Politics, Just soldiers on the ground….

  • Kyle

    Michael Bay: “…worked with SEALs on ‘The Rock.'” Well, where was that advisement when they all try to infiltrate through a single barrel? Them being the fish… Well, aside from that, I’m glad to see this movie actually represents reality- the courage AND the brains of operators. I wasn’t going to see it because of Bay’s name being on it, but the interview makes me look at him in a much better light, but I still will always half-way portray Bay in this light.. .https://www.google.com/search?q=michael+bay+in+imationation+land&oq=michael+bay+in+imationation+land&aqs=chrome..69i57.5927j0j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8

  • TeXan

    This appears to be nothing except political. Notice how “Oz” couldn’t remember about ” standdown” when first questioned by Faux News “Bret Bair” now Oz and the other two are definate about the so called “Stand Down” order which resulted in 10-15 minute delay in transport.
    They do fail to point out that there were no Americans shot and also fail to point out that several locals were shot by the aforementioned men. After shooting several Locals there were apparently 3 mortar shells fired 6 hours after the initial conflict which resulted in the deaths of two of the mercenaries . Not political.. hardly.

  • PR45

    Still no mention that the embassy was being used to supply weapons to free Syrian rebels and thats what the attack was all about, the bad guys wanted the weapons stash, they attack and the US doesn’t want anyone to know so let everybody get body bagged and heck nobody will find out.

  • STM (J)

    All due respect (no I’ve not seen the movie yet)! When the ‘assasination’ hit the television news I was in a Pizza Hut. After imposing SMEAC on my knowledge of that “area” I put my index finger to my right temple and let the ‘hammer’ fall. The management asked me to leave as I was making ‘them’ nervous. I have not returned.

    Sorting it out with the help of ??? over the last X years/months/days/hours/seconds has not deterred me from my Pizza Hut reaction. Someone should pay (underscore pay) ‘post mortem’ in regards to the build-up to and results of that ‘assasination’.

    Hillary was Secretary of State. Barak O’Bama remains our President. Withstanding any political timing the upcoming election should contribute to that payment in terms of a ‘sound’ shift to more accountability.