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The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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Director Michael Bay plans to get right into the middle of the 2016 elections with the release of 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, which hits theaters on January 15th, 2 1/2 weeks before the Iowa Caucus.

The movie is based on Mitchell Zuckoff’s book Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, a moment-by-moment account beloved by Washington types who believe the CIA order the security officers to “stand down” during the crisis.

Bay, who gets a lot of flak from critics for action pictures like Transformers: Age of Extinction and Pain & Gain, isn’t known for taking on highly-charged political topics in his movies but Paramount has decided to release 13 Hours on the same January weekend that’s proved so successful for military-themed movies like Zero Dark Thirty, Lone Survivor and American Sniper.

The movie details the story of the private contractors hired to protect State Department personnel during the September 11, 2012 attacks on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Bay gets into the political thriller game with Jim and Roy from The Office (John Krasinski and David Denman) in lead roles. The film also stars Max Martini (Saving Private Ryan, Captain Phillips) Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, Orange is the New Black), Toby Stephens (Black Sails, Die Another Day) and James Badge Dale (The Pacific).

Check out the trailer below and let us know if you plan to see 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.

Sound Off: Should the Military Allow Civilians to Guard Recruiting Centers?

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The Pentagon has long insisted that its recruiting centers around the country be staffed by unarmed men and women, mostly to create what that brass believes is a welcoming environment for potential recruits and partially to short-circuit theories that the military is secretly planning a domestic takeover. +Continue Reading

Sound Off: Should Jade Helm Conspiracy Theorists Apologize to the Troops?

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We’re a couple of weeks into the Jade Helm 15 military exercises in Texas and no citizens have been rounded up, no guns have been seized, no one’s been shackled inside a train car, no abandoned Walmarts have been pressed into service and President Obama has not declared martial law. +Continue Reading

Casting Call for American Military Families

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Does your military family need a helping hand? Do you know a military family who needs support? Leftfield Entertainment, the production company who brought you Pawn Stars, American Restoration and Counting Cars, is casting a new “major broadcast network” show that’s “dedicated to thanking American Military families across the country for their service, while showcasing the brotherhood that makes our armed forces the finest in the world.” +Continue Reading

6 Pieces of Gear You Won’t Believe the Military Used

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Military budgets can contain some surprising items. These six pieces of gear probably raised some eyebrows when they were purchased. +Continue Reading

One Newspaper’s Spectacular Nazi Cremation Fail

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The Millard Family Funeral Chapels in Missouri just wanted to advertise its cremation services with an image of a soldier and asked the Jefferson City News Tribune to create an advertisement that highlighted its “cremation with integrity.”

Some low-level employee in the advertising department puts “soldier” in the search engine for their photo service and randomly picks a guy in a helmet, a guy who turns out to be a German Nazi soldier from World War II. +Continue Reading

Bond Confronts the Past (Again) in ‘SPECTRE’

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SPECTRE, the latest James Bond thriller and rumored to be the last starring Daniel Craig, opens in theaters November 6th and the producers have just released the first full-length trailer for the movie. Watch it below and check out a few of the things it reveals. +Continue Reading

Watch a Replica WWII Spitfire Land Without Wheels

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A replica of a World War II RAF Spitfire plane made an emergency landing this past Sunday in central England and the incident was captured on video. +Continue Reading

Sound Off: Why Did It Take So Long to Fly the Flags at Half-Staff?

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In the wake of the Chattanooga, TN shootings last Thursday, the White House didn’t order flags to be flown at half-staff at government buildings across the nation, nor did President Obama’s administration offered any explanation for the decision. The administration reversed course just after noon on Monday and the flags are now at half-staff +Continue Reading

Sound Off: Is John McCain a War Hero?

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Republican presidential candidate and billionaire rabble rouser Donald J. Trump took a direct shot at Senator John McCain this past Saturday at an Iowa campaign rally: “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.” +Continue Reading