With Hillary Clinton and her fellow Democrats pointing fingers at Republicans, especially presidential candidate Donald Trump, accusing them of over-hyping the terrorist threat or providing a recruiting tool to groups such as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), there are a number of military and police veterans who are advising Trump to take action. During her appearance on Saturday night on a televised political debate, the Democratic Party’s presidential heir apparent claimed the members of ISIS used a video of Trump to recruit radical Islamists. However, as happened during the Benghazi attack that she also blamed on a video, her allegation appears to be just one more in a barrel full of fabrications, half-truths and misleading statements.
But cops and military vets are also taking action against arguably the most dishonest politician in America today. For example, one law-enforcement icon, Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is considered a highly polarizing figure due to his immigration enforcement policies, actually appeared on Rev. Al Sharpton’s MSNBC show and reiterated his support for Donald Trump. Arpaio also revived his birther conspiracy theory about President Barack Obama. Sheriff Arpaio had assigned investigators to look into Obama’s citizenship and their findings were disturbing but ignored by the majority of news organizations.
Meanwhile, the well-known organization Special Operations Speaks (SOS), representing the interests of military and police special operatives including Navy SEAL’s, Green Beret’s, Army Rangers, and police SWAT or counterterrorism team members, is advising Trump and his supporters to acknowledge the upcoming motion picture 13 Hours starring John Krasinski (The Office, Jarhead) and James Badge Dale (The Departed, World War Z).
Based on the book of the same name, the film directed by Michael Bay which is set to hit theaters on January 15, 2016, depicts the events that occurred in Benghazi. Three soldiers involved with the project spoke about how the battle turned from a firefight in Libya to a politicized topic among American leaders. The book’s co-author and member of the Annex Security Team that fought what they called the Battle of Benghazi, Mark Geist, said that the main motivation for the soldiers to tell their side of the story is because of how many details were being left out by many mainstream news outlets who are in the tank for both Obama and his feckless Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“That’s really what drove us to tell the story, because our lives have always been in the shadows — we’re not seeking out publicity,” Geist said. “The politicians took this story, they spun it into 50 different directions for their own purpose.”
The drama tells the real story — not Hillary Clinton’s or Susan Rice’s story — of when a U.S. consulate in Libya was stormed by Muslim terrorists on September 11, 2012, the 11th Anniversary of the al-Qaida attacks in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania.
U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher (Chris) Stevens was killed in the attack, marking the first time since 1979 that a U.S. Ambassador was killed in the line of duty. Militants then attacked a CIA annex in the area, killing two more Americans.
What came into contention is what the motivation for the attack could have been. Hillary Clinton suggested that the violence was sparked by the showing of an anti-Islamic film. “The stories they were telling about how that happened just weren’t true, it wasn’t what happened that night on the ground,” Geist said. “We just felt compelled to put it in writing — what really happened from our perspective.”
Most of the controversy came when Republicans said then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration did not have the proper intelligence to prevent such an attack.Kris Paronto was one of the security contractors involved in the fight that night and said that soldiers have to be ready for violence to spark at any given moment, according to SOS.
“For me, I was having a blast, I was having fun, I enjoy it,” Paronto said. “We had all been deployed for 10 years prior to that, so this wasn’t the first time something like this had happened as far as just being shot at. I enjoy it — your senses all kick in. I like adrenaline, I feed off of it a little bit. So when it happens, it just gets you going, you’re in your element.”
“It is difficult when you see your buddies die, but you fight through it,” Paronto said. “It’s adversity, you can’t dwell on it because then you’re going to die. I wouldn’t say you have to be fearless, more like robotic. It says a lot about the training that you get from the Marine Corps. The training is rigorous, and that’s why it’s rigorous.”
“We all wanted to see the same thing,” Geist said. “We all wanted to get the truth out there and have it be as apolitical as any story could be. We were involved in every aspect of it, to a certain degree or another.