HBO announced on Friday that it will give America its Benghazi movie. The premium cable channel optioned the bestselling account of the shadowy terrorist attack, Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi, by Fred Burton and Samuel M. Katz. Jerry Weintraub, who just did Behind the Candelabra for HBO, will produce. The film probably won't provide any more answers about what happened on September 11, 2012, but its existence confirms that Benghazi speculation will not go away.
The House Oversight Committee hearings on Benghazi resumed this week, and Republicans are not prepared to let the issue drop (though they're a bit more concerned with government shutdown right now). Since the tragic attack last year, the controversy has gone from Mitt Romney's complained that President Obama apologized to the attackers, to controversy over Susan Rice's misleading "talking points" for the Sunday shows, to the current speculation as to why there were so many CIA operatives at Benghazi compound the night of the attack. Some suspect that the CIA could have been shipping arms to Syrian rebels.
But HBO's movie probably won't answer the CIA conspiracy question. The book purports to tell "the untold story," and its authors piece together "a step-by-step narrative from the eyes of a few specific witnesses." But as The Atlantic Wire's Dashiell Bennett reported in July, the book fills in "many of other the details with overly dramatic purple prose," and "the authors basically admit in the first paragraph that post-Qaddafi Libya was a tangled web of allegiances and interests that is nearly impossible to sort out. The best they can offer is informed speculation."
So, Benghazi truthers probably won't find the answers they're looking for in Under Fire, but that doesn't mean they won't watch.
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