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The film opens with Operation Kingfisher, a disastrous American advance in the Vietnam War, and shows Lt. Terry Childers (Samuel L. Jackson) execute an unarmed prisoner to intimidate an NVA officer into calling off an ambush of American marines, thereby saving the life of Lt. Hays Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones).
The movie jumps to 1996; Childers and his Marine Expeditionary Unit are called to evacuate the United States Ambassador to Yemen from the embassy grounds, after a routine demonstration against American influence in the Persian Gulf turns into rock-throwing and sporadic fire from nearby rooftops. After escorting the ambassador to a waiting helicopter, Childers returns to the embassy to retrieve the American flag; meanwhile three Marines are killed by the Yemeni snipers on nearby rooftops. Childers, after appearing to see something in the crowd below, orders his men to open fire on the crowd below and "waste the mother#ers", resulting in the death of 83 civilian protesters and injuries to over 100 more.
Back in the United States, the National Security Adviser decides to proceed with a court-martial to try to deflect negative public opinion about the United States, shouldering all the blame for the incident onto Childers, and salvage American relations in the Persian Gulf. Childers finds Hodges, whose life he saved, is now serving in the JAG Division and asks him to be his defense attorney at the upcoming tribunal. Hodges is reluctant to accept, knowing that his record is less than impressive, and Childers needs a better lawyer. But Childers is adamant, because he would rather have an attorney who has served in combat before.
Most of the evidence is stacked against Childers, especially because the National Security Advisor, Bill Sokal, is determined for him to be convicted, and at one point burns a videotape of security camera footage showing that the crowd had indeed been in possession of weapons, supporting Childers' claims. He also blackmails the ambassador Childers rescued, Ambassador Mourain, into lying on the stand and saying both that the crowd had been peaceful and that Childers had been violent towards him and his family during the evacuation. However, at the trial, Hodges presents a shipping manifest proving that a tape from an undamaged camera which had been looking directly into the crowd—the tape Sokal had burned—has been delivered to Sokal's office, but has failed to show up at the trial, arguing that this tape would have been damning evidence against Childers if it had shown the crowd was unarmed. Also, when the prosecution presents the Vietnamese Colonel, Colonel Cao, who witnessed Childers execute a POW in Vietnam (In violation of Rule 404 of the Rules of Evidence concerning character evidence which prohibits evidence of a person’s character or character trait to prove that on a particular occasion the person acted in accordance with the character or trait. Rule is applicable to military courts.), as a rebuttal witness, Hodges gets him to testify that, had the circumstances been reversed, he would have done the same thing.
The film ends with Childers being found guilty of the minor charge of breach of the peace (for having disobeyed his order to just show his Marines' presence), but not guilty of the more serious charges of conduct unbecoming of an officer and murder. A final titlecard reveals that no further charges were brought against him, and that he retired honorably from the Marines. Sokal is found guilty of spoliation of evidence and forced to resign, while Mourain is charged with perjury.
our military/government people who went into harms way and were killed, are somehow more important that 3000+ innocent people
Originally posted by alternateuniverse
Now, Obama denies he lied about Benghazi.
President Barack Obama on Friday forcefully denied deliberately misleading Americans about the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, telling radio host Michael Smerconish, "I've always been straight with the American people
Asked whether the administration's shifting explanation for the September 11 strike reflected the intelligence he was receiving, Obama replied: "What's true is that the intelligence was coming in and evolving as more information came up.
And Republicans have questioned the president's truthfulness after the administration spent days, they say, blaming the assault on reaction to an Internet film that ridicules Islam. Yahoo News reported in late September that American officials had concluded on Day One that terrorists were behind the siege. But The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that Obama's presidential daily brief from the CIA tied the assault to a spontaneous protest linked to the video—despite intelligence contradicting that scenario.
$64,000 Question Ignored.
Obama was not asked about, and did not bring up, a report by Fox News Channel that American officials repeatedly asked for military help during the assault but were rebuffed by CIA higher-ups. A spokesman for the president's National Security Council did not acknowledge a request for comment on that report.
Obama rebuts claims he’s lying about attack on US Consulate in Libya By Olivier Knox
Originally posted by beezzer
reply to post by ararisq
Then why did he, his administration, Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton lie for weeks afterwards?
I could see your OP as a possibility if they stated it was a terrorist attack right away.
Why blame the youtube video for weeks afterwards???
Originally posted by randomname
they were to told to stand down because 2 c.i.a. officers running to the embassy while it was attacked would only accomplish getting themselves killed.
even 25 seals would have been killed, despite what the movies and the media like to portray, they wouldn't have stood a chance against 400 fanatical and armed protesters.
and its common knowledge around the world that americans can't fight without massive air support.
Originally posted by Logarock
Well the story was still shaping up and taking on a life of its own outside the political contest.......and that was a good place to keep in now in hind sight.edit on 26-10-2012 by Logarock because: b
President Barack Obama said in an interview that if the investigation into the Sept. 11 attack on the American compound in Libya finds that "there was a big breakdown, and somebody didn't do their job, they'll be held accountable."