Ex-special forces (in this case SEALS) involved as key figures, there's even two of them per a common action buddy-movie trope: Check
Desperate, repeated pleas for help from the ambassador and his minions: Check---with accounts oddly enough on MMO boards reminiscent of Balin's journal in Moria (They are coming...)
Heroic Protagonists repeatedly request permission from corrupt/incompetent/evil higher ups: Check
Heroic Protagonists finally decide to violate orders: Check
Immediate success in a daring rescue: Check
Action-packed flight to place of relative safety while requesting evacuation or reinforcement: Check
Siege scene, with request after request denied: Check
Protagonists claim a large honor guard on their way to meet their Maker: Check
Massive recriminations at high levels in government afterwards---Hopefully
To make it a more upbeat 80s film, the pilot/gunner/etc of the AC-130 on the scene would have to have violated orders also, and evaporated the antagonist's mortar team prior to the deaths of our heroes. But, if there were indeed a substantial number of others that they managed to enable the escape of, it'll do as a sort of Alamo scene.
This is one of the reasons I'm so terribly conflicted on the military. I loathe most of the uses that they are put to, and their upper leadership is not worthy of them. But I love the American soldier himself, and I greatly respect his valor. Why---well, recall that I'm a Southerner by birth. It's a blood thing. Check out the pictures of the secretary of defense and one of his generals in a recent press release---the general is looking at him like he's some sort of bug.
Those curious about more details on the story would be advised to pay instapundit.com a visit.
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