Saturday, April 18, 2009

Th Real Story Behind BO and The Pirate Stand-Off

From a reader:

Having spoken to some SEAL pals in Virginia Beach asking why this thing dragged out for 4 days, I got the following:

1. BHO wouldn't authorize the DEVGRU/NSWC SEAL teams to the scene for 36 hours going against OSC (on scene commander) recommendation.
2. Once they arrived, BHO imposed restrictions on their ROE that they couldn't do anything unless the hostage's life was in "imminent" danger
3. The first time the hostage jumped, the SEALS had the raggies all sighted in, but could not fire due to ROE restriction
4. When the navy RIB came under fire as it approached with supplies, no fire was returned due to ROE restrictions. As the raggies were shooting at the RIB, they were exposed and the SEALS had them all dialed in.
5. BHO specifically denied two rescue plans developed by the Bainbridge CPN and SEAL teams
6. Bainbridge CPN and SEAL team CDR finally decide they have the OpArea and OSC authority to solely determine risk to hostage. 4 hours later, 3 dead raggies
7. BHO immediately claims credit for his "daring and decisive" behaviour. As usual with him, it's BS.

Read the following accurate account.

Philips’ first leap into the warm, dark water of the Indian Ocean hadn’t worked out as well. With the Bainbridge in range and a rescue by his country’s Navy possible, Philips threw himself off of his lifeboat prison, enabling Navy shooters onboard the destroyer a clear shot at his captors — and none was taken.

The guidance from National Command Authority — the president of the United States, Barack Obama — had been clear: a peaceful solution was the only acceptable outcome to this standoff unless the hostage’s life was in clear, extreme danger.

The next day, a small Navy boat approaching the floating raft was fired on by the Somali pirates — and again no fire was returned and no pirates killed. This was again due to the cautious stance assumed by Navy personnel thanks to the combination of a lack of clear guidance from Washington and a mandate
from the commander in chief’s staff not to act until Obama, a man with no background of dealing with such issues and no track record of decisiveness, decided that any outcome other than a “peaceful solution” would be acceptable.

After taking fire from the Somali kidnappers again Saturday night, the on scene commander decided he’d had enough. Keeping his authority to act in the case of a clear and present danger to the hostage’s life and having heard nothing from Washington since yet another request to mount a rescue operation had been denied the day before, the Navy officer — unnamed in all media reports to date — decided
the AK47 one captor had leveled at Philips’ back was a threat to the hostage’s life and ordered the NSWC team to take their s hots.

Three rounds downrange later, all three brigands became enemy KIA and Philips was safe. There is upside, downside, and spinside to the series of events over the last week that culminated in the dramatic rescue of an American hostage.

Almost immediately following word of the rescue, the Obama administration and its supporters claimed victory against pirates in the Indian Ocean and [1] declared that the dramatic end to the standoff put to rest questions of the inexperienced president’s toughness and decisiveness.

Despite the Obama administration’s (and its sycophants’) attempt to spin the success as a result of bold, decisive leadership by the inexperienced president, the reality is nothing of the sort. What should have been a standoff lasting only hours — as long as it took the USS Bainbridge and its team of NSWC operators to steam to the location — became an embarrassing four day and counting standoff between a ragtag handful of criminals with rifles and a U.S. Navy warship.


undertaker said...

The resident of the White House has a unique "leadership" style. Don't make any decisions or take any specific, firm, discernable position on anything. Then, immediately take all the credit for things that go right, and find a scapegoat for everything that goes wrong. That is a good way to keep your approval rating up around 63 percent, and ensure re-election.

Kathy said...

We are so screwed with him in the White House........

G.A.Rowe said...

Why did I know that this was going to be the "rest of the story"?

From Carters "rose garden protest" to Billary's lone cruse missile launch at a long known abandon camp, these folks who live or die by the political poll numbers never cease to amaze me.

Please, dear God, let the American people see them for what they truly are!

VTC said...

We are only screwed if we sit back and take it. We are among a small group of people who "get it," and we need to get out in our communities and make people listen. MadMom has already proven that if we build it, they will come! We are experiencing the same phenomenon in KY.

Stop the presses/ Patrick said...

The mainstream media wouldn’t do it. So we are trying to get your important messages to the American people. 8 This post is a suggested read at,

G.A.Rowe said...

Mad Mom,

May I post this on my weblog?

We need to get the word out about this kind of stuff!

Anonymous said...

I cheered when the Captain was rescued but I wondered Why did it take so long? Our Navy seals vs. a few rag tag pirates? C'mon. Now we know.

Thanks Mad Mom.

Mad Mom said...

Of course, GA- go ahead!

Rick said...

Thanks for the info. Amazing...not in a good way.