Thursday, April 23, 2009

Obama And The Real Pirates/Hostage Story?

Obama And The Real Pirates/Hostage Story?
From Various Sources via

The Real Story Of Obama's 'Decision-Making' With The Pirates And Hostage

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

1. Barack Hussein Obama (BHO) wouldn't authorize the DEVGRU/NSWC SEAL teams to
the scene for 36 hours,

going against the on scene commander (OSC) 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 into the sea, the SEALS had the raggies all
sighted in, but could not fire due to Rules of Engagement (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 OSC
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 shots.

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 yesterday's 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 paid to questions of the
inexperienced president's toughness and decisiveness.

Despite the Obama administration's (and its sycophants') attempt to spin
yesterday's 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.

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