Skip to comments.How Obama Actually Delayed Pirate Rescue (B. Hussein O'Buffoon)
Posted on 04/18/2009 10:36:47 PM PDT by kellynla
WASHINGTON While Barack Obama is basking in praise for his "decisive" handling of the Somali pirate attack on a merchant ship in the India Ocean, reliable military sources close to the scene are painting a much different picture of the incident accusing the president of employing restrictive rules of engagement that actually hampered the rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips and extended the drama at sea for days.
Multiple opportunities to free the captain of the Maersk Alabama from three young pirates were missed, these sources say all because a Navy SEAL team was not immediately ordered to the scene and then forced to operate under strict, non-lethal rules of engagement.
They say the response duty office at the Pentagon was initially unwilling to grant an order to use lethal force to rescue Phillips. They also report the White House refused to authorize deployment of a Navy SEAL team to the location for 36 hours, despite the recommendation of the on-scene commander.
The White House also turned down two rescue plans offered up by the Seal commander on the scene and the captain of the USS Bainbridge.
The SEAL team operated under rules of engagement that required them to do nothing unless the hostage's life was in "imminent' danger.
(Excerpt) Read more at wnd.com ...
I thought so.
Word gets out.
Me too. I had a feeling Obama’s “gratitude” for the Captain’s rescue was an act.
I think it's only a matter of time.
Like a lot of others here, I suspected that they risked their careers to do the right thing.
Just as "No good deed goes unpunished" by the Democrats; I doubt that Obama will let something like this happen again.
He can't risk alienating his far-left, anti-war, nut-bag base.
Shades of Viet Nam.
And risking the lives of both the hostage and the SEALs.
But, you know, we're just a bunch of right-wing extremists.
That, my friend, is a tall order.
Not surprised, there were immediately rumors that Obama hastily ordered the Navy not to hurt the poor dears.
However, I had assumed he decided to let them shoot the pirates when his pollsters told him he was within 36 hours of becoming a national laughingstock, and that the t-shirts mocking him were about to hit the streets.
“Pirates for Obama!” “Arrrrrr!” I wanted the one showing him with an eyepatch...
I think it was revealing that no brasshats in AFRICOM or Fleet command descended on the scene to take charge and that the Bainbridge’s captain was stuck holding the bag for the duration.
Does this mean that the skipper of the Bainbridge gets lauded in public, but privately finds his career upward mobility scuttled?
Any one else wonder where the SEAL team commander will be assigned next?
do NOT go on any cruise ships, we are NOT safe.
Received in email this evening from an unconfirmed source: Take it with a grain of salt.
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2009 17:02:51 -0 700
Interesting...from a friend who should know.
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. 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” behavior. As usual with him, it’s BS.
So per our last email thread, I’m downgrading Oohbaby’s performance to D-. Only reason it’s not an F is that the hostage survived.
Read the following accurate account.
Philips first leap into the warm, dark water of the Indian Ocean hadnt worked out as well. With the Bainbridge in range and a rescue by his countrys 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 hostages 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 chiefs 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 hed had enough.
Keeping his authority to act in the case of a clear and present danger to the hostages 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 hostages life and ordered the NSWC team to take their shots.
Three rounds downrange later, all three brigands became enemy KIA and Phillips was safe.
There is upside, downside, and spinside to the series of events over the last week that culminated in
yesterdays 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  declared that the dramatic end to the standoff put paid to questions of the inexperienced presidents toughness and decisiveness.
Despite the Obama administrations (and its sycophants) attempt to spin yesterdays 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.
This is very close to the account I am hearing through the grapevine.
The military people involved are very unhappy with O’s interference.
don’t forget they were fighting the pirates for a whole week before the caption was captured. What happened to the basic rules of the sea? can’t the navy monitor emergency channels in the area?
Sounds like the SEAL Team Commander made the call, and Obama took the credit.
(( ping ))
It’s not just the ‘Atlas Shrugs’ blog that exposed Dumbo on this fiasco.
The word is getting out...
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