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Navy Seals Save the Day – President Obama Indecisive

April 19, 2009

Today at 11:08am
From an e-mail sent to me:

The real story behind President Obama and pirate hostage situation.

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

1.) President Obama 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, President Obama imposed restrictions on their “Rules Of Engagement” (ROE) that prohibited the Navy from doing anything unless the hostage’s life was in “imminent” danger.

3.) The first time the hostage jumped, the SEALS had the pirates in their sights but could not fire due to ROE restrictions.

4.) When the Navy RIB came under fire as it approached with supplies, no fire was returned due to ROE restrictions. As the pirates were shooting at the RIB, they were exposed and the SEALS had them.

5.) President Obama 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 pirates.

7.) President Obama immediately claims credit for his “daring and decisive” behavior. Which seems to be usual for him. It’s Bull S^!t, and the media allows him to get away with it.

The President’s performance in this situation would merit a D-. Only reason it’s not an F is that the hostage survived. I hate to be so critical of our new President, but this is the price of leadership. He asked for it and now he can learn what President Bush’s learned, they are called hard decisions for a reason.

Read the following accurate account.

Philip’s 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 U.S. 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 President 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 onscene 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 Philip’s 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 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 his sycophant’s) 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.


April 19, 2009 – New News- Just today, after a seven hour pursuit; the Canadian Navy caught and captured a group of Somali Pirates that had attacked a Norwegian vessel. After disarming the pirates, the Canadian Navy released the pirates because International & Canadian law does not allow them to detain such suspects.

Now, if the Obama administration want to treat people engaging in terrorist acts and criminals they need to clear the way for international law that allows prosecution of these criminals / terrorists. I wonder if in the liberal mindset these pirates aren’t considered terrorists because they are working to free capitalist companies from their products instead of attacking innocents? Is it different because they are attacking of capitalists not the oppressed and down trodden who are under the “foot of the man”?

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