If you are interested in what really happened in the piracy hostage standoff this week, read the following from a person with a lifetime in national security-related operations. His name has been erased, as is the name of his personal SEAL contact, who is still on active duty and we would not want to risk career damage to him for his truthfulness. Originally, it was attributed to a retired Rear Admiral, but that proved to be incorrect, so his name was removed.
Acronyms used: ROE= rules of engagement, BHO=our esteemed president, B.O. = same guy.
Here is the note a Navy SEAL sent his friend:
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 SEAL teams to the scene for 36 hours, going against OSC (on scene commander) recommendation.
2. Once they arrived, BHO imposed restrictions 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.
4. When the navy RIB (Rigid-hull Inflatable Boat) came under fire as it approached with supplies, no fire was returned due to ROE. 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 BO'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 Indian Ocean hadn’t worked out 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 to have a clear shot at his captors — but none was taken.
Guidance from National Command Authority (B.O.) had been clear: a peaceful solution was the only acceptable outcome to this standoff, unless the hostage’s life was in clear danger.
The next day, a small Navy boat was fired on by the Somali pirates — and again no fire was returned. This was again due to the cautious stance assumed, thanks to a mandate from the commander in chief’s staff not to act until BO, a man with no background dealing with such issues, decided that an 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 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 leveled at Philips’ back was a threat to the hostage’s life and ordered the NSWC team to take their shots.
Three rounds and all three brigands became enemy KIA and Philips was safe.
There is an upside, a downside, and a spinside to the series of events over the last week:
Almost immediately following word of the rescue, the BO administration claimed victory and declared that the dramatic end to the standoff put an end to questions of the inexperienced president’s toughness and decisiveness.
Despite the BO administration’s attempt to spin yesterday’s success as a result of bold, decisive leadership by the president, the reality is nothing of the sort.
What should have lasted only hours — as long as it took the USS Bainbridge to steam to the location — became an embarrassing four day standoff between a ragtag handful of criminals with rifles and a U.S. Navy warship.
Note that the account from even the liberal L.A. Times does not refute the facts presented about, but it does put a pro-BO spin on it: