The Real Story of the Navy SEALs vs. Somali Pirates, Updated

Posted on April 20, 2009. Filed under: News of the Day |

UPDATE: I am no longer filing this under,”Is it true?” Bill O’Reilly had the FOX military analyst on the other night and confirmed a lot of this story. Now, Atlas Shrugs has a story based on a Free Republic story that confirms this and gives even more details. YOU HAVE GOT TO GO TO EITHER ATLAS SHRUGS OR FREE REPUBLIC AND READ THIS STORY. IT WILL MAKE YOU PROUD OF OUR NAVY AND REVEAL THE WEAKNESS OF PRESIDENT BO.

atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/04/behind-the-scenes-of-the-pirate-hostage-rescue-a-window-on-obama.html

freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2235156/posts

After I wrote my first article on the Somali pirates as making a mistake by capturing an American ship, after a few days of waiting for the President to take action, I wrote a second article basically indicating the President’s lack of decisiveness here was comparable to Jimmy Carter of the Iranian Embassy infamy. See that article here:

mark12ministries.wordpress.com/2009/04/10/will-somali-pirate-standoff-be-obamas-iranian-hostage-crisis-a-la-jimmy-carter/

I got a response to that piece by someone named Gentility who ridiculed me as having “got that one right” after the pirates were shot dead Easter Sunday. I had prepared a post that was going to give BHO an A- for the operation, even though I thought it just plain took too darn long, 4 pirates vs. US Navy and all. But I held off on publishing that post. Now I know why. It just nagged at me that we were negotiating with 4 pirates for almost 5 days.

Then I got the email that I published a couple of days ago, then I heard the O’Reilly show, and now this article in Atlas Shrugs and Free Republic. I am now rating Obama as a D+ on this hostage rescue. It appears that he sent the FBI in to do the job of the USNavy, he was indecisive, he negotiated with terrorists-pirates, and he wanted to let them all go home to Somalia free of charge. Yes we got Capt. Phillips back alive and the Navy looks great. But this President is going to get US into a lot of trouble very soon.

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I got this from someone I personally know, who works with a guy whose son is a SEAL. I have no exterior confirmation but this has the ring of truth. Nonetheless, file this under, “Is it true?”

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, AKA Barack Hussein 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, BHO imposed restrictions on their ROE (Rules of Engagement) 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 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 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 shots.

Three rounds downrange later, all three brigands became enemy KIA and Philips was safe.

There is upside, downside, and spin side 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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