Came in an email, so there is no way to check this but it sure wouldn’t surprise me!
Received this from a Retired Marine Colonel who still has close
friends who got the real story.
From a retired Marine friend who has contacts through his civilian
job in Washington .
This is not a surprise to any of us who were wondering how 4 pirates
could hold off a Navy destroyer.
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”
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
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.
So per our last email thread, I’m downgrading Oohbaby’s performace 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
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 onscenecommander 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  declared that the
dramatic end to the standoff put
paid to questions of the inexperienced president’s toughness and
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.