Obama Delayed Rescue of Captain Phillips! Here's the real story!

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© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Editor's note: The following is adapted from an exclusive report in Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin, the premium, online intelligence newsletter edited by the founder of WND. You can access the full report by subscribing to G2 Bulletin for $99 a year or $9.95 per month for credit card users.

Maersk Alabama Capt. Richard Phillips,
right, with Cmdr. Frank Castellano of the
USS Bainbridge, after being rescued.

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.

In fact, when the USS Bainbridge dispatched a rigid-hull inflatable boat to bring supplies to the Maersk Alabama, it came under fire that could not be returned even though the SEAL team had the pirates in their sights.

Many hours before the fatal shots were fired, taking out the three young pirates, Phillips jumped into the Indian Ocean with the idea of giving the snipers a clear target. However, the SEAL team was still under orders not to shoot.

Hours later, frustrated by the missed opportunities to resolve the standoff, the commander of the Bainbridge and the captain of the Navy SEAL team determined they had operational authority to evaluate the risk to the hostage, and took out the pirates at the first opportunity – finally freeing Phillips.

The G2 Bulletin report was authored by Joseph Farah, founder and editor of WND, and a veteran newsman with extensive military sources developed over the last 30 years.

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  • cindyp 2009/04/19 19:49:56
    In His Book " Audacity of Hope" IN HIS OWN WORDS he said; I quote "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds of war shift in an ugly direction"...There you go ...Those are his exact words not mine.... GOD HELP US.

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  • Doc Rock 2009/04/20 17:37:47
    Doc Rock
    Lots of Muslim haters on this site.

    Jesus would be SO proud of them all, huh?
  • Doc Rock 2009/04/20 17:36:57
    Doc Rock
    Well, if the source is WorldNetDaily, then it MUST be true!

    God help us with these fools.
  • Bob_N,-... Doc Rock 2009/04/20 18:49:08
    Bob_N,- Saved and bold for Christ.
    God help fools with their heads up their butt!
  • Dude,WTF? 2009/04/20 10:54:53
    The pirates are Muslim, Obama is a closet Muslim. [I'm sure he'll be out in the open soon enough though] He would'nt kill his own so he made it impossible for right minded people to kill them too. Go Navy Seals, do not this to this imposter in charge! Do the right thing for country.
  • Mr. Beniteau 2009/04/20 05:03:40 (edited)
    Mr. Beniteau
    HUH?? If this is true then what's happenin' here?? Pirates are well........ PIRATES. What is so difficult in deciding to pull the trigger.

    Has the captain spoken up about the delays?

    This micro management of military options started with Truman, then to Johnson and Reagan, the Bushes, Clinton and now Obama. There is no love lost between myself and FDR but he had the sense to let the military fight that war.

    This meddling got many of our good men killed in Vietnam and has continued to get our men killed up to today. War is not PC you liberal _______ and conservative _______. You either fight or stay on the porch. Give me a ______ break. You fill in the blanks. There will be women reading this.

    If any radical, liberal feminists have a problem with my lack of rudeness then next time at K-mart open your own door.
  • Chuck 2009/04/20 03:12:56
    Obama is very concerned as to not make too many mistakes through the lack of thinking things out. Of course, sometimes that could be quite detrimental to our health. Right and immediate decisions can come from only one very qualified to do so. Any questions?
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2009/04/20 00:00:49
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    I'm sure obaaaaama is upset that his 'people' (pirates) got shot.
  • Bob_N,-... Torchma... 2009/04/20 00:48:05
    Bob_N,- Saved and bold for Christ.
    I'd like to see the U.S. disguise a warship as a freighter and when the pirates try to attack it, uncover the camouflaged guns and blast the scum out of the water!
  • Ronna Bob_N,-... 2009/04/20 01:52:12
    What a great idea!
  • Doc Rock Torchma... 2009/04/20 17:35:18
    Doc Rock
    you ppl are soooo fucking hysterical, its NOT even funny
  • Denise 2009/04/19 23:04:09
    Yes, I heard about this, too. This means we should not be so quick to praise, but to sit back and see what happens if we have a serious conflict with a rogue nation. Then when the stakes are higher we'll truly see what this man from Lincoln Land is really made of. I think many of us already know unfortunately.
  • Mattynr 2009/04/19 23:00:59 (edited)
    SO EASY TO BRING LINKS.......... Blows me away
    how great post are so hard to pass on.
    They come to SH to die. Gave you a rave anyway... thanks...
  • Gwama- Patriot † In God We... 2009/04/19 22:50:17
    Gwama- Patriot  † In God We Trust †
    I always wondered why they did'nt take the pirates out !! when the captain first JUmped !!!! NOw we know !!!
  • O'Grady 2009/04/19 22:33:58
    I believe WND to be a reputable source. I receive daily news bulletins from them, but I have many more reasons to not doubt the truth in this story. Thanks Bob.
  • rickdean06 2009/04/19 22:08:06
    Bob I don't think we have saw anything yet, what this man (Obama) is capable of . Its gonna get real bad. But my God knows best what is going on and Bob it won't be long, till we meet in heaven (Rapture)
    http://www.getsaved.com obama gonna real god bob meet heaven rapture httpwww getsaved
  • beachbum rickdean06 2009/04/19 22:52:03
    I'm keeping my eyes on the heavens also. The POTUS is turning his back on many things, allies.......
  • WhatsHerFace 2009/04/19 21:27:35
    I guess that explains why he went off to shake Chavez hand instead of Phillips.
  • God ble... WhatsHe... 2009/04/20 00:36:49
    God bless American freedom
    excellent point and well taken.
  • Eppie 2009/04/19 20:46:36
    Just when I thought O was finally doing something right!
  • lucy 2009/04/19 19:49:57
    I'm not suprised. Like a post earlier....he does not deserve any praise. Did anyone notice that those involved in the rescue and Capt. Phillips never mentioned his name. Hummm..Enough said!

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