WHAT REALLY HAPPENED.. you gotta read this one...
- 2009/05/04 06:35:00
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Cmdr. Frank Castellano, that's who!
All of us wanted to raise our glasses the highest this week to the Navy
SEALs who popped those three Somali pirates. And I'm sure you want to hear
the real story of what happened.
Why, for example, did it take SEAL Team Six (aka DEVGRU, Navy Special
Warfare Development Group, the Navy's equivalent of Delta Force) over 36
hours to get to the scene? Because Pres. Obama refused to authorize the
SEAL deployment for those 36 hours, during which the OSC - the on scene
commander, Cmdr. Frank Castellano of the USS Bainbridge - repeatedly
Once the SEALs arrived - parachuting from a C-17 into the ocean near the
ship - Obama then imposed Rules of Engagement (ROE) specifying the SEALs
could not do anything unless the life of the hostage, Captain Richard
Phillips, was in "imminent" danger. Thus, when Capt. Phillips attempted to
escape by jumping off the lifeboat into the ocean, the SEAL snipers had all
four pirates (one later surrendered) sighted in and could have taken them
out then and there - but they could not fire due to Obama's ROE
When the SEALs approached the lifeboat in a RIB (rigid-hull inflatable boat)
carrying supplies for Capt. Phillips and the pirates, the pirates fired upon
them. Not only was no fire returned due to the ROE, but as the pirates were
shooting at the RIB, SEAL snipers on the Bainbridge had them all dialed in.
No triggers were pulled due to the ROE.
Two specific rescue plans were developed by Cmdr. Castellano and the SEAL
teams. Obama personally refused to authorize them. After the second
refusal and days of dithering, Cmdr. Castellano decided he had the
Operational Area and OSC authority to "solely determine risk to hostage" and
did not require any further approval of the president.
Four hours later, the White House is informed that three pirates are dead
and Capt.. Phillips has been rescued unharmed. A WH press release is
immediately issued, giving credit to the president for his "daring and
decisive" behavior that resulted in such success.
Obama, who has absolutely no military knowledge or experience whatsoever,
demanded decisional control over the entire hostage drama to the last
detail. All actions required his personal approval. He dithered while the
world laughed at our warships flummoxed by four illiterate teenagers with
AKs in a lifeboat.
Only when the Navy Commander decided to ignore his Commander-in Chief and
take action and responsibility himself, were the incredible skills of the
SEALs put into play. That Obama could cynically and opportunistically claim
that his "bold" "calm" "tough" leadership was responsible, should remind
everyone that not a single action, not a single word of this man can be
trusted. He is bereft of honesty and moral character.
Let us raise a glass full of pride and gratitude to Navy Commander Frank
Castellano, to the Navy SEALs for their incredible competence, and to our
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