Tuesday, April 21, 2009


I have been asked to provide analysis on the following story that's been making it's rounds on the Internet, of Obama's decision making with the hostages . . . (Italics mine - STORMBRINGER)

"Internet Scuttlebutt has this report originating from a Marine that 'lives just outside Coronado where the Seals train . . . he uses the Coronado Officers’ club' . . . - the events stated in this report jive with what I was told via other sources . . . OK this guy is in San Diego and the SEALs who pulled off the opn were DEVGRU SEALs from Little Creek - that does not shake the credibility of this report; we live in the Information Age, people. Telephones and emails and secure briefings happen. Get used to it.

I'm going out on a limb here saying I buy the general themes expressed here and I'll tell you why: A) I did two tours in in-extremis units (if you never heard that term I'm not going to explain it) - this anecdote expresses the doctrinally correct sequence of events for how this sort of thing is supposed to play out . . . the National Command Authority states broad guidance regarding Rules of Engagement and the criteria to engage, the ranking man at the situation puts his assets into place and makes the call regarding when to engage the shooters . . . .

Having spoken to some SEAL pals 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" 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 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 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, Commander Frank Castellano, — unnamed in most 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 [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.


  1. the article might be more readable if some definitions/explanations of various acronyms were included in the text.

  2. STFU and find out on your own. You are on this internet thingy, punch in the word and learn a thing or two for yourself ass.

  3. Obama is completely useless, and his only agenda is the downfall of this country. He is nothing but smoke and mirrors. He'll do just enough to keep stringing the mindless morons, who can't think for themselves, along, while in the background, he's strongly forging ahead with his communist/socialist/radical muslim (pick one...) agenda.

    While Bush was no economic genius, he was one hell of a commander in chief, in my opinion, and wouldn't have let this drag on like it did.

    My hat's off to the commander who finally said "F*** This!", took charge, and allowed our finest to do their jobs!!! That's something that PresBO is completely incapable of, is taking responsibility for anything.

    Thank God for the SEALS!

  4. Like most anonymous sourced claims, this is suspect. It does seem quite plausible, but no one involved will comment. At least not for years.

    So how will we know? Easy. Just watch Commander Castellano's career.

    If he had NCA authority, he'll be promoted, fast. If not, he'll be transferred ashore soon, to someplace like N Dakota.

    If there was no NCA Auth, kudos to him for doing the right thing. Most of the Katrina rescues were in violation of traditional "rules". They just did the right thing, and any command will claim credit for success.

  5. Thanks for the insight into this situation. I've taken the liberty of linking to your blog.

  6. Sounds right - it made no sense at all that when the hostage got in the water that the liferaft wasn't simply blown out of it - unless the ships company weren't ready or they were prevented from doing this by orders.

    As to the use of acronyms I have to re-read the article to notice them as they are in the main obvious.

    The snipers deserve far more than they will get - but then again that can be said of most of the forces