Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler
Friday, 17 April 2009
All of us want to raise our glass 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.
Especially because there is a revoltingly opportunistic and cowardly
side to it. Guess which side Zero is on.
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 Zero 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 - Zero 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 Zero'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. Zero 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
Zero has absolutely no military
knowledge or experience whatsoever. He demanded decisional control over
the entire hostage drama to the last detail. All actions required his
personal approval. He dithered like a coward while the world laughed at
our warships flummoxed by four illiterate teenagers with AKs in a
Only when the Navy Commander decided
to ignore his Pantywaist-in Chief and take action and responsibility
himself, were the incredible skills of the SEALs put into play.
That Zero 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. That's why he's Zero.
The HFR raises a glass full of pride
and gratitude to Navy Commander Frank Castellano, the Navy SEALs for
their incredible competence, and our military. Let's hold a Tea Party in