Absence of Leadership

Our commander-in-chief of the US Military, and also of the Obama Youth Corps, is quick to claim credit for the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips; and some kind of victory over Somalian pirates.

To briefly recount, Phillips at one point bravely escaped his pirate captors; but the pirate boat was not attacked, and nobody went to Phillip’s aid. The moment Phillips went over the side, the pirates should have been taken out. Instead, Captain Phillips was again taken captive, under the guns of the United States Navy.

Must our Merchant Marine and our sons and daughters of the military enter every hostile situation with both hands tied behind their backs? Must our military bow down in subservience, like Obama does, while they defend (like Obama does not) American interests from piracy off Africa, and rampant terrorism everywhere in the world?

Whether the details of this story are true, or not (and if they are true they comprise a terrible indictment of Obama’s presidency, as if another was needed) the simple fact is that Captain Phillips escaped, separated himself from his captors, and the American forces, whether through delay of appropriatae preparation or on the direct orders from Obama, as described below, took no action.

(I am taking “ROE” to mean “rules of engagement,” below.)

H/T: Flopping Aces President Obama Restricted Navy SEALs From Rescuing Ship Captain With Force

The real story of Obama’s decision making with the hostages off Somalia

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” 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 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 [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.

Somalian piracy continues, ever more actively than before Obama’s great “victory” over the pirates. When American interests and citizens are again threatened, there will be one cause: obvious absence of leadership in America.

Obviously, the indicated remedy for increasing piracy is prompt, direct attack on multiple pirate bases. Obama will never comprehend this requirement. The only uniform Obama ever wore was this one:

Only Uniform "The Leader" Ever Wore
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