How Obama actually delayed pirate rescue

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  1. carpro

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    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=95451

    How Obama actually delayed pirate rescue
    SEAL team deployment stalled 36 hours, hampered by limited rules of engagement


    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.

    The full report is available now exclusively at Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.
     
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    I suspected as much. i wondered why the Navy ship did not take out the lifeboat when Phillips first escaped from the lifeboat. Looks like WoW Obama never met a terrorist [muslim that is] he didn't like.
     
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    Looks like no one cares. Have the folks on this Forum capitulated?
     
  4. donnA

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    he simply does not know what he's doing.
     
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    Disagree. I think he does know EXACTLY what he is doing when it comes to the muslim world, aka terrorists.
     
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    Sadly Lady Eagle I am afraid you are correct!
     
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    when it comes to running this country he knows nothing,
    muslims now seem to be his buddes, along with the communists.
     
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    And this is the man some on this Forum idolize.
     
  9. just-want-peace

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    Sure is quiet on the "0" front!!

    Have no fear; soon's the D HQ sends the appropriate talking points (just gotta get the right spin on it) we'll hear from his worshipfulness's following!
     
  10. carpro

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    What I suspected all along.

    Obama's character, or lack of it, has been revealed to us in a hundred different ways. How could anyone have thought he would handle it any other way?
     
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    Colonel Hunt said on Fox news today what I had said earlier: The Bainbridge should have destroyed the lifeboat when the Captain escaped. He also stated that the rules of engagement prohibited this. Unfortunately the rules of engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan have hampered the military.
     

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