Obama’s American hostage rescue failure: let the finger-pointing commence

obama-golfing-while-rome-burnsJust last month, Barack Hussein Obama was made aware that an American and an Australian were taken hostage from Afghanistan. For reference, please click on and read this post first by journalist Susan Katz Keating.

Whilst there was a window in which to rescue both, and SpecOp forces were ready, executive permission could not be acquired because Mr Obama was on vacation and golfing. The operators were told “the president can’t make time on his schedule to give the go-ahead,” a security source stated.

Because of the 24-hour delay — and there was a violent firefight on site — the forces were told they missed the hostages by four hours.

Susan Katz Keating provides this important update to her original story.

White House, Pentagon trade accusations about rescue failure

by Susan Katz Keating

White House and Pentagon officials are trading accusations and shifting blame following two failed attempts to rescue Western hostages seized in Afghanistan last month. Amid the finger pointing, new details are leading Capitol Hill lawmakers to question what they call “White House micromanaging” of war operations.

The disagreements concern what happened in Washington and on Martha’s Vineyard, an isle off the coast of Massachusetts, where Obama continued the vacation he began on Aug. 6.

Don’t go away. The crux of the biscuit is next:

What is in dispute is what happened next. The Pentagon insists that it sent mission plans with plenty of time for the National Security Council to seek presidential approval.

But a National Security Council spokesman says there wasn’t enough time to prepare “the decision documents” for the President. The spokesman is referring to a one-page document, with numerous attachments, that the President reviews and signs.

“On the first night in question, the decision never reached the President to make a decision,” a senior Pentagon official wrote in an email. “The fact of the matter is the President was never presented with a decision document that day.”

However, U.S. sources with knowledge of the mission said they heard a radio message that contained words to this effect: “The President can’t make time on his schedule to give the go-ahead.”

Am I detecting the dank odor of Bureaucratic Mouth Pablum, subtitled “Let the Finger-Pointing Commence”?

“We had the teachers (hostages) the first time,” the security source said. “We knew where they were. We were closing in. The White House screwed it up bad.”

Why yes, that would be perfectly in keeping with their past behavior. Because Susan Katz Keating makes her ultimate point here.

Hostage rescues long have been a delicate balance of intelligence and timing. During the Vietnam War, American commandos raided a POW camp in order to rescue dozens of prisoners held captive by communist soldiers near Son Tay in North Vietnam. The rescuers arrived on Nov. 21, 1970, only to find that the prisoners had been moved from the camp just days before.

Meaning: forty-six years later and we still don’t have a cogent, logical and rapid way to get ops like this approved — or we don’t give our military forces the authority to act when windows of hostage retrieval are tight?

My guess is: Obama couldn’t be bothered. He’s in Lame Duck Mode.

In the meantime, an American hostage is lost and his whereabouts are unknown.

BZ

P.S.

My thanks to Susan Katz Keating for having the tenacity, guts and contacts to bring the issue to light. I have seen the incident discussed nowhere else.

 

Obama stops golf for no one, not even AMERICAN hostages

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In Obama’s world, it’s a beautiful day to ignore American hostages.

My friend Susan Katz Keating is a journalist.  A real journalist; not like the bulk of the PlaySkool, T-ball journalistas we have today.

She began being paid (instead of being an “intern” or a “volunteer”) for her writing in college.  From the Left Coast she moved to the east coast where she lives today, and is extremely knowledgeable in military, intelligence and political activity, with many friends and colleagues in each area.  Her specialty is military journalism.  Hence, she has many contacts around the nation and around the world.  She has written for People, Readers Digest, Time, Soldier of Fortune, the New York Times, American Legion, VFW and Air & Space Smithsonian.  An author of nine books, she was also crew chief on a B-52 restoration.  She is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers.  In her spare time she has broken the human genome, discovered warp drive and makes a mean cannoli.  Okay.  The thingie about genome and warp drive?  Not so much.

I could go on and on about her curriculum vitae, but I’d rather her story speak for itself.

From AMInewswire.com:

Hostage rescue was aborted while Obama vacationed

by Susan Katz Keting

Under the dim light of a quarter moon, a U.S. special operations team skimmed through the night skies above eastern Afghanistan, awaiting final mission approval from President Barrack Obama while speeding toward the objective. The commandos were fast on their way last month to rescue two western hostages held by hostile gunmen.

As the raiders approached their target — a makeshift prison compound — they suddenly were ordered to stand down. The president, who was vacationing on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, did not have time to give the required final go-ahead. He wanted 24 hours to consider the rescue.

A day later, Obama approved the mission. The commandos relaunched. This time, they reached the target — only to find the hostages had been moved four hours prior, said sources with direct knowledge of events.

Wait; was Obama golfing whilst Rome burned?  Please continue.

The missions took place Aug. 10 and 11, in Afghanistan, Thomas confirmed. He did not address operational details of the rescue missions; but AMI spoke to sources who provided details, some of which CENTCOM confirmed. 

The sources are security officials who are privy to the kidnaps and the attempted rescues. They do not work together and are affiliated with different agencies. The sources are not authorized to talk to the press, and spoke to AMI on condition of anonymity.

This is just last month, boys and girls.  AMI discovered that seven hostile combatants were killed, while no civilians or US forces were injured or killed.

“We had the hostages within reach,” said a source who met face to face with this reporter at a remote dockside setting in the United States to discuss the incident. The source insisted that the meeting be held outdoors and without access to electronic devices.

“The first time we went in, we had to stand down,” the source said. “The second time, the hostages were gone. Our special operations team went all that way for nothing.”

Around this time you should be asking “who were the hostages?” and “did the delay have an affect on the outcome and why?”

The special operators aimed to recover two civilians — American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks — who were kidnapped Aug. 7, in Afghanistan. The kidnapped men are English teachers at the American University in Kabul.

“We are aware of reports of a U.S. citizen kidnapped in Kabul,” a State Department official said. “Due to privacy considerations, we are unable to comment further.”

The hostages were one American and one Australian.

King and Weeks reportedly were snatched off the street around 8 p.m. Kabul time on a Sunday. Four assailants wearing what appeared to be official uniforms smashed a window to the teachers’ vehicle and pulled them from their car at gunpoint. A driver and a guard, both inside the vehicle during the incident on Dar-ul-Aman Road, were not captured, and were later questioned by police.

The kidnappings unfolded in Afghanistan shortly after President Obama and his family began an extended seaside vacation in Massachusetts.

Wait; am I detecting the odor of Titleist PRO V1 and Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816?

Over the course of the next two weeks, the Obamas enjoyed a holiday marked by trips to the beach (at Martha’s Vineyard), dinners with friends, and — for the president — round after round of golf.

“The hostages didn’t have the luxury of time,” said an official with knowledge of the events. “The president was on vacation. How could he not find time to approve this mission?”

Some 6,500 miles away in Afghanistan, meanwhile, efforts were underway to recover King and Weeks.

“Everybody that had the ability to rescue them was trying to find them and be in a position to rescue them,” said one security source.

Resources are in place, operators are primed and plans are in hand.

The mission needed only one more thing: the final go-ahead from the president, authorizing the rescuers to execute. In one ready room, the radio crackled to life. Instead of delivering the expected verbal green light, though, the voice on the radio gave other news:

“‘The president can’t make time on his schedule to give the go-ahead,'” the security source said.

Right.  Because FN Executive Chef Keith Cournoyer’s Seared Sea Scallops, lemon-spinach risotto & red pepper-caper butter are to die for.  You wouldn’t want to miss them.

The vacationing president wanted to push the mission back 24 hours, the source said. The commandos peeled off, and returned to base. Col. Thomas declined to say where the base was located, or what it was named.

One day later, President Obama did authorize a rescue mission, and the operators relaunched. This time, the raiders arrived on target at a compound in eastern Afghanistan.

“We assaulted the compound,” the security source said. “We knocked down walls. It was a high-profile breach.”

For more than an hour, the special operators fought inside the compound, engaging in small arms fire, the source said.

So: were the hostages there?  Were they freed?

The commandos asked people on scene: “Where are King and Weeks?”

The answer: the hostages had been moved four hours prior.

“Gone,” the security source said. “Vanished.”

And no one knows where they are.  They were missed by four hours.

“Humans are essentially ATM machines,” (Christine Fair, a security studies professor at Georgetown University) said. “[Captors] don’t actually keep the hostages. They snatch them and then sell them to whatever terrorist organization is willing to pay the most, whether it be the Taliban or some faction thereof.”

Custodial captors can take hostages to any number of places.

When asked, the White House officially shrugged its shoulders.  Meh.

The White House deflected questions on the situation overall.

When queried, the White House first directed this reporter to the State Department, then deflected to another department when pressed about the president’s authority as commander in chief of the armed services.

“Talk to the Defense Department,” national security press officer Mark Stroh told AMI.

But wait, there’s more.  Susan Katz Keating wrote on Twitter:

Hostage rescue in Afghanistan scrapped for lack of approval from POTUS. My story today.

The next Tweet was a bit thornier.

skk-hostages-1And thornier still.

skk-hostages-2She provided the White House with a chance to respond.  They didn’t, she wrote the story, they got pissed.

skk-hostages-3Susan Katz Keating stands by her story — as well she should.  The truth hurts.  However, what political hay could Mr Obama have made out of the incident?  None.  Hence: meh.

There you go, the loving, professional, diligent care and concern displayed by the current uninvolved and unconcerned lame duck occupant of the White House.

Americans can go to hell.  His Majesty is playing golf.

BZ

 

Knife control: Japanese man kills 19, injures 26

When-Rocks-Are-OutlawedHad that occurred here in America, Barack Hussein Obaka and Loretta Lynch and Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom and all the rest of the Leftists would still be bleating about gun control.

From CNN.com:

Japan knife attack: At least 19 dead

by Euan McKirdy and Emanuella Grinberg

(CNN)  At least 19 people were killed and 26 injured in a stabbing spree at a facility for disabled people west of Tokyo, making it one of Japan’s deadliest mass killings since World War II. Nine men and 10 women, ranging in age from 18 to 70, were killed in the attack.

Officer Satomi Kurihara of the Sagamihara Fire Department confirmed the death toll at the Tsukui Yamayuri-en facility in Sagamihara, a residential area approximately 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of the capital.
Satoshi Uematsu, a 26-year-old who worked at the facility until February, broke in through a window about 2 a.m. Tuesday (1 p.m. ET Monday), Kanagawa Prefecture officials said at a news conference.

Because, as we all know — and Leftists know this best of all — if we eliminate firearms wholesale, then violence will simply plummet and go away.  All will be well with the world, birds will sing, clouds will part and the sun will shine.

Gun-Control-at-the-Bar

“What’s the frequency, Kenneth?”  Dan Rather knows.

Yes, Leftists are in fact that naive.  Logic and the nature of humanity, as I’ve written before, eludes the deluded.

When firearms are eradicated, violence will cease.  Right?  But wait; what about Australia, where gun deaths are down but knife deaths are climbing.  Why might that be?  Let’s glance at China, where a knife is the weapon of choice and 130 persons were stabbed at random36 persons were stabbed and killed at a Chinese police station in 2013Eight children were killed by a knife-wielder in JapanEight people killed in South Korea41 people were stabbed by a 16-year-old in Berlin.  A 13-year-old girl was stabbed to death in the UK.  The knife is the UK “weapon of choice” for violence, as it is in Israel with Palestinians stabbing and killing Israeli citizensFBI data indicates you are more likely to be beaten, clubbed or stabbed to death than to be murdered using an AR-15 or any other rifle in the United States.

In Europe, guns are involved in 36 percent of murders and knives are involved in 43 percent.  Where is the cry for “knife control”?

Locally, there were a number of knife attacks last year.

Some other interesting statistics.

Murder Victims, by Weapons Used

The following table shows the number and percent of murder victims in the United States by the cause of death. Weapons used or cause of death include guns, stabbing, blunt objects, strangulation, arson, and more.

Weapons used or cause of death
Year Murder
victims,
total
Guns Cutting or
stabbing
Blunt
object1
Strangulation,
hands, fists,
feet, or pushing
Arson2 All
other3
Total Percent
1965 8,773 5,015 57.2% 2,021 505 894 226 112
1970 13,649 9,039 66.2 2,424 604 1,031 353 198
1975 18,642 12,061 64.7 3,245 1,001 1,646 193 496
1980 21,860 13,650 62.0 4,212 1,094 1,666 291 947
1985 17,545 10,296 58.7 3,694 972 1,491 243 849
1990 20,045 12,847 64.1 3,503 1,075 1,424 287 909
1991 21,676 14,373 66.3 3,430 1,099 1,529 195 847
1992 22,716 15,489 68.2 3,296 1,040 1,445 203 1,043
1993 23,180 16,136 69.6 2,967 1,022 1,482 217 1,168
1994 22,084 15,463 70.0 2,802 912 1,452 196 1,079
1995 20,232 13,790 68.2 2,557 918 1,438 166 968
1996 15,848 10,744 67.8 2,142 733 1,182 151 726
1997 15,289 10,369 67.8 1,963 702 1,187 134 934
2002 14,263 9,528 66.7 1,776 681 954 103 874
2006 14,990 10,177 67.9 1,822 607 833 115 1,128
2007 14,831 10,086 68.0 1,796 647 854 130 1,016
2008 14,224 9,528 66.9 1,888 603 964 85 1,156
2011 12,795 8,653 67.6 1,716 502 751 76 1,009
2012 12,765 8,855 69.4 1,589 518 767 85 951
1. Refers to club, hammer, etc.
2. Before 1973, includes drowning.
3. Includes poison, explosives, unknown, drowning, asphyxiation, narcotics, other means, and weapons not stated.

Source: Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reports for the United States, 1997, 2007 and 2008; Crime in the United States 2011, 2012.

But let’s stop dancing around the issue of “gun control.”  Let’s get down to brass tacks: Demorats and Leftists want out-and-out gun confiscation.  Make no mistake about that.  Hillary Clinton and all other power elites have their own private police forces.  You don’t.  They have “theirs” and that is all they care about.

When you get down to it, Leftists and Demorats will only be satisfied when there exists the complete removal of firearms from American citizens.  The outright trampling of the Second Amendment.  What’s left?  Tire irons?  Knives?

But here’s one thing you won’t be able to do with a knife or a rock or a lamp or a baseball bat or a torch or a pitchfork: defend yourself against a government.  Oppose oppressive government regimes.  Governments, all governments, our government, will always be armed with heavy, military grade weapons.  Historically, our Second Amendment does not exist to allow Americans to hunt.  That’s a ridiculous claim when made by anyone.  The Second Amendment exists in America in order to resist tyranny in any form and that includes an over-reaching government, foreign or domestic.

Demorats and Leftists are not grounded in reality.  They are only versed in power and money.  The citizenry can be armed or it can be disarmed.  Those who are disarmed are called Proles, Serfs, Groundlings, Commoners.

In the meantime, criminals will still commit crimes, the mentally unstable will still be unstable, and Leftists will still be unable to grasp these fundamental concepts.

BZ

 

Obama keeps the US safe with sarcasm and MORE refugees

Obama DANGEROUS to AmericaI wrote on Friday about Mr Obama’s plan to fight ISIS: words.  Sarcasm.  “You are not strong.  You are weak.”  There.  Mission accomplished.  ISIS fleeing in terror.

But wait, there’s more.

Obama plans to keep America safe by battling ISIS with words, AND he plans on importing more “refugees” into the United States.

That Mr Obama, what a courageous man.

He made the announcement on Easter.  Good timing.

From the WashingtonExaminer.com:

Obama reiterates refugee promise

by Nicole Duran

In a brief Easter weekend radio address, President Obama vowed to decimate the self-proclaimed Islamic State, but he said the United States will do so by offering an example of freedom, tolerance and open society.

“Our openness to refugees fleeing ISIL’s violence; our determination to win the battle against ISIL’s hateful and violent propaganda — a distorted view of Islam that aims to radicalize young Muslims to their cause,” are paramount in the fight, Obama told Americans during his weekly radio address.

Admitting entry to Syrian and Iraqi refugees has become a divisive issue in the U.S. as well as Europe, but Obama made clear he has no plan to back off his promise to admit 100,000 to the U.S. this year.

Let me emphasize: Obama said he will “promise to admit 100,000 to the US this year.”

Please see the graphic below which delineates where these refugees will be placed.

Syrian Refugees to USMy stance is this: no refugees to the US.  No children.  No women.  No men.  No families.  But particularly no children.  The children and all refugees need to stay in their country of origin with family.

Why?  This is our country.  It belongs to us and no one else.  We have sovereignty and we get to keep it.  We are the determinants of who will or will not enter our country.  We get to ensure the sovereignty and safety of our citizens.  It’s a duty.  It is the duty of our federal government to keep its citizens safe.  That is its highest priority.

The United States cannot be the recipient of the world’s human outcasts and refuse and hope to continue.  Germany is already making this discovery and Merkel, by her insane decision to allow “refugees” to storm their border unimpeded, has placed her entire country in jeopardy.  In jeopardy of not just never looking or being Germany again, but in jeopardy of placing itself into November of 1923 all over again.

Whatever occurs in Germany from this point on can and is directly attributable to Merkel’s decision to flood the nation with persons who seem to have little if any interest in assimilation.

Assimilation in the culture, immersion in the language, participating in the host country’s customs — those are the least of the things you as an immigrant owe your new nation.

These things are primarily not occurring in Europe, with terrible consequences the result.

Pundits in the US brag that the major difference between Europe and the US is the assimilation that does occur here.  I should care to point out, however, that participating in American culture is occurring with greater infrequency if for no other reason that not only don’t we, for example, encourage the learning of English but, many times, we discourage it and enable immigrants to hold to their own.  We do this out of GOWP political correctness.

Two massive reasons for what I would argue as a major necessary clamp on immigration — which I wholeheartedly advocate — are the issues of employment and budget.

The bulk of persons immigrating to the US bring no inherent skills with them.  Most are unskilled individuals from poor environments and backgrounds where the aptitudes required for our future of our nation are not possessed.

Our nation will have a sufficiently difficult time ensuring our own lawful citizens can transform into the New Work Paradigm — much less having to take in persons whose background and capabilities fall behind those of our own.

The demand for a $15 an hour “living wage” (along with technology itself) is driving the push for jobs requiring menial skills to be automated.  Those persons thinking that clicking the CHEESEBURGER icon at McDonald’s will guarantee them anything more than a few extra fries per shift are deluding themselves.

Those jobs that can be automated will.  Persons who lack skills or, for any number of varied reasons, are unemployable will find themselves unemployed.  And many of today’s Americans are completely unemployable, unable to cope with the most minimal amount of discipline or diligence.

Add to that the vast potential amounts of refugees who bring nothing to the employment or culture table, and you have a recipe for another Europe in the midst of America.

Those persons who lack skills or are unemployable will then, of course, demand and apply for various forms of largesse.  The pool of those paying taxes will diminish to the point of a National Crash.  We are not far from that point already, with our own coddled bits of human flotsam and jetsam.

We can’t afford the human cost, and we can’t afford the fiscal cost.

Guns are not the greatest danger to America, nor is “global warming” according to the Religious Left.

The greatest danger to America is Barack Hussein Obama.

Or any Demorat successor.

BZ