One Big Effen Mistake Obama – The Unintended Consequences Of Political Football Spiking Covert Ops….

If forcing Obamacare down the throats of Americans was a “big effen deal”, then the politicization of bragging about rescuing kidnapped Americans from their captors can only be called one big effen mistake.

Don’t get me wrong.   Rescuing Jessica Buchannan (32), and Danish captor Poul Thisted was a good thing, a necessary action, and justified.   But showcasing the rescue with press releases, media talking points, photographs and more Seal Team football spiking is ridiculously short-sighted and incredibly selfish.

There is a good reason these are called “covert-ops”.  Covert, as in, secret and quiet military operations.   The reason Americans are being kidnapped by Somali pirates is because their kidnappers seek ransom demands for their economic endeavors.   It is the typical motive behind the majority of kidnappings.   However, when you start making political points from their rescue you add an entirely new dangerous element into the narrative and may even change the motive.

Around the world many ridiculous evil and often terroristic causes would like nothing more than to draw attention to themselves by standing up against the “evil western empire” they perceive The United States to be.   Publicly parading around the rescue of American citizens does nothing more than bring  a spotlight to the kidnapping, and if not careful Americans all over the world could be snatched just to get into a showdown with us and bring credibility to their cause.

With media press releases, hyped up exposure narratives, and talking points the President is actually putting Americans at risk.   Here is the way MSNBC ran with the football spiking rescue story:

(MSNBC) In a daring nighttime raid Tuesday, U.S. Navy SEALs rescued two hostages, including one American, who were being held by kidnappers in Somalia, U.S. officials tell NBC News.

American Jessica Buchanan, 32, and a 60-year-old Dane, Poul Thisted, were working for a Danish relief organization in northern Somalia when they were kidnapped last October. U.S. officials described their kidnappers as heavily armed common criminals with no known ties to any organized militant group.

According to the U.S. officials, two teams of Navy SEALs landed by helicopter near the compound where the two hostages were being held.

As the SEALS approached the compound on foot gunfire broke out, the U.S. officials said, and several of the militants were reportedly killed. There is no word that any of the Americans were wounded.

The SEALs gathered up Buchanan and Thisted, loaded them onto the helicopters and flew them to safety at an undisclosed location. The two hostages were not injured during the rescue operation and are reported to be in relatively good condition.

The two had been working for the Danish Refugee Council on a demining project in northern Somalia. The humanitarian group has been providing relief to some 450,000 refugees in the Somalia-Kenya border region.

News reports at the time said the two were kidnapped Oct. 25 along with a Somali colleague when their three-car convoy was stopped on the way to an airport. A self-proclaimed Somali pirate said they had been kidnapped for ransom by pirates stymied by Western nations’ efforts to stop the seizure of ships off the coast. The fate of the Somali colleague was unclear.

The first indication of the rescue operation came Tuesday night in Washington from President Barack Obama himself.

As the president entered the House chambers to give his State of the Union Speech, he pointed to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta standing in the crowd and said, “Leon. Good job tonight. Good job tonight.”

The president made no mention of the hostage rescue, but finished his speech with a reference to the killing of Osama bin Laden last May in a similar operation to the one conducted by Navy SEALs Tuesday night.

In a statement sent to NBC News and other media, Obama says that he authorized the operation to rescue Buchanan.

Thanks to the extraordinary courage and capabilities of our Special Operations Forces, yesterday Jessica Buchanan was rescued and she is on her way home,” he says. “As Commander-in-Chief, I could not be prouder of the troops who carried out this mission, and the dedicated professionals who supported their efforts.”

Obama, who spoke to Buchanan’s father Tuesday night, says she was “selflessly serving her fellow human beings when she was taken hostage by criminals and pirates who showed no regard for her health and well-being.”

He says he told her father that “all Americans have Jessica in our thoughts and prayers, and give thanks that she will soon be reunited with her family.”

“The United States will not tolerate the abduction of our people, and will spare no effort to secure the safety of our citizens and to bring their captors to justice,” Obama adds. “This is yet another message to the world that the United States of America will stand strongly against any threats to our people.”  (read more)

Don’t forget there are more Americans still being held hostage

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18 Responses to One Big Effen Mistake Obama – The Unintended Consequences Of Political Football Spiking Covert Ops….

  1. Sharon says:

    “Publicly parading around the rescue of American citizens does nothing more than bring a spotlight to the kidnapping, and if not careful Americans all over the world could be snatched just to get into a showdown with us and bring credibility to their cause.”

    He probably sees that as a feature, not a problem. And it’s apparently not a problem for Congress or the Cabinet (or would that be cabinet) since no one is telling him to shut up.


  2. belinda says:

    this has nothing to do with the article but that is the best picture i’ve ever seen of them. ny me saying that dont think i liike him i dont but i think it was a nice picture


  3. barnslayer says:

    If you’re referring to the Nobamas pic up top that seems staged… I’d bet it’s an exhibit at the wax museum.


  4. Zauber says:

    First off, SEAL Team 6 is designed to be the premier CT unit in the military, Marcinko formed it to be just that. They have people in the Horn area and one of their jobs is to rescue hostages – they are so good that the FBI’s openly recruitingthem for its HRTs, but that’s anoither post. As long as they are there in the greater Somali sh*thole area the opportunity to do what they train to do presents itself and they should get the green light.

    The main point that burns my ass is the POtuS basking in their glory as if he did anything but give them the opportunity to try and die. He sat on his skinny ass while men who’s field TP he isn’t fit to bury post-use actually went out and put their asses on death’s door, rescued US citizens who his liberal-stuffed State Department could not negotiate out, and then tried to steal their thunder and bump his poll numbers. Apparently the limp-writed made-for-the-press salutes rendered over the coffins of dead soldiers didn’t quite get that numbers rise he hoped, plus he had to go out late at night in the cold DC weather, miss American Idol, stand in that cold hanger at Dover and try to look sad and pensive over the bodies of a bunch of soldier he didn’t know and who most likley wouldn’t vote for him anyway.

    With the SEALs he can sit in his cozy public housing and pretend he’s a comic action hero. He has live heroes with massive public recognition and admiration he can streal and use as props. Even better, they must remain anonymous so he doesn’t have to fake being interested in them as people (who most likley wouldn’t vote for him) or have to stand next to and shake their hands. Win Win for the African Muslim Marxist Garvey clone.


    • Say it, Zauber.

      I’ve never served overseas, and I’m not worthy to bury that field TP either, but a buddy of mine, long retired from the intelligence services, likes to talk about how every place has its smell. You reminded me of him when you mentioned the greater Somali Sh*thole area. He claimed once that in all the world, the very worst smell is the streets of Somali towns. Worse than West or South Africa. Worse than anywhere in the Middle East. Worse than Calcutta. Bet it’s a great place to raise your kids, too.


      • Solaratov says:

        Absolutely true. Every place has its own distinctive smell – but you’ll never smell worse than Somalia. Taking a deep breath there is a mistake (unless you’re lookin’ to offload your stomach contents).


        • barnslayer says:

          Reminds me of an old Bob Hope story. Mr. Hope was newly arrived in S. Korea to entertain the troops. He asked an aide what’s that horrible smell? The aide explained the use of night soil in the region. Hope said “Yeah I know what night soil is… but what did they do to it?”


          • Coyote says:

            That’s one of the things I remember MOST about South Korea.
            Benjo ditches and bugs. The stuff dreams are made of.
            The ditches carry the *contents* out to the rice fields.

            I fell in a benjo ditch once in South Korea.
            I quickly took a shower, gargled with a half bottle of Listerine, and then I discarded my clothes, boots and belt.
            I then went to the base clinic to see about getting my shots and a checkup.

            Ugh. Nasty. It still gives me the shudders.


            • zmalfoy says:

              The things I learn around here. . . I applaud you men for your manliness in putting up with such grossness. I’m not exactly a “clean-freak”, but . . .Ugh! Descriptions are enough for me!


            • Zauber says:

              They stuck me with the overhight shift in the Korean SCIF at K-17 as I’d worked with the Tiger Division some 30 years prior. ROKs and I would go to lunch at 0400 in the ROK dining hall where we’d all eat bacon/ham/eggs and kimchi. Imagine, if you can, one 210-pound round eye and a dozen 110 pound ROKs sealed into a closed 8×10 room after that Lactobacillus-sotted meal and benjo ditches don’t seem all that bad anymore. Ahhhh, Korea in the winter, a relief for the sinuses.


              • Coyote says:

                awwww…damn Z. You win that one, you nasty &$^&@!!
                Don’t forget the milk, rice and kelp by the 5-gallon bucket loads.

                Brings back memories of Giardia, stomach worms…

                But, no. You win that one.


              • WeeWeed says:

                😆 I haven’t heard anyone use “round eye” in years! One of my bff’s in high school was of Chinese descent – “you crazy round eye” was her endearment for me! LOL!


  5. Zauber says:

    Some years before the ‘Blackhawk Down’ incident an agency I worked for was looking for a place to set up shop in Mogadishu in case we were required to deploy there. The satellite photographs showed this huge vacant lot in an otherwise populated area. Thinking this might just be the perfect place to plant the flag, plans were made. Many of the people in the section were Cold Warriors with a European mindset but one old hand with a North Africa background thought the open lot was suspicious and sent some folk in to check. Turns out it was a huge, open-air, public toilet. That, combined with the medical officer’s pre-deployment brief explaining to the randy young bucks that even the dogs in Moggie had AIDS definately qualifies the city as a Grade-A 3rd world sh*thole in my Fodor’s. Speaking of open-air toilets – don’t plan to picnic in the sands around the Great Pyramids in Cairo – same sanitation engineer that designed the lot in Moggie applied his skills to the areas around the pyrimids. God bless American plumbing!


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