Herb is a Navy Blue and Gold Officer for the Naval Academy and father
of the highest ranked graduate at the USNA in 2000.
He flew missions over the former Soviet Union with Frances Gary
Powers, taught at the Judge Advocates college and briefed President
Kennedy as an intelligence officer.
The best is that he is my friend and a man I trust. Did I forget
that he is an author and a retired Military Judge.
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From: Herb Schwartz >Subject: The Real Story Of Captain Phillips
BY SOMEONE WHO WAS THERE AND WRITTEN SHORTLY AFTER THE EVENT
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 (aka: our president) 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 requested
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
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 lifeboat.
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.
We raise a glass full of pride and gratitude to Navy Commander
Frank Castellano, the Navy SEALs for their incredible competence,
and our military as we also recognize Zero for what he is, or
more appropriately, for what he’s not.