World Affairs Brief, May 17, 2013 Commentary and Insights on a Troubled World. Copyright Joel Skousen. Partial quotations with attribution permitted. Cite source as Joel Skousen’s World Affairs Brief (http://www.worldaffairsbrief.com)
This Week’s Analysis:
A Scandal a Week at the White House
Immigration Bill’s Hidden Secrets
Syria–Everyone has Arms Except the “Good Guys”
More on Death of SEAL Team Six in Afghanistan
Pentagon Plans to Share Missile Secrets with Russia
Obama to Announce Nuclear Force Cut
Russia Expels US Diplomat
MORE ON DEATH OF SEAL TEAM SIX IN AFGHANISTAN
The official story that members of SEAL Team 6 were killed in a reserve helicopter crash in Afghanistan just has too many inconsistencies to be accepted by those who know military operations. As I have pointed out before, the SEALs have their own dedicated helos and don’t travel in Reserve helicopters. Second, there is always a manifest when taking off from a regular base. As the Washington Times points out, families of the victims are contesting the government version
The spokesman (for the families) noted that the official investigation “found that the tactics employed in the mission were consistent with previous missions.”
“It was not a thorough investigation. It’s a shame that we as parents have to demand a congressional investigation to find out answers.” The families noted that Afghan security forces were closely involved in planning the mission, yet no one appears as having been interviewed in the military’s official investigative records given to relatives.
Based on investigative documents, which U.S. Central Command later erased from its website, The Times revealed that special operators were uncomfortable flying with conventional National Guard flight crews, who ferried the SEALs that night.
One of the fathers (Mr. Strange) said “To put my son in the most elite SEAL team in the world in a Chinook helicopter over an active battle that’s been going on for over 3½ hours — unacceptable. Unacceptable,” Mr. Strange said. “Somebody has to answer for this.”
The family members suggested that these insiders leaked information about the mission to the Taliban, given the fact that the enemy happened to be stationed near the landing zone on a roof with rocket-propelled grenades.
“[They] were positioned in a tower in a building at the perfect place and the exact time to launch an attack on the CH-47 when it was most vulnerable,” said Doug Hamburger, father of Army National Guard Sgt. Patrick Hamburger, a gunner and flight engineer. “How can anyone justify putting our troops in that type of danger?
The Times also reported that Apache gunships could have gone to the landing zone to provide protection, but they were never ordered to do so and stayed involved hunting the Taliban, who had run into some woods. A Ranger officer told investigators that he could not explain why the choppers were not ordered to cover for the incoming Chinook.
Investigators also were told that special operations helicopters were moved out of their region, which included the Tangi Valley just south of Kabul, and moved farther south. Officers said they were never told why.
As I pointed out in the briefs, the evidence of direct witnesses to the raid on the claimed bin Laden compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan say only one chopper landed and it crashed and burned when leaving, killing all aboard. I concluded that the raid was a set up to fake bin Laden’s death (having died years before) to boost Obama’s popularity. Seal Team Six members on the raid died there, so another helicopter crash was planned in Afghanistan which the military could claim had these same members were on board—thus allowing them to explain to parents why their sons wouldn’t be coming home, but without admitting that they actually died in the bin laden raid crash. That is why the Army is claiming there was no passenger manifest—they weren’t really on board and everyone else on board died, so no one can dispute it. Slick, and very evil.