Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Profiles In Cowardice -Navy SEALS Face Court Martial For Capturing Wanted Terrorist

Some of you might recognize the picture above. It's a picture of a crowd of Moqtada al-Sadr's Iraqi Shi'ite sympathizers and militiamen in Fallujah partying near a bridge over the Euphrates River. Oh, and those four blackened, burnt out husks hanging from the bridge? They used to be four of your fellow Americans, men who had wishes, dreams, families and futures just like you. At the time this particular photo was taken, they had just been murdered by al-Sadr's men, their mutilated bodies dragged through the streets of Fallujah and the corpses burned beyond recognition..after which the remains were hung on the bridge and turned into the party favors you see above.

The ringleader who oversaw this, Ahmed Hashim Abed code named "Objective Amber" by our military was recently captured at great risk by three of our Navy SEALS - who are now facing assault charges and a court martial because this lawyered up jihadi has accused them of what amounts to police brutality, claiming he was hit in the mouth.

And believe it or not, the Navy is bending over backwards to try to convict the SEALS:

Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq — the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And three of the SEALs who captured him are now facing criminal charges, sources told FoxNews.com.

The three, all members of the Navy's elite commando unit, have refused non-judicial punishment — called an admiral's mast — and have requested a trial by court-martial.

Ahmed Hashim Abed, whom the military code-named "Objective Amber," told investigators he was punched by his captors — and he had the bloody lip to prove it. {....}

United States Central Command declined to discuss the detainee, but a legal source told FoxNews.com that the detainee was turned over to Iraqi authorities, to whom he made the abuse complaints. He was then returned to American custody. The SEAL leader reported the charge up the chain of command, and an investigation ensued.

The key to this is in the first sentence of that last paragraph. This is coming via the Iraqi authorities.

Pretty easy to punch yourself in the mouth or bang your face against a wall and say that those evil Americans did it - especially when some of your sympathetic countrymen swear to it and the American military, at the behest of Washington, is bending over backwards to prove how Muslim friendly they are.

In other words, this is the bogus Haditha Marines all over again.

Those men went through hell, including being called murderers on national TV by Congressman Jack Murtha simply to massage the Iraqi government based on one highly biased Iraqi source. It was a disgrace, a travesty of military justice and they were all acquitted.

The way the Navy is conducting itself this time is also reminiscent of Haditha.The three SEALS, instead of receiving a commendation for completing a dangerous mission were offered an Admiral's mast, with the likely promise that they'd receive a light, administrative sentence like being busted down a step in rank or a Letter of Reprimand in their jackets if they were good boys and pled guilty and made the Navy look nice and PC.

That alone tells me that the charges and the evidence are likely suspect, because if the Navy had them dead to rights,given the current political climate, they would likely have gone right to a general Court Martial and made a showpiece out of the SEALS.

Let me run the absurdity of all this by you again. Here we have three of our elite warriors, given the best training and equipment America can provide at a cost of literally thousands of dollars each. And instead of being allowed to use those skills to do what they enlisted to do, they will - wait for it - be spending months defending themselves in court for the sin of allegedly hitting a jihadi murderer like Ahmed Hashim Abed once in the kisser!

This is not as small a matter as it seems.It's part of a larger pattern.

There are 14 people who died unnecessarily at Fort Hood because of this exact climate of appeasing Islamists at all costs. Major Hasan was a blatant and public jihadi and the Army knew it. So did the FBI. Neither of them were willing to do anything about it, so ingrained is the virus.

And there are five of the 9/11 conspirators who are going to walk into a courtroom in New York City and use it as a platform to justify what they did...and rest assured, actual audience will not be present at the trial,but spread across the Muslim world.

It's reported that the first thing Khalid Sheikh Muhammed said to his interrogators after 9/11 was that he wasn't going to say anything until he saw his lawyer. They went ahead and interrogated him anyway, and saved a great many American lives in the process. If it happened today, those same interrogators would likely shrug their shoulders and put Khalid Sheikh Muhammed back in his cell to await his attorney without worrying about anything else but getting harshly disciplined by their superiors or sued.

The Islamists have learned over time that we would rather suffer any indignity rather than honestly admit to ourselves how much they hate us,or that we're actually at war. So they will continue to up the ante. And so far, it appears that we are willing to continue to play let's pretend.

If we continue to handcuff and punish the men and women who have volunteered to try to defend us simply for doing their jobs we will pay a price for that cowardice. And the price will only go up.

It always does.



Unknown said...

Nice commentary. I concur.

Anonymous said...

That is one of the best columns I have ever read in my life, Joshuapundit. Like, Anonimuss, supra, I completely concur with you.

-- dragon/dinosaur

BIG Bad Bear said...

Just ran across this blog and agrre completely. As a Former SEAL in the Vietnam era I promise this would have never happend.First there would not have been a captive,second the fat lip would not have been noticeable for all the other wounds.
Last time i was i n Washington i left my medals at the wall and it was the first time i was ashamed of my country.Now we come to this. The best fighting men in the world and this is what some lt col female does to them. A reminder to all my bretheren ..One bullet one kill. marine sniper code works well for terrorist as well.

Seal Team 2 1968-1974

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Anonymous said...

Typical of this administration. Ask someone to do a job which places his life in danger, then try to punish him when he does it. The opinion I have of this administration is something I can't express in polite company. I guess that the next step is to take weapons away from the military and have our troops bow to their enemies, say they're sorry for any inconvenience they may be causing, and asking politely if they might be willing to surrender so they can take them into custody if that meets with their approval. While our current administration is doing it's very best to dismantle our entire way of life and devide our country, this goes beyond reason and sanity. The people who brought these charges, and those who supported their decission, should be charged with treason and sedition and brought up on those charges themselves. They should be ashamed of themselves! I know that I'm ashamed of them.

Anonymous said...

I came across this post while looking for something else; Powerful stuff and I concur as well. We need to be afraid of our gov't, very afraid. It's like after 9/11; all domestic flights were grounded, except the planes, authorized by our president, that flew Bin Laden's family members out of the US.
So, if this is the 'rule of thumb' now, for our elite forces, should we be looking forward to the court-martial of the guys that got Bin Laden?