Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 8:05 pm

Impersonating an officer

Fred was kind enough to send me a post from this site (no permalinks; the post is marked 1509 PST [?] 24 May 2010). The site appears primarily to allow for anonymous venting by DEA agents (Fred used to be one), and I have no idea how good a site it is in that regard. But in this particular post, the following appeared, and when I read it, my BS meter went all kinds of crazy:

As a former Navy submarine officer and consultant on several Navy films (Das Boot, Below, Crimson Tide, etc) now assigned to the Pentagon I can assure you that if one of our subs had become disabled and lay at the exact place and depth where the BP oil scam is occurring that sub would have been rescued in a matter of hours… that is, if we had a Commander in Chief in the WH who either had military experience or had the sense to direct the CNO (Chief of Naval Operations) to pull his and BP’s chestnuts out of the fire.

It is very unfortunate that just as during the Katrina disaster which the military could have quickly and easily supported under Humanitarian Service Medal authority, a second disaster occuring under a second, non-military president and CINC was incompetently botched.

Is it not questionable that if a major flood or other devastating natural emergency occurred in any South American country — and many have — we instantly dispatched US military forces under Naval command to not only save lives and property but also to rebuild (using Seabees) the damaged country… yet we have now had two weakling, non-military CINC’s (Bush and Obama) who refused to exert their military authority to save American lives and property??? I could list well over three dozen Humanitarian flood relief operations solved by our military in South America and others in Southeast Asia. In fact, our entry into the Vietnam War was masked under Vietnam’s annual flood seasons as “relief and humanitarian operations” overseen by the Navy.

I, and others here in the Pentagon, believe that this oil disaster was the perfect opportunity for Mr. Obama to be CINC. Unfortunately, just like the Desert One Operation (to free our hostages in our embassy in Iran under the incompetent James Earl Carter) Obama prefers to send young men and women to their needless deaths and dismemberments in Iraq and Afghanistan to satisfy his personal cowardliness in avoiding military service… just as CINC Bush and his co-draft dodger VP, Cheney, cowardly avoided service in Vietnam.

The oil problem now occurring, if treated as a military urgency rather than a corporate urgency, could have been arrested days, if not hours, after it occurred. Again, it is unfortunate that these disasters — Katrina, British Petroleum — occurred when we had/have non-military, cowardly and corporate toady CINC’s in the WH… and their non-military, punk advisors being far worse.

The Navy could stop the leak. the Navy could assign its tankers to suck the oil from the water. The Navy could and would bill BP for the cost… and BP would have to pay the Navy… fast.

Obama is a dunce and a moron. He prefers to act as CINC who causes men’s deaths. He will not perform as a CINC that preserves American property.

I voted for Obama because I knew that McCain and Palin would be worse. I will not make that mistake in 2012. If Obama finds himself running against Mickey Mouse I will vote for the mouse. Our Nation would be better served by a mouse named Mickey than by a moron named Obama.

Within 10 minutes, I concluded that pretty much every factual statement in this piece was fabricated.

Complete cast and drew for Das Boot.
Complete cast and crew for Below.
Complete cast and crew for Crimson Tide.

No matches. And if the yo-yo instructor got credited in “Below,” I’m pretty sure anyone providing technical expertise based on his experience as a submarine officer would be getting credited.

But then, it’s pretty unlikely that one person would have consulted on all three of these movies, given that they were made more than 20 years apart on two different continents. It’s also unlikely that a German production about a German U-boat crew would need to go to America for technical expertise with respect to submarines. Right?

Does that mean what he’s saying about the BP spill is false? Not necessarily. But it does call into question some of his claims. For example, although few civilians know for sure, Russian subs, whose titanium hulls are thought stronger than the steel hulls of U.S. subs, probably have a maximum operating depth of between 3,000 and 4,000 feet. Submersibles have been to the bottom of the Challenger Deep in the Pacific (35,000 feet), but those are specialized research vessels not equipped for rescue work.

If the Navy had the capability to perform that kind of operation at that kind of depth successfully and “within hours,” do you not think it likely that the Chief of Naval Operations would have made that information available to the Commander in Chief?

if a major flood or other devastating natural emergency occurred in any South American country — and many have — we instantly dispatched US military forces under Naval command to not only save lives and property but also to rebuild (using Seabees) the damaged country

I can’t find any record of any such operation in South America in the past 25 years. Our military does humanitarian rescue/relief, but it does not rebuild except for U.S. military facilities.

In fact, our entry into the Vietnam War was masked under Vietnam’s annual flood seasons as “relief and humanitarian operations” overseen by the Navy.

If there’s a historical basis for this claim, I haven’t found it. U.S. involvement in Vietnam dates to the 1950s and was of a military advisory capacity from the start.

… I, and others here in the Pentagon

HIGHLY unlikely. No way would an active-duty officer with a lick of sense risk his career by publicly criticizing the commander in chief through a Pacbell.net personal Web site whose ownership would be so easily traceable. A civilian Pentagon employee would be running a risk almost as great, although the law on civilian employees is less clear and the case probably would have to be decided by a court.

Unfortunately, just like the Desert One Operation (to free our hostages in our embassy in Iran under the incompetent James Earl Carter) Obama prefers to send young men and women to their needless deaths and dismemberments in Iraq and Afghanistan to satisfy his personal cowardliness in avoiding military service … just as CINC Bush and his co-draft dodger VP, Cheney, cowardly avoided service in Vietnam.

James Earl Carter, whatever his incompetence, did not act out of “personal cowardliness in avoiding military service.” He was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a submarine officer, for crying out loud.

The oil problem now occurring, if treated as a military urgency rather than a corporate urgency, could have been arrested days, if not hours, after it occurred.

While I agree that Obama is not treating Deepwater Horizon as the national emergency that it is, I question whether the military has the capabilities the writer claims. I certainly think that whatever Obama’s motivations, he’s not acting out of “cowardice,” unless it’s the cowardice of being afraid to upset political contributors by taking the operation out of BP’s manifestly incompetent hands. I think the only way this accident could have been handled well was to have required up front that equipment needed to prevent it be in place and functional before drilling began. It has become clear that no one — not BP, not civilian government agencies, not the military — has the means to stop this thing other than with a relief well.

The Navy could stop the leak. The Navy could assign its tankers to suck the oil from the water. The Navy could and would bill BP for the cost … and BP would have to pay the Navy … fast.

There’s no evidence to document any of these claims, particularly that last one. You and I both know that BP is going to litigate that issue, and all others related to Deepwater Horizon, within an inch of their lives and drag them out for years.

Obama is a dunce and a moron. He prefers to act as CINC who causes men’s deaths. He will not perform as a CINC that preserves American property.

That’s a personal opinion … one I share to a significant extent, though not for the reasons stated.

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