Skip to comments.SEALs: Duty, Honor, Daring (Human Events Magazine Awards the Seals the NOBLE (not NOBEL) Prize)
Posted on 12/09/2009 8:52:18 AM PST by SeekAndFind
[Editors note: The Nobel Peace Prize is supposed to recognize and reward contributions to world peace. But, for decades, the Prize Committee has made the award a tool of left-wing politics and UN chicanery, risibly awarding the prize to recipients including the late Yassir Arafat, a terrorist, global warmist Al Gore and now President Obama, in recognition of what they believe are Obamas good intentions and not for anything he has accomplished to date.
HUMAN EVENTS believes there are people who actually do contribute to our nations peace and prosperity far more than the Nobel recipients. From this year forward, we will recognize those who actually accomplish great tasks in the cause of peace, and do so to contrast vividly their achievements to those of the Nobelists.
In recognition of their accomplishments -- achieved with skill, bravery and often at the risk of their lives -- we award our first Noble Peace Prize to the U.S. Navys Special Warfare Command and its SEALs. We believe this is most appropriate at a time when their honor is being challenged in the most unjustified disciplinary action in recent memory.]
Navy SEALs, like the ones who secretly captured the alleged Fallujah, Iraq atrocity mastermind, have played a critical behind the scenes role in the eight-year war against Islamic extremists.
To SEAL enthusiasts, they are unique among the ranks of special operations forces. As their name (sea, air, land) signals, they are clandestine multi-taskers on all battlefields. They can drop in from 90,000 feet (HALO: high altitude, low opening); penetrate an enemy harbor in special underwater vehicles, and, in the Fallujah case, hunt down a most-wanted terrorist on land.
From the moment recruits arrive at Coronado, Calif., for Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training, SEALs put a tremendous amount of emphasis on esprit de corps and physical fitness. 70 percent of a class typically fail due to injury, flunking endurance tests or just plan quitting.
Other soldiers and special operations troops who serve with them say they have never fought with a group whose physical prowess dominates the culture and cements the teams, platoons and squadrons.
"They are tough and physical, more than just about any other force I have ever seen," said a Marine officer who served with them.
It was the capture of the suspected Fallujah henchman, Ahmed Hashim Abed, that provided a rare glimpse of dangerous SEAL missions in the war on terror.
The sailors snatched Abed, code-named Objective Amber, after intelligence identified him as the planner of the infamous 2004 Fallujah murders of four Blackwater security guards. There were many risk in a night-time mission among Anbar's deadly insurgents. But they carried it out flawlessly, without a shot fired. They now face court-martial after Abd claimed one of them punched him while in custody.
Military sources tell HUMAN EVENTS SEAL teams, and their smaller platoons and squadrons, have run scores of such man-hunt missions in al Anbar, the once restive Sunni insurgent stronghold that is now relatively calm.
In Afghanistan, they work in joint intelligence-special operations teams that hunt Taliban and al Qaeda kingpins, especially along the Afghan-Pakistan border.
One of the best selling non-fiction war books, Lone Survivor, was written by a SEAL, Marcus Luttrell, describing what goes on in that cesspool of murderers.
His unit was hunting Taliban big-shot Mohammed Ismail in 2005, when its position was betrayed by a wandering goat herder. A fire fight against more than 100 Taliban resulted in the deaths of all sailors but Luttrell. His team leader, Lt. Michael Murphy, was awarded the Medal of Honor.
Fast forward to 2009. Somali pirates were playing havoc with international shipping. They had a simple strategy. Board and seize commercial freighters. Threaten to kill the crew unless the shipper pays a handsome sum.
Last April, pirates commandeered the American-flagged Maersk Alabama. Captain Richard Phillips negotiated the freedom of his crew. He stayed as the lone hostage and was moved to a life boat.
The destroyer USS Bainbridge, carrying elite SEAL sharpshooters, approached the boat. The ship's captain began negotiating with the pirates. Sensing Phillips was in danger, he okayed an assault. In reportedly-simultaneous shots, SEAL snipers killed three pirates, signaling other SEALs to board the boat. Phillips was rescued.
SEAL teams fall under the Naval Special Warfare Command based in Coronado, and are dispatched as needed by U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla. The Navy command has about 5,400 active-duty sailors, including 2,450 SEALs and 600 combat crewmen. All SEALs must complete the grueling six-month BUD/S training, then go on to learn specialized skills, such as high-tech communications and intercepts, and sharp-shooting.
The SEALs operating unit is a "team" headed by a commander and divided into platoons. The SEALs charged in the Abed capture belong to SEAL Team 10 at Little Creek, Va. There are three other teams there, and four based at Coronado.
The warfare command describes its mission this way:
"Special Operations is characterized by the use of small units with unique ability to conduct military actions that are beyond the capability of conventional military forces.
"SWCC [Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen] units are superbly trained in all environments, and are the master's of maritime Special Operations. SWCC units are required to utilize a combination of specialized training, equipment, and tactics in completion of Special Operation missions worldwide."
And the SEALs:
"A tactical force with strategic impact, NSW [Navy Special Warfare] mission areas include unconventional warfare, direct action, combating terrorism, special reconnaissance, foreign internal defense, information warfare, security assistance, counter-drug operations, personnel recovery and hydrographic reconnaissance. Although NSW personnel comprise less than one percent of U.S. Navy personnel, they offer big dividends on a small investment. SWCC units' proven ability to operate across the spectrum of conflict and in operations other than war in a controlled manner, and their ability to provide real time intelligence and eyes on target, offer decision makers immediate and virtually unlimited options in the face of rapidly changing crises around the world."
SEAL Team 10 and other units have focused on counter-terrorism since the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The unit most renowned for man-hunting is the formerly called SEAL Team Six, and now labeled the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, at Dam Neck, Va.. It is part of the super-secret Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. JSOC also includes Army Delta Force, and special intelligence technicians skilled in penetrating computer networks and intercepting communications.
A retired officer knowledgeable about SEAL operations told HUMAN EVENTS the developmental group is largely responsible for secret operations in Afghanistan.
"They are responsible for all deep reconnaissance and direct action against high value targets," the source said.
That reconnaissance has also included communications intercepts. SEALs have been inserted into Taliban-infested areas along the Afghan-Pakistan border. They use mobile receivers to intercept chatter from suspected Taliban-al Qaeda camps in Pakistan and relay the signals to U.S. National Security Agency field offices for translation and distribution. Some of the targets include mosques, which the terrorists use for training and planning.
The developmental team also made it a priority to avenge the deaths of Luttrell's shipmates and capture or kill Mullah Ishmail. Pakistan police beat them to the punch. They killed the Taliban commander in 2008 when he tried to run a check point while holding a hostage.
President John F. Kennedy formally created the SEALs in 1962 as an elite force able to perform combat at sea, on rivers and coastlines, and amid swamps and deltas. His action brought together varied groups of combat sailors found under the category of "demolition" or "beach reconnaissance." They showcased their skills during World War II in both theaters. Thirty-four early-day SEALs arrived in England in 1944 and did reconn and demolition to prepare for Operation Overlord, the allied invasion of Normandy.
In Vietnam, SEALs deployed in riverine operations to combat the Viet Cong. They lost 46 sailors from 1965 to 1972.
A history on the website Navyseals.com states:
"The SEAL teams experienced this war like no others. Combat with the VC was very close and personal. Unlike the conventional warfare methods of firing artillery into a coordinate location, or dropping bombs from 30,000 feet, the SEALs operated within inches of their targets. SEALs had to kill at short range and respond without hesitation or be killed. Into the late sixties, the SEALs made great headway with this new style of warfare. Theirs were the most effective anti-guerrilla and guerrilla actions in the war."
By the late 1980s, SEALs won their own command within the Navy as President Reagan consolidated special operations forces into a single overall command reporting directly to the Secretary of Defense.
Today, SEALs are equality adept on land as on the oceans and rivers, as three SEALs showed on September 3, 2009 when they captured Ahmed Hashim Abed.
Editor's Note: There are a number of legal defense funds which are raising money to pay the attorneys' fees for those SEALs now facing court-marshal over the charges of prisoner abuse by Abed. HUMAN EVENTS does not endorse any particular fund. You may get information about some of the funds here.
--- Mr. Scarborough is a national security writer who has written books on Donald Rumsfeld and the CIA, including the New York Times bestseller Rumsfeld's War.
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The HUMAN EVENTS Noble Peace Prize is an alternative to the Nobel Peace Prize and honors those whose actions have been truly humanitarian. The 2009 Noble goes to the Naval Special Warfare Command, home of the Navy SEALs, whose accomplishments in 2009 include
* the September capture of Ahmed Hashim Abed, one of Iraqs most wanted terrorists and the reported mastermind of the brutal deaths of four Blackwater security guards in Fallujah
* the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates
* those undercover missions which we will never know but nonetheless are part of the SEALs’ contributions in the eight-year war against Islamic extremists.
That might be a bit of a stretch.
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Stop prosecuting our American heroes
In what must be one of the most outrageous criminal prosecutions in American history, the U.S. military is dragging three Navy SEALs into court to face criminal charges. Their crime: punching a terrorist in the mouth and giving him a bloody lip.
The alleged “victim” of this so-called assault is not just any old anti-American, murderous barbarian Muslim terrorist. No, the man who got the schoolyard fat lip was Ahmed Hashim Abed, the same man the U.S. government suspects planned the ambush, murder, and mutilation of four U.S. civilian contractors in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004. After the ambush, terrorists hung the charred bodies of two of the American contractors from a bridge.
Two of the SEALs — Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class Matthew McCabe and Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Julio Huertas — were arraigned Monday. The third SEAL, Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class Jonathan Keefe, will be arraigned later, according to the Navy. McCabe and Huertas will be tried next month.
According to a military official, Petty Officer McCabe is charged with assaulting a detainee, dereliction of duty, and making a false official statement.
Petty Officer Keefe is charged with dereliction of duty and making a false official statement. Petty Officer Huertas is accused of dereliction of duty, making a false official statement, and impeding an investigation.
The U.S. military spent five years tracking this barbarian murderer, a “high-value target” whose code name was OBJECTIVE AMBER, and these three SEALs were part of the team that captured him. Now, because one of them may have given this terrorist a fat lip, they face a year in prison and the wrecking of their military careers
It may not have even been one of the SEALs who slugged this terrorist detainee. For a while after his capture, Abed was in Iraqi custody, where it’s apparently still legal to smack around a guy who has been murdering people and trying to destroy the country.
There is also the possibility that no one hit this terrorist. In an al Qaeda training manual recovered in Manchester, England and later translated by the FBI, captured terrorists are instructed to claim they were “mistreated or tortured during detention.”
As a 20-year law enforcement veteran, I understand that in theory trials are the vehicle for determining the truth of a criminal charge, and that defendants are presumed innocent.
However, in the real world of criminal justice, I know that prosecutors don’t file charges unless two conditions exist:
1. They believe the defendants committed the crimes charged.
2. They are confident they have enough evidence to convict the defendants.
It would be unethical for a prosecutor to charge someone with a crime that the prosecutor did not believe the person had committed. (Remember the Duke University rape case?)
By filing criminal charges, military prosecutors have demonstrated they are convinced that at least one of the Navy SEALs committed a crime by smacking this murderous thug in the face. Prosecutors also believe the other two SEALs committed a crime by failing to report it.
These charges are a disgrace.
We would not have won World War II had we hamstrung our fighting men with these absurd rules.
Fortunately, not everyone in the U.S. government has drunk from the same P.C.-flavored Kool-Aide. A few — far too few — Republican lawmakers are rising to the defense of these heroes.
U.S. Congressman Ted Poe, a Republican from Texas, stated:
“We should be celebrating this achievement, and these Navy SEALs should be getting medals for their work doing what we’ve asked them to do. But that’s not what is happening. ... They are going to be court-martialed because some terrorist supposedly got a bruised mouth.”
Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter from California said:
“It’s just so absurd. I mean, they split his lip. In a boxing situation, that’s legal. They punched a terrorist in the face and, boom, we’re going to launch these guys out of the Navy.”
Dan Burton, a Republican congressman from Indiana, called the charges crazy:
“I think that is insane. What kind of a message are we sending to our troops in the field when they do their duty, risk their lives, capture a terrorist that’s wanted, one of the top 10 terrorists, and we’re going to court-martial them? I don’t care if they broke the guy’s nose or broke both his arms and his legs. This is insane.”
It’s disgusting that these charges were ever filed, and I wouldn’t be surprised if these men leave the Navy even if they are acquitted.
But as bad as this prosecution is for these three SEALs, imagine the morale-killing message it is sending to every member of our military, and particularly to our special operators, who hunt these murderous terrorist bastards in the dark, far from friendly forces, out in the lands the bad guys call home.
Let’s send a message to the government: Stop prosecuting our American heroes.
.....I'd put my money on the SEAL's doing that over zerO "earning" a peace prize any day!.....
To say these guys are American Heroes is an understatement. God Bless the Navy Seals and our troops!
IF we continue on this destructive PC path, we’re going to LOSE THIS WAR ON TERROR sooner rather than later.
Under their own power!
Don’t forget Danny Dietz and Matthew Axelson who were also KIA along with Michael Murphy...RIP heroes...
“Dont forget Danny Dietz and Matthew Axelson who were also KIA along with Michael Murphy...RIP heroes...”
Yup - I just posted these pics because they were mentioned in the article.
Heroes - all!