4 Months, 9 Days – still sober and totally resolute.
More Bin Laden postscripts… or should I say, fuck ups….?
I’m sorry, I would love to leave this story alone and move on, but Mr President Obama and his government just won’t let me.
I have written about the ridiculous hyperbole spouted by the US networks about how American has the best forces in the world. Predictably, Pres. Obama, and his learned and esteemed VP agree:
Biden: “You are the most capable warriors in the history of the world. There has never, never, never, never been a fighting force more capable than you.
Obama: “One of the greatest intelligence and military operations in our nation’s history.”
Any comments from me would be superfluous.
I have previously written to express my surprise that one of the helicopters used in the raid had mechanical failure, and this is by no means the first such occasion when helicopters have allegedly been less than perfect. To me, it seemed almost incredible that given the months of planning and the ‘no-expense spared’ operation, that such a thing could happen. But, happen – apparently – it did! We have a number of confirmatory statements from the US authorities themselves to the effect that:
“The helicopter was forced by a mechanical failure to make a hard landing that put it out of action and it was then destroyed.”
But lo and behold, someone in the administration must have been reading my blog – or maybe it was the helicopter manufacturer who got a bit stirred up by my suggestion that their magnificent flying fighting machines were not up to spec. For now, yet another story concerning the mission is being re-written and now we have a very detailed explanation of what actually happened to the poor little chopper. Here are some extracts from this much changed account:-
A United Technologies Corp. (UTX) Black Hawk helicopter carrying U.S. Navy SEALs to Osama Bin Laden’s hideout was downed by an air vortex caused by unexpectedly warm air and the effect of a high wall surrounding the compound, not mechanical failure or gunfire, according to U.S. officials and a lawmaker.
The Army pilot from the service’s most elite aviation unit executed a hard but controlled landing – clipping a corner wall – after the chopper lost lift. The 12 heavily armed SEALs exited the aircraft unharmed.
Senior government officials briefing reporters by telephone on May 1, gave conflicting accounts, first saying the chopper experienced a mechanical “malfunction” and then backtracking without an explanation.
The initial administration explanation wasn’t accurate, according to U.S. government officials, a lawmaker and congressional staff briefed yesterday by Vice Admiral William McRaven, leader of the Joint Special Operations Command.
Twenty-five Navy SEALS were flown to the bin Laden home by two Black Hawks, CIA Director Leon Panetta told the PBS “News Hour” May 3. The helicopter that crash-landed was supposed to hover over the compound’s courtyard so that the SEALS would rappel, or “fast rope,” to the ground, Panetta said.
According to two U.S. officials, who praised the skill of the pilot, the chopper lost the lift necessary to hover because it entered a “vortex” condition. At least two factors were at play — hotter than expected air temperature and the compound’s 18-foot-high walls, they said.
The wall blocked rotor blade downwash from moving down and away as it normally would. This caused disturbed airflow to move in a circular, upward and then downward path back through the top of the rotor, causing insufficient lift for the aircraft.
The pilot, realizing he had lost lift, landed quickly in a manoeuvre practiced by pilots to deal with helicopter flight conditions known as “settling with power,” one official said.
Another explained that if a helicopter hovers next to a large enough building at just the right distance, moving air created by the rotors won’t be able to exit freely. Instead, it will hit the wall and have nowhere to go except back into the rotor, robbing lift
The pilot executed a “hard landing” as a result, House Armed Services Committee ranking Democrat Representative Adam Smith told reporters after a McRaven briefing.
Asked if there was a mechanical failure in the United Technologie’ Sikorsky aircraft, Smith said, “I don’t believe that is what happened. As was explained to me, with the temperature and the setting, it came down faster than they anticipated so I don’t believe there was some sort of mechanical failure. It’s just those were tough conditions to land in,” Smith said.
Hmmm… so it was all due to: “an air vortex caused by unexpectedly warm air and the effect of a high wall…” Yet we are told that they had been practising this operation for months! Didn’t they know there would be a high wall? Didn’t they build one to practise the operation? Didn’t they know there would be hot air? Then we are told that “if a helicopter hovers close enough to a high wall it will hit it”…. Really? You surprise me! Surely the planners of: “One of the greatest intelligence and military operations in our nation’s history….” and the fact that: “There has never, never, never, never been a fighting force more capable than you.”.. …would have guaranteed that such an obvious eventuality had been thought through and provided for?
Sorry guys but is increasingly beginning to sound like a load of old crap to this pickled alcoholic.
So having screwed up big time, they decide they must destroy the machine to ensure it doesn’t get into the hands of the ‘enemy’ who may do a ‘reverse engineering’ job on it. I actually listened to US officials suggesting that if Pakistan had got hold of it, they would have sold it to the Chinese, who are past masters in the art of reverse engineering!
(Think about it – that Pakistan – America’s close allies – who receive billions of dollars in aid from America – may sell it to the Chinese….)
So…. did they destroy it? I quote from informed sources:
While the DEVGRU assaulters/operators did a nice job of destroying the main fuselage of the downed helo, the intact tail boom and rotar section/wreckage arguably constitutes serious major OPSEC (Operational Security) problem, as it provides the world, including our enemies, with evidence of what was no-doubt a classified low-observable helicopter’s existence, as well as some rather obvious visual clues how the helo achieves it’s low-observable effect–that is unless it was left behind to deliberately misdirect our enemies as to the U.S. military’s actual low-observability/stealth technology/capabilities.
Did the DEVGRU operators not have enough explosives to finish the job? Did they run out of time? Or, did they purposely leave the intact portion of the helo behind for the purpose of misdirection? These are some definite questions that were most likely asked and answered in the mission debrief and/or AAR (After Action Report), assuming the operators were even aware of it at the time. If leaving the intact tail boom and rotor was indeed unintentional, it was a fairly high OPSEC price to pay, even for killing Bin Laden.
Well done guys… I am lost in admiration for a job well executed in every possible respect; the world can breathe much easier in the knowledge that the legendary American Special Forces are truly at the top of their game.
Word has recently reached my ears that much of the detailed planning for the raid was carried out in the Queen Vic on Soi six, Pattaya and the reason they forgot about the vortex was because the senior aeronautical engineer assigned to the project was in the process of dealing with a painful geometric deviation in his nether regions when a sudden, unexpected blast of hot air removed all scientific calculations of Pakistani wind tunnels from his Singha-addled brain…..☺
And now for something completely different…I think I’ve found religion… or at least ‘The Church’…
I have found a new friend, who I shall call Rick. I met Rick a few months ago, and incredibly, we seem to have much in common. One of our major shared interests is our passion for whore-mongering. By and large whore-mongers tend to operate alone, or at least this writer does, mainly because we do not think the same as normal folk and we like to be free and unfettered in our quests for ‘suitable cases for treatment’. Sometimes, a companion can hamper such activities, simply by being there – and this a distraction – or more commonly by having a differing agenda to the monger, which would not normally include frequent and sudden changing of venues if the quality or quantity of damsels is not up to the required standard
So Rick is an exception. When we are out together we seem to be entirely in sync and seem to know instinctively when it is time to move on and when we have found the place we are looking for.
I am particularly indebted to Rick for introducing me to a new religion, which I would never have given the time of day to if he hadn’t more or less insisted that I join him there for a single prayer before moving onto more salacious venues. I have called this place the ‘Church’; because I have to offer praises to my maker every time that I go there, which is becoming an ever more frequent occurrence. From the outside it just looks like an ordinary bar and frankly, it looks just like one of the many, almost empty, failed venues that scatter the landscape of the Dark side. But once inside, you realise that it is indeed a Church and really does have something going for it – quite apart from prayers, confessions and communion wine….
It is air-conditioned , (which is a big plus in the current hot season), has a nice, well-appointed bar, some very comfortable leather sofas and a large TV screen which carries the sports networks. So far… so good… but regrettably, not much different to dozens of others you can find in and around Sin City. But a bar is not a bar without bar girls – that all important, oft neglected, essential ingredient. No Thai lady would eat Somtam palaa without a healthy dose of green chillies, any more than a farang whore–monger would waste his time in a bar with few and/or unfriendly bar girls.
On my first visit, the bar boasted two, not so young ladies – both in their mid-thirties, but slim, sexy, quite attractive and VERY friendly. We sat at the bar (the only customers), having a good old natter and our two respective ladies attended to our every need and a wonderful, fun time was had by one and all.
Since that occasion, I have spent many a happy hour at Church with Rick, the head chorister and the much enlarged female Church choir – with not a castrated lady-boy -alto-tenor in sight, thank God! The converts, it would seem are converting at the rate of knots…
All in all it is quirky, fun place. There are all kinds of girls of varying ages who come and go from Church. They are all ‘go-ers’ and for the price of drink, (or not as the case may be), they will strip down into very sexy outfits and make us old whore-mongers very happy in our dotage. Some of the women seem to ‘free-lance’ there – just coming and going as they wish. There seems to be little formal structure to the Church congregation and many seem to go there just for a bit of fun – as well as for prayers or a good lesson! At least two of the prettier ladies that I have met there work in the market during the day time, and just go to church when they finish their day’s work for a bit of spiritual enlightenment. Well, they would, wouldn’t they?
Just lately I seem to have settled on two lithe, scantily-clad ‘sinners’ who way-lay me at the front door of the bar and won’t let go of me until I leave, several hours later. In fact, so solicitous are their ministrations, that yesterday evening I had extreme difficulty in concentrating on the formula one GP, which was showing on TV. They were so distracting that I couldn’t sort my Buttons from my bottoms and my Petrovs from my jerkoffs ….
I am beginning to wonder if I have replaced my alcohol addiction with a sex addiction as I am spending more and more time in The Church and other such establishments to indulge my predilection for short term pleasures of the flesh.
Many have commented on my avatar – logo – it is photograph of a particularly beautiful Philippine lady. I have now met her ‘double’ at a down-town, short time bar. Her face is the spitting image of my ‘avatar lady’ and she has a body to match. She is 24 years old, utterly gorgeous and I am rapidly falling in love. I just cannot keep my eyes or hands off her. I know it is crazy and I will let it go soon, but in the meantime I am completely infatuated.
I’m not sure what is better – a sex addiction or an alcohol addiction – I’ll settle for sex; it’s not so harmful, except, maybe, on my bank account…