U.S. GENERAL: OBAMA PARALYZED BY FEAR Exclusive: Gen. Patrick Brady explains why president abandoned Americans in Benghazi
Published: 5 hours ago
By Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, U.S. Army (ret.)
Now I understand! For years, many veterans and active military have been alarmed about the idiocy of the changes in battlefield aeromedical evacuation known as Dust Off.
For reasons having nothing to do with patient care, Dust Off has been removed from the control of the professionals, the medics, and put under the control of amateurs, aviation staff officers, or ASOs. This is the first such change since the Civil War.
- I document the unparalleled excellence of Dust Off, and the effects of the changes, in my book, "Dead Men Flying."Needless to say, it was the most outstanding battlefield operating system of that war – some one million souls saved and unprecedented survival rates. No warrior of Vietnam is more revered than the Dust Off crews.
In the words of Gen. Creighton Abrams, former U.S. Army chief of staff and former supreme commander in Vietnam: “A special word about the Dust Offs … Courage above and beyond the call of duty was sort of routine to them. It was a daily thing, part of the way they lived. That’s the great part, and it meant so much to every last man who served there. Whether he ever got hurt or not, he knew Dust Off was there. It was a great thing for our people.”
Fast forward to current battlefields. We hear horror stories about patients waiting and dying because Dust Off didn’t launch or came too late. The launch standard in my unit in Vietnam was two minutes; today it is 15 minutes! Can anyone imagine a fire truck taking 15 minutes to get under way? I could go on and on, but one has to ask, why? Why the changes to an excellent, proven system?
The answer is the Obama-Panetta Doctrine. In response to the horrible abandonment of dying Americans in Benghazi, Defense Secretary Panetta said: “(The) basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on; without having some real-time information about what’s taking place.”
On its face, that is a remarkable, indeed incomprehensible, change from America’s doctrine in past wars. By that standard, there would have been no Normandy or Inchon.
In fact, I can’t think of a war we fought in which we didn’t go into harm’s way without real-time information or to save lives – something the president refused to do in Benghazi. Dust Off would never launch in Vietnam under that doctrine.
Medal of Honor recipient Gen. Patrick Brady tells the inspiring, miraculous story of his days as a Dust Off air ambulance pilot in Vietnam. Get his newly reissued book, autographed: “Dead Men Flying: Victory in Viet Nam.”
To fully understand the doctrinal change, one has to understand President Obama. He has a dearth of understanding of our military and military matters. We hear he is uncomfortable in the presence of ranking military and seldom meets with them. He is not a person who can make decisions, and he takes an extraordinary amount of time to do so, leading to such unseemly labels for a commander in chief as “ditherer in chief.”
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President Obama may have set records for voting "present" on important issues. He cowers from crisis decisions. He is a politician who thinks only in terms of votes and his image. Although I was a psychology major back in the day (I’d love to hear a professional analyze risk and Obama), I won’t try to define his insides, but I believe he is risk-averse – fearful of risk – and that is the basis of the Obama-Panetta doctrine.
This aversion for risk dominates Dust Off rescue operations where, in addition to an unconscionable reaction time, risk assessment is the primary consideration for mission launch – not patient care. In two years flying Dust Off in Vietnam, I never heard that term, nor did any Dust pilot I know. The ASOs, remote from the battle, have developed time-consuming algorithms to analyze risk while the patient bleeds, something that’s impossible to do by anyone other than the pilot and the ground forces at the scene.
And Obama’s terror of risk contributed to the massacre of Americans by terrorists in Benghazi. We hear that the president did not even convene the Counterterrorism Security Group while the Benghazi terrorist massacre was visually and verbally available in real time. That is like ignoring FEMA during Hurricane Sandy. But once you bring in a group labeled anti-terrorist, you have to acknowledge terror exists, something the president is loath to do.
My veteran friends are horrified by the Obama-Panetta doctrine. At least 359 retired flag officers support Mitt Romney
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I HATE care2 Editor
The Obama White House, the Clinton State Department, and Panetta's Department of Defense have guiding principles in Afghanistan that, if applied to Benghazi, explain the administration's decision to deny air support to the Americans fighting for their lives on 9/11/12.
The denial of air support to our troops in battle is normal operating procedure for this commander in chief. He doesn't have to give special orders to do it. It is the Obama Doctrine on the War on Terror: do not kill Muslim civilians. Let American soldiers die instead. That is how Obama thinks he will win the hearts and minds of the Islamic world.
In Afghanistan, the military is required to deny air support, even in the midst of battle, if it could possibly result in civilian casualties. Under Obama, it is required that the military sacrifice the lives of our soldiers when jihadis are firing from population areas. The Benghazi safe house where Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, and the others were defending themselves against al-Qaeda was in a neighborhood. Therefore, if the Afghanistan rules of engagement were applied, no air support and no reinforcements would be sent.
Following the same mindset, the Clinton State Department's main diplomatic principle is to show how much we respect Muslim sensibilities. Ambassador Stevens' repeated requests to not withdraw his U.S. Marine security detail were denied by the State Department on those grounds. Just a few weeks before 9/11, Stevens was reduced to relying on local Libyan militia for his safety and the safety of his staff. He was scared for his life, and on 9/11, he gave his life. He was sacrificed to the Obama administration's diplomatic doctrine.
Testimony from Eric Allan Nordstrom, Regional Security Officer, Tripoli, at Congressman Issa's hearings into Benghazi:
Our long term security plan in Libya was to recruit and deploy an armed, locally hired Libyan bodyguard unit. However, because of Libyan political sensitivities, armed private security companies were not allowed to operate in Libya. Therefore, our existing, uniformed static local guard force, both in Tripoli and Benghazi were unarmed ... armed security in Libya was still a new and sensitive concept to the Libyan Government. Abuses of Qaddafi foreign mercenaries were still fresh in the minds of the Libya people.
See http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/11/the_obama_doctrine_american_lives_are_expendable.html for the rest of the story. The rest of the article would fill at least 2 more complete posts.
How this bastard can even show his face in front of the American public after this cowardly act he did is beyond any kind of sane rational!!! I loathe that worthless scum bag!!! I can not wait until Tuesday night when the announcment that we have a new President comes across the air waves!! And the sad thing is as you said in another post Michael the stupidity of those who still follow Obama that are that ignorant to do so yet!!! Horrible...just plain horrible to think so many Americans are so drunk on stupidity!!!
The Obama/Panetta Doctrine: Delay, Deny, CYA
“(The) basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on; without having some real-time information about what’s taking place,” Panetta told Pentagon reporters. “And as a result of not having that kind of information, the commander who was on the ground in that area, Gen. Ham, Gen. Dempsey and I felt very strongly that we could not put forces at risk in that situation.”
Obama is so afraid of failure that he would rather a person DIE than to have to explain why he failed. The proof is in the Benghazi raid and the death of 4 Americans who repeatedly asked for support both prior to the raid and during. We simply cannot have a leader who cannot lead being in charge of our military. Obama is far too narcissistic to be a military leader. Obama has far too little appreciation of someone's life to be in the position he holds.
Americans today have rallied behind our troops. And yet half the country believes Obama is doing right by them. If they only knew the true character of the man. If they knew, this election would be the largest landslide in American history. So much so, that after the results came in, the people would demand he step down immediately instead of waiting for Jan 20.
Obama is all talk. He always has been. His voting record as a Senator should be proof enough, but if it wasn't, his actions since becoming CIC most certainly give away his lack of ability to do the right thing at the right time. If you're not interested in saving the USA, at least be interested in saving lives by getting Obama out of any position of authority. He simply cannot handle it.
Tuesday is the day to fix things. The ONLY way to assure that Obama is removed from office is to vote for Romney. We will be here Tuesday night, watching the count as it rolls in. Be prepared for a very long night!
And PRAY we change to a real leader who isn't afraid to protect American lives!
I sure do hope you are right Michael because I do not think I could stand four more years of Obama. In fact I know I can't.
I know I couldn't Cam!! Dealing with him and his doped up followers would be too much to handle!!!!
Well Cam, if Obama does win, I just might have to consider becoming your neighbor or heading to the Philippines or some other place. I couldn't stand to watch Obama further dismantle my beloved country.