National Security

We Have a Lot More Information on the Failed Yemen Raid

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

What looked like a disaster from the outset looks infinitely worse now.

According to sources who spoke to ABC News, locals seemingly knew American forces were on their way to their location and were fully prepared to fight.

According to the source, it was clear that the AQAP fighters in the compound knew the Americans were coming and engaged them with heavy weapons.

On Monday, [Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis] said there were women among the AQAP fighters who "ran to pre-established positions as though they had trained to be ready and trained to be combatants and engaged with us."

An intense firefight at close quarters killed Chief Special Warfare Officer William "Ryan" Owens, 36, of Peoria, Illinois, and left three other SEALs wounded.

Even worse, a second Marine V-22 Osprey was called in to evacuate the wounded, but it was either forced down or simply crashed (it's not clear which) and wounded three additional service members as a result. The Osprey was destroyed at a cost over over $75 million.

The New York Times reported last night that Trump approved the raid at the dinner table and did not observe the operation from the situation room. The latter detail may be especially important given what happened as the raid got underway.

Locals not only knew the raid was coming, special operators knew that locals knew they were coming.

Through a communications intercept, the commandos knew that the mission had been somehow compromised, but pressed on toward their target roughly five miles from where they had been flown into the area. “They kind of knew they were screwed from the beginning,” one former SEAL Team 6 official said.

With the crucial element of surprise lost, the Americans and Emiratis found themselves in a gun battle with Qaeda fighters who took up positions in other houses, a clinic, a school and a mosque, often using women and children as cover, American military officials said in interviews this week.

Pentagon officials issued at statement last night that said they're still assessing civilian casualties but, given the scale of this operation and the disastrous result, local witness reports that as many has 59 were killed seem plausible. Those killed include an unknown number of children. We may never know for sure how many were killed.

White House press secretary and professional toady Sean Spicer said during today's press briefing that the raid was a "successful operation" because they obtained some computer hardware at the site, but we don't know if that actually included useful information. We could have scooped up someone's porn collection for all we know right now.

Members of the military who believe Trump is going to let them "kick ass" should be under no illusion. He's going to get a lot of them killed. This time it was just a raid, next time it could be a war based on false intelligence or Trump's whims.

  • Ceoltoir

    If anything like this had happened had happened during the Obama Administration then it would have been treated like it was the end of the world. Now, crickets.

  • muselet

    Sources inside the military are leaking details of Sunday’s Charlie Foxtrot in Yemen to the media. That’s not unprecedented, but it is remarkable.

    Meanwhile, the White House is calling the operation successful. That’s pretty remarkable, too. Do they even own a dictionary over there?

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m already sick of all the winning going on.


    • ninjaf

      You know, Trump did say we would win so much that we would get tired of it. Another campaign promise fulfilled!


  • Nefercat

    “the raid was a “successful operation” .. We could have scooped up someone’s porn collection for all we know right now.”
    Yes, and as far as bumbling, uncaring about anything except his gigantic diapered ego pussy grabber-in-chief is concerned, that would indeed be proof of a successful operation.

    Fucking bilge-brained moron.

  • Aynwrong

    As I said earlier, THIS is what Ryan, McConnell and the rest of their God forsaken party have enabled. A man who thoughtlessly signs off on a mission that endangers the men & women of the military while dining.

    The political reality is that Trump will (at least for a time) be protected from something like becoming a scandal. Remember, “Real Murica” loves this incompetent half wit. And the moment anyone even suggests something untoward regarding this the same God damned whores who relentlessly pimped out the loss of four patriots in Benghazi will immediately fly into “HOW DARE YOU?!?” mode. The other reality is that all of our uniformed men & women were put into harm’s way the moment Trump took the oath of office.

    People who voted for Trump because they consider themselves more patriotic than thou have no idea how badly they may have endangered and even betrayed the troops.

    • Scopedog

      As I said earlier, THIS is what Ryan, McConnell and the rest of their God forsaken party have enabled.

      People who voted for Trump because they consider themselves more patriotic than thou have no idea how badly they may have endangered and even betrayed the troops.

      And the irony is that the two Presidents who they felt were traitors and didn’t help the military–Clinton and Obama–did far more for the soldiers than Trump will ever do. Clinton and Obama gave a shit about the soldiers and treated them like human beings; Ol’ Yellow Stain sees them as GI Joe figures that he can toss around anywhere.

  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    Expect more death America, we have a mentally unstable narcissist as a leader.
    And the death toll surely will include innocents and American citizens.

    • Scopedog

      And never forget his blathering about “I will be so good at the military, your head will spin.”

      And also…never forget the Berners and Steiners who insisted that Hillary would be the warmonger, not Trump.

      • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

        As a “Berner,” I never said anything like that.

        Bernie > Warren > Clinton >>>>>>> Bellybutton Lint > Trump

        • Scopedog

          Not you, of course.

          The majority of Sanders supporters went for Hillary; I have no quarrel with them. It’s those who kept it up with “crooked Hillary!!” and still rattle off “the DNC stole it all from BERNIE!!” without offering one bit of proof.

          One small correction–it should be: Bellybutton Lint>human feces> Trump.

          Fixed for you.