USS Cole Sixth Anniversary

Jane at Armies of Liberation has a very good post marking this date.

At the time of the bombings, a Yemeni regime official advanced the theory that the United States had blown up the ship itself, as pretense for an invasion. This fear mongering has continued. “There was a plan to occupy Aden,” President Saleh said in a 2005 speech. According to President Saleh, eight U.S. warships waited at the mouth of the port of Aden, ready to invade in the days after the bombing. Only through his leadership abilities, he claimed, was the invasion averted.

In reality, all documentation indicates the Cole was traveling alone. In the days after the bombing, the crew of the Cole struggled unassisted to keep the ship afloat while the wounded were tended on deck. It is inconceivable that any U.S. ship in the area would not have come to their immediate aid.

Bhe sure to follwo the link as Jane links to Something and Half of Something who has pics and a triute to those sailors who died in the terrorists cowardly attack.

Posted by: Howie at 12:50 PM


1 Thanks Howie.

Posted by: jane at October 12, 2006 02:02 PM

2 You are welcome Jane.

Posted by: Howie at October 12, 2006 02:02 PM

3 Great post, Jane. But I've always wondered, was someone amiss in allowing a small craft to come alongside the Cole, or were we just unprepared for an attack? Perhaps this was discussed at the time of the attack, and I just missed it. Great blogs like this one were not around in those days.

Posted by: jesusland joe at October 12, 2006 02:46 PM

4 Hey JJ, from what I recall from the Congressional hearing transcript, for the threat level they were at, there was no measures they didnt take that were recommended. There was higher threat levels that would have kicked in more stingent measures. Unfortunately the two warnings from Abel Danger and from Kia Fallis at Dia were never passed along to Commander Lippold. There were other places the Colecould have re-fueled.

Posted by: jane at October 12, 2006 03:56 PM

5 Ok, I always wondered about that. Thanks, Jane.

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