Trump Peddles 18-Year-Old Bogus Narrative About USS Cole Bombing
by Joe Quinn • Sott.net • Monday, 07 Jan 2019
Yesterday, Trump tweeted this:
Our GREAT MILITARY has delivered justice for the heroes lost and wounded in the cowardly attack on the USS Cole. We have just killed the leader of that attack, Jamal al-Badawi. Our work against al Qaeda continues. We will never stop in our fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2019
On 12 October, 2000 while sitting in the port of Aden, Yemen, the USS Cole was allegedly attacked by some guy called al-Badawi and his accomplices. A small boat was allegedly loaded it with approximately 500lbs of explosives and some ready-made suicide bombers who then drove it alongside the Cole and…Kaboom. Below is a photo of the damage to the ship.
Media reports initially claimed that “conventional explosives” were used. That was generally understood to mean something like a ‘fertilizer bomb’ sufficiently unsophisticated for non-state actors and in keeping with attacks by others groups.
Here’s an image of the damage caused by a typical 500lb ‘fertilizer bomb’. The bomb explodes outwards and upwards in all directions and the damage is widespread.
As you have probably realized already, the damage to the Cole didn’t fit the profile of such a bomb, so soon after the attack the narrative changed:
Officials said examination of the Cole indicated that the explosive used was even more sophisticated than initially thought. The penetrating force and the damage deep in the interior strongly suggested that the bomb was a “shaped charge,” designed to focus the explosion rather than allow it to spread in all directions, as with a typical truck bomb, officials said.
“With every piece of information, it becomes a more sophisticated operation,” one official said.
The officials have not disclosed the specific type of device used, though the use of a directed explosive led to speculation that the device operated like an warhead. Such a device is a more sophisticated weapon than those used by most terrorist organizations, and possibly came from a military stockpile.
”I can’t think of a major terrorist operation that has involved, essentially, hardware of that magnitude,” said Daniel Benjamin, a former terrorism analyst on the National Security Council and now a senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington.
At the time, the BBC reported that: “the [Yemeni] president said samples of explosives taken from the destroyer had been identified by US investigators as of a type available only in Israel, the USA, and two Arab countries” (two Arab countries that get it from the US or Israel). He further stated: “we believe Israel might be involved in such incidents.”
As noted by US officials above, it is beyond doubt that a sophisticated military-grade shaped charge explosive was used against the Cole, but the idea some jihadis could have made such a device at home is highly implausible. To do so, they would have had to first procure and then mold up to 500 x 1.25lb bars of military-grade C-4 explosive into a fairly complex shaped charge device complete with a PETN-based detonating cord and then successfully direct it at the side of the Cole from a ‘small boat’ in the port of Aden.
The question of how said jihadis could have sidled up to the Cole undetected is equally perplexing. Adm. Vernon Clark, the chief of naval operations at the time, argued that because the small boat was involved in the mooring, the crew of the Cole had no reason to suspect anything was amiss. “The reason that a ship, a small boat like this, could get in this proximity to the USS Cole is that it was part of the party, the support party that was assisting the ship in tying up to their berthing position,” Clark said in an interview with CBS News.
Later however, other Navy officials disputed the Admiral’s claim by stating that the Cole had been berthed for more than 90 minutes before the explosion occurred, leaving unexplained how the alleged boat bombers could have approached the shipundetected. That is, if there were any boat bombers at all. Indeed, there were no reports of anyone seeing a ‘small boat’ approach the Cole at any time after it had berthed. This was a narrative added after the fact to explain what happened.
The dingy bomber theory has persisted to this day however, and while it is true that 400-700lbs of military explosive would have been needed to create the 40×20 feet hole in the Cole, note that at least half of the damage was below the waterline.
Here are two images of torpedo damage to ships for comparison (the USS Maryland and West Bridge respectively)
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USS COLE: Air Force Captain Daphne Jackson, charged with defending a Saudi Arabian national blamed for orchestrating the October 12, 2000, bombing, has given tacit approval to the official story – Neglecting proof the vessel was hit by a Popeye 2 anti ship missile, launched by an Israeli submarine.
USS Cole in Aden – Another USS Liberty? .. Copyright Joe Vialls, October 15, 2000.
October 12, 2000, the State of Israel attacked USS Cole upon entry to Aden Harbor in South Yemen, the second time Israel has attacked an American ship in international waters, after the 1967 attack on USS Liberty.
The attack was a “false flag” operation, designed to drag America into the Middle East conflict on the side of Israel .. militant Arabs allegedly standing to attention in a small rubber boat seconds before impact, never happened.
There was no rubber boat and there were no militant Arabs, one moment the USS Cole was making a slow approach to her mooring, the next the engine room exploded, killing six crew members and vaporizing another ten or eleven.
Damage was massive, with a 20 x 40 foot hole in the hull, main engines destroyed, bulkheads torn apart, and severe damage inflicted on the keel .. microscopic fragments recovered from the site, indicate USS Cole was hit by a television guided Rafael Popeye 2 anti ship missile.
Designated AGM 142B by the US military, it has never been purchased by American forces. The only nations currently known to possess and use this missile are Israel, Turkey and North Korea.
John O’Neill February 6, 1952 – September 11, 2001 – O’Neill was a three decade FBI veteran who started as a clerk in 1972.
He became an agent in 1976, and went to New York as Head of FBI Intelligence about a year after the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, he led the FBI investigation of the October 12, 2000, terrorist bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen.
He retired August 2001 at age 49, to become chief of security at the World Trade Center with Silverstein Properties, after the New York Port Authority had granted a 99 year lease of the Twin Towers and four other buildings to Silverstein in April of that year for an estimated $3.2 billion.
During his investigation of the USS Cole attack blamed on Abu Nidal the leader of the infamous Black September terror organization, O’Neill talked openly with other field agents that he suspected Abu Nidal was Mossad.
Barbara Bodine Jewish US Ambassador to Yemen when the USS Cole was attacked, started an intense political battle to oust O’Neill, she wanted to control the investigation, and resented the fact that there were hundreds of FBI personnel in the country.
She complained to Madeleine Albright US Secretary of State, that the FBI was overly aggressive, Albright took the matter up with the upper echelons of the FBI, finally going to the Zionist Jewish FBI Director Louis Freeh, who removed O’Neill from Yemen and in July 2001 O’Neill resigned from the FBI.